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Keith Urban hits the Sprint Center on Friday

Updated: 2013-11-07T12:32:29Z

By BILL BROWNLEE and LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

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 can’t disguise his pop leanings.

Although he may have more in common with his fellow “American Idol” judge Mariah Carey than with Waylon Jennings, Urban’s 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 Urban’s show Friday at Sprint Center. Tickets are $35 and $59.50 $37 and $61.50 in advance through AXS.com.

Mistletoe Madness

Lee’s 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 Olathe’s Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm Road. For more information, go to KCKiteClub.org.

To reach Lisa Gutierrez, call 816-234-4987 or send email to lgutierrez@kcstar.com.

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