Loews Hotels to join with KC Hotel Developers on Convention Hotel

It’s official! Loews Hotels & Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation, and KC Hotel Developers LLC have announced a partnership to build the new Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel in the heart of Downtown KC.

KANSAS CITY, MO – Loews Hotels & Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation, and KC Hotel Developers LLC announced a partnership this morning to build the new Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel.  Loews Hotels is a joint equity partner in this venture. Construction will begin later this year for a grand opening in early 2020.

Welcoming guests for nearly six decades, Loews Hotels has become a leader in distinctive properties that cater to groups, business, leisure, and family travelers in key urban and resort destinations throughout the United States and Canada.

“Adding to our hotel landscape with a new convention center hotel is very exciting for Kansas City,” said the Hon. Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City. “To be able to leverage the Loews Hotels’ reputation and that of its chairman, Jonathan Tisch, one of the biggest advocates for the travel and tourism industry, is an added bonus for our entire destination.”

“We are excited to have Loews Hotels as our partner in every aspect of the KC Convention Hotel project,” said Mike Burke, principal at KC Hotel Developers LLC. “With their substantial equity investment and their management expertise, we have a complete alignment of interests in making sure the hotel is financed, built and operated successfully.

“Loews is known for expertly operating large group hotels with 4-star-plus quality that are tailored to the individual markets, for creating a great work environment for their employees and for being very involved in the communities where they operate. We have been impressed by the commitment of Loews’ senior management to Kansas City and to this partnership.”

Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel will showcase 800 guestrooms, a lobby bar, signature restaurant, three meal restaurant, indoor lap pool and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which connects directly to the Kansas City Convention Center with a new connector bridge. The hotel is also in walking distance to key attractions and other destination landmarks like the Kansas City Power & Light District, Sprint Center, KC Streetcar and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

“At Loews, we carefully and deliberately choose which markets to enter and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to add to our Midwest footprint with the new Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel,” said Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co. “Kansas City is a vibrant destination and we look forward to investing in and becoming an active part of the community.”

“Kansas City has serious momentum. In addition to a remarkable arts and culture renaissance, our city is also experiencing healthy gains in visitor traffic and hotel demand, proving the time is right for this project,” said Ronnie Burt, President & CEO, Visit KC. “This new hotel offering will enable us to continue raising the bar in Downtown Kansas City as we elevate the Kansas City convention and visitor experience. We’re privileged to have a partner of the caliber of Loews Hotels on board, as they are a proven leader in the meetings and conventions landscape.”

Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel is expected to create approximately 2,000 new jobs for Kansas City, including 1,400 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent jobs.

About Loews Hotels & Co. – Established 1960

Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Co hospitality company is rooted in a deep heritage in the hotel industry and excellence in service. The hospitality group encompasses branded independent Loews Hotels, and a solid mix of partner-brand hotels. Loews Hotels & Co. owns and/or operates 24 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada, including Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle and the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, the fifth hotel in partnership with Comcast NBC Universal. Located in major city centers and resort destinations from coast to coast, the Loews Hotels portfolio features properties grounded in family heritage and dedicated to delivering unscripted guest moments all with a handcrafted approach. For reservations or more information about Loews Hotels, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit: www.loewshotels.com.

About KC Hotel Developers LLC

KC Hotel Developers, LLC comprises a group of investors concerned about Kansas City’s convention-city status. KC Hotel Developers serves as the primary partner in the development of the new Kansas City Convention Center Hotel project.

 

Go Green! City plans Earth Day advocacy activities

 

Earth Day celebrates its 47th anniversary of eco-advocacy this Saturday, and the City of Kansas City is in the forefront of green activities

 

Kansas City, Missouri, residents looking to properly dispose of those larger, more difficult recycling items need to look no further than the city‘s free Earth Day recycling event from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday in the parking lot across from the Manual Career and Technical Center, 1320 E. Truman Rd.

“This is a great way to protect our earth by being environmentally responsible while conserving natural resources and keeping our beautiful city clean.” said Marleen Leonce, senior environmental officer for the City.

