From Lyle Lovett and his Small Band to The Sound of Music; from Cirque du Soleil Crystal to The Yellowjackets; and from KC Restaurant Week to And, That’s Why We Drink at The Truman, Downtown KC is smokin’ hot this week. Roll the highlight reel for the week in arts, culture, entertainment and dining – Monday to Sunday, Jan. 14-20:
Folly Theater will launch its 2019 calendar by kicking off the 36th annual Folly Jazz Series with The Yellowjackets at 8 p.m. Friday. Over the years The Yellowjackets have been applauded for being one of the only true jazz fusion bands, successfully crossing jazz genres including blues, R&B, and electric. The evening will open at 7 p.m. with a Jazztalk by Gerald Dunn.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with 13 performances this week, including:
- The Sound of Music – One of Broadway’s all-time best and most popular shows returns to Downtown this week. The KC Broadway Series will present eight performances from Tuesday to Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Side by Side – Join the Kansas City Symphony and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City, as they rehearse side by side on stage in Helzberg Hall. Associate Conductor Jason Seber will lead this open rehearsal beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
- Classics Uncorked: Grammy Greats – The Kansas City Symphony will perform some of the best Grammy® Award-winning music for a one-night-only showcase beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in the world-class acoustics of Helzberg Hall. After the concert enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or champagne, and take in the gorgeous Downtown skyline.
- An Evening with Lyle Lovett – With his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a way that breaks down barriers. Lovett’s eclectic performance style guarantees a compelling and captivating experience in his first-ever Helzberg Hall performances with his Small Band and the Kansas City Symphony at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday.
KC Restaurant Week – the wildly popular celebration of dining continues through Sunday, Jan. 20 in Downtown and throughout Kansas City. Multi-course lunch and dinner menus will be available daily for $15 and $33. Make your reservations at KCRestaurantWeek.com.
Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 8 rockin’ shows this week, including Sam Bush with the Mighty Pines at 8:30 p.m. Friday, and Courtney Patton with Brad Cunningham in the Gospel Lounge at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Mid America RV Show – the RV show for RV enthusiasts – returns to Downtown for a four-day run – Thursday through Sunday – at Bartle Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Click here for tickets and more information.
Sprint Center will be aglow this week with its coolest arena show yet, Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. This unique arena production showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand to hand. CRYSTAL will be featured in seven performances this week from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Sunday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including four productions this week, including:
- Death and The Maiden – At once global and intimate, this bracing Olivier Award-winning play has become a contemporary classic that considers both the social and personal implications of abuse and retribution that remain relevant today. This Kansas City Actors Guild production, directed by Cinnamon Schultz, runs through Jan. 27 at City Stage at Union Station.
- Let’s Duet – Joining forces for the first time as an exclusive duo act, Broadway stars Corey Cott and Laura Osnes offer an intimate, one-of-a-kind, MUST-see evening with music director and pianist Benjamin Rauhala. Seating is limited, don’t miss your chance to see two of Broadway’s hottest stars at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- Songbook of the 40s – Join the Quality Hill Playhouse troupe for a sentimental journey through America’s songbook of the 1940s, featuring hits made popular by the likes of Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, and Dinah Shore. Performances begin Friday and continue through Feb. 17.
- The Sound of Music – The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy® Award-winning Best Score, as the Broadway touring production returns to Downtown this week. The KC Broadway Series will present eight performances from Tuesday to Sunday in Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman 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, 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
- Museum of Illusions at Union Station
- 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