Spring is barely a month old but you could say the summer music season is already upon us.
Jack White performs Tuesday at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, opening this year’s outdoor-concert season. It’s the first of dozens of shows, indoor and outdoor, on this year’s summer music calendar. Here’s a look at some of the biggest and most anticipated shows between now and Labor Day.
April 24: Jack White at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Because: He’s among the most dynamic/charismatic performers in music.
April 26: Chicano Batman at the Madrid Theatre
Because: Phrases like “tropicalia psychedelic soul” describe their music, and they cite James Brown and Caetano Veloso as influences.
May 4-5: MerleJam at Knuckleheads
Because: It’s a two-day benefit for St. Luke’s Hospital’s transplant fund. Performers include Robert Randolph and the Family Band, John Nemeth, Jason D. Williams and Jim Lauderdale.
May 5: Flyover 2018 at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Because: It’s an all-day hip-hop smorgasbord. The lineup: Post Malone, Lil Pump, Flatbush, Zombies, Jessie Reyez, Snow Tha Product, Saint Jhn, Ghostemane, Kamaiyah, Kodie Shane, Supa Bwe.
May 11: The Breeders at the Truman
Because: The Deal sisters are the real deal.
May 12: Little Steven at the Uptown Theater
Because: He’s Bruce Springsteen’s sideman. And Tony Soprano’s, too.
May 19: Jimmy Buffett at the Sprint Center
Because: Even when landlocked he throws the party-est shows.
May 22: James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at the Sprint Center
Because: You get two headliners in one show and they are two of the best singer-songwriters ever.
May 23: The Decemberists at the Uptown Theater
Because: Their music takes a sharp turn on the new album.
June 7: David Byrne at the Kauffman Center
Because: He will have them dancing in their seats in the house of the KC Symphony
June 7: Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Because: It will feel like St. Paddy’s Day in May.
June 15: Primus and Mastadon at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Because: It’ll be a prog-rock/metal riot.
June 20: Brandi Carlile at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Because: She has a dandy new album, and she’s an engaging live performer.
June 21: Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle at Starlight Theatre
Because: This is a dream lineup for all of their fans.
July 8: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at Starlight Theatre
Because: Neko hasn't been here in more than four years, and she has a new record on the way.
July 13: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with the Turnpike Troubadours at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Because: This is a prime alternative to mainstream country music. Also on the bill: Old 97's.
July 14: Kenny Chesney at Arrowhead Stadium
Because: Chesney holds Arrowhead’s concert-attendance record and he always throws a beer-bloated party. Openers: Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay.
July 14: The Village People at Crossroads KC
Because: They haven’t been here in almost 40 years, and their show is bound to be more fun than being at the YMCA.
July 20: Daryl Hall and John Oates with Train
Because: They’re bound to sing “Sara Smile.”
Aug. 1: Erasure at the Uptown Theater
Because: According to a recent review, “Erasure ... can still electrify a dance floor.”
Aug. 6: Alice Cooper at the Kauffman Center
Because: It will feature the first beheading at the Kauffman Center.
Aug. 14: Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper at the Sprint Center
Because: He still brings all the hits, and she still brings all the swagger and sass.
Aug. 16: Smashing Pumpkins at the Sprint Center
Because: It’ll be nearly the original lineup (no D’arcy), and Billy Corgan says he’s a new, better person.
Aug. 21: Toto at Crossroads KC
Because they’ll start a raucous, widespread sing-along when they sing “Africa.”
Sept. 1: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Knuckleheads
Because: The music and songwriting will be stellar.