Participating partners/vendors at the City’s Earth Day event include:

Surplus Exchange: cell phones, printers, scanners, modems, CD drives, cables, keyboards, mice, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, cameras, game players and joysticks, telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, adding machines, fax machines, copiers. CRT-based products such as tube TVs and tube monitors, rear projection TVs, etc., are $20

TEAM THRIFT: clothing, accessories, books, footwear, toys, linens, housewares, small electronics, mechanical items like lawnmowers (all in clean, working condition)

Ripple Glass: all glass food and beverage containers of any color (including Mason Jars and glass drinking items such as wine glasses)

City of Kansas City, Missouri: waste tires, tires, yard waste, batteries, white goods such as washers, dryers, refrigerators

RevolveKC: bicycles, bicycle helmets

Truman Habitat: building materials, gently-used furniture

Avenue of Life: mattresses, box springs, furniture

Document Resources: on-site document shredding (documents must be in paper bags or boxes)

In 2016, Kansas Citians recycled more than 30,000 tons of waste, keeping 30 percent of household trash out of landfills.

Residents can also take household waste free of charge to the city’s Environmental Campus, 4707 Deramus, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Acceptable items include paint, automotive products, hazardous liquids, flammables, lawn and garden products and pesticides.

For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at (816) 513-3202, (816) 520-6646 (cell).

For information about other Earth Day activities around the Kansas City area, visit Greenability.

LaunchKC to offer $100K grand prize; applications begin in 1 week

Rachel Merlo, chair of the LaunchKC Steering Committee, announced plans for the new, $100,000 grand prize grant that will be awarded during Techweek KC in September.

LaunchKC, the global grants competition for tech entrepreneurs, will begin accepting applications next Wednesday, March 1 for it third annual event – this year featuring a $100,000 grand prize grant.

LaunchKC has awarded $1 million to 20 entrepreneurs – from six states and three nations – via $50,000 grants in its first two years of competition. The 2017 competition will feature another $500,000 grant pool that will be awarded in September to the judges’ selection of the top nine applications – including one $100,000 grand prize grant recipient, along with eight $50,000 grant winners.

The introduction of a $100,000 grant prize was announced by Rachel Merlo, chair of the LaunchKC Steering Committee and community manager of Google Fiber in Kansas City. The announcement came at the Downtown Council’s Annual Luncheon on Jan. 27 before 1,000 business, civic and community leaders, as well as at a special LaunchKC Kickoff Celebration on Feb. 1 before 150 sponsors, former grant recipients and leaders in the KC tech space.

“The third LaunchKC competition provided us with the opportunity to introduce a grand prize in 2017,” said Drew Solomon, who chairs the competition for LaunchKC. “We believe the $100,000 grand prize will pique interest and applications from tech entrepreneurs throughout the nation.”

Entrepreneurs who enter the LaunchKC grants competition will be seeking one of eight $50,000 grants – of course, with an eye on the $100,000 grand prize grant – in addition to one year of free office space in Downtown KC; industry-specific mentor teams; and opportunities to meet and learn from industry and entrepreneurial leaders in Kansas City.

The application window opens at 8 a.m. (CDT) next Wednesday, March 1 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 7. The online application will be available on LaunchKC.org.

The application window closes, LaunchKC judges will begin work evaluating and scoring each application. They will work throughout July and August to review and cull the list of applicants until they settle on on 20 finalists by Thursday, Aug. 24.

The finalists will be invited to Techweek Kansas City, where they will pitch their business plans before a live panel of judges – along with the Techweek audience – before the final nine grant recipients are selected on Friday, Sept. 15.

For more information, visit LaunchKC.org. And, remember, the application window opens next Wednesday!

U.S. Figure Skating prepares to take KC by storm + much more

The U,S. Figure Skating Championships begin on Friday in KC and run through Sunday, Jan. 22. All junior and championship events are set for the Sprint Center.

The U,S. Figure Skating Championships come to Kansas City beginning on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Independence. All junior and championship events are set for the Sprint Center, and will run from next Tuesday, Jan. 17 through the following Sunday, Jan. 22, exclusively in Downtown KC.

The long-awaited U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the much anticipated return of Restaurant Week top the bill for what’s hot in Downtown Kansas City Monday to Sunday, Jan. 9-15. Here is the highlight reel of what’s happening where:

Barenaked Ladies will kickoff the 2017 Downtown KC concert season in grand style this week with a special Rock the Ribbon II celebration show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Midland.

