Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Midland Theater
Since signing to Glassnote Records in 2014, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear have performed their anachronistic folk music on “Late Show With David Letterman” and at prestigious festivals. The mother-and-son duo will act as hometown heroes on Thursday. With Luluc.
Tickets are $15 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Uptown Theater
A rumor that the Spice Girls were reuniting for a tour excited fans of 1990s pop. Nostalgic people might be better served by securing tickets to see Fifth Harmony. The American quintet’s current hit “Worth It” is just as catchy as a Spice Girls hit. With Natalie La Rose, Bea Miller and Common Kings.
Tickets range from $25 to $55 in advance through uptowntheater.com.
Friday, Aug. 21, at the Sprint Center
Dave Grohl’s boundless enthusiasm and interest in the history of music has made him rock ’n’ roll’s most effective ambassador. He’ll preach about the curative powers of heavy guitar riffs and uplifting melodies as the leader of the Foo Fighters on Saturday. With Royal Blood.
The face value of tickets to the sold-out concert range from $33 to $73 through sprintcenter.com.
Friday, Aug. 21, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
The members of Lady Antebellum have worked their way to the top of the country hierarchy by combining the sound of “Rumours”-era Fleetwood Mac with the appealing bluster associated with the slick machinery of contemporary Nashville. With Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.
Tickets range from $30 to $59.75 in advance through cricketwirelessamp.com.
Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire
Friday, Aug. 21, at Starlight Theatre
It’s almost impossible to imagine the music of Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire without the ensembles’ vibrant horn sections. Hits like Chicago’s “Saturday in the Park” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star” will delight fans of classic rock and R&B on Saturday.
Tickets range from $25 to $125 in advance through kcstarlight.com.
Friday, Aug. 21, at Harlings
Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Mills Record Company
A challenging blend of adventurous math-rock and jarring jazz, HMPH! is a fascinating new locally based instrumental ensemble. The duo will celebrate the vinyl release of its debut album “Headrush” at performances on Saturday and Wednesday. Rhunes and Arc Flash open Saturday’s show.
The cover charge is $5. Details are available at facebook.com/events/103481890004019.
On An On
Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Riot Room
Touring in support of its second album “And the Wave Has Two Sides,” Minneapolis band On An On is drumming up interest in a fashionable modern rock sound that evokes the elegant pop of Passion Pit and the pretty folk of Sufjan Stevens. With Eliot Sumner and Dosh.
Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Split Lip Rayfield
Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Bottleneck
One of the most influential bands to combine bluegrass with thrash metal, Wichita’s Split Lip Rayfield put Kansas on the alternative country map in the late 1990s. The band has forged ahead following the 2007 death of the massively talented Kirk Rundstrom. With the Ants and Julian Davis.
Tickets are $13 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
Carswell & Hope, David George & A Crooked Mile (album release), and Kristie Stremel
Saturday, Aug. 22, at the RecordBar
Although many locally based musicians focus on sonic experimentation, the artists featured Saturday at the RecordBar perform tried-and-true variations of heartland rock. The show is the record release party for “Radiant Man,” the new album by David George & A Crooked Mile.
Tickets are $10 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Incubus and Deftones
Sunday, Aug. 23, at Starlight Theatre
A pair of engaging rock bands that enjoyed their commercial peaks about a dozen years ago are joining forces on a co-headlining tour. Incubus are known for slinky indie-rock. Deftones are metallic alchemists. With Death From Above 1979 and the Bots.
Tickets range from $35 to $85 in advance through kcstarlight.com.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star