‘Hamilton’ makes its long-anticipated arrival in Downtown KC on Tuesday at the Music Hall. The Broadway and global sensation will run through July 7.

The Kansas City debut of ‘Hamilton’; a re-imagined celebration of ‘Oklahoma’; the triumphant return of the Maker Fest; the stirring Taps at the Tower ceremonies; and the farewell tour of music legend George Clinton raise the bar for a memorable stretch of arts and entertainment this week in Downtown Kansas City. Roll the highlight reel for what’s coming to Downtown KC from Monday to Sunday, June 17-23:

After five decades of life on tour buses and Motherships, George Clinton is ready to retire from the road. His farewell tour features a Kansas City stop at Crossroads KC on Saturday.

Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, will rock the East Crossroads with three nights of live music, including:

Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. – Up nextKKFI Collaborations Live! featuring 10 unique performances in a fundraiser for KKFI 90.1FM Kansas City Community Radio, at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

HyVee Arena1800 Genessee, introduces a new, FREE live music series on Friday nights this summer. Nicki White will perform from 7-10 p.m. this Friday, and all ages are welcomed. The Bottoms Up bar will be serving.

A retrospective on the art of Ralph Steadman is open this summer at the Central Library.

KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective – a special exhibition of about 100 of his original works – are featured in the retrospective that runs through Sept. 8. at the Central Library Exclusive to the exhibition’s stay in Downtown is more than a dozen of Steadman’s images from his coverage of the 1976 Republican Convention in KC.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts1601 Broadway. This week, featuring:

  • Season Finale: Pictures at an Exhibition – The Kansas City Symphony’s 2018/19 season closes with one of the most celebrated and colorful works in the entire symphonic catalogue, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel. Audiences love every minute of Brahms’ intensely beautiful First Piano Concerto with its thrilling technical demands and magnificent conclusion, performed by returning special guest pianist Benjamin Grosvenor. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.

Knucklehead’s – the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town will be on fire this week 7 red-hot shows, including John Fullbright & Them Tulsa Boys at 8 p.m. Thursday and X The Band with special guest Dead Rock West at 8 p.m. Saturday.

 

The wildly popular Maker Faire returns to Union Station this weekend.

Maker FaireThis jam-packed celebration of creativity, innovation and hands-on fun returns this weekend to Union Station, as it has the last 8 years. The KC event is planned and delivered each year by the local maker community. For complete details, visit Maker Faire Kansas City.

Big Head Todd and The Monsters will return to Downtown KC this weekend to perform with Toad the Wet Sprocket lands at the Midland Theatre.

The Midland, 1228 Main – This week, will be jumpin’ with three shows:

National WWI Museum & MemorialEnjoy the beauty and simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the symbolism of the Liberty Memorial Tower at sunset during Taps at the Tower. Presented nightly for one week – today through Saturday – visitors are welcomed to have a picnic, play games and enjoy the outdoors leading up to sunset (8:45 p.m.), when Taps will be played during a brief, moving ceremony.

The KC Live! Block in the Power & Light District will be the place to be for all USA women’s soccer matches broadcast live from the World Cup in France.

Power & Light DistrictThis week, the KC Live! Block will be rockin’ for three huge events, including:

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. Up next, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Santana with The Doobie Brothers on Thursday, July 11. The three-month, 29-date Supernatural Now Tour will commemorate the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking, multiple Grammy-winning album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his momentous performance at Woodstock.

The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – This week, Alt Nation presents the Advanced Placement Tour featuring Hembree, Boxx and Warbly Jets at 8 p.m. Friday.

Union Station – More than 1.5 million people annually travel to the south of England to experience Stonehengethe 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.

AND, LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz ClubBlack Dolphin, The BrickGreen Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz ClubMutual Musicians FoundationThe Phoenix, Prohibition Hall , throughout the Power & Light District, The Record BarThe Ship … and, aboard the KC Streetcar from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1.

‘Oklahoma’ the re-imagined musical of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame is now showing at MTH Theatre in Crown Center.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including five magical productions this week:

  • Broadway and All That Jazz – The four-part series of Broadway songbooks comes to a close this season, as the final chapter – Songbook of the 80s to the Presentruns through July 14 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
  • Elephant and Piggie’s ‘We Are in a Play’ – This lively and irresistibly charming musical look at friendship has become one of the best-selling and loved young readers’ series of the past decade. The show continues through Aug. 4 at The Coterie in Crown Center.
  • Hamilton – The international sensation comes to Downtown KC for a three-week run beginning Tuesday at the Music Hall. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway. It is considered to be the story of America then, as told by America now. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • 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 runs through Sunday, June 30 at MTH Theater in Crown Center.
  • A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy novel for young people won the Newberry Medal and has become a modern classic of children’s literature. Theater for Young America presents this beloved production beginning Tuesday, and continuing until July 6 at the City Stage in Union Station.

For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out ArtsKCGo and VisitKC.com