The KC Public Library has begun a year-long series of exhibits - Coloring Space - commemorating the 20th anniversary of the arts-nurturing Charlotte Street Foundation with the work of acclaimed painter and longtime Kansas City Art Institute instructor Warren Rosser.

The KC Public Library has begun a year-long series of exhibits – Coloring Space – commemorating the 20th anniversary of the arts-nurturing Charlotte Street Foundation with the work of acclaimed painter and longtime Kansas City Art Institute instructor Warren Rosser.

Coloring Space: The KC Public Library opens a year-long series of exhibits commemorating the 20th anniversary of the arts-nurturing Charlotte Street Foundation with the work of acclaimed painter and long-time Kansas City Art Institute instructor Warren Rosser. The works of four former Charlotte Street award winners will be featured throughout 2017, rotating quarterly. The inaugural exhibit in the series is on display now through March 19 at the Central Library.

Geller plays Bartok plus Dvorak’s Fifth – part of the Kansas City Symphony’s Classical Series – will feature guest conductor Cristian Macelaru and violinist Noah Gellar at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

KC Restaurant Week will offer a wide variety of mouth-watering foods from top chefs in  Downtown and across the metro area, demonstrating why the KC dining scene is among the nation’s best. Restaurant Week begins with lunch service on Friday (Jan. 13) and concludes with dinner service next Sunday, Jan. 22.  YUM!

Mid-America RV Show returns to Downtown this weekend. It is the largest consumer show dedicated to the RV’ing lifestyle and everything associated with it – like traveling and outdoor activities in the Midwest. The RV Show will be parked at Bartle Hall from Thursday to Sunday. Click here for more information.

Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the story of a city hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery more than 250 years ago. The North American premiere of this global showcase – featuring nearly 200 artifacts, including vibrant frescoes, detailed mosaics, lifelike statues and precious personal objects. Pompeii: The Exhibition is currently on display at Union Station.

Jazz great Ramsey Lewis returns to KC for a special gig at the Gem Theater on Saturday.

Jazz great Ramsey Lewis returns to KC for a special gig at the Gem Theater on Saturday.

Ramsey Lewis – the NEA Jazz Master and three-time GRAMMY® Award winning pianist will bring the sound of the Chicago jazz scene to this special concert commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gem Theater.

U.S. Figure Skating Championships – Kansas City will serve as the host city for the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships beginning Saturday (Jan. 14) and running through next Sunday, Jan. 22. All junior and championship level events (Jan. 17-22) are set for the Sprint Centerwhile all juvenile, intermediate and novice events (Jan. 14-18) will unfold at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence. For more information and a complete schedule of events and sessions, visit www.2017uschampionships.com.

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

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

‘Rock the Red Kettle’ to spark KC holiday tradition on Dec. 2

The Fray and opening act David Cook, will headline a new holiday tradition in KC, when the Salvation Army presents its Rock the Red Kettle benefit concert on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Power & Light District. The concert will also serve as opening night of the Downtown holiday spectacular, Downtown Dazzle.

The Fray and opening act David Cook, will headline a new holiday tradition in KC, when the Salvation Army presents its Rock the Red Kettle benefit concert on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Power & Light District. The concert will also serve as opening night of the Downtown holiday spectacular, Downtown Dazzle.

An all-new, family-friendly holiday event – Rock the Red Kettle – is coming to Downtown KC on Friday, Dec. 2, and will serve to kick off the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign and to ignite the the annual Downtown Dazzle holiday celebration.

This free Rock the Red Kettle (RTRK) community concert will feature Grammy-nominated rockers, The Frayand American Idol winner and Blue Springs, Mo. native David Cook. The first, annual RTRK event is sponsored by The Salvation Army, Burns & McDonnell, The Cordish Companies and the Downtown Council. The inaugural RTRK concert, set for Friday, Dec. 2 on the KC Live! stage in the Power & Light District. Admission is free to the public and attendees can RSVP at http://rockredkettlekc.com/.

Former American Idol champion David Cook returns home to open for The Fray at the Rock the Kettle Concert on Friday, Dec. 2.

Former American Idol champion David Cook returns home to open for The Fray at the Rock the Kettle Concert on Friday, Dec. 2.

