Roll the highlight reel for what’s happening in Downtown KC – Monday to Sunday, Sep. 23-29:
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, featuring Grammy-nominated Tycho with special guest Poolside at 8 p.m. Friday; and the KC Wing Fest, a full-on wings competition with Live music beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Crown Center, 2405 Grand – Coming, KC Oktoberfest, presented by KC Bier, a celebration of Bavarian heritage modeled after the traditional Munich Oktoberfest in Germany on Oct. 4 & 5. KC’s largest Oktobertfest celebration will feature world-class music and entertainment, menus crafted after the genuine tastes of Bavaria, and family-friendly games and activities inspired by those played in Europe.
Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. – Coming, the 37th annual Folly Jazz Series will present An Evening with Branford Marsalis – one of the most influential and respected figures in contemporary music – at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. The evening will begin with a JazzTalk at 7 p.m., featuring Steve Kraske of KCUR’s Up-To-Date.
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico – One of the earliest, and best, accounts of travel along the Santa Fe Trail came from a young physician, Rowland Willard, who trained in St. Charles, Missouri, and set off for the Southwest in 1825. His journals and subsequent autobiography chart a journey that took him to Chihuahua, Mexico, providing a rich account of life on the trail and medicine on the frontier. His journey will be the focus of a special program at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, the dazzling center will present …
- The Abduction from the Seraglio – The Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents this risqué rom-com, which transplants Mozart’s trademark melodies to 1930s Tinseltown, where a “legitimate businessman” kidnaps a dishy deb with even prettier pipes and locks her away in his swanky nightclub. This inspired romp concludes this week with three performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- We Work for Change featuring Cindy McCain, philanthropist, businesswoman, and wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain, for an afternoon of empowerment at the Women’s Foundation’s “We Work for Change” Annual Event, presented by Bank of America. This sold-out appearance is set for 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall.
- Renee Elise Goldsberry – Star of the original Broadway cast of Hamilton, Goldsberry makes her Kansas City Symphony debut in this special benefit concert at 8 p.m. Saturday for Kansas City Young Audiences’ community arts education programs. The phenomenally gifted Tony- and Grammy Award®-winning vocalist will perform Broadway hits and songbook staples like “People Get Ready” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” plus a moving tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
- UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony – This extraordinary evening with feature Conservatory faculty Zachary Shemon performing Joel Love’s Solace, A Lyric Concerto for alto saxophone and wind ensemble. Shemon is a member of the lauded PRISM Quartet and enjoys a versatile solo and chamber performance career. The performance is set for 7 p.m. Sunday in Helzberg Hall.
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester. This week, rockin’ the East Bottoms with 11 live shows, including Roger Clyne and Dalton Domino perform on their 20th anniversary Honky Tonk Tour at 8 p.m. Thursday; and the Blues Kitchen 20th Anniversary Show with Damon Fowler, Freedom Affair, Womanish Girl with Katy Guillen and Stephanie, Junebug & The Porchlights, and Turkey Bone & Full Count at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland, 1228 Main St. This week, Maggie Rogers, the acclaimed producer/songwriter/performer, will be featured at 8 p.m. Tuesday, performing songs from her debut album, Heard It In A Past Life; and comedian Bert Kreischer will light up the Big Town with two stand-up performances on Thursday and Friday nights. His stand-up special BERT KREISCHER: SECRET TIME is currently streaming globally on NETFLIX.
Union Station – 30 W. Pershing Rd. This week, Harry Potter Day will consume Science City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Click here to explore the day’s busy schedule. PLUS, this is the final week for the amazing Stonehenge exhibition, open daily through Sunday only, Hurry to discover remarkable stories of the prehistoric people who lived, worked and were buried in the landscape around Stonehenge. Coming next, Genghis Khan will invade beginning Oct. 24. Buckle up!
LIVE THEATER – This week, a peek behind the curtain reveals five productions happening this week:
- Folk Yeah! – Break out the banjos, guitars, mandolins and more, as the MTH Theater presents the best folk tunes of all time. From Bob Dylan to Simon & Garfunkel to Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Joan Baez and more will be in the spotlight at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at MTH Theater in Crown Center.
- Jesus Christ Superstar – The Arts Asylum and This Happy Breed present Superstar for the 50th anniversary of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical. Performances run through Oct. 12 at The Arts Asylum.
- King Hedley II – KC MeltingPot Theatre presents this 1980s portion of August Wilson’s 10-play The Pittsburgh Cycle, which examines the African-American through the 20th century. Considered Wilson’s darkest play, King Hedley II will reign through Oct. 5
- ‘Master Harold’ …And The Boys opens Wednesday on the City Stage at Union Station. Presented by the KC Actors Theatre, the story is a surprising and subtle reflection on how institutional racism and bigotry affects all of those living within it. This production stands to be an classic in its own right. Master Harold will run through Sunday.
- Rise Up! – Told from a modern-day perspective of four students in 2019 who make a class project about 1961’s Freedom Riders – citizens riding buses across Alabama and Mississippi in 1961, to stand up against segregation. Performances begin Tuesday and run through Oct. 20 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
LIVE MUSIC is on tap most nights at these Downtown clubs and joints: Blue Room Jazz Club, Black Dolphin, The Brick, Gem Theater, Green Lady Lounge, Hush, The Majestic Jazz Club, Mutual Musicians Foundation, The Phoenix, Prohibition Hall , throughout the Power & Light District, The Record Bar and The Ship.
AND, UNIQUE TREASURES are plentiful via Downtown museums and attractions, including the Airline History Museum, Downtown Airport; American Jazz Museum, 18th & Vine; Arabia Steamboat Museum, River Market; Black Archives of Mid-America, 18th & Vine; Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Union Station District; Boulevard Beer Hall, Westside; City Market, River Market; College Basketball Experience, Sprint Center; Garment District Museum, Garment District; Kansas City Public Library, Central Business District; Hallmark Visitors Center, Crown Center; Hy-Vee Arena, West Bottoms; Kansas City Museum, Corinthian Hall; Money Museum, Federal Reserve Bank of KC; National Archives, Union Station District; National WWI Museum and Memorial, Liberty Memorial; Legoland Discovery Center, Crown Center; Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 18th & Vine; Riverfront Heritage Trail, River Market area; Science City, Union Station; Sea Life Aquarium, Crown Center; 21c Museum Hotel, Historic 9th District; TWA Museum, Downtown Airport; and Union Station, Union Station.