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KC shows week of Nov. 17: Kip Moore, Phil Vassar, Denzel Curry

Denzel Curry will perform Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Granada.
Denzel Curry will perform Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Granada. .


Thursday, Nov. 17, at RecordBar

Kitten refused to behave at Buzz Beach Ball last July. While the other bands at the radio station-sponsored festival at Children’s Mercy Park minded their manners, Kitten’s untamed frontwoman, Chloe Chaidez, and her unruly band mates smashed their gear at the conclusion of a riotous set. If the members of the rabble-rousing Los Angeles group manage to stay out of trouble on Thursday, they’ll perform rapturous indie-rock hits like “Fall on Me” and “Cut It Out.” With Hembree.

7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.

Skinny Lister

Thursday, Nov. 17, at Riot Room

Boozy and brassy, Skinny Lister is one of the world’s most formidable party bands. In the tradition of disorderly Celtic-rock ensembles like the Pogues and Flogging Molly, the London-based sextet conjures the foolhardy atmosphere of a pub at closing time on a carefree Saturday night. Formed in 2009, Skinny Lister is touring in support of its third album “The Devil, the Heart and the Fight.” With Lincoln Durham and Trapper Schoepp & the Shades.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $13 in advance.

Phil Vassar

Thursday, Nov. 17, at Kanza Hall

Phil Vassar’s consequential 2000 hit “Just Another Day in Paradise” set the tone for the remainder of the decade in country music. The sentimental ditty about the joys and travails of domestic life presaged an avalanche of similarly reassuring compositions that catered to soccer moms. The comforting style that included subsequent Vassar hits like the congenial “In Real Love” dominated the airwaves of country radio stations for the next 10 years. With Carter Winter.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Kanza Hall. 913-451-0444. $20.


Friday, Nov. 18, at the Uptown Theater

Not every producer of electronic dance music is rigidly bound to his or her laptop. Grant Kwiecinski, the Detroit-based man behind Griz, augments his self-described “future funk” with organic instrumentation like horns and hand claps. Many of his party-oriented songs sound like a bracing clash of different radio stations blaring from open car windows at a stoplight. Classic rock, old-school R&B and contemporary pop are key components of Kwiecinski’s eclectic sound. With Haywyre and Brasstracks.

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

The Grisly Hand

Friday, Nov. 18, at Knuckleheads

Vinyl collectors will add a coveted piece of Kansas City history to their collections at the Grisly Hand’s album release party at Knuckleheads on Friday. Limited to a run of 500, the vinyl edition of the Kansas City band’s latest effort combines 10 songs from the new “Hearts & Stars” project with its 2015 album “Flesh & Gold.” The timeless nature of the Grisly Hand’s country-steeped rock and sophisticated pop is likely to make the two-album set a treasured family heirloom. With the Conquerors.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $12 in advance.


Friday, Nov. 18, at Yardley Hall

Although only a single original member remains in the lineup of Foreigner, most of the stalwart fans who attend the rock band’s concert at Yardley Hall on Friday won’t be sticklers for authenticity. Mick Jones, the sole carryover from the group’s hit-making heyday, found an excellent replacement for vocalist Lou Gramm. Foreigner’s new frontman, Kelly Hansen, is belting out hits like “Feels Like the First Time” and “Hot Blooded” with persuasive authority on the band’s current “The Hits Unplugged Tour.”

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Yardley Hall. 913-469-4445. $29-$74 in advance.

And So It Is: A Tribute to Damien Rice

Friday, Nov. 18, at Drexel Hall

A tribute to the singer/songwriter Damien Rice will help inaugurate Drexel Hall’s new status as the headquarters of the Kansas City Irish Center. Rice, a revered artist born in Kildare, Ireland, in 1973, has released only three albums. His slow pace is likely to engender fierce competition for his material as locally based musicians prepare for Friday’s concert. Damon Bailey, Carswell & Hope, Katlyn Conroy, Anna Cook, the Good Hearts and Nicholas St. James are among the artists who will interpret Rice’s songs.

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Drexel Hall, 3301 Baltimore Ave. 816-474-3848. $8 in advance.

Kip Moore

Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Uptown Theater

With a propensity for wearing his ballcap backward and a catalog of songs that double as checklists of country clichés, Kip Moore may initially seem like a humdrum hitmaker. Although Moore’s formulaic “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” includes the line “somethin’ ’bout a girl in a red sundress with an ice-cold beer pressed against her lips in that farmer’s field,” Moore’s rough-and-tumble music is a little tougher than the output of most mainstream country artists. With Jon Pardi and Lindsay Ell.

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets to the officially sold-out show were $35 in advance.


Saturday, Nov. 19, at Knuckleheads

The stately cadences, prominent accordions and French lyrics of traditional Cajun music prevent the distinctive Louisiana genre from attaining widespread popularity. Yet within the small pond of Cajun music, BeauSoleil is a monstrously big fish. The group led by Michael Doucet has dominated the form for almost 40 years. The distinguished ensemble’s rare Kansas City show is an ideal excuse to laissez les bons temps rouler. With Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $20 in advance.

Travelin’ McCourys

Saturday, Nov. 19, at Knuckleheads

Del McCoury has been a tireless ambassador for bluegrass for most of his 77 years. The passion for the music that he instilled in his sons Rob and Ronnie is one of the most important components of his formidable legacy. Along with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, Rob and Ronnie carry on their father’s tradition as the Travelin’ McCourys. Danny Barnes of the Bad Livers and Nick Forster of Hot Rize will sit in with the McCourys following their opening sets.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $17.50 in advance.

Denzel Curry

Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Granada

Denzel Curry is a confident 21-year-old. His rapid-fire boast on his breakout hit “Ultimate” reflects his sense of self-assurance: “flow like a prophet, lyrical toxic, flow like a foreigner, I’m the torturer out of South Florida, call the coroner.” The ascendant rapper is touring in support of his impressive debut album, “Imperial.” A member of XXL magazine’s freshman class of 2016, Curry is on the fast track to stardom. With Boogie, Yoshi Thompkins and Barrel Maker & Lion.

8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Granada. 785-842-1390. $17 in advance.

Young Thug

Monday, Nov. 21, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Young Thug poses in a sumptuous dress on the cover of his acclaimed new mixtape, “Jeffery.” The nonconformist image is in keeping with the fascinating persona cultivated by Jeffery Lamar Williams, the groundbreaking rapper who forced his way into the mainstream in 2016. Although his predilection for wearing women’s clothes is mercilessly mocked by many observers, Williams, 25, is one of the most vital Southern rappers of his generation. With 21 Savage.

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $35 in advance.