The John Primer Blues Band
Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ
Muddy Waters died in 1983 but the innovations of the blues giant are kept alive by his many disciples. John Primer, 70, is one of the truest practitioners of Chicago blues. Waters’ former bandmate is the main attraction at BB’s Lawnside BBQ’s two-day Muddy Waters Celebration.
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The cover charge is $8. Details are available at bbslawnsidebbq.com.
Friday, April 3, at the Riot Room
Long before electronic dance music became dominated by agitated industrial beats, DJs and producers like Mark Farina of Chicago fused funk, jazz and hip-hop into soulful soundscapes. Farina is best known for his sublime Mushroom Jazz compilations.
Tickets are $5 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Friday, April 3, at the RecordBar
In combining the frothiness of Katy Perry, the catchiness of Taylor Swift and the folk leanings of the Lumineers, Brooklyn’s Oh Honey has crafted a gleeful sound designed to appeal to a giddy generation of young celebrators. With Public and Nick Santino.
Tickets are $12 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys
Saturday, April 4, at the Westport Saloon
Kansas City’s Rex Hobart and the Misery Boys issued four albums on Bloodshot Records at the height of the alternative country movement. The band will celebrate the release of a new recording on the locally based Little Class Records at the Westport Saloon on Friday.
Free. Details are available at westportsaloon.com.
Shovels & Rope
Saturday, April 4, at the Bottleneck
The tempestuous partnership of the popular musical duo the Civil Wars couldn’t be sustained, but Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, a married couple from South Carolina, create similarly compelling folk-rock as Shovels & Rope. With Inlaws.
Tickets are $17 in advance at thebottlenecklive.com.
Swearing at Motorists
Sunday, April 5, at the Riot Room
Swearing at Motorists, a self-effacing power-pop duo from Dayton with ties to the like-minded indie-rock legends Guided By Voices, accurately describes itself as “critically acclaimed and commercially unsuccessful since 1995.” With DTCV, Josh Berwanger and Schwervon.
Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Monday, April 6, at the Midland
Jungle seamlessly blends the classic soul and R&B of the past with the electronic-enhanced dance music of today. The stylish collective from London will host an exuberant dance party at the Midland theater on Monday.
Tickets are $9.65 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Father John Misty
Tuesday, April 7, at the Granada
The songs of John Tillman, the complicated man behind Father John Misty, contain a striking combination of painful confessions and gallows humor. He’s touring in support of “I Love You, Honeybear,” an album that’s likely to top many year-end album polls. With King Tuff.
Tickets are $20 in advance through thegranada.com.
Tuesday, April 7, at the Midland
Milky Chance is one of the primary instigators of the current wave of reggae-oriented pop and indie-rock hits. The German duo melds the sultry sound of Jamaica with icy electronic elements on radio smashes including “Stolen Dance.”
Tickets are $18 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Tuesday, April 7, at Knuckleheads
The novel roots-rock trio Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is the rare ensemble that’s just as capable of entertaining an audience of rowdy young punk rockers at Warped Tour as it is pleasing older blues and country aficionados at nightclubs. With Blacklist Royals.
Tickets are $15 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.