Charlie Parker Celebration opens 12-day run this week

Kansas City hottest jazz event of the summer begins on Thursday in Downtown KC, as the city celebrates the life and legacy of its native son, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker.

Experience the evolution of jazz from ragtime to bebop, as KC Jazz Alive presents Kansas City musicians alongside tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott (three-time Grammy Award winner) and pianist Sullivan Fortner (2015 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz winner) in conjunction with the 4th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration that opens on Thursday at the American Jazz Museum and plays out in numerous jazz joints up to Tuesday, Aug. 29.

This 12-day celebration is jam-packed with music at KC’s greatest jazz venues. The festivities reach a fever pitch on next Saturday, Aug. 26 with a flurry of performances and special events that reach a crescendo with the 2017 Jazz Experience: Rhythm Changes that begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Folly Theater.

Festivities begin on Thursday with storytelling and jazz performances at the American Jazz Museum and the Blue Room; and continue through the weekend at some of Downtown KC’s best jazz scenes, including the Black Dolphin, The Phoenix, The MajesticGreen Lady LoungeThe Ship, The Ambassador Hotel and more.

For a complete schedule of Charlie Parker Celebration activities, visit charlieparkercelebration.com.

This is a jam session you don’t want to miss!

 

Hot town, hot music ahead for Downtown KC: Aug. 14-20

Lez Zeppelin – the first and foremost female rock band to pay homage to Led Zeppelin – will light up the CrossroadsKC stage at Grinders on Saturday.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, Aug. 14-20:

Candice Hill will play her steel pan (steel drum) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday aboard the KC Streetcar, as part of the Art on the Line series presented by Art in the Loop. Candice performs and teaches drum lessons, steel pan lessons, percussion lessons and more in the Kansas City area.

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will light up Downtown this weekend with back-to-back concerts, featuring:

  • Lez Zeppelin – the first and foremost female rock band to pay homage to Led Zeppelin – will rock the outdoor stage beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Special guest: Cimino.
  • Father John Misty brings a unique blend of humor, mischief and sexuality to his tunes beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday. Special guest: Tennis.

Folly Theater will be in a creative vibe this week with two very different and much anticipated shows, including:

  • Tana Mongeau: Full Screen Live presents The Tana Tour, featuring the 19-year-old You Tube sensation. Tana is mainly known for her story time videos, and her channel contains videos about her life experiences. Tana will get up close and personal with her fans prior to the show at 7 p.m. today (Monday).
  • Dave Rawlings Machine – Acony Records proudly presents Nashville Obsolete, The Machine’s highly anticipated second album,  Recorded on analog tape, Nashville Obsolete features seven original compositions written by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The Machine will click into gear at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.

The Piano Guys have produced more than 35 strikingly original self-made music videos that showcase their creative blend of classical music with pop. The Internet sensations mark their highly anticipated return to Downtown at 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Midland.

Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two huge events in the Live Block, including:

  • Phil Vandel will be rocking Downtown with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
  • Capital Cities will light up the Power & Light District on Friday, as part of the Coors Light Block Party series with 96.5 The Buzz. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Ages 21+ only.

Solar Eclipse – Looking for a great place to witness the total solar eclipse next Monday, Aug. 21? Check out these five Downtown watch parties and one creativity festival at these six locations:

Coldplay begins a HUGE week at the Sprint Center on Tuesday, sparking four back-to-back concert nights in the heart of Downtown.

 

Sprint Center will be the epicenter of the KC concert scene this week for four back-to-back nights of world-class performances, including:

  • Coldplay – the seven-time GRAMMY Award winning group – makes its long-awaited return to the Sprint Center – nine years to be exact – for its Head Full of Dreams Tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Kendrick Lamar – the seven-time GRAMMY Award winner and global rap and hip-hop superstar – brings The Damn Tour to Downtown KC at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Special guests: YJ and D.R.A.M.
  • Lady Antebellum – the GRAMMY award-winning trio has invited Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young to join its You Look Good World Tour that’s coming here at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Marco Antonio Solis – the five-time GRAMMY winner brings his ‘Y La Historia Continua’ Tour to the big town at 8 p.m. Friday. Solis, is no stranger to the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart with more than 30 entries including multiple #1 hits.

