From Chenowith to Zappa; from Foxworthy and the Cable Guy to the Conservatory Wind Ensemble; from First Friday to a Night at the Cotton Club; from Opera to Flamenco … the next seven days will feature an amazing week of arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City.
Here is your guide to the coolest, hottest events in Downtown this week – Monday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 4:
CrossroadsKC may be winding down its concert season, but they have saved two of the most anticipated shows of the year for this week. Zappa Plays Zappa will electrify Downtown at 8 p.m. Tuesday, while Breaking Benjamin light up the East Crossroads at 7 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, visit CrossroadsKC at Grinders.
Kristin Chenowith – the Wicked superstar actress and recording audience – performs with the Kansas City Symphony in this special benefit for Kansas City Young Audiences at 8 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center.
Midland Theatre will be the epicenter of the live music scene in Downtown this week with four concerts in five days, including:
- Mark Knopfler and Band at 7:30 p.m. Monday
- Godsmack with Sevendust and Sideways at 8 p.m. Tuesday
- Glass Animals with Hinds at 8 p.m. Thursday
- Of Monsters and Men with Highasakite at 8 p.m. Friday
Night at the Cotton Club, presented by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, will fill Helzberg Hall with the sounds of New York’s legendary Cotton Club with music of the jazz greats from the ’20s and ’30s. The Cotton Club returns to life at 8 p.m. Friday at the Kauffman Center.
Trillion Dollar Economists. Robert E. Litan makes the case that economists are far more often effective innovators than hit-and-miss prognosticators in a discussion of his book Trillion Dollar Economists: How Economists and Their Ideas Have Transformed Business. A former vice president and director of research at the Kauffman Foundation, he currently is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The program is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. RSVP here.
Live Music lights up Downtown on most nights at:
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Coda in the Crossroads
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- The Tank Room in the Crossroads
Live Theater takes the stage at multiple venues throughout Downtown. Now showing:
- The Miracle Worker, the story of Helen Keller and the teacher who held the key, opens Tuesday and runs thru Oct. 25 at The Coterie.
- Tin Pan Alley – where songwriters such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael and scores of others crafted classic songs that became the heart of the Great American Songbook – opens Friday and runs thru Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
For more of what’s happening as Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.