Festivals crowd the summer events calendar

05/21/2014 7:00 AM

06/03/2014 11:24 AM

With the beginning of summer, it’s time to celebrate things. And in the Kansas City area, we celebrate almost everything.

There are festivals honoring fruits, vegetables, critters, beverages, national heritages, music and even a 19th-century anti-slavery activist (that would be the John Brown Jamboree and Music Festival on June 18-21 in Osawatomie).

Of course, we also have our many county fairs, but they don’t fire up until July and August. The Fourth of July also will feature a bevy of area celebrations.

Until then, the focus will be on variety.

The Jiggle Jam Family Fest kicks off things this weekend at Crown Center Square, where music for children (and their parents) is the main attraction.

The following weekend (May 30-June 1) brings us Festa Italiana at Zona Rosa and Rockfest, a huge rock music festival at Liberty Memorial.

Then things will really heat up the first full weekend of June with a blitz of events that will include Old Shawnee Days, Downtown Days in Lee’s Summit and the Vaile Strawberry Festival at the Vaile Mansion in Independence.

From that point on, not a summer weekend goes by without a festival or fair of some kind in the area, with the Kansas City Irish Fest wrapping things up Aug. 29-31 at Crown Center. That weekend also will feature the huge Santa-Cali-Gon Days in Independence.

If you haven’t found something to your liking by that time, you just aren’t trying.

For more listings, go to Events.KansasCity.com.

FAIRS ANDFESTIVALS

Jiggle Jam Family Fest, May 24-25, Crown Center Square. kcjigglejam.com.

Westport Roots Festival, May 24, Westport District. westportroots.com

Festa Italiana, May 30-June 1, Zona Rosa. zonarosa.com

Rockfest, May 31, Liberty Memorial. rockfestkc.com

KosherFest, June 1, Congregation Ohev Sholom. ohev-sholom.com/kosherfest-details

Old Shawnee Days, June 5-8, Shawnee. oldshawneedays.org

Bluesfest, June 6-7, Oak Grove Park. gladstonechamber.com

Clara Brierly Festival of the Arts, June 6-8, Downtown Peculiar. downtownpeculiar.com

Downtown Days … Streets Alive! Festival, June 6-8, Downtown Lee’s Summit. leessummitdowntowndays.com

Greek Festival, June 6-8, St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Christian Church. stdionysios.org/festival/index.php

Sugar Creek Slavic Festival, June 6-7, Mike Onka Memorial Building grounds. slavicfest.com

Vaile Strawberry Festival, June 7, Vaile Mansion, Independence. vailemansion.org

Boulevardia, June 13-15, West Bottoms. boulevardia.com

Festival on the Trails, June 13-14, Downtown Gardner. festivalonthetrails.com

Juneteenth Parade and Celebration, June 13-14, Big 11 Lake, Kansas City, Kan. juneteenthkck.com

Parkville Jazz/Blues and Fine Arts Riverjam, June 13-14, English Landing Park. parkvilleriverjam.com

Scottish Highland Games, June 13-15, E.H. Young Park, Riverside. kcscottishgames.org

Conscious Living Festival, June 14, Evolving Magazine Conscious Living Center, Shawnee. evolvingmagazine.com

Crown Center Antique Festival, June 14-15, Crown Center Square. crowncenter.com/event-list/antique-festival-2014

Dragon Boat Festival and Races, June 14, Brush Creek on Country Club Plaza. kcparks.org.

Tonganoxie Days, June 14, Tonganoxie. tonganoxiedays.com

John Brown Jamboree and Music Festival, June 18-21, Osawatomie. osawatomieks.org

Fiesta Kansas City, June 20-22, Crown Center Square. fiestakansascity.com

Frontier Days, June 20-21, Edgerton. frontier-days.com

Kansas City Pride, June 20-21, West Bottoms area.

