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Around KC, there are plenty of postgame entertainment options

The Josh Berwanger Band plays Friday at the Riot Room.
The Josh Berwanger Band plays Friday at the Riot Room. Forester Michael

Sports and the Big 12 Tournament aren’t the only things happening in Kansas City this weekend.

Whether you’re from out of town looking for some postgame entertainment or from around here looking for some adventure, there is plenty going on. Here’s a quick look at several options.

Thursday

Craft Kansas City, 6 to 9 p.m. at Maker Village KC, 606 E. 31st St. Tickets: $15.

This fundraiser for the Midwest Music Association will showcase all things local: craft beers, music, art, crafts and other merchandise. Kansas City Bier Co. and Torn Label Brewing Co. are among the sponsors. The performers: Amy Farrand, Vi Tran and Cody Wyoming.

Also: Bleu Edmondson (country) at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester Ave; the Steve Lambert Trio (jazz) at the Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Blvd.; the Shay Estes Duo (jazz) at the Broadway Jazz Club, 3601 Broadway.

Friday

The King Khan & BBQ Show with Milk Lines and the Josh Berwanger Band, 9 p.m. at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway in Westport. Cover: $15. It’s a 21-and-older show.

The headliners are garage-rock duo from Montreal who stir up a ferocious, polyphonic noise that is hardcore punk, psychedelic, hard rock. Here’s a description from a King Khan bio from writer Allen Ginseng: “Two guys. One smashing snare, bass drum and tambourine with his bare feet, molesting his guitar and singing like a possessed angel. The other spinning and howling like a freak while belting it out on his guitar like a real gone savage. What does it all sound like? It sounds like five men.”

Milk Lines is another Canadian duo, husband and wife Jeff Clarke and Emily Bitz. Their music is a mix if psychedelic, country and garage rock. The Josh Berwanger Band plays sweet, hard and crunchy power pop.

The Grisly Hand with Al Scorch and the Country Ensemble, 9 p.m. at The Ship, 1217 Union Ave. Admission: $5. A 21-and-older show.

It should be worth the short drive over to the West Bottoms to drop into one of the coziest downtown music venues to see one of Kansas City’s best live bands. The Grisly Hand is for anyone with an affinity for vintage country, soul, pop and rock. Al Scorch, from Chicago, is pretty retro country, too.

The Project H, Soleb Theory and Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds, 9 p.m. at Harling’s Upstairs, 3941-A Main St. Cover: $5.

This lineup is about as diverse as it gets. Project H is a seven-piece polyphonic instrumental jazz ensemble from Kansas City. Soleb Theory is a quartet from Wichita that fuses funk, metal, punk, ska and other genres. Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds play a blend of rock and soul that sounds born in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Also: the Grand Marquis (swing jazz/jump blues) at the Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.; Dave Mason at the VooDoo Lounge in Harrah’s North Kansas City; the Wailers and Rusted Root at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway.

Saturday

The fifth annual Halfway to Winfield, 6:30 p .m. at Knucklehads, 2715 Rochester Ave. Tickets: $15.

Halfway to Winfield celebrates the six month-point before this year’s Walnut Valley Festival, the annual bluegrass festival in Winfield, Kan.

Bands on the Halfway bill: Kansas City Hustle, the Konza Swamp Band, the Fast Food Junkies, Loaded Goat, Carrie Nation Speakeasy and the KC Bear Fighters. The first 50 attendees will receive a copy of the event’s poster. Proceeds from poster sales go to Stage 7, a fan-operated stage at the Winfield festival.

The Elders Hoolie 8 p.m. at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. Tickets are $25 to $70 through Ticketmaster.

Our hometown Celtic-rock titans are throwing their 13th annual hoolie, their way of celebrating the impending St. Patrick’s Day mayhem. Dancers from the O’Riada-Manning Academy of Irish Dance will also perform.

Midcoast Takeover fundraiser, 9 p.m. at the Brick, 1727 McGee St. Cover: $10.

A few blocks south of the Sprint Center, the Brick is hosting a four-band bill to raise money for the MidCoast Takeover, a showcase of bands from Kansas City and Lawrence at the South by Southwest Music Conference. Bands: the Thunderclaps (garage punk), Federation of Horsepower (hard and heavy rock), Breaking Bottles (street punk) and Dsoedean (rock with a punk edge).

Also: The Oak Ridge Boys at Ameristar Casino; the Bram Wijnands Trio (jazz) at the Majestic, 931 Broadway.

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