Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance
Thursday, Nov. 24, at the Kansas National Guard Armory
The lighting ceremony that takes place on the Country Club Plaza every Thanksgiving may be Kansas City’s most famous seasonal tradition, but music lovers have long preferred the annual Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance. This year’s edition of the high-spirited BYOB event includes performances by Theodis Ealey, a soul-blues artist from Natchez, Miss., the local blues-rock favorites Trampled Under Foot and Kansas City blues man Millage Gilbert. A buffet is included with the price of admission.
10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. Kansas National Guard Armory. 816-982-9238. ticketkc.com. $45 in advance.
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David Wax Museum
Friday, Nov. 25, at Knuckleheads
David Wax Museum, the Virginia-based ensemble led by David Wax and Suz Slezak, gained traction last year when the title track of its “Guesthouse” album unexpectedly received a spate of radio play. The minor hit doesn’t fully reflect the essence of David Wax Museum’s alluring Tex-Mex sound. The band describes “A La Rumba Rumba,” a six-song EP released earlier this month, as “a colorful exploration of the Latin American folk music that has inspired us over the years.”
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $15 in advance.
Friday, Nov. 25, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Kenny Rogers knows when to fold ’em. The iconic star of stage, screen and chicken restaurants has pledged that he will retire at the conclusion of his current Gambler’s Last Deal tour. Area concertgoers will have one last chance to sing along with Rogers on a small portion of the dozens of hits he has accumulated over a decades-long career. The choruses of “Lucille,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream” and “The Gambler” will be imbued with a combination of joy and sadness on Friday. With Linda Davis.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. 816-442-6100. silversteineyecentersarena.com. $19-$100 in advance.
Reach presents Buttonpush
Friday, Nov. 25, at MiniBar
What Kansas City rapper Reach lacks in commercial success is made up for in the respect he has earned among members of the Kansas City hip-hop community. Stacy Smith, the man who performs as Reach, has tirelessly nurtured positive elements in Kansas City’s rap scene for more than a decade. Buttonpush, the hip-hop party at MiniBar curated by Reach, is emblematic of his approach. The show includes performances by Christian rapper Below the Messenger and beat-makers including Leonard Dstroy and Ace Fadal.
9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. MiniBar. 816-326-8281. minibarkc.com. The cover charge is $5.
Friday, Nov. 25, at Mills Record Co.
Customers of Mills Record Co. know the music retailer doubles as a performance venue. Near the conclusion of a busy Black Friday celebration that includes the vinyl release of titles by artists ranging from Erykah Badu to the Beach Boys, the store will host a free acoustic performance by seasoned troubadour Mike Doughty. Best known as the leader of the eclectic hip-hop/folk collective Soul Coughing, Doughty will interpret songs from his new solo album “The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns.”
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Mills Record Co. 816-960-3775. millsrecordcompany.com. Free.
Saturday, Nov. 26, at RecordBar
A post about Saturday’s show at the site of the record label Indyground insists that “promoting hip-hop in the Midwest is not the easiest thing to do.” The challenge hasn’t dissuaded Ray Pierce, the man who raps as Steddy P, from fighting a good fight. His label has released more than 30 albums in the last 10 years. Pierce and his collaborators will celebrate their tenacity at Saturday’s 10th anniversary party. Farout, DJ Mahf and Second Hand King are among the performers.
10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $10 in advance.
Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Uptown Theater
Yellow Claw is riding in the slipstream of the hottest musical act in the world. Songs by the Chainsmokers have been streamed billions of times on Spotify and YouTube. The like-minded Dutch duo Yellow Claw has racked up a comparatively modest play count numbering in the hundreds of millions for its pop-oriented electronic dance music. Most musicians can only dream about the sort of success Yellow Claw has achieved in the shadow of the Chainsmokers.
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $25 in advance.
Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Riot Room
David Ramirez, a weather-beaten singer/songwriter who grew up in Houston and is currently based in Austin, extols life’s ethereal wonders on one song and revels in miserable hard-luck travails on the next. He confesses that he feels conflicted about the status of his low-key career on his latest album, “Fables.” Ramirez suggests that “some days I miss playing the street” and questions his aspirations after encountering “a plumber down in Arkansas” who writes superior songs as a hobby.
8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $12 in advance.
The Good Life
Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Bottleneck
“Are You Afraid of Dying?” the new single by the Good Life, is a glorious celebration of morbidity. Tim Kasher groans “I thought you’d never ask” as the song opens, as if the listener had just posed the question in the title directly to him before admitting “I’m afraid of the pain.” Kasher, an indie-rock veteran, first achieved renown with the often ferocious band Cursive. He opts for slightly less frenzied sounds in the Omaha-based ensemble the Good Life. With Jake Bellows and Field Mouse.
8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. thebottlenecklive.com. $12 in advance.
Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Uptown Theater
Fun-loving rapper Mac Miller was born in Pittsburgh in 1992. Positioned as an antithetical Eminem, he fills his work with genial songs about drinking, smoking and flirting. Miller’s everyman persona compensates for his mediocre flow. Many of his fans love Miller precisely because he looks and sounds just like them. Rather than acting as an artful exhibition of cutting-edge hip-hop, consequently, Tuesday’s concert will merely be the best party in town.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $35 in advance.
Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the VooDoo
“Am I Evil,” the headbanging anthem released by Diamond Head in 1980, is one of heavy metal’s greatest obscurities. Only a cover by Metallica prevented the song from being completely forgotten by all but the most obsessive metal aficionados. The British band is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a tour in support of a new self-titled album. Diamond Head’s original guitarist, Brian Tatler, will lead his band in renditions of potent but little-known repertoire on Tuesday. With Kansas City Bastards.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. VooDoo. 816-472-7777. ticketmaster.com. $19.75-$27.75 in advance.
Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Bottleneck
Indifferent leaders of the ongoing garage-rock renaissance, Los Angeles band Together Pangea plays scuzzy songs about hangovers, anxieties and the relationship problems that ensue. The group refined its bad attitude with a master miscreant last year. Tommy Stinson, a member of the legendarily chaotic rock bands the Replacements and Guns N’ Roses, produced Together Pangea’s most recent release, “The Phage.” Belligerence never sounded so good.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. thebottlenecklive.com. $10 in advance.