Jazz in the Woods, June 20-21, Corporate Woods, Overland Park. jazzinthewoods.com

Future Stages Festival, June 22, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org

Waterfest, June 27-29, Excelsior Springs. exspgschamber.com

Maker Faire, June 28-29, Union Station. makerfairekc.com

Booms & Blooms Festival, July 3, Powell Gardens. powellgardens.org

Riverfest, July 4, Berkley Park. kcriverfest.com

Salute! A Festival of Wine and Food, July 10-12, Lawrence Holiday Inn. salutewinefest.com

Bingham-Waggoner Antique and Craft Fair, July 12, Bingham-Waggoner Estate. bwestate.org

Cass County Fair, July 15-20, Pleasant Hill. pleasanthill.com

KC Fringe Festival, July 17-27, multiple venues. kcfringe.org

Amelia Earhart Festival, July 18-19, Atchison. atchisonkansas.net

Miami County Fair and Rodeo, July 19-26, Paola. miamicountykansasfair.com

Kansas City’s Big Picnic, July 20, Nelson Atkins Sculpture Park and Theis Park. kcparks.org

Platte County Fair, July 22-26, Platte County Fairgrounds, Tracy. plattecountyfair.com

Wyandotte County Fair, July 22-26, Wyandotte County Fairgrounds. wycofair.com

Johnson County Fair, July 28-Aug. 2, Gardner. jocokansasfair.com

Great Midwest Balloon Festival, Aug. 9-10, Kansas Speedway. midwestballoonfest.org

Festival of Butterflies, Aug. 1-3 and 8-10, Powell Gardens. powellgardens.org

Ethnic Enrichment Festival, Aug. 15-17, Swope Park. kcparks.org

Sly’s Rock the Block, Aug. 16, Union Station. kcparks.org

Tiblow Days, Aug. 21-23, Downtown Bonner Springs. bsedwchamber.org

Lawrence Busker Festival, Aug. 22-24, Downtown Lawrence. lawrencebuskerfest.com

Roots Festival, Aug. 22-23, Paola Park Square, Paola, Kan. rootsfestival.org

BaconFest, Aug. 23, Union Station. baconfestkc.com

Kansas City Irish Fest, Aug. 29-31, Crown Center. kcirishfest.com

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Independence Square. santacaligon.com.

Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Aug. 30-Oct. 13, weekends, Labor Day through Columbus Day, Bonner Springs. kcrenfest.com

Spinach Festival, Sept. 6, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lenexa. lenexa.com/parks/festivals_spinach.html

OTHER EVENTS

Author John F. Ross will appear for “Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed,” May 22, National Archives at Kansas City, archives.gov/kansas-city

Shrine Rodeo and Demo Derby, May 22-24, Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Tonganoxie. shrinerodeo.com

“Running with Bonnie & Clyde: The Red Crown Symposium and Road Tour,” May 25, KC Improv. platteparks.com

“Super Kids Save the World,” May 24-Sept. 7, Crown Center Shops. crowncenter.com

The Ultimate Ladies Night: Attraction, May 24, Czar Bar. czarkc.com

Memorial Day Ceremony, May 26, National World War I Museum. theworldwar.org

An Evening of Mystery featuring: Alex Grecian, author of “The Devil’s Workshop,” and Will Thomas, author of “Fatal Enquiry,” May 28, Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

“A Cultural History of KC’s LGBT Social Scene: From Nightlife to Daylight,” Phantoms of Kansas City, May 30, Californos. phantomsofkc.com

Just for Her Event, May 30-June 1, Overland Park Convention Center. justforherexpo.com

Kansas City Heart Walk, May 31, Sporting Park. heart.org/kc

Crawl for Cancer, May 31, Power & Light District. crawlforcancer.org/kansascity

Pistons ‘N’ Pin Ups Car Show, May 31, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Pooches on the Parkway, May 31, Wilbur Young Park, Blue Springs. bluespringsgov.com

Annual KC Celebration of Life, June 1, Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors’ Park. kcparks.org

Jim Butcher for “Skin Game,” June 1, Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Author and former CIA division chief Mel Goodman will give lecture titled “Presidents and the CIA: From Truman to Obama,” June 3, National Archives. archives.gov/kansas-city

Jazzoo, June 6, Kansas City Zoo. jazzookc.org

Children’s Day and National Trails Day, June 7, Missouri Town 1855. jacksongov.org

