Lawrence Field Day Fest
Thursday, July 14, through Saturday, July 16, at multiple venues
With most college students gone for the summer, townies in Lawrence and their music-loving brethren from Kansas City will have more than 50 locally based bands to themselves during the fifth installment of the Lawrence Field Day Fest. Rock stalwarts the Pedaljets, dreamy synth-pop artist La Guerre and hip-hop group Lincoln Marshall are among the performers at four Lawrence venues — the Bottleneck, the Replay Lounge, the Jackpot Music Hall and the Eighth Street Taproom — on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, July 14, through Saturday, July 16. The Bottleneck, Replay Lounge, the Jackpot and Eighth Street Taproom. hellohamhawks.wix.com/lawrencefielddayfest#!schedule/ccp3. Three-day festival passes are $25. The cover charges for individual shows vary.
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Saturday, July 16, at Arrowhead Stadium
Kenny Chesney’s latest single is titled “Noise,” but the music that will resound at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday will sound exceptionally harmonious to tens of thousands of country fans. Chesney, one of the most commercially successful country artists of the last 20 years, is joined by his illustrious colleagues Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion on the Spread the Love tour.
5 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Arrowhead Stadium. 800-653-8000. ticketmaster.com. $25-$225 in advance.
Saturday, July 16, at the Blue Room
A long parade of fresh-faced ingénues has momentarily enchanted members of Kansas City’s jazz and R&B communities during the past few decades. Respected veteran vocalist Ida McBeth simply keeps pouring her heart out every time she appears on a local stage. By investing songs like “I Will Survive” and “The Look of Love” with a lifetime of experience, McBeth sings with an authority that young upstarts don’t yet possess.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Blue Room. 816-474-8463. americanjazzmuseum.org. $15 in advance.
Buzz Beach Ball
Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, at Children’s Mercy Park
Event host 96.5 the Buzz brings classic rock groups Alabama Shakes and Cage the Elephant to headline the two-day Buzz Beach Ball festival. The Kansas City son-and-mother duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear is among the 21 additional acts appearing at the festival.
2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Children’s Mercy Park. 800-653-8000. buzzbeachballkc.com. $35-$131 in advance for Saturday and $45-$131 in advance for Sunday.
Monday, July 18, at the Riot Room
“I don’t know nothing ’bout Southern belles but I can tell you something ’bout Southern hell,” Adia Victoria wails on “Stuck in the South.” The acclaimed Nashville-based singer/songwriter subverts blues tropes on the harrowing song from her striking new album, “Beyond the Bloodhounds.” Her fresh approach to styles that often sound moribund makes Victoria one of the most intriguing artists of recent years. With Abandoned Bells.
8 p.m. Monday, July 18. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $10 in advance.
Monday, July 18, at the Gem Theater
A move from a church to the Gem Theater should allow admirers of François Rabbath to better experience and study his influential form. The octogenarian French double-bass master’s annual concerts eliminate the barriers between jazz and classical music without diluting the power of either form.
7 p.m. Monday, July 18. Gem Theater. 816-305-7559. kcbassworkshop.com. $25 in advance.
New Edition and Babyface
Tuesday, July 19, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
The members of the current version of New Edition promoted a forthcoming biopic about their boy band at last month’s BET Awards. While Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant will sing New Edition’s 1980s hits like “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Cool It Now,” Bobby Brown is not expected to join the group. The enormously accomplished R&B producer and crooner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds opens the show.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. 800-653-8000. ticketmaster.com. $45-$125 in advance.
Tuesday, July 19, at the Bottleneck
Although Whitney is one of the breakout bands of 2016, the Chicago group rocks like it’s 1976. The group featuring two former members of Smith Westerns plays the sort of soft rock associated with Dan Fogelberg and Bread. The retro approach has been embraced by fans whose votes landed Whitney in fourth place in NPR’s Your Favorite New Band of 2016 (So Far) poll. With Michael Rault.
9 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. thebottlenecklive.com. $12 in advance.
Sublime with Rome
Tuesday, July 19, at Crossroads KC
The members of Sublime began selling a cassette titled “Jah Won’t Pay the Bills” out of the trunks of their cars in 1991. The reggae/rock band from California is more popular than ever 25 years later. With Rome replacing late vocalist Bradley Nowell, Sublime continues to play party-minded jams like “Smoke Two Joints” and the revenge ode “Santeria” to appreciative celebrants. With Dirty Heads, Bleeker and Tribal Seeds.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. 785-749-3434. crossroadskc.com. $30.50-$82 in advance.
Wednesday, July 20, at Knuckleheads
Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans tops the bucket list of many music-oriented dreamers. Cha Wa offers an invigorating sampling of the sights and sounds of the colorful experience. In addition to interpreting staples like “Hey Pocky A-Way,” “Iko Iko” and “Li’l Liza Jane,” some members of the youthful New Orleans group perform in full Mardi Gras Indian regalia.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $10 in advance.
Wednesday, July 20, at Kauffman Center
The 1966 album “Pet Sounds” is universally hailed as a classic. The tour dedicated to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys masterpiece that’s viewed as Brian Wilson’s crowning achievement hasn’t enjoyed a similarly rapturous critical consensus. Reviews have ranged from “the saddest gig I’ve ever seen” by The Telegraph in England to calling the show a “magical — at times transcendent — night” from his recent performance in Phoenix.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-994-7200. kauffmancenter.org. $69-$109 in advance.
Panic! At the Disco, Weezer and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Wednesday, July 20, at Starlight Theatre
The most demonstrative rock tour of 2016 touches down at Starlight Theatre on Wednesday. Panic! At the Disco creates music that’s just as theatrical as the musicals that are regularly performed on the same stage. Led by the lovably neurotic Rivers Cuomo, Weezer has made soul-baring indie-rock for more than 20 years. The anthem-like songs of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness were heard at Boulevardia last month.
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $25-$75 in advance.
Wednesday, July 20, at Kauffman Stadium
Jessica Paige, one of the Kansas City music scene’s most valuable players, will be featured in a Royals pre-game concert as part of Ink’s Student Night celebration. The former “American Idol” contestant is likely to perform her original compositions and a handful of carefully curated covers an hour prior to Wednesday’s game against division rivals Cleveland.
6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. royals.com. The show is free for ticketholders to the game.