Roll the highlight reel for what’s cooking in a HUGE week of arts and entertainment in Downtown Kansas City – Monday to Sunday, Oct. 7-13:
City Market, 20 E. 5th St. This week, Jump into fall with Bounce-tober Fest and KC Brew & Chew – two great events joined together from 5-10 p.m. Saturday for a great night of fun for all ages. Enjoy live music with KC favorite CHERRY BOMB, plus: yard games, aerial arts performances with Voler Thieves of Flight, roaming entertainers, craft beer & wine tasting experience*, bounce houses, prizes and great food at City Market restaurants and MORE! Admission and parking are free.
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. This week, presenting Samantha Fish returns to KC after months on the road. The blues queen will rock the house at 8 p.m. Friday. Opening acts are Shaw Davis & the Black Ties and Brody Buster; and GWAR will tear the house down at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Crown Center, 2405 Grand – This week, presenting Brick or Treat – a ghoulishly good time inside the world’s spookiest box of LEGO bricks beginning Friday. See what spooktacular activities lurk around every creepy corner at LEGOLAND Discover Center.
Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. – This week, featuring The Bacon Brothers featuring their new album Play on their Shaky Grounds Tour – a Knuckleheads‘ production – at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Having played music together since they were kids, the Bacon Brothers are fiercely devoted to the cause of making music, undeterred by fame, fortune or the pitfalls that frequently obstruct the path to success.
KC Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. This week, the Central Library will feature Here We Are, a discussion of a new memoir by Aarti Shahani, who chronicles her family’s immigration experience, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; and Bluecoat and Pioneer, the recollections of John Benton Hart from 1864-1968, as told by his great grandson and author, John Hart at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway. This week, the dazzling center will present seven lush performances, including:
- Sounds Relaxing: Meditative – The Kansas City Symphony presents this soothing evening of meditation and music featuring Relax and Renew trainer Anita Bailey at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Helzberg Hall.
- Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer with special guest Rakesh Chaurasia – These leading virtuosos touch every stylistic corner of the musical world. Fleck has reinvented the image and sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career. Hussain is a tabla player of the highest order, whose brilliant performances have earned him worldwide fame. Meyer is an accomplished composer and masterful instrumentalist. Join this super-group and special guest flutist Rakesh Chaurasia for a can’t-miss musical experience at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Helzberg Hall.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin – friends for more than 30 years – will appear on stage together as an intimate acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories. This special performance will feature the acclaimed songwriters performing material from their vast cataloges as well as some of their favorite songs beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in Helzberg Hall.
- Carmina Burana – The Kansas City Ballet presents this hugely popular and insatiably indulgent celebration of life and love. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a pulsating choral work that provides an incredible landscape for choreographed spectacle. Most have experienced Carmina Burana in choral presentation, but few have seen it as it was originally imagined. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and continue through next Sunday, Oct. 20 in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre.
- The Cotton Club Revisited – The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to the great artists who emerged from the Cotton Club during the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance at 8 p.m. Friday in Helzberg Hall. Come dance the night away, as the orchestra takes you back to the time of Ellington, Armstrong, and Calloway! Tux and tails not required but highly encouraged!
- Kelli O’Hara – The Harriman-Jewell Series presents this Broadway star in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Helzberg Hall. Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on stage, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to the Big Town for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.
Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester. This week, KC’s favorite honky tonk will be rockin’ the East Bottoms with 13 live shows, including The Bacon Brothers with The Nace Brothers at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Folly Theater; John McEuen & The String Wizards at 8 p.m. Thursday; and The Drifters at 8 p.m. Friday.
The Midland, 1228 Main St. This week, lighting up the Big Town with four big performances, including:
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 presents The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour featuring show creator and original host Joel Hodgson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
- Skillet & Alter Bridge on their Victorious Sky Tour beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Dirty Honey will open the concert.
- The X Ambassadors featuring Bear Hands and LPX will get the party started at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.
- Kevin Gates – The Baton Rouge-rapper, along with YK Orsis, Rod Wave and SDoT, will take the ol’ Midland for a wild ride beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday
Power & Light District – This week, celebrating the season with this weekend with:
- The Dave Baker Band will be rockin’ Big Sky Nights at 7 p.m. Friday;
- Cornucopia – the Ultimate Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday in the PNC Plaza. Enjoy the first annual Cornucopia festivities, complete with family-friendly activities, live entertainment, food/drink tastings and more. Click here for complete details.
- Oktoberfest Live – Leinenkugel’s Leinie Lodge & Beer Garden presents this Oktoberfest celebration beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday in the KC Live! Block. Featuring traditional Oktoberfest contests and games, Wiener Dog races, seasonal beers, great food, prizes, live entertainment and more!
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand. This week, presenting Hugh Jackman – the Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer- in The Man. The Music. The Show tour to Downtown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Jackman will perform hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra and special guest appearance by Keala Settle.
The Truman, 801 E. Truman Rd. – This week, presenting PNB Rock at 8 p.m. Tuesday; Cigarettes After Sex at 7 p.m. Friday; An Evening with Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Dragula Tour featuring the Boulet Brothers at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Union Station – 30 W. Pershing Rd. Coming … Genghis Khan is preparing to invade Downtown KC, as the next major exhibition at the Station, beginning Thursday, Oct. 24; and Spookfest is cooking up some Halloween fun on Friday evening, Oct. 26 at Science City.
LIVE THEATER – This week, a peek behind the curtain reveals six productions happening this week:
- Dragons Love Tacos – The popular 2012 book by Adam Rubin has been turned into a musical by Ernie Nolan and Chris LaPorte, and Theatre for Young America will present it to open its 2019-20 season. Dragons runs through Nov. 9 at City Stage Theater in Union Station.
- 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 Saturday at The Arts Asylum.
- The Melody Lingers On – This first show of its Silver Anniversary Season is a re-imagined look at the very first show we produced in 1995. Intimate, original, funny, and exciting, the cabaret revue is a celebration of Irving Berlin, the father of the American Songbook. Performances run through Nov. 3 at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
- Ragtime – This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America tells the timeless story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream. The Tony Award winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. Ragtime opens Wednesday and runs through Oct. 27 at MTH Theater in Crown Center.
- 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 run through Oct. 20 at The Coterie at Crown Center.
- Sensatia, Cirque Cabaret – Prepare to be transported to an interactive multimedia performance blending spectacular acrobatics, state-of-the-art visuals, live music, perfumery, and creative culinary concepts to arouse each of the five senses: taste, touch, sight, smell and sound. Fusing film, live music, awe-inspiring acrobatics, projection mapping, culinary arts and more, this Quixotic experience promises a truly unique multi-sensory experience. Quixotic’s residency show returns from Miami Beach to embark on its first Kansas City residency each weekend of October and November in the Quixotic Theater at Crown Center (formerly American Heartland Theatre).
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.