Wornall/Majors House Museums Garden Tour, June 7, six garden spaces. wornallhouse.org

Under a Blue Moon Garden Party and Rare Plant Auction, June 8, Powell Gardens. powellgardens.org

Maya Angelou, June 10, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org

National Marina Day, June 14, Lake Jacomo. jacksongov.org

Ultimate Mud Battles, June 14, Gregory O. Grounds Park, Blue Springs. bluespringsgov.com/mudbattles

Jeff Shaara for “The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of The Civil War,” June 17, Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Graeme Simsion for “The Rosie Project,” June 19, Unity Temple on the Plaza. rainydaybooks.com

Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, benefits Children’s Mercy, June 20-21. bigslickkc.org

Box Hill Picnic, June 21, 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum. westporthistorical.com

Waldo Crawldo, June 21, Waldo. waldocrawldo.com

Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, June 26-July 3, Tivoli. kcgayfilmfest.com

Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle, June 27-28, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. lenexa.com/parks/festivals_bbq.html

Blue Springs Glowing Night Ride, Aug. 9, Wilber Young Park, Blue Springs. bluespringsgov.com

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition: “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” Sept. 6-Nov. 16, Wyandotte County Museum. wycomuseum.org

RUNS AND REC

Bad Prom Run 5K, May 23, Arrowhead Stadium. badprom.com/locations/kansas-city-mo

Amy Thompson Run 8K and 5K run/walk, May 26, Loose Park. amythompsonrun.org

Kids Triathlon, May 31, Gladstone Community Center. gladstonecommunitycenter.com

Miles Against Melanoma 5K run/walk, May 31, Blue Springs. mamkc.com

Boots and Daisy Dukes 5K, June 1, Bass Pro Shops, Independence. bootsanddaisydukes5k.com

Hospital Hill Run, June 7, Crown Center. hospitalhillrun.com

Dog-n-Jog, June 8, Country Club Plaza. hsgkc.org

Glow Run 5K, June 14, Arrowhead Stadium. glowrun5k.com/kc.html

Kevin Gray 5K run/walk, June 14, Sporting Park. sportkc.org

Tonganoxie Public Library 27th Annual Run for the Books, 5K/10K runs and 5K walk, June 14, Tonganoxie Public Library, 303 S. Bury St., Tonganoxie. TonganoxieLibrary.org.

Ultimate Mud Battles, June 14, Gregory O. Grounds Park, Blue Springs. bluespringsgov.com/mudbattles

Ride the Fountains Bicycle Tour, June 15, Union Station. kcparks.org

Leawood Midnight Run 5K, June 20, Leawood Justice Center. ksso.org/events

Tour of Kansas City Cycling Festival, June 20-22, New Longview Area, Lee’s Summit. tourofkc.co

Jazz in the Woods 5K, June 21, Corporate Woods. jazzinthewoods.com

Dirty Duo, June 21, Kansas Speedway. kcdirtyduo.com

Spirit Race 5K run/walk, June 21, Community America Ballpark. spiritrace.com

JCC Youth Triathlon, June 22, Jewish Community Center. jcckc.org

Scavenger Dash Kansas City, June 22, McFadden’s Sports Saloon. scavengerdash.com/kci.html

Putting the Boots to ALS 5K run/walk, June 28, Rockhurst High School. project5forals.org

Tour de Lakes, June 28, Longview Recreation Center. tourdelakes.org

CASA SuperHero 5K run/walk, June 29, Town Center Plaza. casakc.org/superhero5k

Double Road Race, June 29, Corporate Woods. doubleroadrace.com/overlandpark

Four on the Fourth 4-mile run/walk, July 4, Ward Parkway. wardparkwayfouronthefourth.com

Lenexa Freedom Run 5K and 10K, July 4, Old Town Lenexa. lenexa.com/parks/festivals_freedom.html

Stars and Stripes 5K run/walk, July 4, Summit Fair Shopping Center. starsandstripes5k.com

