Roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in arts and entertainment in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, June 4-10:
Crossroads KC at Grinders will be bouncing this week with two outdoor concerts including:
- John Butler Trio with special guest Mama Kin Spender at 8 p.m. Thursday; and
- Greaser’s Ball featuring Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, Ben Miller Band, Blackfoot Gypsies and Bottle Rockets beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.
Heartland Men’s Chorus – With the prejudice, inequality, bias and discrimination happening in the world around us, HMC presents Indivisible its response in song at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Folly Theater. Joining forces with the National World War I Memorial and Museum and the men of the United States Army Soldiers’ Chorus, the Chorus will celebrate one of the principles of this great nation’s founding . . . that ALL are created equal.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be riding high with four rock star events, including:
- National Geographic Live presents a special engagement, Between River and Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. In an effort to share the canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the myriad threats it faces, writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride set off on an audacious and demanding 600-mile adventure: to transect the length of the canyon on foot.
- Musical Makeovers – For the final Classics Uncorked concert of the season, the Kansas City Symphony performs classical pieces that have had a little creative work done. The fun begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall.
- David Byrne – American Utopia Tour: Best known as the singer and driving force behind the pioneering new wave band Talking Heads, David Byrne also soars as a solo artist, film director, author and photographer. Byrne will make his Kauffman Center (and sold out) debut at 7:30 p.m. Thursday by performing American Utopia, his first solo album in 14 years featuring collaborations with Brian Eno, St. Vincent and Fatboy Slim.
- Future Stages Festival The FREE one-day festival invites youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and interactive arts activities. Future Stages – which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday – is a free community event that showcases youth in the performing arts and is an extension of the Kauffman Center’s Open Doors Spotlight on Youth program.
Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – a 11 smokin’ shows this week, including Listen Up, a showcase of 20-plus DJs spinning their best, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Maria the Mexican at 7 p.m. Thursday; and Making Movies at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland will feature three eclectic performances this week this week, including:
- Brit Floyd, the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute show, is touring for a very special ’45th Anniversary’ retrospective of Pink Floyd’s iconic 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. The tour arrives in Downtown KC at 8 p.m. Friday.
- Muscle Mayhem returns to the Midland this week with the Pre-Judging rounds at 10 a.m., followed by the Championships at 6 p.m. Friday. Let’s get ready to Mayhem!
- Yes – one of the biggest bands in prog rock history and true pioneers of the genre – will the Celebrate 50 Years of Yes tour in the Big Town at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Power & Light District will be the place to be this week for live music and family fun, featuring:
- Cold War Kids headlines the first Coors Light Block Party at 8 p.m. Friday in the KC Live! Block; and
- Under the Big Top – Come one, come all to Sprint Family Fun Days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Activities include Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, a trackless train and more!
Sprint Center. will serve as the region’s epicenter for country music as Dierks Bentley steers his Mile High Tour, featuring Brothers Osborne and The Cadillac Three, to the Big Town at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Stanfords Comedy Club brings laughs at its new joint at 831 Walnut. Comedian Sean Brennan will headline the 18 & older show this week – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, plus late shows on Friday and Saturday. And, Sundays feature an Open Mic beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Urban Homes Tour – The Downtown Neighborhood Association presents the 2018 spring tour of 11 properties in Downtown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The self-guided tour is free, but guests are asked to RSVP on Facebook.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature three productions this week, including:
- Cats – With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, Cats opens Thursday (and runs through June 24) at the MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- Sinatra’s Songwriter – Celebrate the career of Frank Sinatra through The Genius of Sammy Cahn, the man who penned much of it, in this stylish cabaret revue featuring favorites from Sinatra’s early big band years in 1930s New York to hits from his Vegas acts of the ’50s and ’60s. Sinatra returns to KC at 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs through July 8 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
- Skylight – One of playwright David Hare’s finer works, Skylight has won both the Olivier Award for best play and a Tony Award for Best Revival. This performance by Kansas City Actors Theatre runs through Sunday at City Stage at Union Station.
ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:
- ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events in greater Kansas City – including First Fridays, Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street and all other Downtown-centric events. ArtsKCGo.com is a service of ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Council of Kansas City. Check it out!
LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:
- Angel’s Rock Bar in the Power & Light District
- The Black Dolphin in the Crossroads
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Dubliner in the Power & Light District
- Garment House in the Downtown Loop
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- Howl at the Moon in the Power & Light District
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- Leinenkugel’s Kansas City in the Power & Light District
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mosaic Ultra Lounge in the Power & Light District
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Ship in the West Bottoms
- Stockyards Brewing Company in the West Bottoms
- The Truman in the East Crossroads – Coming soon!
MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:
- Airline History Museum in Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport
- American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- American Royal Museum in the West Bottoms
- Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market
- Black Archives of Mid-America in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
- Historic Garment District Museum in the Downtown Loop at 801 Broadway
- Kansas City Museum in northeast KC at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- National Archives of Kansas City, west of Union Station
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center
- The National WWI Museum and Memorial at Liberty Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Science City at Union Station
- TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport
- Union Station Gallery at Union Station
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com