Music festivals for many tastes are on tap this weekend

The Soul Food Festival | Saturday at Parade Park

Organizers of the fifth annual Soul Food Festival promise “the best oxtails, ribs, greens and macaroni and cheese on the planet.” The delectable music served at the event will be just as enticing. The hits performed by several of the most notable R acts of recent decades will enhance the feasting. Featured acts include the legendary soul survivors the Whispers (left) (“Rock Steady”), the emotive crooning of Kelly Price (“Friend of Mine”), the funk-based Zapp (“More Bounce to the Ounce”) and the grown-and-sexy sounds of Jagged Edge (“Let’s Get Married”), Ginuwine (“Pony”) and Dwele (“Find a Way”). Music begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25-$60. The show, at 17th Terrace and the Paseo, is presented by the nonprofit Kinfolks Foundation. Details,



| Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star
The Paola Roots Festival | Friday-Saturday at Paola Park Square

The Paola Roots Festival combines a small-town feel with big city talent. Located in Paola’s quaint town square 45 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, the 23rd edition of the event features a bevy of audience-pleasing acts. Friday’s headliner is Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, an electrifying gospel and R throwback act based in Nashville. Also appearing Friday are blueswoman Janiva Magness, the blues-rock act Steepwater Band and Kansas City’s soul revue the Good Foot. Los Lonely Boys, best known for the 2004 hit “Heaven,” top Saturday’s bill. The terrific songwriter Paul Thorn, Kansas City sensation Samantha Fish and the alternative bluegrass band Split Lip Rayfield also perform Saturday. The music begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is $10 per day. Children 10 and younger are free. Details,



| Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star
Throttlefest |Friday-Sunday at Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park

Johnny Dare of 98.9 the Rock is a longtime fan of the Full Throttle Saloon, the massive drinking compound that opens once a year during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. Dare has broadcast his KC morning radio show from the saloon, and he has narrated the TruTV reality show that takes place there. So it’s fitting that a version of the saloon is being set up at Berkley Riverfront Park this weekend in celebration of Dare’s birthday. The event, billed as “an insane three-day bike rally,” will include live music from Hinder on Friday and Jackyl on Saturday, plus dancers, contests, burnout pits and the Wall of Death stunt show. Cast members from the TV show will be on hand, including Jackyl singer Jesse James Dupree, dancer Angie Carlson and owner Mike Ballard. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 per day or $30 for a weekend pass. Details,



| Kris Knowles, The Star