The legendary Santana returns to the Big Town this week for a special night at the Sprint Center, featuring The Doobie Brothers.

Roll the highlight reel for what’s coming to the DowntownKC arts and entertainment scene this week – Monday to Sunday, July 8-14:

American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St. and National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Dr. This week, a collaboration between these two Downtown KC institutions for Catharsis – a two-part program on Monday that features a jazz workshop at 2:30 p.m. and a full-length concert at 6 p.m. by New York’s Ryan Keberle and Catharsis.

Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, presenting the Josh Abbott Band with guest William Clark Green at 8 p.m. Friday, and the KC Taco Fest featuring the MGDs from 3-10 p.m. Saturday.

Crown Center, featuring a summer packed with family fun, including Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog on exhibition now – for free – through Sept. 8. Up Next, the first Weekender of the summer, featuring food trucks, a local band and a classic movie under the stars beginning at 6 p.m. next Friday, July 12. The season will begin with a free showing Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope

Fringe FestivalNearing the start of the 15th annual KC Fringe Festival – a two-week performing and visual arts extravaganza spread across multiple Kansas City venues – some of its hottest acts will deliver a special preview at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library. Presentations range from short theater performances by Potluck Productions (Accidental Points of View), Impact Productions (T-Money Is Canceled), and Lezlie Revelle Zucker (The Kitchen Plays) to storytelling by Jamie Mayo (What a Woman Wants) and a Right Between the Ears radio play (Fantasmo vs. the Vampire Women). Fringe Festival Executive Producer Cheryl Kimmi hosts. This year’s festival expands to 15 days, opening Sunday and running through Sunday, July 28.


KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, featuring …

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts1601 Broadway. This week, presenting An Evening with Jane Fonda at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.

Knucklehead’s , 2715 Rochester. This week, the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town will be smokin’ hot this week 9 shows, including Shemekia Copeland with Ray Fuller at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Seth Walker at 8 p.m. Friday in the Gospel Lounge; and Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Gospel. Lounge.

The Midland, 1228 Main – Next up, MattyB, the 16-year-old pop singer/rapper from Atlanta, and special guests The Haschak Sisters, will light up Downtown at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

98 Degrees will turn up the heat in Downtown KC on Friday in the Power & Light District.

Power & Light DistrictThis week, the KC Live! Block will be swayin’ to Hot Country Nights featuring Midland at 6 p.m. Thursday; rockin’ to 98 Degrees at 6 p.m. Friday; and checking the thermostat with Thunder Down Under at 7 p.m. Friday at PBR Big Sky.

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. This week, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Santana with The Doobie Brothers on Thursday. 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. – Up next, Buckcherry with Joyous Wolf on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Union Station This week, featuring two special attractions, including:

  • USO-Style Swing Dance – Dance At The Depot is back and the hottest ticket in town! Don’t miss this evening starting with a dance lesson warm-up at 7:30 p.m., followed by live USO-style music featuring The Moonlight Serenade Forecast at 8 p.m. Saturday.
  • StonehengeThis U.S. premiere exhibition represents 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. Click here for hours and more.

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.

LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, including two colorful productions this week:

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