Missouri River 340, July 8, Kaw Point. rivermiles.com

Psycho Psummer Run 50K, 20-mile and 10-mile, July 12, Wyandotte County Lake and Park. psychowyco.com/id75.htm

Rock the Crossroads 5K, July 12, Crossroads KC. rockthecrossroads.com

UCP Shawnee Mission Triathlon, July 13, Shawnee Mission Park. ucptri.org

Julia’s Warriors Run For Hope 5K run/walk and mile walk, July 19, Smithville High School. juliaswarriorsrunforhope

Legendary 5K run/walk, July 19, CommunityAmerica Ballpark. tbonesbaseball.com

Mighty Mud Volleyball Tournament, Aug. 2, Hidden Valley Park, Blue Springs. bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Glowing Night Ride, Aug. 9, Wilber Young Park, Blue Springs. bluespringsgov.com

Farmstead Stampede 5K, Aug. 9, Deanna Rose Farmstead, Overland Park. opkansas.org/events/farmstead-stampede-op-5k

Midwest Meltdown Triathlon, Aug. 10, Lake Miola, Paola. midwestmeltdowntriathlon.com

Susan G. Komen Kansas City Race for the Cure 5K and 1-mile, Aug. 10, Union Station. komenkansascity.org

Rivalry Run 5K run/walk, Aug. 16, Power & Light District. therivalryrun.org

Jackson County Triathlon, Aug. 17, Longview Lake. jacksongov.org

Neon Dash, Aug. 23, Kemper Arena. neondash.com/locations/kansascity

Head For the Cure 5K, Aug. 24, Corporate Woods. headforthecure.org

Tour de Shawnee, Aug. 25, Shawnee. shawneekscvb.com

Black Light Run, Aug. 29, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Leawood Labor Day 5K, Sept. 1, Leawood City Park. leawood.org/parks/labordayrun.aspx

Heartland Heat Triathlon, Sept. 6, Tiffany Hills Park. kcparks.org

Broadway Bridge Run Half, Sept. 7, City Market. broadwaybridgerun.org

PERFORMING ARTS

Trey McIntyre Project dance company, May 22, Kauffman Center. hjseries.org

Kansas City Chorale, “The Concert for Double Chorus,” May 23, Redemptorist Church. kcchorale.org

Celebration at the Station with Kansas City Symphony, May 25, Union Station. kcsymphony.org

“Rat Pack,” May 27-June 1, Kauffman Center. kansascity.broadway.com

Daniel Belcher, baritone, May 28, Gano Chapel. hjseries.org

“August: Osage County,” May 30-June 15, Barn Players Theatre. barnplayers.org

Kansas City Symphony, Stern Conducts Verdi’s “Requiem,” May 30-June 1, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance, “The Women of Dance,” May 30-31, White Recital Hall, wylliams-henry.org

Kansas City Women’s Chorus, “Excelsior (Ever Upward),” May 31, Folly Theater. follytheater.org

“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” June 4-29, Unicorn Theatre. unicorntheatre.org

“The King and I,” June 5-22, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. metkc.org

Kansas City Symphony, Season Finale: Shostakovich, plus Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff, June 6-8, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

“The Pirates of Penzance,” June 6-8, 11-14; Shawnee Mission Park. theatreinthepark.org

“Rhapsody in Gershwin,” June 6-July 6, Quality Hill Playhouse. qualityhillplayhouse.com

George Li, pianist, June 7, Folly Theater. hjseries.org

Ben Folds with the Kansas City Symphony, June 10-11, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

“Cinderella,” June 10-28, H&R Block City Stage. tya.org

“The Wizard of Oz,” June 10-15, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

“Of Mice and Men,” Journeyman Theatre Company, June 12-15, 19-22; Just Off Broadway Theatre. journeymantheatre.com

Ballet North, “Beauty and the Beast,” June 13-14. balletnorth.com

Heartland Men’s Chorus, “Vegas Baby,” June 13-15. follytheater.org

Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, “Great Wind Serenades by Dvorak and Mozart,” June 13, Unity Temple on the Plaza. kcchamberorchestra.org

