Friday, Sept. 9, Saturday, Sept. 10, Sunday, Sept. 11, in Sugar Creek
The first performance at Dancefestopia begins at 4:20 p.m. on Friday. The marijuana-friendly time isn’t an accident. Mind-bending substances and outdoor electronic dance music festivals are inextricably linked. Bear Grillz, a DJ who performs joke-laden songs in a bear costume; Bingo Players, a Dutch act known for disorienting beats; and Gramatik, a producer who bills himself as “a part-time musician and a full-time comedian,” are among the more than 30 acts at the three-day festival.
4:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; noon Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11. LaBenite Riverfront Park, Sugar Creek. 877-987-6487. dancefestopia.com. Several ticket and camping options are available. Three-day general admission passes are $189 in advance.
Friday, Sept. 9, at the Granada
Frightened Rabbit is a terribly misleading band name. The Scottish indie-rock group might be more accurately titled Miserable Sod or Heartbroken Misanthrope. There’s not a lot of joy to be found on the band’s five albums. The title of the 2010 song “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” reflects the group’s bleak outlook. The quintet has a kindred spirit in Aaron Dessner of the National. Dessner produced “Painting of a Panic Attack,” Frightened Rabbit’s latest collection of exquisitely mopey songs. With Into It Over It.
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. The Granada. 785-842-1390. thegranada.com. $18 in advance.
CROSSROADS MUSIC FEST
Saturday, Sept. 10, at multiple venues
Hundreds of adventurous music lovers will flock to the Crossroads Arts District on Saturday to sample a cross-section of the three dozen locally based ensembles that will perform on nine stages as part of the Crossroads Music Fest. Radkey, the youthful trio of brothers who have captivated audiences around the world with their splashy makeover of punk, headline the 12th edition of the annual showcase. Many of the area’s most respected jazz, rock, country, folk and blues artists are also participating.
6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Multiple venues in the Crossroads Arts District. 816-994-7869. cmfkc.com. $20 in advance.
Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Vince Gill seems like a holdover from an earlier era. While he’s only 59, Gill’s genial approach and tasteful versatility seem out of place at a time when social media controversies and computer-based recordings dominate the music scene. Gill’s sweet tenor, astonishing guitar work and craftsmanship as a songwriter have been pleasing fans of country, bluegrass and pop since he sang the seductively smooth Pure Prairie League hit “Let Me Love You Tonight” in 1979.
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $39.50-$69.50 in advance.
Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Folly Theater
While he’s not nearly as famous as Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney, Roger McGuinn has done almost as much as those icons to alter the sound of rock ’n’ roll. McGuinn, 74, co-founded the Byrds in 1964. The influence of the innovations fomented by McGuinn and his band mates continues to reverberate throughout rock and country 52 years later. A presentation of Bill Shapiro’s longstanding public radio program “Cyprus Avenue,” Saturday’s concert is likely to offer insights into classic recordings like “Eight Miles High” and “Chestnut Mare.”
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. $15-$55 in advance.
Saturday, Sept. 10, at Providence Amphitheater
Trace Adkins assumes the role of a hard-partying rebel on his recent single “Jesus and Jones.” The country star sings that he caroms between “stone cold sober” and “just plain stoned” and “between Jesus and (George) Jones.” The Louisiana native will also perform earlier hits including the outlandish “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and the good-timing “Ladies Love Country Boys” during his headlining performance at Saturday’s concert sponsored by radio station Country 94.1. With John Michael Montgomery, Little Texas and Six Degrees West.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. providenceamp.com. $19-$89.50 in advance.
DRIVIN N CRYIN
Saturday, Sept. 10, at Knuckleheads
Perennial also-rans in the alternative rock sweepstakes of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Drivin N Cryin never achieved the crossover success of peers like R.E.M., Soul Asylum or the Black Crowes. It’s likely that the Atlanta band’s imprudent disregard of genre limitations — Drivin N Cryin mixed Southern rock, folk, metal and arty indie-rock — may have confused listeners and music industry executives. Kevin Kinney, the band’s vocalist and bandleader, will reward the loyalty of broad-minded fans at Knuckleheads on Saturday.
