The first week of June not only signals the approach of summer fun in Downtown KC, but also the opening of a June that is packed with arts and entertainment for the urban explorers in all of us, Roll the highlight reel for what’s coming up in Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, June 3-9:
Art in the Loop will kickoff Make Believe, a near five-month run in and around Downtown KC at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. Art Director Bo Hubbard will introduce all 15 participating artists in the annual public exhibition, including a spotlight on their artwork and performances. Tristian Griffin and James “SugEasy” Singleton will close with a hip-hop and contemporary dance, “When Two Worlds Meet.” To learn more, visit Art in the Loop.
City Market, 20 E. 5th St. This week, Veg Fest, a fun, immersive way to learn, sample, connect and discover how a plant-based lifestyle may be better for you, the environment, and animals. Veg Fest is set for 6-10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue featuring Seratones at 8 p.m. Tuesday; GRIZ on its Ride Wave Tour featuring Yung BAE and Dwilly at 8 p.m. Thursday; and $ellout & DJ Diehard in a free First Firday show at 8 p.m. Friday.
First Friday – KC’s hippest night this spring – is set for Friday with a sizzling collection of arts and cultural experiences throughout Downtown, including:
- ArtsKC, 106 Southwest Blvd. Featuring an exhibition by Miranda Clark from 5-8 p.m., as well as a Summerfest musicians at 7 p.m.
- City Market presents Be a Part of the Art, showcasing local artists who will demo their techniques and exhibit their works from 6-9 p.m. in Pavilion 1 in City Market Square, and the launch of Veg Fest from 6-10 p.m.
- Crossroads Arts District featuring arts organizations, galleries, studios, and a wide variety of local businesses in a celebration of local, regional and national artists and live entertainment from 5-9 p.m. Take a peek at the art galleries in the area at KCCrossroads.com.
- 18th & Vine is a cultural experience of music, art, food, and shopping on First Fridays year ’round. Shop local artists and a diverse array of food trucks from 4-9 p.m. in and around the Museums of 18th & Vine Atrium.
- Urbana First Friday – Come eat, drink, hear live music, see public art displays and more during this uniquely Kansas City experience beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at in the heart of the Power & Light District, including the Two Light Luxury Apartments.
- Warehouse Weekends – one of the finest vintage marketplaces in the country – flourishes every First Friday weekend (Friday through Sunday) in the West Bottoms.
Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. – This week, featuring the beloved Heartland Men’s Chorus will present the music of Queen. Oh, yeah... From their greatest hits to the ballads, the Chorus will croon like Freddie Mercury, as this visual masterpiece of a concert takes you on a wild ride through rock and roll history. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
HyVee Arena, 1800 Genessee, introduces a FREE live music series on Friday nights this summer. Singer Chole Rose will perform from 7-10 p.m. this Friday, and all ages are welcomed. Plus, the Bottoms Up bar will be open for business. Bottoms up..!
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, featuring…
- Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective … Ralph Steadman was the artistic yin to Hunter S. Thompson’s literary yang for 30 years, with Steadman providing exquisitely outrageous illustrations that were perfectly suited to Thompson’s gonzo writing. This special exhibition at the Central Library explores the full range of his inimitable work. Exclusive to the exhibition’s stay in Downtown: more than a dozen of Steadman’s images from his coverage of the 1976 Republican Convention in KC. Approximately 100 of Steadman’s original works are featured in the retrospective that runs through Sept. 8.
- Art in the Loop: Make/Believe will kickoff a near five-month run in and around Downtown KC at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Central Library. See entry above for more information.
- D-Day – special program on The Innovation, Problem-Solving and Physics Behind the Great Crusade at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. RSVP here.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, featuring four performances, including:
- National Geographic Live presents Adventures Among Orangutans at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Husband-and-wife team Cheryl Knott and Tim Laman have been studying, photographing and protecting wild orangutans in Borneo for more than 25 years.
- Kansas City Symphony presents Symphonic Metamorphosis plus Bach and Brahms at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall. The Symphony will feature one of the world’s preeminent pianists, Yefim Bronfman, to perform Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, an iridescent and dazzling work with a fiery finish.
- and… the 6th annual Future Stages Festival – the FREE one-day celebration for youth and families to experience a diverse range of performances and interactive arts activities – returns next week, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 16. RSVP for free right here.
Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town will be on fire this week 10 red-hot shows, including Keifer Sutherland at 8 p.m. Monday; Uriah Heep at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Rainmakers with the Nace Brothers at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland, 1228 Main – This week, will be smokin’ with two red-hot shows, including:
- Hozier celebrates his new album release with the Wasteland Baby! tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The opening act is Bailen.
- Brit Floyd – the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute band returns to KC with its most ambitious and biggest production yet; a very special 40th Anniversary celebration of Pink Floyd’s iconic rock opera, The Wall. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Power & Light District – This week, featuring Hot Country Nights with Granger Smith at 6 p.m. Thursday; Urbana at 5 p.m. on First Friday; Block Party with Dillon Francis at 6 p.m. Friday; Big Sky Nights with Drew Six at 7 p.m. Friday; Friday Live! with at 9 p.m. Friday; and … all in the KC Live! Block.
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. This week, will hold the beat of Downtown in its seats for two amazing nights:
- Luis Miguel – The GRAMMY® winning Mexican singer, icon, and one of the most successful artists in Latin American history, will light up the Big Town at 8:30 p.m. Thursday;
- Big Slick 10 Party & Show – Hosted by comic legends and hometown heroes Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, David Koechner and Eric Stonestreet, the annual Big Slick party moves to the Sprint Center this year to give more Kansas Cttians the opportunity to attend and support Children’s Mercy Hospital. In addition to the new location, organizers are also hinting at a ‘more music, more comedy’ change in Saturday night’s format. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Union Station – More than 1.5 million people annually travel to the south of England to experience Stonehenge – the mysterious wonder and World Heritage site, dating back 5,000+ years. Now, with this America’s premiere exhibition, the ancient marvel comes to life in this large-scale exhibition, suitable for all ages and featuring multiple hands-on interactives to amplify key elements of the monument’s mysteries. Open daily at Union Station. Click here for hours and to plan your visit.
West 18th St. Fashion Show – the acclaimed summer runway event – returns to the Crossroads Arts District at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The show is an independent platform for wearable art and design established in 2000. Founded to showcase regional creatives, the event has become an international event drawing a 2,000-plus audience on an outdoor catwalk on West 18th Street, in between Baltimore and Wyandotte streets. Click here for ticket information.
AND, LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz Club, Black Dolphin, The Brick, Green Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz Club, Mutual Musicians Foundation, The Phoenix, Prohibition Hall, The Record Bar, The Ship, and throughout the Power & Light District.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including one really, big show that opens this week:
- Oklahoma! – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains their most innovative. This re-imagined production will feature the recently restored libretto and updated orchestrations which includes banjo, guitar, fiddle and other sounds commonly associated with the Oklahoma territory. The classic opens Thursday at MTH Theater in Crown Center.