“Lysistrata Jones,” June 13-July 12, Off Center Theatre. egadstheatre.com

Kansas City Symphony, Symphony in the Flint Hills, June 14, Rosalia Ranch, Butler County. symphonyintheflinthills.org

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” June 17-Aug. 3, the Coterie. thecoterie.org

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: “The Winter’s Tale,” June 17-July 6, Southmoreland Park. kcshakes.org

“We Will Rock You,” June 17-22, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Kansas City Symphony, Recording Preview Concert: The Music of Adam Schoenberg, June 19, Kauffman Center. kcsymphony.org

UMB Big Bash, June 19, Uptown. umbbigbash.org

“Smokey Joe’s Café,” June 19-Aug. 24, New Theatre Restaurant. newtheatre.com

“Guys and Dolls,” June 20-22, 25-28; Shawnee Mission Park. theatreinthepark.org

“Legally Dead,” Mystery Train Theater, June 27-Aug. 16, multiple sites. kcmysterytrain.com

Owen/Cox Dance Group, “Memory Palace,” June 28, Spencer Theater. owencoxdance.org

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” July 2, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

“Honk!” July 4-6, 9-12; Shawnee Mission Park. theatreinthepark.org

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” July 8-13, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

“Amazing Grace,” July 10-Aug. 24, Chestnut Fine Arts Center. chestnutfinearts.com

“Monty Python’s Spamalot,” July 12-26, Lewis and Shirley White Theatre. jcckc.org

Summerfest, July 12-Aug. 3, White Recital Hall and Country Club Christian Church. summerfestkc.org

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” July 18-20, 23-26; Shawnee Mission Park. theatreinthepark.org

“Noises Off,” July 18-Aug. 3, Barn Players Theatre. barnplayers.org

“Sound of Music,” July 25-31, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

“Ragtime,” Aug. 1-3, 6-9; Shawnee Mission Park. theatreinthepark.org

“South Pacific,” Musical Theater Heritage, Aug. 7-24, Off Center Theatre. mthkc.com

Barn Players Annual Benefit Concert, Aug. 15-17, Barn Players Theatre. barnplayers.org

Kansas City Symphony, “Pops in the Park,” Sept. 1, Shawnee Mission Park. kcsymphony.org

“Behind the Veil, Next to the Water Cooler,” Journeyman Theatre Company, Sept. 4-8, 11-14, 17-21; Just Off Broadway Theatre. journeymantheatre.com

“Our Town,” Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Sept. 5-28, Spencer Theatre. kcrep.org

VISUAL ART

Robert Morris’ “Glass Labyrinth” Opening Event, May 22, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. nelson-atkins.org

Prairie Village Art Show, May 30-June 1, Prairie Village Shops. pvkansas.com

Crossroads Conversations: Miki Baird and Garry Noland with Danny Orendorff, May 31, Kemper Museum. kemperart.org

Artist Talk: Jarrett Mellenbruch, June 6, Kemper Museum. kemperart.org

First Friday in the Crossroads, June 6, Crossroads Art District. kccrossroads.org

“Kansas City Flatfiles Exhibition,” June 6-Sept. 27, H&R Block Artspace. kcai.edu/artspace

Liberty Arts Squared, June 6-7, Liberty Square. libertyartssquared.org

St. Joseph Sculpture Walk, June 12-13, Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph. stjoearts.org/sculpturewalk

“Caricature, Fashion and Fantasy,” June 18-Dec. 14, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. nelson-atkins.org

Third Friday Art Walk, June 20, Englewood Arts and Entertainment District. englewoodstation.com

Crossroads Conversations: Linda Lighton and Mark Southerland with Erin Dziedzic, June 21, Kemper Museum. kemperart.org

Spotlight Artist Presentation: On Location with Barry Anderson, June 27, Kemper Museum. kemperart.org

“Waggle Dance” by Kyla Strid, June 27-July 25, Lawrence Arts Center. lawrenceartscenter.org

Heartland Art Guild International Miniatures Art Show, June 30-Aug. 2, Miami County Historical Museum, Paola. paolachamber.org

