This week kicks off with the one of the biggest names in music: the great Kendrick Lamar at Sprint Center. And the week winds down with the one of the biggest names in indie rock: the mysterious Father John Misty at CrossroadsKC. Have a look below to find out how you’ll be spending your evenings this week.
08/16 Kendrick Lamar/YG/D.R.A.M. at Sprint Center
The last time King Kendrick was at Sprint Center, he opened up for Kanye West at what became an infamous show due to the small crowd size (Dec. 3, 2013). Kendrick’s world has changed a lot since then. In hip hop and music in general, there aren’t too many names bigger than his right now. He’s on tour in support of his most recent release, “DAMN,” which will end up on everyone’s Best of 2017 lists.
08/16 The Roseline at Knuckleheads
Recently Knuckleheads started hosting free local shows with great KC and Lawrence area bands. The Roseline, Carl Worden Band, Wade D. Brown and Superstar Mafia are on the schedule this week. Not a bad way to spend your Wednesday night. If you’re a fan of Wilco or Ryan Adams, you’ll enjoy the music from the Roseline, a folk/alt-country band from Lawrence.
08/18 Dave Rawlings Machine at The Folly
The Dave Rawlings Machine is Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings teamed up, making lovely bluegrass and folk music together. In 2015 they received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting from the Americana Music Association. It will be a show filled with great harmonies in the lovely confines of The Folly Theater.
08/20 The Weepies at Knuckleheads
Fanboy tale: You love a band for years. Band never tours through KC. Band members get married, have three kids. One band member gets diagnosed with stage III cancer, goes through chemo, works on perhaps their best album yet, beats cancer and then hits the road. Flashforward to August 2017 when I get to see the band in a great great performance of subtly intoxicating folk-pop at Knuckleheads. And yes, just DVR “Game of Thrones,” and you’ll be fine. Don’t miss the rare chance to see the Weepies.
08/20 Father John Misty/Tennis at CrossroadsKC
One night at Starlight, while opening for the Alabama Shakes, Father John Misty said, “Hello. If you’re just getting here, I’m Chris Isaak and this sure beats the casino circuit.” And in that moment my love grew deeper. Every time I see him perform it ends up on my best shows of the year list. And again, you can watch “Game of Thrones” when you get home. I promise you the concert is more than worth it.
Chris Haghirian is Ink magazine’s resident fan boy. Get him in your inbox every Tuesday with Ink’s Side Note.