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This week in KC gigs: Bryan Adams, NeedtoBreathe, ZZ Top, Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper will be at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Chance the Rapper will be at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Wednesday, Sept. 21. MICHAEL ZORN Invision/AP

Death Cab For Cutie

Thursday, Sept. 15, at Providence Amphitheater

The lineup at Thursday’s triple-bill presented by 96.5 The Buzz features a set of wildly dissimilar acts. The Washington-based Death Cab For Cutie, the concert’s headliner, has been a paragon of indie-rock sensitivity for almost 20 years. The Scottish trio Chvrches is a leader of the new wave of beat-heavy synth-pop bands. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, a blue-eyed soul band based in Denver, rounds out the eclectic bill.

6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Providence Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. $20-$50 in advance.

Cyndi Lauper

Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Uptown Theater

The iconic pop veteran Cyndi Lauper tackles traditional country on her appropriately titled new album “Detour.” Her interpretations of classic songs like “Heartaches by the Number” and “Walkin’ After Midnight” are delightful. Lauper’s animated personality and wondrous voice make material associated with Ray Price and Patsy Cline seem as if it was always intended to be sung by Lauper. The New Yorker will also revisit longtime favorites like “True Colors” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” With Charlie Musselwhite.

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $35-$125 in advance.

Bryan Sutton Band

Thursday, Sept. 15, at Knuckleheads

Prominent traditional bluegrass artists perform in Kansas City with perplexing infrequency. Thursday’s appearance by the Bryan Sutton Band represents an oasis on the barren regional bluegrass calendar. While Sutton’s guitar can be heard on recordings by country stars ranging from Garth Brooks to the Dixie Chicks, the North Carolina native is a bluegrass musician at heart. His concerts are hair-raising showcases for the virtuosic chops he honed during his extended collaboration with Ricky Skaggs.

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $20 in advance.

Fiesta Hispana

Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18, at Barney Allis Plaza

Although the annual event is free, Fiesta Hispana remains one of Kansas City’s best-kept secrets. Hours of entertainment on each of the festival’s three days are capped by notable headliners. The pop-oriented Chicago group AK-7 tops Friday’s bill. The sound of accordions will resound throughout Barney Allis Plaza during Saturday’s showcase of Tejano acts that includes Sunny Sauceda, a Grammy Award winning vocalist from San Antonio. Diana Reyes, a preeminent star of duranguense music, will close the festival on Sunday.

5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, noon Saturday, Sept. 17, noon Sunday, Sept. 18. Barney Allis Plaza. 816-419-4846. Free.

Info Gates

Friday, Sept. 16, at RecordBar

The Kansas City hip-hop artist Info Gates assumes the role of a basketball prodigy named Muscle Chestbrook on his new album. The amusing conceit allows Gates to demonstrate his athletic flow and talent as a producer of muscular beats. Local luminaries including Joey Cool, the Abnorm and the members of Ces Cru contribute to the project that will celebrated at the RecordBar on Friday. With Tash, Godemis, Steddy P, J-Izzie, Loogey, Vertigone, Ben Swiller, Brett Savage and DJ Spinstyles.

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.

Bryan Adams

Friday, Sept. 16, at Starlight Theatre

A poll recently conducted by a marketing firm revealed that Bryan Adams is the most beloved Canadian musician in the province of British Columbia. The scratchy-voiced singer-songwriter also remains popular south of border 25 years after his dramatic ballad “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” topped charts around the world. Friday’s audience will hear the invigorating new power-pop song “Don’t Even Try” and old favorites including the rock gem “Summer of ’69.”

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $39-$129 in advance.


Saturday, Sept. 17, at Starlight Theatre

Only the latest release by the hip-hop star Drake stood between NeedToBreathe’s new album “Hard Love” and the top position on Billboard magazine’s albums chart in July. Unlike Drake, the Christian-oriented Americana band from South Carolina isn’t a mainstay of radio station playlists. The band has achieved much of its success through the word-of-mouth advocacy of fans. Gospel-infused songs on “Hard Love” including “Happiness” appeal to people of faith as well as to secular listeners who appreciate spiritually uplifting sounds. With Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan and Welshly Arms.

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $36-$66 in advance.


Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Flume’s 2016 album “Skin” is one of the most commercially successful fusions of pure pop and electronic dance music. Harley Edward Streten, the Australian producer behind Flume, expanded the audience for EDM by enlisting the services of respected rappers including Raekwon and Vince Staples and compelling vocalists such as Tove Lo and Beck. The contributions of the guest artists add a human component to Streten’s lush but chilly musical landscapes. With Mr. Carmack and Charles Murdoch.

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Sold out.

Sly and Robbie

Saturday, Sept. 17, at Knuckleheads

Known by their fans as the Rhythm Twins, drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare claim to have provided the foundation of more than 200,000 songs. The audacious boast may be accurate. After establishing themselves as the most reliably creative tandem in their native Jamaica in the 1970s, the duo has been an in-demand rhythm section to the stars for decades. Sly and Robbie have collaborated with Bob Dylan, No Doubt and the Rolling Stones. With the Rougher All-Stars.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $26 in advance.

The Anniversary

Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Bottleneck

Aside from the Get Up Kids, the Anniversary was the most notable emo band to emerge from Lawrence and Kansas City in the 1990s. Songs like “All Things Ordinary” and “Emma Discovery” remain exemplary examples of the melodic offshoot of punk rock. The Anniversary disbanded in 2004. The group’s core members Josh Berwanger, Justin Roelofs and Adrianne Verhoeven have reunited for a brief national tour that concludes Saturday at the Bottleneck. With Heidi Lynne Gluck, Psychic Heat and Lily Pryor.

9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. $20 in advance.


Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Uptown Theater

Even the most clamorous indie-rock fans need to chill out from time to time. Tycho provides fashionable music lovers with a socially acceptable soundtrack for relaxing. The instrumental project overseen by the San Francisco-based Scott Hansen is the contemporary equivalent of 1980s new age artists like Shadowfax and Andreas Vollenweider. Tycho’s ambient music will imbue Sunday’s audience with a restorative sense of peace and tranquility. With Christopher Willits and Heathered Pearls.

8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $25 in advance.

ZZ Top and Gov’t Mule

Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Starlight Theatre

Billy Gibbons and Warren Haynes, blues-rock guitarists who are emulated nightly on big and small stages around the world, will exhibit their groundbreaking techniques at Starlight Theatre on Tuesday. Gibbons has been reconfiguring the blues with ZZ Top for more than 40 years. His greasy yet commercially viable sound propels hits ranging from “La Grange” to “Legs.” Haynes has augmented Gibbons’ innovations with the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $26-$126 in advance.

Elizabeth Cook

Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Knuckleheads

Elizabeth Cook was on the fast track to stardom when her life went off the rails. In the past few years, Cook parted ways with her manager, divorced her husband and did a stint in rehab. The deluge of troubles resulted in “Exodus of Venus,” one of the most exciting country albums of 2016. Filled with tough songs like “Methadone Blues,” Cook’s first album in six years evokes the most compelling work of country rebels like the Dixie Chicks and Chris Stapleton. With Lee Harvey Osmond.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $15 in advance.

Chance the Rapper

Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Chance the Rapper captures the essence of his burgeoning career in 11 words on his stellar new album “Coloring Book” when he suggests that “I don’t make songs for free: I make them for freedom.” In addition to addressing societal ills like senseless urban violence, the man born Chance Bennett in 1993 has accelerated upheaval in the music industry by giving his music away. Bennett once resembled a kinder, gentler protégé of Kanye West. He may have surpassed West with “Coloring Book.” With Francis and the Lights.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Sold out.