Nelson-Atkins Young Friends of Art Summer White Party, July 11, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. nelson-atkins.org

First Friday in the Crossroads, July 4, Crossroads Art District. kccrossroads.org

“Tall Grass. Deep Water” by Chris Wolf Edmonds and Pam Sullivan, July 11-Aug. 23, Lawrence Arts Center. lawrenceartscenter.org

Art and Wine Stroll, July 12, Downtown Paola. paolatourism.org

Third Friday Art Walk, July 18, Englewood Arts and Entertainment District. englewoodstation.com

First Friday in the Crossroads, Aug. 1, Crossroads Art District. kccrossroads.org

Third Friday Art Walk, Aug. 15, Englewood Arts and Entertainment District. englewoodstation.com

“2nd Annual Art of the Fountains,” Sept. 5-26, Buttonwood Art Space. buttonwoodartspace.com

First Friday in the Crossroads, Sept. 5, Crossroads Art District. kccrossroads.org

Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival, Sept. 6-7, Crown Center Square. kcchalkandwalk.org

MUSIC

Hoodie Allen, May 22, Czar Bar. czarkc.com

Jeff Lorber Fusion, May 22, Gem. americanjazzmuseum.com

Blues Cruise Reunion, May 23-25, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Joanne Shaw Taylor, May 23, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Metronomy, May 23, Granada. thegranada.com

Tony Bennett with Antonia Bennett, May 23, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org

Explosion Cumbiambera, May 24, Memorial Hall. ticketmaster.com

KC’s Monsters of Mock featuring Almost Kiss, KC/DC and Looks That Kill, May 24, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com

Skrillex, May 24, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Westport Roots Festival, May 24, Westport District. westportroots.com

Mayday with Loogey, Skitzo, Trilogy and Mizury, May 25, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Eric Paslay, May 29, Kansas City Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Animals As Leaders with Conquering Dystopia and Chon, May 29, Granada. thegranada.com

Joe Ely, May 30, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

The Naked & Famous, May 30, Kansas City Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Cher, May 31, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Rockfest featuring Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and more, May 31, Liberty Memorial. rockfestkc.com

Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham, June 1, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Under the Streetlamp and Gentleman’s Rule, June 1, Midland. midlandkc.com

Vampire Weekend, June 2, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

The Bloody Beetroots, June 3, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

The Monkees, June 4, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Asleep at the Wheel, June 5, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Infected Mushroom, June 5, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Anthony Hamilton, June 6, Midland. midlandkc.com

Rodney Crowell, June 6, Folly Theater. follytheater.org

Chris Cagle, June 5, Kansas City Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Songwriting With Soldiers featuring Darden Smith, Radney Foster and Jay Clementi, June 6, MAAA in the Crossroads. maaa.org

Backstreet Boys with Avril Lavigne, June 7, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Bilal with Eric Roberson, June 7, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

John Butler Trio with Frank Turner, June 7, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Kelley Hunt, June 7, Granada. thegranada.com

Radney Foster, Darden Smith and Jay Clementi, June 7, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Black Joe Lewis, June 8, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

Collective Soul, June 8, VooDoo. voodookc.com

Red Elvises, June 8, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder, June 8, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Dog Fashion Disco with Psychostick, June 10, Aftershock. aftershockshows.com

Steve Earle, June 10, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Vintage Trouble with Samantha Fish, June 10, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Band of Skulls with Deap Vally, June 11, Granada. thegranada.com

Black Tide with Signal Threat, Affiance and Hatchet, June 11, Aftershock. aftershockshows.com

Dar Williams, June 11, Liberty Hall. libertyhall.net

Shooter Jennings and Waymore’s Outlaws with Jesse Harris & the Gypsy Sparrows, June 11, Kanza Hall. oneblocksouthkc.com

Alaturka, June 12, RecordBar. therecordbar.com

Ampichino with Philthy Rich and more, June 12, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Frankie Ballard, June 12, Kansas City Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Don McLean and Judy Collins, June 13, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips, June 13, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Bob Weir and Ratdog, June 14, Midland. midlandkc.com