10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $15 in advance.
BAND OF HEATHENS
Saturday, Sept. 10, at Knuckleheads
The Band of Heathens, a hard-touring group from Austin, Texas, makes its second appearance in five months at Knuckleheads on Saturday. The protracted work of the rugged Americana group has led to a couple of unlikely gigs this year. The Band of Heathens performed on Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise and was among Pearl Jam’s opening acts at a Colorado festival. The group’s lived-in form of country-rock is exemplified by terrific covers of the Band’s “Bessie Smith” and the Jayhawks’ “Blue.” With Lee Harvey Osmond.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $15 in advance.
Sunday, Sept. 11, at RecordBar
John Moreland may never come within a country mile of the pop charts, and he doesn’t possess even a smidgen of the glamour of musical celebrities like Rihanna. Yet many observers hail Moreland as one of the most important talents to emerge in recent years. The singer/songwriter from Tulsa works in the tradition of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Moreland’s agonizing compositions such as “Cherokee” are capable of breaking the hearts of even the most hardened listeners. With Anthony da Costa.
7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $15 in advance.
Monday, Sept. 12, at the Riot Room
Dee-1 has created an aspirational anthem for hip-hop fans who are burdened by the heavy weight of student loans. “Sallie Mae Back” is one of the funniest hip-hop songs of 2016. Rather than boasting that he owns a Maybach luxury sedan, Dee-1 subverts the rap cliché by shouting that “I finished paying Sallie Mae back.” Two days after Monday’s show, the Christian rapper will speak at a forum about financial literacy at his alma mater, Louisiana State University. The Xtraordinairs are among the opening acts.
8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $10 in advance.
TEGAN & SARA
Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Tegan & Sara has completed an admirably successful transition from a heralded indie-rock act to a conventional pop powerhouse. Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quinn created striking alternative rock songs like “Walking With a Ghost” in the first half of the last decade. More recent projects, including their playful performance of “Everything Is Awesome,” the theme song of the 2014 film “The Lego Movie,” reflect their newfound appeal to fans who enjoy the music of Katy Perry. With Shura.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $30.50 in advance.
Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Crossroads KC
Admirably uncompromising, Bob Mould is a hero of the indie-rock revolution. After testing the limits of noise during his initial years with Hüsker Dü, Mould wrote durable songs such as the 1987 hit “Could You Be the One?” for the Minneapolis band. A stint in the much-loved power trio Sugar and an expansive solo career have further enhanced Mould’s reputation. He’s touring in support of his 12th solo album “Patch the Sky,” a release that plays to his strengths as a songwriter and guitarist. With Fury Things.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. crossroadskc.com. $25-$66.50 in advance.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Uptown Theater
Beth Hart is a blues survivor. The native Californian gained a foothold in the music industry when she landed a recording contract in 1993 after competing on “Star Search.” Yet it wasn’t until she began collaborating with blues-rock guitar hero Joe Bonamassa in recent years that Hart found a large audience for her emotive singing. Accompanied by a band featuring guitarists PJ Barth and Jon Nichols, Hart will showcase her entrancing vocals at Wednesday’s show.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $35-$75 in advance.
Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Kauffman Stadium
Lorenzo Cain’s wide smile might be the most endearing trait of the many lovable qualities of the colorful members of the Kansas City Royals roster. The Phantastics are the musical equivalent of Cain’s charming grin. The ensemble’s exuberant blend of R&B, funk and hip-hop makes it one of Kansas City’s best party bands. The Phantastics perform prior to Wednesday’s game against the Oakland A’s as part of Ink’s Student Night celebration.
5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. royals.com. The show is free for ticket holders to the game.