Folk Festival, Planet Comicon set the pace for the week ahead

Mary Chapin Carpenter will headline a spicy list of performers at the Kansas City Folk Festival on Sunday at the Westin Crown Center.

The Kansas City Folk Festival, Planet Comicon and the Storling Dance Theater top off a thrilling week ahead for the arts and entertainment scene in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, Feb.12-18:

Folly Theater has a busy week ahead with three, eclectic events, including the Folk Alliance International awards show (see next listing); Mitsuko Uchida, pianist in recital, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and vocalist Cyrille Aimée, a winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competition, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

International Folk Music Awards Show – the premier awards presentation of the folk music industry and community – is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Folly Theater.  Awards and distinctions presented to honor leaders, legends, and rising talent include Album, Song, and Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Folk, the People’s Voice and Clearwater Awards and inductions into the folk DJ Hall of Fame.

Kansas City Folk Festival – The 3rd annual, family-friendly KC Folk Festival – produced by Folk Alliance International – will feature the best local, regional, national, and international artists on four stages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Westin Crown Center. The festival’s headline performers are Mary Chapin Carpenter at 4 p.m. and Flaco Jimenez with Max Baca and Flaco Jimenez at 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more details, visit

The vision for the Storling Dance Theater’s ‘Underground’ began in the year 2000 as a positive approach to addressing growing divisiveness in our culture over race.


Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will feature seven performances this week, including:

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert – John Williams’ renowned score will be performed by the Kansas City Symphony as the entire film is projected simultaneously on the big screen in Helzberg Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
  • Storling Dance Theater’s Underground – The story of the Underground Railroad is performed to original music, beautiful costumes and a pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss out on this world-class performance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
  • Peter Cetera – GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Peter Cetera has had two distinct musical careers. From 1968 to 1986, Cetera was the singer, songwriter and bass player for the legendary rock group Chicago. A solo artist since 1986, Cetera has recorded 10 time-honored albums including his No. 1 hits – the Academy Award-nominated song “The Glory of Love” from the movie The Karate Kid II; “The Next Time I Fall” with Amy Grant; and more. This special performance is set for 7 p.m. Sunday in Kauffman Theatre.

Knuckleheads Saloon – the hottest honky tonk in town – features a 11 shows this week, including Asleep at the Wheel with Lindi Ortega at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Wild Rivers with with Sara Morgan at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Midland will feature the most recent winner of the America’s Got Talent competition, Darci Lynne & Friends at 7 p.m. Sunday.


Planet Comicon –  Kansas City’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture expo, featuring the best in comic books, fantasy, science fiction, television and movies returns this Friday through Sunday at Bartle Hall.

Sprint Center will serve as the epicenter of country music this week, as Brad Paisley steers his 27-date, Weekend Warrior World Tour into Downtown. The concert, featuring special guests Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell, is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

Country music superstar Brad Paisley returns to Downtown KC on Friday for a long-awaited return to Sprint Center.

Stanfords Comedy Club brings the laughs to Downtown from its new location at 831 Walnut. Comedienne Alanah O’Connor, a a former Miss Kansas, will headline an 18 & older show this week – beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And, Open Mic is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For ticket information, visit Stanfords.

The Truman will be rocking this week with four shows, featuring the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club featuring Night Beats at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Neck Deep with Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper and Seaway at 7 p.m. Wednesday; Overload by Kayzo at 8 p.m. Thursday; and Moon Taxi with Kalu & The Electric Joint at 8 p.m. Saturday.

UMKC Roos will take on Chicago State at 7 p.m. Thursday in a  men’s basketball match-up at Municipal Arena.

The Art of the Brick – a special exhibition designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, is the world’s largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art – continues through May 28 at Union Station.

Union Station is featuring a special exhibition on The Art of the Brick,  the critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks now through May 28.

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

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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:

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