JT Hodges, June 14, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Logic with Quest and Castro, June 15, Granada. thegranada.com

Moe. with Pimps of Joytime, June 15, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana, June 15, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Bettye LaVette, June 16, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Lauryn Hill, June 16, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with Old 97’s, June 17, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com

Unknown Hinson, June 17, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Aaron Neville, June 18, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Guided by Voices, June 18, Granada. thegranada.com

Jackie Green, June 18, RecordBar. therecordbar.com

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, June 18, Midland. midlandkc.com

Blood on the Dance Floor with Millionaires, Haley Rose, Collapse the Masses and Sweet Ascent, June 19, Granada. thegranada.com

Darius Rucker, June 19, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Nashville Pussy, June 19, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

The Avett Brothers, June 20, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Krayzie Bone, June 20, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Making Movies and Ha Ha Tonka, June 20, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Asher Roth, June 21, Czar Bar. czarkc.com

Cosmic American Music featuring Dollar Fox, Dead Voices, Potters Field and The Phil, June 21, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

The Foreign Exchange, June 21, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre with Split Lip Rayfield, Mountain Sprout and more, June 21, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Night of the Proms, June 21, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Don Williams, June 22, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Future with Rico Love and Que, June 22, Midland. midlandkc.com

Chris Robinson Brotherhood, June 22, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

Peter Murphy, June 22, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

James Taylor, June 23, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Dave Rawlings Machine, June 24, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Deafheaven with Pallbearer and Wreck and Reference, June 24, Granada. thegranada.com

John Hiatt and the Combo and the Robert Cray Band, June 24, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Ray Lamontagne with the Belle Brigade, June 24, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Los Lonely Boys, June 25, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Widespread Panic with Galactic, June 25, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, June 26, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

The Fray with Barcelona and Oh Honey, June 27, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Junior Brown, June 27, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth, June 27, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Robert Randolph and the Family Band, June 28, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Tech N9ne, June 28, Midland. midlandkc.com

Kongos, June 30, Midland. midlandkc.com

Dark Star Orchestra, July 1, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

MKTO, July 1, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

The Antlers, July 2, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Xavier Rudd, July 2, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

311 with the Urge, July 3, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Conor Oberst with Dawes, July 3, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

Jackson Browne, July 3, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Max, July 3, Czar Bar. czarkc.com

County Road 5, July 3, Kansas City Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Sarah McLachlan, July 3, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Under the Sun Tour featuring Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Cracker, July 5, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Boy & Bear, July 6, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station, July 6, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Michael Franti with Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall, July 8, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson with Mary Lambert, July 9, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Zepparella, July 9, RecordBar. therecordbar.com

The Outlaws and Blackhawk, July 10, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Randy Rogers Band, July 10, Kansas City Live! powerandlightdistrict.com

Delbert McClinton, July 11, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Miranda Sings, July 12, Folly. follytheater.org

Paquita La Del Barrio, July 12, Kauffman Center. kauffmancenter.org

The Rock N Roll Dream Concert, July 12, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Trampled Under Foot, July 12, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Journey and Steve Miller Band with Tower of Power, July 14, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Cannibal Corpse, July 15, Granada. thegranada.com

Lucero and Murder By Death with the Delta Saints, July 15, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Paul McCartney, July 16, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Bob Schneider with Dawn and Hawkes, July 16, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield, July 16, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Cody Canada with Damn Quails, July 17, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Man or Astro-Man? with Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, July 17, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Old Crow Medicine Show, July 17, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Steely Dan, July 19, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Panic! At the Disco with Walk the Moon, July 20, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Goblin with Hate Eternal and the Stolen Babies, July 21, Granada. thegranada.com

Gary Clark Jr., July 22, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

New Edition, July 22, Midland. midlandkc.com

Hayes Carll, July 23, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Jurassic 5 with Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies, July 23, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

7 Seconds, July 25, Czar Bar. czarkc.com

Chubby Carrier, July 26, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Machine Head, July 26, Granada. thegranada.com

Pat Metheny Unity Group and Bruce Hornsby, July 26, CrossroadsKC. crossroadskc.com