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

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

Solar eclipse inspires 5 watch parties in Downtown KC

Looking for a great place to witness the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21? You’ve come to the right place. Downtown Kansas City will be home to five public watch parties and a Mural + Creativity Festival.

You can get the complete Downtown low-down at kceclipse2017.com, courtesy of the Downtown Council’s Tactical Urbanism group.

America’s greatest solar eclipse since 1918 will cast a patch of darkness from coast to coast on Monday, Aug. 21. Throughout Missouri, anyone will be able to see the eclipse on Aug. 21, but the totality (or total darkness) – when the moon completely blocks out the sun – will best be visible the closer you get to St. Joseph.

Kansas City may be located a bit south of St. Joe and maximum totality, but totality is still expected to best be viewed in Downtown – albeit for a shorter amount of time – when you are north of 19th Street. In Downtown KC, the eclipse will begin at 11:41 a.m. and reach a peak (totality) at 1:08 p.m.

The five Downtown watch parties and one creativity festival are located along the KC Streetcar route at these six locations:

And, BEFORE, you set out for the eclipse watch party of your choice, be sure to know the facts about eye safety and the solar eclipse. According to NASA , never look directly at the Sun. You can not only seriously hurt your eyes, but possibly go blind. Proper eye protection, like eclipse glasses or a Sun filter, is the only safe option. Sunglasses don’t work.

For more information about eye safety, click here or check out this safety flier from NASA.

And, for complete eclipse science, guides and time-stamped viewing maps of the eclipse path, visit eclipse2017.org.

 

 

 

 

Urban entertainment scene is ‘Phantastic’: Aug. 7-13

The Phantastics – voted KC’s best party band – will rock the Kansas City Museum on Friday evening, during final week of the summer concert series.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, Aug. 7-13:

Bruno Mars – the multiple GRAMMY® Award winner and 20 time GRAMMY®  nominee – returns to Downtown for his 24K Magic World Tour, along with special guest Camila Cabello, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sprint Center.

CUE!  with Jon Michael Johnson: Four dancers board the Kansas City Streetcar at Union Station. The ride begins and the passengers, along with the dancers, hear the sounds that govern the streetcar. There is the clang of the bell, the announcement, the beep, the whistle. These sounds or “Cues” are what will keep the streetcar and its riders moving and informed. This CUE! is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday aboard the KC Streetcar, as part of the Art on the Line series presented by Art in the Loop.

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will stand out in the urban glow this weekend with back-to-back concerts, featuring:

  • Sister Hazel rolls into KC for a much-anticipated show at 8 p.m. Friday. Opening act is the Freddy Jones Band.
  • Fat Tire Tour de Fat – the traveling philanthropic beer, music, and bike festival will features Atlas Genius and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Fleet Foxes make their long-awaited KC debut this week, part of a huge international tour, as the indie artists prepare to rock The Midland at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Green Day – with special guest Catfish and The Bottlemen – return to the Big Town for a date at Sprint Center at 7 p.m. Friday.

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival – Chillin’ and grillin’ are in order when the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) hosts the 2017 edition of this summer-favorite festival from 2-11 p.m. Saturday. The event features live entertainment, food and much more. The festival will include headline concert performances by legendary funk band ZAPP along with R&B legends AFTER 7 and BLOODSTONE. Created by the NLBM in 2013, the Hot Dog Festival celebrates the historical connection between our national pastime and baseball fan’s favorite ballpark food: the hot dog. Proceeds benefit the NLBM. Click here for details.

Herbie Hancock, the legendary pianist and composer, will elevate the Muriel Kauffman Theatre – along with Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), James Genus (bass), Lionel Loueke (guitar), and Terrace Martin (keyboardist / saxophonist) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys are teaming up for a HUGE double bill that gets under way at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Knuckleheads.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.

The Phantastics – a nine-member band from Kansas City specializing in tantalizing, genre-blending dance floor activators – will present a free summer concert from 7-9 p.m. Friday on the historic grounds of the Kansas City Museum. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic. No RSVP is necessary.

Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two huge events in the Live Block, including:

  • Pat Greenwith special guest LANco, will be rocking the big town with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
  • Summer Splash – Family Fun Day is back from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, so get down and dance with Mr. Stinky Feet, create waves with Mad Science, puppet shows and more! Admission to the event is FREE. Fees apply for premium activities ($5 all-access wristband per child). Click here for the complete description of activities

Shooting the Eclipse – Reed Hoffmann, who has shot for The New York TimesUSA Today, the Associated Press, and many other outlets, offers a tutorial on photographing the Aug. 21st solar eclipse, from getting the right equipment to finding the best location and selecting the proper settings. Included are tips on photographing the early-afternoon event with digital SLR cameras, smart phones, and other devices. His program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library  RSVP here.

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

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

10,000 free ice cream scoops to benefit local Salvation Army

Now, here’s a sweet opportunity that’s coming to Downtown KC on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Downtown workers, residents, visitors and, well, everyone you know can score a free scoop of Hiland Moose Tracks Ice Cream between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Power & Light District (Walnut entrance to the Live Block!)

There are no strings attached. Just show up, wait your turn, and you will be served a free scoop of ice cream on an August day.

And, here’s where this free offer gets even better. If we (all of us) turn out to consume 10,000 scoops in those four hours, then Denali Flavors, developers of the legendary Moose Tracks Ice Cream, will donate $10,000 to The Salvation Army of Kansas City.
Now, there is just one thing you can do – SPREAD THE WORD – to help ensure that Hiland serves all 10,000 scoops, so The Salvation Army captures the entire $10,000 contribution from Denali.
Share this message via email and your social media channels to your friends, co-workers, visitors and total strangers, so they will get their free scoops on Tuesday!

Here’s the skinny on the 10,000 Scoops Challenge:

WHAT: 

Denali Flavors, developers of the legendary Moose Tracks Ice Cream, is inviting members of the Kansas City community to join the 10,000 Scoops Challenge. For eight years, Denali has taken the challenge on the road, and this year, it’s Kansas City’s turn to eat for a cause.

Some 10,000 scoops of Hiland Moose Tracks Ice Cream will be served as part of the challenge – for each scoop served, Moose Tracks will donate $1 per scoop to The Salvation Army of Kansas City on Hiland Dairy’s behalf in an effort to raise $10,000 for local programs.

During the event ice cream lovers can follow Moose Tracks on Twitter @Moose_Tracks.  Visit 10,000 Scoops Challenge event page for more information!

WHERE:

  • Power & Light District 1333 Walnut St. (inside the Walnut entrance to the Live Block!)

WHEN:

  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8

WHO: 

  • You are invited, and you can bring friends, family, work colleagues; one scoop person limit; 10,000 scoop maximum.

MORE:

  • Visit 10,000 Scoops Challenge event page for more information!

 

 

What’s cookin’ in Downtown – Jul. 31-Aug. 6

First Friday returns on Friday for the August edition of this wildly popular arts and dining experience in the Crossroads Arts District, the 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Central Library and the West Bottoms. Prepare to have fun!.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 31-Aug. 6:

Branford Marsalis Quartetfeaturing guest vocalist Kurt Elling, will light up Downtown in a special performance at 7 p.m. Monday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet with guest vocalist Kurt Elling will light up Downtown on Monday.

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will be smokin’ hot with two concerts this weekend, including Something Magic beginning at 8 p.m. Friday and Primus in a sold-out show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

First Friday – one of the KC’s coolest/hottest events of the summer – returns for its August shindig with visual and performing arts bursting throughout Downtown with:

Folly Theater will feature two up-close and personal evenings of entertainment this week with:

  • War on the Catwalk starring some of the contestants from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1, performing live on stage and rocking the catwalk. It’s an evening of outstanding drag performances with your favorite queens. The show begins at 8 p.m. Monday. All ages are welcome.
  • Girls Night In – A #thx2att & Full Screen Live presentation features an all-star lineup including Meg DeAngelis, Lauren Giraldo,  Caeli Santo, and Gavin Turek! The 24-city tour brings together fans from across the U.S. for an evening of dance, musical performances, and an opportunity to meet their favorite stars. The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday.