Rock the Red Kettle’s premier sponsor is Burns & McDonnell. Chairman and CEO Greg Graves and his wife, Deanna, are serving as honorary chairs for the event and for the city-wide Red Kettle Christmas Campaign, which will run through Christmas Eve. Volunteer bell ringers will be accepting donations at more than 250 Kansas City metropolitan locations as part of the campaign. Donations are welcomed at the event.

“Burns & McDonnell is proud to start this new holiday tradition in Kansas City,” said Graves. “Kansas Citians have huge hearts and we are counting on them to bring a donation for the red kettles which will help The Salvation Army continue its important work to help the underserved in our community.”

Funds raised at Rock the Red Kettle support many of The Salvation Army programs and services throughout the year, including food assistance, emergency rent and utility assistance, necessities at the Children’s Shelter for abused and neglected children, alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, senior citizens’ programs, homeless shelters and transitional housing for veterans.

Rock the Red Kettle kicks off the third annual Downtown Dazzle, which returns to Downtown Kansas City for the holiday season the first three weekends of December. Dazzle provides Downtown residents and guests connectivity to the event’s first-time custom, holiday experiences, in addition to all of downtown’s unique holiday events and activities.

For more about Downtown Dazzle, including the operating schedules for the KC Streetcar and for free holiday trolleys along Grand Boulevard from Crown Center to the Power & Light District, visit www.DazzleKC.com.

Not only will families attending Rock the Red Kettle enjoy a fun evening in the Power & Light District, The Salvation Army is encouraging budding philanthropists to learn about the volunteer opportunities available during the holiday season and all year long. Volunteer information and sign-ups will be provided inside McFadden’s Sports Saloon on Friday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. and will continue through the concert.

“Kansas City has a strong reputation as a giving community,” said Major David Harvey, Divisional Secretary for The Salvation Army’s Kansas and Western Missouri Division. “We know there are people who want to become more engaged in philanthropy and since The Salvation Army serves so many people in need, we have volunteer and giving opportunities that will resonate with everyone.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. The program gets underway at 6:30 p.m. and the event is expected to end at 9 p.m.

Sound & Dance to Infiltrate Ilus Davis Park – Friday, Sep 30

On Friday, September 30, choreographer Lauren Thompson and sound designer Jonathan Robertson will bring their improvisational dance and sound performance, Downtown Replay, to Ilus Davis Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tart-in-parkhe performance will take place on and around a stage placed in the center of the water feature near the southwest corner of the park near 11th & Oak Streets.

Life and art imitate each other; this is the feedback loop that Downtown Replay explores through movement and sound. Prior to the performance,  Thompson has designed movement inspired by the architecture of the park and Robertson record on location – these movements and sounds initiate and function as the core of the piece.

During the performance, sounds will continue to be captured through microphones strategically placed around the park. The public can manipulate the sound and movement of the space they are in, while at the same time the choreographer and sound designer have predetermined part of their experience. Videographer Tom Hipp will record the performance from various angles. The video recording will be used to create an interactive projection for a later, stage performance.

This performance is free and open to the public. It the final performance of the 2016 Art in the Park and Art in the Loop projects.  Art in the Park is an effort by the City of Kansas City, Missouri to enliven public outdoor spaces with temporary art pieces and performances.  It was produced this year in coordination with the 2016 Art in the Loop Project which included temporary artworks and performance on the KC Streetcar route, in Oppenstein Park and at Prairie Logic on the Green Roof. For more information, contact Ann Holliday, 816-979-1072 or ann@downtownkc.org, or Elizabeth Bowman, elizabeth.bowman@kcmo.org.

About the Artists

Lauren Thompson is a local dancer and choreographer. She is a graduate from the University of Kansas City-Missouri with a BFA in modern dance, in addition to a collection of other degrees. Lauren’s work has been performed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Fringe Festival, Unicorn Theater, and with Art in the Loop.

Jonathan Robertson is an adjunct instructor of music technology at Missouri Western State University and a composer and sound designer working in Kansas City. Recent credits include composer for the theatre play Medea (directed by Joshua K. Brody) at UMKC, assistant sound designer for Kansas City Swing (dir. Ricardo Khan) at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and composer/sound designer for Immeasurable Heaven (dir. Stephanie Roberts) on Spencer Stage at UMKC, and music director for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at the Unicorn theatre. He co-wrote and directed the plays Mannequins, Companions and The Audio Cart (Kansas City Fringe Festival 2014,  2015, and 2016).

