From Drake to Alice Cooper; from Los Lobos to Junior Brown; Family Fun Days to Dinosaurs Revisited, Downtown will be in party mode all week long. Roll roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Aug. 6-12:
Crossroads KC will light up the Grinders stage with two outdoor this weekend, including Free Fridays with DJs Kay Fan, Mike Scott and Bill Pile at 8 p.m. Friday, and the Food Truck Festival featuring Petrocks and Annie Up beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday.
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. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.
Folly Theater is closed until Sept. 8 for a thrilling $2.5 million renovation that will yield a more a streamlined box office and bar reconfiguration, a unified lobby space, and an updated reception space. To learn more, visit The Folly 2020 Campaign. The next scheduled Folly performance will feature An Evening with Gillian Welch at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be jumpin’ this week with two paranormal experiences, including:
- Alice Cooper topped album sales charts worldwide with his 2017 hit, Paranormal. Known as the architect of shock rock, Cooper – in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist – has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo. He is set to shake up the Kauffman Center at 7:30 p.m. today (Monday) in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- David Feherty – With a sharp wit and irreverent style, the professional golfer turned golf analyst, talk show host and sports broadcaster has made a name for himself as one of the most hilarious and irrepressible personalities in golf. Of Feherty’s live one-man show, Golf Digest said: “Uncensored and unhinged, and worth the price of admission.” Feherty will tee-up his KC performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Kauffman Theatre.
Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 10 smokin’ shows this week, including Los Lobos and Big Head Todd and The Monsters at 7 p.m. Friday; and Junior Brown at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland presents two back-to-back nights that will rock Downtown with Ninja Sex Party – the chart-topping comedy band – at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Highly Suspect featuring Radkey, DJ Redbees and Monk Tamony at 8 p.m. Thursday.
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 with two special events this week, including:
- Granger Smith will rock the house with a free Hot Country Nights performance in the KC Live! Block on Thursday.
- Family Fun Days – Summer’s not over yet! Bring your little ones to the Pirate & Mermaid Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the KC Live! Block. Kids can have their photos taken with their favorite super heroes & princesses and meet real life local super heroes from the Kansas City Fire Department. Activities include a mega obstacle course, moonwalk, archery darts, surf the wave and party wave water inflatables, and more! Click here for more details.
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.
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