Midland Theater will feature an eclectic, wild and crazy week with three stellar shows on back-to-back nights, including:

  • Dancing with the Stars: Live – The hottest dance show on television returns to KC for a live performance, featuring the Season 24 winner and NFL running back Rashad Jennings, at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live – For the first time ever, join Joel Hodgson, creator of the critically acclaimed “Mystery Science Theater 3000” TV show and its new host Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as they bring the first live touring production of “MST3K” to KC for the “Watch Out for Snakes!” tour at 8 p.m. Thursday.
  • Seasons Summer Edition: RL Grime – This live show has been celebrated as “an unparalleled force” and has graced the biggest festival stages across the world (Coachella – LA, Lollapalooza – Buenos Aires, STORM – Shanghai etc). This single stage music festival, featuring What So Not, Graves and Longer Days, will elevate KC beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.

Now showing at Union Station.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.

The Naughty Pines, the five-piece classic country, western swing, and honky tonk band comprised of veteran Kansas City musicians, will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday aboard the KC Streetcar, as part of the Art on the Line series presented by Art in the Loop.

Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two smash concerts in the Live Block, including:

  • Corey Smith will be rocking the big town with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
  • KC Spinfest featuring ESKEI83 and KC’s best DJs Mike Scott, Spinstyles, Ashton Martin, Highnoone, DJ Allen Michaels, DJ Lazer, Domensha, Danny Maloney and more.  Party starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and first set begins at 6 p.m. Ages 21+ only in the Live Block!

Weekender – Cap off your week with top local bands, like the M80s this week, and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a favorite flick, like Back to the Futureunder the stars. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 9 p.m. FREE admission. Only at Crown Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature one show this week:

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

What’s happening – Fringe & All – in Downtown – July 24-30

The Fringe Festival is already in full stride for its 13th annual performing-arts-palooza now running through Sunday, July 30 at venues throughout Downtown and Kansas City.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 24-30:

City Market Movie: ‘The Big Lebowski – Make plans for dinner and an outdoor movie this Friday evening at The City Market. Stop by your favorite City Market restaurant and then head over to City Market Park for the Alamo Drafthouse pre-show at 8:30 p.m. The adventures of the Dude will begin at 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chair, blanket and cooler. Sweet treats will be available for purchase from Alamo Drafthouse concessions.

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will rock the urban landscape with two concerts this week, including:

  • Violent Femmes – along with Echo & The Bunnymen and Ava Mendoza – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lawn chairs and blankets will not be allowed at this performance.
  • The Floozies present Funk Street 3, featuring Big Wild, Russ Liquid and Gekko, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Crown Center Weekender: ‘Jurassic World’ – Cap off your week with top local bands, such as Country Road 5 this week, and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a favorite flick under the stars. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 9 p.m. FREE admission. Only at Crown Center.

Fringe Festival:  The 13th annual festival ¬ an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues ¬ continues through Sunday. From theater and film to comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, and fashion, the festival boasts an eclectic lineup of performances and exhibitions featuring not only local and regional talent but also artists from across the nation and around the world. Last year’s Fringe Festival featured 475 performances by 108 groups at 23 different venues. Tune in to kcfringe.org for the complete schedule.

Henry Ossian Flipper – Library Director Crosby Kemper III recreates a conversation with Flipper, whose military career ended in 1882 due to a questionable court martial. Born into slavery, Flipper rose to become the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This Meet the Past event coincides with the 151st reunion of the National Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, July 24-29 in Kansas City. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Central Library. RSVP here.

Mary Chapin Carpenter will light up with summer sky, when she performs this week at the Kauffman Center.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with light up the Downtown skies with two inspiring evenings, featuring:

  • Mary Chapin CarpenterThe five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee hits the road in 2017, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record. Opening will be Sarah Jarosz, who took home this year’s GRAMMY Awards for Best American Roots Performance and Best Folk Album. This special night begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Bandpresented by The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday. At last check, this performance was a “sell” out.

Lunchtime Arts Series – 

  • Enrique Chi, lead vocalist for the local band Making Movies, will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday aboard the KC Streetcar, as part of the Art on the Line series presented by Art in the Loop.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Having been visited by more than 1.6 million people nationwide, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is one of the most popular museum exhibitions traveling North America. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.

Music Under the Arch, the free summer music series, returns this week with California Voodoo heating up The City Market from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

Off Leash Dog Park – Downtown is about to become the home of Kansas City’s newest off-leash dog park at West Terrace Park, 750 Pennsylvania, and you are invited to join in the fun! Join KC Parks for a grand opening Yappy Hour beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring pictures with your dog, pup cake, agility course, dog splash pool, canine art, a cash bar, and more. Parking will be available at 610 Washington St. The gate house will be manned from 4-6 p.m. Saturday to provide access to the lot.

