Split Lip Rayfield
Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Bottleneck
A vocal minority of roots music aficionados revere Split Lip Rayfield as one of the world’s most important bands. The Wichita-based group rose to prominence in the 1990s with wild-eyed melding of punk with bluegrass and metal with folk. Split Lip Rayfield rings in the new year Thursday with awestruck admirers. With Rolling Foliage and Sugar Britches.
Tickets are $25 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
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Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Granada
Celebrants who intend to dance to state-of-the-art funk on the final night of 2015 will congregate at the Granada in Lawrence on Thursday. The members of the locally based quartet Mouth augment their booming party music with elements of jazz, electronica and jam-band improvisations. With Hearts of Darkness and Pink Royal.
The cover charge is $20. Details are available at thegranada.com.
A Tribute to New Year’s Eve
Thursday, Dec. 31, at Ameristar Casino
Journey, Heart and the two surviving members of the Beatles aren’t performing in Kansas City on New Year’s Eve, but classic rock fans will be able to sing along to performances of “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Crazy on You” and “Day Tripper” as the tribute bands Revelation, Change of Heart and Liverpool entertain at Ameristar Casino’s A Tribute to New Year’s Eve show.
Tickets are $25 in advance through ameristar.com.
Flannigan’s Right Hook
Thursday, Dec. 31, at Llywelyn’s Pub
Llywelyn’s Pub is a nightlife oasis on the southern fringes of Johnson County. The tavern is especially lively when Flannigan’s Right Hook is onstage. Propelled by the violinist Shane Borth, Flannigan’s Right Hook moves effortlessly from renditions of the theme of “Game of Thrones” to classic material by the likes of Johnny Cash.
There’s not a cover charge but tables can be reserved for $10 per chair. Details are available at llywelynspub.com/kc.
The Life and Times
Friday, Jan. 1, at the RecordBar
The most vigorous torchbearers of the burly Kansas City rock sound of previous decades, the Life and Times returns to its old stomping grounds to demonstrate that its experimental post-punk remains vital. Two like-minded guitar-based bands — the Roman Numerals and Outhouse — support.
Tickets are $12 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Eboni Fondren, Charlotte Fletcher, J. Love and Amber Underwood
Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Blue Room
Billed as a “Kansas City Divas’ Night Out,” Saturday’s show at the Blue Room features four accomplished R&B artists. Joined by flautist Amber Underwood, vocalists Eboni Fondren, Charlotte Fletcher and J. Love will cover material associated with stars such as Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Etta James and Luther Vandross.
Tickets are $10 in advance through americanjazzmuseum.org.
Making Movies and Your Friend
Saturday, Jan. 2, at the RecordBar
A combination of something old and something new provides a fitting farewell for first incarnation of the RecordBar. The Latin-tinged rock ensemble Making Movies has long been one of Kansas City’s best bands. Taryn Miller, the woman who makes gorgeously contemplative sounds as Your Friend, will release her debut album “Gumption” on the highly respected Domino Records next month.
Tickets are $15 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Snuff Jazz and Annie Ellicott
Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Brick
A video documenting an outlandish collaboration between Mark Southerland and Annie Ellicott merits all of the 28,000 views the footage has attained on YouTube. The avant-garde Kansas City saxophonist plays a “horn sculpture” that’s wrapped around the body of the daring vocalist Ellicott. The pair might re-enact the cacophonous performance during Snuff Jazz’s appearance at the Brick.
The cover charge is $10. Details are available at thebrickkcmo.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the Green Lady Lounge
The best of the new wave of Kansas City jazz will be showcased in the Orion Room of the Green Lady Lounge on Tuesday. Trumpeter Hermon Mehari and vibraphonist Peter Schlamb are among the musicians who will help keyboardist Matt Villinger celebrate the release of the CD version of his bracing new album “All Night.”
Details about the free show are available at greenladylounge.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Riot Room
Spoonfed Tribe looks and sounds like a collaboration between the crusty members of a groovy drum circle and the agitated castoffs of a successful metal band. The Texas-based ensemble has been honing its unusual approach for more than 15 years. With DJ N8, Marcobiotics, Gekko and Sri Yantra.
Tickets are $5 in advance through theriotroom.com.