Keith Urban became one of the biggest names in country music by delicately skirting authentic country sounds. The handsome Australian is a pop star camouflaged as a country artist. The token banjo inflections and obligatory references to rural settings cant disguise his pop leanings.
By BILL BROWNLEE and LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
Although he may have more in common with his fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey than with Waylon Jennings, Urbans crossover sounds are undeniably enjoyable.
Little Big Town, best known for the suggestive crossover hit Pontoon, and Dustin Lynch, a singer rarely seen without his cowboy hat, open Urbans show Friday at Sprint Center. Tickets are $35 and $59.50 $37 and $61.50 in advance through AXS.com.
Lees Summit Parks & Recreation hosts a holiday shopping mart at the Gamber Center, 4 S.E. Independence Ave. Jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, hand-crafted items. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 816-969-1580.
Second Sunday Fly
Before the snow flies, fly a kite. The Kansas City Kite Club gathers every second Sunday of the month. Bring your own kite or just watch. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday near Shelter 1 at Olathes Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road. For more information, go to KCKiteClub.org.