Tom Hipp produces and directs film content in the Kansas City area and beyond. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Journalism and got his start in TV commercials. Since then he has collaborated with a diverse group of people and clients to create television, commercials, web pieces, music videos, documentaries and more.  Tom loves Kansas City and is excited to further develop both the film production and art communities in the area.

Art on the KC Streetcar Line Touted in KC Star

Art on the Line – a series of 6 artworks temporarily installed on the KC Streetcar route – was highlighted in the Arts & Culture section of the Kansas City Star this weekend.  Art on the Line was one of temporary art installation and performance series produced by Art in the Loop and many partners this summer.

The artworks will remain installed through the end of this month.   Read what the artists themselves and curator, Jessica Borusky,  have to say about the pieces here:    http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article102008997.html

KC Star videographer Shelly Yang created this “ride-along” style video to give you a taste of the art!

LaunchKC awards 10 grants to tech startups at Techweek

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LaunchKC’s goal to bring the best tech entrepreneurs to Downtown Kansas City became fully realized on Friday afternoon, when its second class of 10 grant recipients was introduced before a packed house at Techweek Kansas City.

The 10 winners, which includes seven Kansas City area businesses and one international company were each awarded $50,000 in grants from LaunchKC.
Earlier in the day, 20 tech startups spent the morning pitching their business plans and making their case for the cash prizes to judges and Techweek attendees at Union Station.
More than 400 entrepreneurs from 19 states and seven countries applied to LaunchKC during a 90-day application window that closed in early July. LaunchKC is a startup grants program run by the Downtown Council of Kansas City in collaboration with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City.

The 2016 class of LaunchKC grant recipients are:

In addition to the $50,000 grants, the 10 selected startups will receive a year of free office space in the Crossroads Arts District of Downtown Kansas City; industry-specific mentor teams; and opportunities to meet and learn from industry and entrepreneurial leaders in Kansas City. In addition, LaunchKC will help the grant recipients identify follow-on capital and angel investments.

Techweek Friday: LaunchKC is ready for liftoff

techweek_05LaunchKC, the startup competition designed to attract tech entrepreneurs to build their emerging tech businesses in Downtown Kansas City, will take center stage at Techweek Kansas City today (Friday).

The 20 finalists will make their pitches for $50,000 grants to LaunchKC judges and the Techweek audience in the Chamber Board at Union Station from 8 a.m. to noon. At the conclusion of the 20 presentations, the judges will break to review, score and determine which 10 startups will be announced as grant recipients at the awards ceremony. The LaunchKC awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the Extreme Screen at Union Station.

The finalists presenting today were selected from a pool of more than 400 businesses who applied to LaunchKC during the 90-day application window that closed in early July. More than 40 judges, experts in the startup community as well as the financial, legal and health industry sectors, volunteered their time over four weeks to thoughtfully review each application several times to narrow the field to the 20 presenting this morning.

The 2016 class of finalists, revealed on August 25th, features 12 startups from the Kansas City metropolitan area, seven from other U.S. states and one international applicant from Austria. They are competing for one of 10 $50,000 grants, a year of free office space in Downtown Kansas City, as well as professional mentoring support.

The 20 finalists for the LaunchKC grants competition include:

LaunchKC is an initiative of the Downtown Council (DTC) of Kansas City, Missouri, working in collaboration with the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Crossroads Music Festival lays down the beat for the week ahead

The legendary Roger McGuinn will light up the Folly Theater in a special Cyprus Avenue Live performance on Saturday.

The legendary Roger McGuinn will light up the Folly Theater in a special Cyprus Avenue Live performance on Saturday.

 

Three festivals set the pace for Downtown this week – as the Crossroads celebrates live music, the Power & Light District raises a toast to beer, and Crown Center rejoices over chalk art – during a fun and festive week ahead, Monday through Sunday, Sept. 5-11:

City of Tomorrow – an examination of the history of urban renewal in Kansas City and its impact on the landscape and populace. Michael Wells of the Kansas City Public Library researched the topic and curated the City of Tomorrow exhibit that opens on Saturday and will present a program that asks the question “Was that urban renewal mishandled?” at 2 p.m. next Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Central Library. RSVP here.

