The former Notorious B.I.G. protégé performs an 8 p.m. show at the Midland on Friday with Rich the Factor. Jadakiss is known for drawing the ire of Bill O’Reilly after he released a song blaming George W. Bush for the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. Last spring he put out something a little less controversial: the mixtape “I Love You” as an ode to his fans. Tickets range from $35 to $100 atmidlandkc.com
.Benefit Art auction | Saturday
The Kansas City Artists Coalition holds its biggest annual fundraiser on Saturday. More than 150 artists have donated works to be sold, including Peregrine Honig, Mark Southerland, Philomene Bennett, Lou Marak, Anne Lindberg, Jim Sajovic, Miguel Rivera, Bowie Croisant, Tom Corbin and Cathy Broski. Above is Alicia Candiani’s mixed-media print “Fata Morgana.” The event at 201 Wyandotte begins with a silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by the live auction at 8 p.m. Proceeds help fund exhibitions and programs of the coalition. Details,KansasCityArtistsCoalition.org
.Mutemath | Thursday
A generation of action movie buffs probably knows Mutemath only for its rendition of the theme song to the soundtrack of the 2007 film “Transformers.” True fans know that the band was co-founded by Missouri native Darren King in 2001. While the New Orleans-based band found success with a sound that resembles the arena rock of U2 and Muse, several tracks on Mutemath’s recent release, “Odd Soul,” feature a bluesy element that should be particularly effective in a midsize venue like the Beaumont Club. Canon Blue, a moody act from Nashville, opens the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $27.Mardis Gras events | Friday through Tuesday
More than a dozen events are on tap to celebrate Mardis Gras in the Kansas City area, and perhaps none is bigger than the Power Light District’s annual festival on Saturday. The 21-and-older event includes a DJ on the outdooor stage with contests and bead giveaways. The party is free, but wristbands can be purchased for unlimited drinks from 8 to 11 p.m. and free cover at participating district bars all night. The wristbands are $20 in advance atmissiontix.com or $30 at the door.