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KC concerts, March 2-8: Brantley Gilbert, Vince Staples, Whitechapel

Vince Staples performs Sunday, March 5, at the Granada.
Vince Staples performs Sunday, March 5, at the Granada. .

The Cadillac Three

Thursday, March 2, at the Granada

The Cadillac Three specialize in a style of country-rock that’s occasionally so shaggy that it makes Lynyrd Skynyrd’s greatest hits seem like elevator music. The Nashville-based trio may look and sound like reckless outlaws, but the Cadillac Three are label mates with the likes of Taylor Swift. Still, that doesn’t diminish the pleasure to be derived from the lusty boogie of “Party Like You” or “Graffiti,” a celebration of small town vandalism. With the Quaker City Night Hawks.

8 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Granada. 785-842-1390. $18 in advance.

Lee Fields & the Expressions

Friday, March 3, at RecordBar

The cancer-related death of soul artist Sharon Jones last year made Lee Fields the most vital surviving traditional R&B performer. After toiling for years as a de facto James Brown tribute artist, Fields was rediscovered by a new generation of admirers about 15 years ago. A riveting entertainer, Fields’ wondrous voice is infused with desperation and his flashy dance moves elicit roars of approval. With Hi-Lux.

9 p.m. Friday, March 3. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $17 in advance.

Poor Bishop Hooper

Friday, March 3, at Tank Room

The breakup of Quiet Corral in 2013 has a silver lining. Although the Lawrence band fell apart just as it had achieved a national reputation, its members have bounced back with admirable perseverance. Jesse Braswell Roberts, Quiet Corral’s lead singer, now performs with his wife, Leah Grace, as Poor Bishop Hooper. Their charming new album, “Gold,” captures much of the Americana sound that captivated fans of Quiet Corral. With Barnaby Bright.

8 p.m. Friday, March 3. Tank Room. 816-214-6403. $8 in advance.

Brantley Gilbert

Saturday, March 4, at the Sprint Center

The scheduling of Brantley Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour favors Kansas City. While the rowdy songs of the country artist sound good every day of the week, his party-oriented material is geared for Saturday night carousing. “The Weekend,” the native Georgian’s latest hit, encourages revelers to “pour it up” and “have the time of your life.” “Bottoms Up” and “Small Town Throwdown” have similarly bacchanal themes. With Tucker Beathard, Luke Combs and Brian Davis.

7 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. $25-$37 in advance.

Art Garfunkel

Saturday, March 4, at Helzberg Hall

Even in a career filled with grand achievements, 2017 promises to be a banner year for Art Garfunkel. In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule that will allow him to showcase his skill as a foremost interpreter of popular song, his memoir, “What Is It All but Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man,” will be released in September. Garfunkel recounts his strained relationship with his former collaborator Paul Simon, his underappreciated solo career and his nonmusical passions in the autobiography.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Helzberg Hall. 816-994-7200. $49-$79 in advance.

Vince Staples

Sunday, March 5, at the Granada

As a headliner of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest last May, Vince Staples focused on material from “Summertime ’06,” an album that enlivened the Los Angeles gangsta rap of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Staples’ startling lyricism and menacing flow on terrifying tracks like “Birds & Bees” established him as one of the most indispensable rappers of recent years. He has since released the well-received EP “Prima Donna” and the new politically charged single “BagBak.” With Kilo Kish.

9 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Granada. 785-842-1390. $15 in advance.


Sunday, March 5, at the Riot Room

Matinee shows aren’t very metal. Yet in a pragmatic concession to the group’s youthful fan base, Whitechapel is slated to conclude its performance at the Riot Room by 10 p.m. The sextet from Knoxville is touring in support of its sixth studio album, “Mark of the Blade,” a project powered by Phil Bozeman’s Cookie Monster-style vocals and a convulsive rhythm section that rumbles like a busy construction site. With Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Allegaeon and Necromancing the Stone.

6 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $25 in advance.


Wednesday, March 8, at the Tank Room

Unsuspecting fans of Milwaukee-based synth-pop band Ggoolldd are in for a surprise at the Tank Room. The departure of a principle member of the group — Tony Hunt, the man responsible for the pop-oriented elements of the ensemble’s sound — has altered Ggoolldd’s musical direction. “Undercovers,” the first Ggoolldd song released without Hunt’s input, casts Margaret Butler’s voice in a substantially grittier setting. With Jaenki.

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Tank Room. 816-214-6403. $10 in advance.

Suicidal Tendencies

Wednesday, March 8, at Liberty Hall

Thirty-four years after its release, the apoplectic hit “Institutionalized” remains one of the most amusingly authentic songs about teen angst in rock history. But hearing the saga of a misunderstood kid who just wants a Pepsi isn’t a certainty at Suicidal Tendencies’ concerts. The venerable California punk band often bypasses the signature hit in favor of other songs that showcase its still-brutal skate-punk, thrash metal and industrial funk. With Crowbar and Havok.

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. $25 in advance.


Wednesday, March 8, at the Madrid Theatre

Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers may have instigated the popularity of the stomp-and-shout folk revival, but Joseph perfected the form with its rapturous song “White Flag.” Yet the trio of sisters from Portland aren’t fusty folk purists. The dance moves of “SOS (Overboard)” could be a playful homage to ABBA’s pop classic “S.O.S.” Many of the fans on hand on Wednesday probably became converts to Joseph when the trio displayed its stellar harmony singing while opening for James Bay in Kansas City last year. With Kelsey Kopecky.

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Madrid Theatre. 816-753-8880. $20 in advance.

Black Joe Lewis

Wednesday, March 8, at Knuckleheads

“Backlash,” the new album from Black Joe Lewis, should eliminate any lingering doubts about the artist’s primary stylistic affinity. Sometimes misidentified as a faithful R&B revivalist party ensemble, Lewis and his Austin-based band add the manic intensity of punk rock to soul music. New horn-laden songs like “Sexual Tension” and “Global” are the product of musicians who are intent on expanding the possibilities of R&B. With Dams of the West.

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $20 in advance.