Pablo Sanhueza and the Latin Jazz All-Stars will shake up the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District with a free performance at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum. The band is a collaborative project of musicians with long standing presence and impact in contemporary Afro-Latin American music in Kansas City & the Midwest

Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two smash concerts in the Live Block, including:

  • Randy Houser with special guest Jason Pritchett will rock the big town with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
  • Platinum Rock Legends will keep the fires burning with a special performance from 9-11 p.m. Friday evening at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature one show this week:

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

West Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park to open July 29

Downtown KC is about to become the home of Kansas City’s newest off-leash dog park at West Terrace Park, 750 Pennsylvania, and you are invited to join in the fun!

You are and your pup(s) are invited to join KC Parks for grand opening Yappy Hour beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29.  Grand opening activities will feature pictures with your dog, pup cake, agility course, dog splash pool, canine art, a cash bar, and more. Treat bags will be available for the first 200 dogs in attendance! Parking will be available at 610 Washington St. The gate house will be manned between 4-6 p.m. to provide access to the lot.

Following the grand opening on July 29, the West Terrace Off Leash Dog Park (WTDP) will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

The fully enclosed, 1.5 acre park will provide a great place for you and your dog to play, exercise and socialize.

The members-only park includes benches (each with their own fantastic view of the West Bottoms and the Missouri River), park stairs, a shade pavilion with picnic tables, key fob entry, disposal bags and receptacles and two drinking fountains.

Membership to the WTDP – which will not be required for the July 29 grand opening – will cost $5 annually, and will include one key fob for entry into the park.

Click here to receive complete information about memberships, as well as an application form.

And, beginning Monday, July 24, membership applications will be accepted and key fobs will be issued at the KC Parks community centers in the greater Downtown area, including:

For more information, visit the WTDP online or contact the Dog Park Manager at 816-513-WOOF (9663).

 

What the Fringe!? Downtown is HOT – July 17-23

The Fringe Festival returns for its 13th annual performing-arts-palooza beginning Thursday at venues throughout Downtown and Kansas City.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 17-23:

Blondie & Garbage – Yes, you read that correctly. These two quintessential rock acts will share center stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for their Rage & Rapture Tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Members of punk/new wave band Blondie are undeniable pop icons, their sound and sensibility as fresh as when they first topped the charts in the late 1970s.  As for Garbage, since the band’s self-titled debut in 1995, Garbage has crafted a blend of dark, industrial noise, sci-fi pop melodies and whirlwind guitar. Rage & Rapture, indeed.

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will rock the urban plaza with the Rock of the Eighties tour – featuring The Romantics, The Smithereens and Bow Wow Wow – at 8 p.m. Friday.

Fringe Festival:  The 13th annual festival ¬ an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues ¬ opens on Thursday and runs to Sunday, July 30. From theater and film to comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, and fashion, the festival boasts an eclectic lineup of performances and exhibitions featuring not only local and regional talent but also artists from across the nation and around the world. Last year’s Fringe Festival featured 475 performances by 108 groups at 23 different venues. Tune in to kcfringe.org for the complete schedule.

Luke Bryan – The country music superstar returns to Downtown KC for his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sprint Center. Special guests include Brett Eldredge and Adam Craig.

Lunchtime Arts Series – 

Midland Theatre will be dancin’ to the beat of AFI beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Special guest is Citizen.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Having been visited by more than 1.6 million people nationwide, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is one of the most popular museum exhibitions traveling North America. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.

Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two smash concerts in the Live Block, including:

  • Gretchen Wilson with special guests Loving Mary Band and Marianne Michaels will rock Downtown with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
  • Big Time Grain Company will keep the fires burning with a special performance on Friday evening at Kansas City Live! The first show is from 6-8 p.m. Ages 21+ after 9 p.m. Admission is free until 11 p.m.

Weekender: ‘Remember the Titans’ – Cap off your week with top local bands, such as Hudson Drive this week, and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a favorite flick under the stars. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 9 p.m. FREE admission. Only at Crown Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature one show this week:

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

Downtown Office Summit reflects strength, optimism

View of Downtown Kansas City from the rooftop of the Corrigan Station, which served as home to the Downtown Office Summit on Wednesday.