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, July 26, VooDoo. voodookc.com

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with Stagnant Pools, July 27, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Matthew Sweet & His Band, July 29, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Ted Nugent, July 29, Midland. midlandkc.com

Justin Timberlake, July 30-31, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Vans Warped Tour, July 31, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

American Idol Live 2014 Tour, Aug. 1, Midland. midlandkc.com

OneRepublic, Aug. 1, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Warren Hood Band, Aug. 1, MAAA in the Crossroads. maaa.org

Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog, Aug. 1, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Monsters 2014 tribute concert, Aug. 2, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Tori Amos, Aug. 2, Midland. midlandkc.com

Motley Crue and Alice Cooper, Aug. 3, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

10 Years with Crobot, Aug. 4, Aftershock. aftershockshows.com

Chicago and REO Speedwagon, Aug. 7, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Hundredth, Aug. 7, Granada. thegranada.com

Yes, Aug. 7, Midland. midlandkc.com

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Aug. 8, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Fall Out Boy, Aug. 9, Starlight Theatre. kcstarlight.com

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Aug. 9, VooDoo. voodookc.com

The Talbott Brothers with Tyler Gregory, Aug. 9, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

Earth, Wind & Fire, Aug. 12, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

OK Go, Aug. 12, Riot Room. theriotroom.com

Miley Cyrus, Aug. 12, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Earth, Wind & Fire, Aug. 12, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Eric Johnson, Aug. 12, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Ziggy Marley, Aug. 13, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Boston with Kansas, Aug. 14, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Rod Stewart and Santana, Aug. 14, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand, Aug. 14, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Bernard Allison, Aug. 15, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Great White and Slaughter, Aug. 16, VooDoo. voodookc.com

Umphrey’s McGee, Aug. 16, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

Imelda May, Aug. 17, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, Aug. 17, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Gipsy Kings with Ole’ Noys, Aug. 18, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Katy Perry, Aug. 19, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Nickel Creek, Aug. 19, Uptown. uptowntheater.com

Reverend Horton Heat with Pinata Protest and Red Eye Gravy, Aug. 21, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

Bobby Messano, Aug. 22, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Cage with Sadistik, Maulskull and Grooms & Katie, Aug. 22, Bottleneck. thebottlenecklive.com

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck, Aug. 23, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

B.J. Thomas, Aug. 29, Knuckleheads. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com

Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry with Plain White T’s, Aug. 29, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Alabama, Aug. 30, Starlight. kcstarlight.com

Ed Sheeran, Sept. 2, Sprint Center. sprintcenter.com

Vine Street Rumble, Sept. 5, MAAA in the Crossroads. maaa.org

Buddy Guy with Quinn Sullivan, Sept. 6, Yardley Hall. jccc.edu/theseries

Deja Vu tribute concert, Sept. 6, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. cricketwirelessamp.com

Joss Stone and Infamous Stringdusters, Sept. 7, Crossroads KC. crossroadskc.com

COMEDY

John Henton, May 22-25, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Janet Williams, May 28-31, Stanford’s Comedy Club. stanfordscomedyclub.com

Bo Dacious, May 29, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

D.L. Hughley, May 30-June 1, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Steve-O, June 5-7, stanfordscomedyclub.com

Ben Bailey, June 6-8, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Colin Kane, June 12-14, stanfordscomedyclub.com

Mitch Fatel, June 12-15, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Nice Peter, June 13, Granada. thegranada.com

Luis Powell-Moreno, Ace, Jeffrey Baker, Leigh Nelson and Maeret Lemons, June 15, Czar Bar. czarkc.com

Ali Wong, June 19-21, stanfordscomedyclub.com

Pablo Francisco, June 19-22, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Eddie Izzard, June 20, Midland. midlandkc.com

Eddie Ifft, June 25-28, stanfordscomedyclub.com

Earthquake, June 27-29, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Shawn and Marlon Wayans, July 11-13, Kansas City Improv. improvkc.com

Martin Plant, Aug. 30, Czar Bar. czarkc.com

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