From Bluegrass to Margaritaville, Downtown has it all this week

Bluegrass in the Bottoms returns to Knuckleheads Outdoors this weekend in the East Bottoms.

From Bluegrass in the Bottoms to Jimmy Buffett in Margaritaville; from Peter Pan in Neverland to The Lion King at Music Hall the week ahead looks like poster for Downtown cool from Monday to Sunday, May 14-20 – including:

Bluegrass in the Bottoms returns to the East Bottoms on Friday and Saturday nights with some of the hottest names in bluegrass music lighting up Knuckleheads Outdoors. Featured artists include Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival and many more acts.

Crossroads KC gets the party started this weekend with Bronco and special guests 5to OLEA and DJ Skandaloso beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at Grinders.

Folly Theater will feature pianist Yefim Bronfmanwho has been described by The New York Times “…as a pianist with comprehensive skills who can seemingly play anything…”, in a Friends of Chamber Music performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Jimmy Buffett will set sail for Margaritaville on Saturday when he brings his Son of a Son of a Sailor tour to the Sprint Center.

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band will transform Downtown KC into Margaritaville for one-night-only during  his Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be in the spotlight this week with nine performances, including:

  • Here Comes the Sun – A sold-out happy hour concert by the Kansas City Symphony. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. with a one-hour casual concert in Helzberg Hall beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Kansas City Ballet performs Peter Pan on Wednesday through Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. See the Peter Pan listing below for more information.
  • United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Choir, Orchestra and Handbells will present an inspirational concert featuring sacred music, including Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, and patriotic favorites at 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall.
  • Kansas City Symphony Chorus will present a special afternoon performance of Duruflé’s Requiem, a soaring Gregorian chant-themed masterpiece, and other favorites at 3 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall. .

Knuckleheads Saloon – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features nine rockin’ shows this week, including Southern Culture on the Skids at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Walter Salas-Humara, Bob Walkenhorst and Howard Iceberg in the Gospel Lounge at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Bluegrass in the Bottoms beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (see above for more on this special show.)

The Midland will be smokin’ hot with three shows this week, including Belanova & Moenia at 8 p.m. Thursday; MJ Live!, a Michael Jackson tribute concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Magic Men Live at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Peter Pan – The Kansas City Ballet presents this classic adventure with six performances this week. Peter Pan makes its delightful Kansas City premiere with world premiere choreography by Artistic Director Devon Carney and a soaring score by Carmon DeLeone, performed live by the Kansas City SymphonyPeter continues his flight through Downtown will six performances this week, including the finale at 2 p.m. Sunday in Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center.

Power & Light District gets its early summer groove on this week with two blow-out events, including:

  • Downtown Hoedown featuring Randy Houser at 8 p.m. Thursday in the KC Live! Block;
  • Kansas City Parrot Fest – As a warm-up to the Jimmy Buffett concert on Saturday night at Sprint Center, the KC Live! Block will host Parrots, Pirates & Partying – a full day of live music, patio-hopping and lawn games beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Boat Drunks, Rick Lamb & The Phin Addicts and Glen Mock & The Tropical Dreamers perform live starting at 1 p.m. This all-day festival is free to attend.

Sol y Flor – A collaboration between the Mexican marimba quartet Sol de Chiapas and Mireya Ramos, leader of the Latin Grammy-winning mariachi group, Flor de Toloache will light up Downtown for two performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.

The Truman will be bouncing the east Crossroads with four concerts this week, including Jimmy Eat World with The Hotelier at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; The Struts featuring The Glorious Sons at 8:30 p.m. Thursday; Joey Bada$$ with Buddy, Boogie, Chuck Strangers at 8 p.m. Friday; and Satyricon with Goatwhore featuring Bleed the Victim and Night Creation at 8 p.m. Saturday.

‘The Lion King’ is showing now through May 27 at the Music Hall.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature two productions this week, including:

  • Jack and the Bean Magico! The classic fairytale, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” is told with the audience’s help, who assist Jack as he climbs the beanstalk to the giant’s rich and fertile land. This special production runs through Sunday at The Coterie in Crown Center.
  • The Lion King – winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 1998 – returns to Kansas City beginning Wednesday at the Music Hall. The Theater League production will include 23 shows and will run until May 27. Click here for ticket information.
  • Welcome to Fear City – In this electrifying and original story, a South Bronx boy searches for his poetic voice and wrestles with his identity. His neighborhood fights to survive following the 1977 blackout that rattled New York City and jump-started the hip-hop revolution. Presented by the KC Rep as part of the Origin KC: New Works Festival, Fear City runs through next Sunday, May 27 at the Copaken Stage.

ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:

LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:

MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:

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