Dirty Electric Light Orchestra
Thursday, Jan. 8, at Alamo Drafthouse
“Boogie Nights,” the 1997 movie about California’s pornography industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has a colorful soundtrack. Following a screening of the film at Alamo Drafthouse, Kansas City musicians, including members of Drew Black and Dirty Electric, will tackle selections such as Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” and Electric Light Orchestra’s “Livin’ Thing” in a benefit for the Mutual Musicians Foundation.
Tickets are $10 in advance through drafthouse.com/kansas_city/mainstreet.
Live jazz at the American Restaurant
6-9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday
Exquisite jazz now complements the outstanding food at the American Restaurant on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Shay Estes, the musical director of the venerable establishment, has given musicians a mandate to create “the most sonically affecting and interesting auditory wallpaper possible.” Vocalist Kelley Gant and pianist T.J. Martley are among the musicians featured this week.
Free. Details are available theamericankc.com.
Nick Schnebelen Trio
Friday, Jan. 9, at Trouser Mouse
Trampled Under Foot, long one of Kansas City’s most popular ensembles, disbanded in 2014. Guitarist Nick Schnebelen carries on the hard-rocking blues tradition with a trio. Listeners can expect Schnebelen to evoke inspirations including Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy at Trouser Mouse on Friday.
The cover charge is $5. Details are available at trousermousebar.com.
Mama Ray’s weekly jam session
Saturday, Jan. 10, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ
Both elite musicians and rank beginners are welcome at a Saturday afternoon forum that’s often cited as the longest-running weekly blues and jazz jam session in Kansas City. Hosted by keyboardist Diane “Mama” Ray, the jam session typically draws a packed house to the barbecue restaurant.
Free. Details are available at bbslawnsidebbq.com.
Saturday, Jan. 10, at the RecordBar
Iowa City’s the Sapwoods create the sort of joyous, jangle-laden indie rock that has fallen out of favor in recent years. The unfashionable music is best experienced with a drink in one hand while the other is clasped around the waist of a dance partner. With Drew Black and Dirty Electric and Merit Badge.
Tickets are $7 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Riot Room
An endorsement by Tech N9ne guarantees a rapper an avid base of followers in the Kansas City area. Dalima, a speed rapper from Kansas City, Kan., who is featured on a track on Tech N9ne’s 2006 album “Everready,” tops a bill that also includes local hero the Popper. Also with Ill Nino, King Fresh, Influence & U-Neek.
Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Granada
Like a goth angel descended from disco heaven, Zola Jesus is a spectral artist responsible for an outsized portion of the most celestial dance music of recent years. She’ll debut her new mainstream sound Wednesday at the Granada. With Deradoorian.
Tickets are $13 in advance through thegranada.com.
The Black Lillies
Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Knuckleheads
More personable and substantially grittier than many of their peers in the burgeoning Americana scene, Knoxville’s the Black Lillies are capable of entertaining country traditionalists on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and inspiring wild-eyed revelers at neon-lit barrooms.
Tickets are $12 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Liberty Hall
One of the most popular American reggae bands, Rebelution is opening its annual winter tour in Lawrence. The Californians are touring in support of “Count Me In,” a breezy project that was named the best-selling reggae album of 2014 by Billboard magazine. With Katchafire.
Tickets are $20 in advance through libertyhall.net.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Riot Room
Celebrants who prefer that electronic dance music be stripped to its party-minded essence will be rewarded with undiluted bacchanalian beats at the Riot Room on Wednesday. The Hi-Yahs, a DJ and producer from Dallas, specializes in roof-raising bangers. With Beazytymes and Moody J, SwaggleRock and Futuro.
Tickets are $15 in advance through theriotroom.com.