From Yardbird to 816 Day; Happy Together to The Producers; and from Sam Smith to Victor & Penny … Downtown will be in party mode all week long. Let’s roll the highlight reel for the week in arts and entertainment – Monday to Sunday, Aug. 13-19:
Charlie Parker Celebration – A city-wide celebration of jazz in Kansas City opens on Thursday and continues to next Saturday, Aug. 25. Celebrate the life and legacy of Kansas City native, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker with this 10-day celebration that is jam-packed with education sessions, public programs, and music at the greatest jazz venues in Kansas City! The Charlie Parker Celebration features talented jazz musicians, educators, and scholars, alongside our 2018 Artists-in-Residence. For complete details, visit http://charlieparkercelebration.com/
City Market will play host to the second annual VegFest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in City Market Park, where mindfulness meets consumerism. VegFest is a great way to learn more about how changing to a plant-based lifestyle is better for you, the environment and animals. VegFest is family-friendly, welcome to all and free to attend!
Dinosaurs Revealed – Travel back 252 million years to discover dinosaurs that inhabited what is now North America. Your hands-on trek will bring you face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. The world premiere of Dinosaurs Revealed is on exhibit through Jan. 6 at Union Station.
816 Day – Downtown Kansas City will celebrate 816Day – a “holiday” inspired by Kansas City’s area code to celebrate civic pride and everything that’s great about KC on Thursday, Aug. 16. Yep, 8/16 is 816Day. For the complete rundown of 816Day celebration locations, simply do816.
Folly Theater is closed for a $2.5 million renovation that will yield a more a streamlined box office and bar reconfiguration, a unified lobby space, and an updated reception space. To learn more, visit The Folly 2020 Campaign. The next scheduled Folly performance, An Evening with Gillian Welch, is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will relive the countless solid gold hits of the 1960s and 1970s with the Happy Together Tour at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The tour is crossing the country for its ninth consecutive year, featuring six headline artists: The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders), and The Cowsills. C’mon get happy! What more do you need?
Knuckleheads Saloon– the hottest honky tonk in the Big Town – features 11 smokin’ shows this week, including Dan Tedesco in the Gospel Lounge at 8 p.m. Friday, and Tim Montana & The Sherdnecks at 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Midland will rock this city with three shows this week, including Old Crow Medicine Show with Victor & Penny at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Marisela y Amanda Miguel starting at 8:30 p.m. Thursday; and Chris D’Elia on his Follow the Leader Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday.
National WWI Museum and Memorial presents For Liberty: The American Jewish Experience in WWI now through Nov. 11 in the Wylie Gallery. Hailed as “remarkably prescient” by The New York Times, this special exhibition examines the American Jewish battlefield and homefront participation through a series of remarkable stories and objects.
Power & Light District will rule the heart of Downtown with its free Hot Country Nights concert featuring Girls with Guitars with Ashley McBride and Jillian Jacqueline at 7 p.m. Thursday in the KC Live! Block.
Sprint Center will be the epicenter for major league fun this week, as three superstar tours light up the heart of Downtown, including:
- The Smashing Pumpkins roll into town with their Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour – their first in nearly 20 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha – at 7 p.m. Thursday. Special guest is Metric;
- Keith Urban brings his Graffiti U World Tour – featuring Kelsea Ballerini – to the Big Town at 7 p.m. Friday;
- Sam Smith celebrates the release of his second album, The Thrill of it All, with his North American tour that slides into KC at 8 p.m. Saturday. Special guest is Beth Ditto.
The Truman will be dark this week, but returns with two concerts next week.
LIVE THEATER is thriving on Downtown stages, although there’s only one – albeit amazing – production this week:
- The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners! The original Mel Brooks Broadway production won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards! The madcap production runs through Sunday, Aug. 26 at the MTH Theater at Crown Center.
ARTS – your guide to arts and culture in greater Kansas City:
- ArtsKCGo is the new, online guide to arts and cultural events in greater Kansas City – including Art in the Loop, Charlotte Street, First Fridays, the upcoming premiere of the City’s all-new arts festival, Open Spaces, plus all other Downtown-centric arts events.
LIVE MUSIC – of all tastes and flavors – is performed at these Downtown venues on most nights:
- Angel’s Rock Bar in the Power & Light District
- The Black Dolphin in the Crossroads
- Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Brewery Emperial in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Brick in the Crossroads Arts District
- The Dubliner in the Power & Light District
- Garment House in the Downtown Loop
- Gem Theater in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
- Howl at the Moon in the Power & Light District
- KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
- Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
- Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
- Leinenkugel’s Kansas City in the Power & Light District
- The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
- The Midland in the Downtown Loop
- Mosaic Ultra Lounge in the Power & Light District
- Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
- The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
- PBR Big Sky in the Power & Light District
- Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
- Record Bar in the Crossroads
- The Ship in the West Bottoms
- Stockyards Brewing Company in the West Bottoms
- The Truman in the East Crossroads – Coming soon!
MUSEUMS are alive and well throughout Downtown, including these 16 destinations:
- Airline History Museum in Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport
- American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- American Royal Museum in the West Bottoms
- Arabia Steamboat Museum in the City Market
- Black Archives of Mid-America in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Hallmark Visitors Center at Crown Center
- Historic Garment District Museum in the Downtown Loop at 801 Broadway
- Kansas City Museum in northeast KC at 3218 Gladstone Blvd.
- Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- National Archives of Kansas City, west of Union Station
- National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame at the Sprint Center
- The National WWI Museum and Memorial at Liberty Memorial
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
- Science City at Union Station
- TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport
- Union Station Gallery at Union Station
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.com