Crossroads KC at Grinders will be smokin’ this week with three killer outdoor concerts, including:

  • Delta Rae, featuring Katy Guillen & The Girls and The Church Sisters, at 8 p.m. Tuesday
  • Ozark Mountain Daredevilsfeaturing long-time favorites Brewer & Shipley, at 8 p.m. Friday
  • O.A.R.,  featuring The Hunts, at 8 p.m. Saturday

Crossroads Music Fest – featuring headliners Radkey and Kelley Hunt, returns this Saturday with 35+ bands on 9 stages in the Crossroads Arts District. Music begins at 2 p.m. at the Green Lady Lounge, but most of the stages get started at 6 or 6:30 p.m. Click here for the complete schedule or here for ticket information.

Family Fun Day – an Ultimate Field Day, where families can take on fitness & fun and enjoy Draper’s drums while dancing to the beat, bounce houses, sports games and more – will unfold from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Power & Light District.

KC Beer Fest – featuring more than 200 craft beers from around the world, rare keg tappings, live music and gourmet food vendors – will get the holiday weekend rockin’ from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the Power & Light District.

KC Chalk & Walk Festival is back this weekend for its 9th annual festival that showcases hundreds of professional, student and amateur artists who will create lively and powerful chalk “paintings” on sponsored brick canvas on the streets. The free festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Crown Center.

Late Night Theatre is taking over the Folly for another one night only event: Die Nacht der Nachte, The Night of Nights! This celebration of 1930’s Berlin cabaret clubs is sure to excite beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Folly Theater.

Music of Led Zeppelin – A spectacular tribute to rock legends Led Zeppelin, with the help of a blazing hot band, vocalist Randy Jackson, the Kansas City Symphony and an amazing light show will elevate this town beginning at 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

Roger McGuinn – Mr. Tambourine Man not only lived history, he made history with his fearless sense of experimentation. As the leader of the influential ’60s group, The Byrds, he was on the leading edge, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, to create the genre known as “folk-rock.” McGuinn’s highly anticipated return to the Folly Theater stage is set for 8 p.m. Saturday.

Vince Gill – winner of 18 Grammy Awards, the most of any male Country artist, will serenade the big town at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Midland.

Virtuosos of the International Center for Music – Park University presents internationally acclaimed pianists Stanislav Ioudenitch, gold medalist winner, Van Cliburn competition; alumni Behzod Abduraimov, DECCA recording artist; and David Radzinsky, concert master, Israel Philharmonic, as they return to Helzberg Hall for the first time since performing in the University’s sold out gala concert in 2014. This breaktaking performance is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kauffman Center.

WWE Raw – Spend Labor Day with your favorite WWE superstars when WWE Raw lights up Sprint Center with a live TV broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

LIVE THEATER is thriving in Downtown KC, as is evidenced with the current three theatrical productions now showing. Here is what’s on tap for this week:

LIVE MUSIC –  Downtown is the heartbeat of the live music scene in Kansas City. You’ll find local and national acts at these venues most nights: 

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

What’s That Sound? KC Streetcar Performance Planned for Friday, 9/2

On Friday, September 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Mnemosyne Quartet will employ the power of sound to transport Kansas City streetcar passengers beyond the boundaries of the line to favorite Kansas City destinations, such as: The Zoo, Union Station, and The Kansas Speedway. For those passengers brave enough to participate, Mnemosyne encourages the streaming of our digital content, via your handheld device.  The experience begins at the 14th street stop going north.   

Transient Harmony is a sound installation and performance that will encompass the streetcar line between 9th and 14th street. Members of the quartet will travel with passengers presenting live music, while a newly created mobile app will allow the quartet to connect with downtown tourists, workers and residents both on and off the streetcar. While live performance will occur only along the streetcar line, you will be able to experience the unification of Kansas City’s urban soundscape through the app.

In addition to electronic music, Transient Harmony will feature Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, and Baritone Saxophone performers.

To stream: Download Mixlr on your cell phone and search for MnemosyneQuartet