Love is in the air this Valentine’s week in Downtown Kansas City. Let’s roll the highlight reel for an amazing week in arts, culture and entertainment in the Big Town – Monday to Sunday, Feb. 11-17:
City Market is the place for lovers this Valentine’s Day, as it presents Tie the Knot, the annual wedding event that begins at 2 p.m. Thursday in Pavilion 3. Participating couples will receive a free wedding ceremony, reception and a wedding portait, PLUS will be entered in a drawing for a grand prize honeymoon in Mexico. Couples must register for Tie the Knot by Monday, Feb. 11.
- Bridges of the Heart featuring the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the International Center for Music at Park University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The performance will feature acclaimed young soloists from the ICM performing heartwarming concertos with the orchestra! Escape with gorgeous tunes from Chopin to Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and more for piano, violin, and cello.
- Kandace Springs, this year’s Spotlight Artist in the 36th annual Folly Jazz Series, will own the stage beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. The 27-year-old, Nashville born singer, songwriter, and pianist allows her comely alto to become a conduit that touches upon soul, jazz, and pop while transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly.
- Jonathan Biss – The world-renowned pianist who shares his deep musical curiosity with classical music lovers in the concert hall and beyond will perform a series of Beethoven sonatas in the Friends of Chamber Music evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will light up the KC arts scene with 8 performances this week, including:
- I Love You Verdi Much – The Kansas City Symphony presents a free happy hour concert featuring romantic-era selections from Verdi’s String Quartet, Puccini’s Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) and Korngold’s String Sextet at at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall. Cash bars open at 5 p.m. and the casual concert begins at 6 p.m.
- Casablanca – Don’t miss your chance to experience this movie classic, widely regarded as a landmark in American cinema, in a completely new way on Valentine’s weekend. Watch all of the drama unfold on the huge screen as the Kansas City Symphony performs Max Steiner’s moving score live at 7 p.m. Thursday, and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
- Lady of the Camellias – The Kansas City Ballet presents Alexandre Dumas’ tragic love story that inspired Greta Garbo’s Camille and Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge!, but none more popular than Verdi’s opera La Traviata. A total of six performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and run through 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- Peter and the Wolf Live! Prokofiev’s timeless musical tale of boy vs. wolf comes to life through music and comedy in this unique Kansas City Symphony production featuring mascots from local professional sports teams and universities, guaranteed to spark the imaginations of young and old alike. This family performance is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
Knuckleheads – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 13 blazin’ shows this week, including Biscuit Miller & The Mix Valentine’s Party beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday; William Clark Green with Ross Cooper at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Michael Ledbetter Memorial with Danielle, Nick, Kate and the Dust Devil Choir at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Municipal Auditorium will light up Downtown KC this week with two long-awaited performances, including:
- Charlie Wilson and Joe will share the love with their KC audience on Valentine’s Day with a heart-melting show beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday. To add some spice to this romantic occasion, a special Hearts Desire Valentines Dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m., just steps away in the Little Theatre.
- Mike Epps – The comedian and actor Mike brings his “Funny as ish Comedy Tour” to the Big Town at 7 p.m. Thursday. Accompanying Epps is special guest host Sommore, Earthquake, and DC Young Fly.
The Record Bar will light up the Crossroads with 4 nights of live music this week, including Mr. and The Mrs. with Broken Arrows, Brent Windler & Noel Bond from Sons of Great Dane and the Matt Mason Duo, beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and The Love Hangover – the 20th anniversary of an international music tradition – featuring Lauren Sullivan, Shawn Splawn, Laurel & Ben Parks, The Country Duo (Kasey Rausch & Marco Pascolini, and Anna Cole & Steve Tulipana beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! – Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. Two shows are set for 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Sprint Center.
Sprint Center will serve as the epicenter of the region’s entertainment scene this week, as we bid farewell to a legend; welcome a country icon and his “friends and heroes” and groove to a Super Bowl halftime performer. Here’s what on tap this week:
- Elton John – After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape, true global icon and superstar, Elton John will embark on his final tour “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” that reaches KC at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
- Blake Shelton has a history of demonstrating his support for the people in whom he believes; when he realized that fans across the country needed to hear music from his friends and heroes, he decided to bring them all out on the road. Friends & Heroes 2019 will reach Downtown at 7 p.m. Friday. Special guest Lauren Alaina joins Shelton for the run, along with special appearances by country icons the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins.
- Travis Scott = The multiplatinum superstar – fresh from a Super Bowl halftime performance with Adam Levine – will bring the second leg of his biggest tour yet, Astroworld: Wish You Were Here, to the Big Town at 8 p.m. Sunday. Special guest Wes Shreck.
The Truman will be light up the East Crossroads this week with three back-to-back shows, including: Rainbow Kitten Surprise with special guest Mt. Joy in a sold-out performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Fidlar with The Sluts will headline Church of Lazlo’s E.D. Party at 9 p.m. Thursday; and Pop Evil featuring Don Jamieson and Them Evils at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including three productions this week:
- Big Bands Are Better features the evolution of the Big Band era! Enjoy the sounds of the Great American Songbook live on stage with a 10-piece Big Band. A Big Band in a theater with only seven rows! Performances run through Sunday, Feb. 24 at MTH Theater at Crown Center.
- Polkadots – This new musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot, the first Polkadot in an all Square school. Inspired by American civil rights history: Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school, and the Little Rock Nine, who integrated Little Rock Central High School. This Theatre for Young America production opens Tuesday and runs through March 23 at City Stage at Union Station.
- 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 continue through Sunday.
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