The Downtown Council stage its first Downtown Office Summit on Wednesday at Corrigan Station. The event was a sell-out not only with Downtown business and civic leaders, but also with developers and potential office tenants who are closely watching and keenly interested in this next chapter of Downtown’s revitalization.

The following report was filed last night by Kevin Collison, publisher and writer of CitySceneKC, a new hyperlocal digital newspaper serving Downtown Kansas City.

Downtown Kansas City is on the cusp of new office construction to meet the needs of employers who want to recruit and retain younger workers seeking the diversity and energy of an urban environment, according to writer Kevin Collison in today’s edition of CitySceneKC.com

That was one of the takeaways at the Downtown Council of Kansas City‘s first ever office summit Wednesday, an event attended by 170 people in the newly redeveloped Corrigan Station office project.

It’s goal was to explore how Downtown can attract more private employers.

“Since our move, we’ve acquired a lot more talent,” said Meg Stapleton of Auto Alert, a software firm that recently relocated its headquarters from California and is occupying 45,000 square feet in a building at 114 W. 11th St.

“We’re attracting the younger, new talent that wants an urban mix.”

The summit was kicked off by Mayor Sly James, who said major projects including the renovation of Union Station, the Sprint Center, Power & Light District and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, plus events like First Fridays set the stage for a more vibrant downtown.

“The key to any city’s success is attracting businesses and companies in the future who need talent that wants to take advantage of the downtown lifestyle,” James said. “If we corner the market on talent, the businesses will follow.”

To read Collison’s complete story, go to CitySceneKC.com.

 

Downtown KC is smokin’ hot this week – July 10-16

Kansas City’s beloved blues rockers Trampled Under Foot will headline a weekend-long Family Reunion and Blues Cruise this Friday and Saturday at Knuckleheads Saloon.

Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 10-16:

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will rock the urban plaza with two outdoor concerts, including:

  • Michael Franti & Spearhead returns to KC this week for a much-anticipated show at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Kahwei will open the evening.
  • Redneck Throwdown Feat will turn up the heat will a rockin’ redneck, um, throwdown that features The LACS, Big SMO, Upchurch the Redneck, Twang and Round, and Lenny Cooper beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Fringe Festival PreviewOn the eve of the 13th annual KC Fringe Festival ¬ an 11-day performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues (beginning July 20) ¬ some of its hottest acts deliver a special preview this week. From theater and film to comedy, burlesque, music, storytelling, visual arts, puppetry, and fashion, the festival boasts an eclectic lineup of performances and exhibitions featuring not only local and regional talent but also artists from across the nation and around the world. The festival preview is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Iron Maiden returns to Downtown KC this week to reek mayhem and music for its Book of Souls Tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sprint Center.

Lunchtime Arts Series – Catch one of two free, lunchtime arts events this week:

Midland Theatre will be dancin’ the night(s) away this week with concerts from two break-out acts – Caravan Palace at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Arcangel at 8 p.m Friday.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition – described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV – instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Having been visited by more than 1.6 million people nationwide, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is one of the most popular museum exhibitions traveling North America. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.

Power & Light District will be smokin’ this week with two smash concerts in the Live Block, including

  • Randy Rogers Band with special guest Eric Paslay will rock Downtown with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
  • Red, White & Boom with Flo Rida will keep the burn alive with a special performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at Kansas City Live! Ages 21+ only.  Tickets are available through Ticketfly.com.

Trampled Under Foot Annual Family Reunion will rock the East Bottoms this weekend with two nights of awesome music and special guests only at Knuckleheads beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Weekender: How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days – Cap off your week with top local bands and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a favorite flick under the stars. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 9 p.m. FREE admission. Only at Crown Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature one show this week:

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.

What’s lighting up Downtown KC this week? – July 3-9

Independence Day is the hottest attraction of the coming week, but Downtown Kansas City is home to a healthy diet of tasty arts and entertainment celebrations for the week ahead. Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, July 3-9:

CrossroadsKC at Grinders will celebrates its independence this week with two awesome outdoor shows:

  • 311 – a mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique sound – has developed a reputation as one of the hardest working, most influential and most entertaining live bands in the U.S. 311 returns to Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Special guests include New Politics and The Skints.
  • Future FieldsA New Sensory Experience, will feature Le Youth, Quixotic, Sheppa, Blk Mario, Casio McCombs & more will take flight at 8 p.m. Saturday.

