From the Kansas City Dance Festival to the outdoor return of Ferris Bueller, to the return of Imagine Dragons, Downtown will be sizzlin’ all week long. Let’s roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, July 9-15:
Crossroads KC will heat up the East Crossroads with two red hot shows this week, including:
- St. Paul & the Broken Bones, the six-piece soul band out of Birmingham, Ala., with guests Hiss Golden Messenger will take center stage at 8 p.m. Thursday;
- Kemet and The Phantastics will headline the Free Friday performance that gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Crown Center – Cap off your work week at the family friendly WeekEnder series featuring top local bands and favorite food trucks, topped off with a famous flick under the stars. This Friday, The Black Jackets perform at 6 p.m., followed by a showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at about 9 p.m.
Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. Examine two massive full body skeletons, dozens of real fossils and get hands-on digging for new evidence. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.
KC Dance Festival returns for its 6th annual celebration of dance performances that highlight the dynamic exchange of classically dancers and cutting-edge contemporary choreography. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Quixotic Black Box, along with two “Artist Residency Performances” at 7:30 p.m. next Friday and Saturday (July 20-21) in the Gem Theater.
National WWI Museum and Memorial presents For Liberty: The American Jewish Experience in WWI now through Nov. 11 in the Wylie Gallery. Hailed as “remarkably prescient” by The New York Times, this special exhibition examines the American Jewish battlefield and homefront participation through a series of remarkable stories and objects.
Power & Light District will rule the heart of Downtown, as the KC Live! Block plays hosts to concerts and special events on three back-to-back days this week, including:
- Lee Brice will headline this week’s edition of the Hot Country Nights concert series that begins at 7 p.m. Thursday
- Stoney LaRue will rock the house in the Block Party concert series at 8 p.m. Friday
- Family Fun Days returns with a “When I Grow Up” theme. The family festival runs from 11 a,m, to 3 p.m. Saturday, as kids can explore a variety of future careers and even dress up in costume! Activities include a bounce house, obstacle course, Mad Science, face painters, a trackless train and more!
The Truman will be shakin’ the East Crossroads with four concerts this week, including Jenny Lewis with The Cactus Blossoms at 8 p.m. Tuesday; The Black Dahlia Murder / WhiteChapel at 6 p.m. Wednesday; moe. – the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today – at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Jesse McCartney with Public and Just Seconds Apart at 8 p.m. Sunday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, which features one production this week:
- Goosebumps The Musical – This cartoony mystery musical based on the beloved series from R.L. Stine runs through Aug. 5 at The Coterie in Crown Center.
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 Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street, First Fridays, the upcoming premiere of the City’s all-new arts festival, Open Spaces, plus all other Downtown-centric arts events.
- Stanfords Comedy Club brings the laughs at its new Downtown joint at 831 Walnut.
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