First Friday – one of the KC’s coolest/hottest events of the year – returns for its July festivities with visual and performing arts bursting throughout Downtown with:

Hollywood the Musicala melodrama stage musical, is a story that’s meant to inspire young artists to find their true identity and to be true to who they are. This family production hits the stage at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater.

Jill Scott is coming to the Midland on Thursday. Downtown KC may never be the same.

Jill Scott – the tour de force Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress – will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Midland Theatre.

KC Riverfest – Kansas City’s Independence Day celebration – featuring fireworks (beginning at 9:40 p.m.), music, food, drinks and family fun is set for Tuesday, July 4 in Berkley Riverfront Park. Entertainment begins at 4:45 p.m. with two stages of bands and DJs, plus a National Wrasslin’ League matches. headlining the entertainment will be Members Only at 8:15 p.m. and Flanagan’s Right Hook at 7 p.m.. For ticket information, parking tips, entertainment schedule and more, visit KCRiverfest.com.

Lunchtime Arts Series – Catch one of two free, lunchtime arts events this week:

Queen + Adam Lambert will bring an entirely new meaning to “fireworks,” when they rock Downtown on Sunday at the Sprint Center.

Mummies of the World: The Exhibition has arrived at Union Station! Described as “fascinating, intriguing, and inspiring,” by NBC, “absolutely extraordinary,” by NPR and “a must see,” by FOX TV, Mummies of the World instills a sense of curiosity and wonder in each and every visitor. Having been visited by more than 1.6 million people nationwide, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition is one of the most popular museum exhibitions traveling North America. For tickets and more information, visit UnionStation.org/Mummies.

OneRepublicone of the country’s hottest pop rock bands, has its sights set of Downtown Kansas City this week with a concert date at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sprint Center.  Opening acts include Fitz & The Tantrums and James Arthur.

Power & Light District will light up Downtown with back-to-back nights of live music:

  • Noe Palma will get the weekend cookin’ with a free concert – part of the summer Hot Country Nights series – at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kansas City Live! All ages and families are welcome. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 21+ and over after 9 p.m.
  • Pirates Party – Sprint Family Fun Days offers a free opportunity for families to explore Downtown KC through a treasure find, drums with Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, climbing to the top of the Lost Temple and splashing through the Super Splash Slide. Activities include live music, bounce houses, games, arts & crafts and more. This free party is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on 14th Street between Main & Walnut streets.

Queen + Adam Lambert – Since their first meeting on the final of American Idol in May 2009, Queen + Adam Lambert’s magical combination has been recognized worldwide.  Brian May, Roger Taylor + Adam Lambert will debut a brand new show specially designed and created for this outing, bringing fans all their favorite Queen hits. The much-anticipated tour will rock KC at 8 p.m. Sunday at Sprint Center.

Remembering the Great War – Historian James Heiman examines the Liberty Memorial’s place among the city’s Great War memorials. He draws from his book Voices in Bronze and Stone:  Kansas City’s World War I Monuments and Memorials is this presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Central Library. RSVP now.

Weekender: The Parent Trap – Cap off your week with top local bands and favorite food trucks. Shop the wares of KC artisans and finish the evening with a famous flick under the stars. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 9 p.m. FREE admission. Only at Crown Center.

The Wizard of Oz performed by the Paul Mesner Puppets is howing now through Sunday at the MTH Theater at Crown Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which feature these three performances this week:

  • Garfield – The Musical with Cattitude – Everyone’s favorite feline and his friends are on stage this summer to perform a musical for all ages. Garfield runs through Aug. 6 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
  • You’ve Got A Friend – Turn back the clock to the 1960s and 70s for this cabaret celebration of the music of the Baby Boomer generation. Enjoy hearing favorites from Carole King, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Janis Ian, and Peter, Paul and Mary, all performed by a dynamite vocal trio backed by piano, bass, and drums. Performances continue through Sunday, July 9 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.

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:

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com

Public Parking Maps of Downtown KC are available at DowntownKC.org.