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KC concerts May 11-17: Chance the Rapper, Bonobo, Jaheim, Soundgarden, Kehlani

Chance the Rapper performs Saturday, May 13, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater.
Chance the Rapper performs Saturday, May 13, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. Star-Telegram

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

Friday, May 12, at the Folly Theater

Anyone who has witnessed a performance by Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives knows that the appropriately named country band’s secret weapon is guitarist Kenny Vaughan. The bespectacled virtuoso tosses off dazzlingly imaginative licks on renditions of Stuart hits like “Tempted” and “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’.” “Way Out West,” the band’s engrossing new concept album, places Vaughan’s guitar front and center. He’s sure to shine at Friday’s concert in the “Cyprus Avenue Live” series at the Folly Theater.

8 p.m. Friday, May 12. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. $20-$60 in advance.

Chance the Rapper

Saturday, May 13, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Actor and rapper Common recognized Chance the Rapper’s unique art and generous spirit in an essay that accompanied his inclusion in a list of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2017: “Chance upends expectations about what artists, especially hip-hop artists, can do. He streams his albums instead of selling them. He makes … music that transcends age, race and gender.” Fans in the Kansas City area agree. All 18,000 tickets to the star’s concert in Bonner Springs have been claimed.

8 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. Tickets to the sold-out concert ranged from $29.50 to $69.50.


Saturday, May 13, at the Granada

Bonobo’s appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April proved what fans who attend his regular appearances at the Granada already know: British-born producer Simon Green crafts exceptionally interesting and occasionally transcendent dance music. Rather than wilting in a live setting, Bonobo’s intricately constructed studio creations gain power when reproduced onstage. “Migration,” Bonobo’s contemplative sixth album, recasts a variety of intriguing international rhythms and conventional club beats into remarkably transfixing mood music. With Fakear.

9 p.m. Saturday, May 13. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $22 in advance.


Saturday, May 13, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Contrary to the popular adage, they still make ’em like they used to. The romantic soul associated with Teddy Pendergrass, the Stylistics and Marvin Gaye continues to be produced. Earthy crooner Jaheim is one of the most accomplished contemporary artists dedicated to keeping the old-school R&B tradition alive. He gushes about holding hands with “my queen” on “Just in Case” and tells his partner that “you get better looking with every year” on “Age Ain’t a Factor.” With Carl Thomas.

8 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $57.50-$99 in advance.


Sunday, May 14, at Starlight Theatre

Until Soundgarden rose to prominence in the late 1980s, the stylistic gulf that separated alternative rock fans from aficionados of heavy metal seemed impassable. The consequential grunge quartet from Seattle made it acceptable for people to admit that they loved both Black Sabbath and the Sex Pistols. Following a 12-year hiatus, Soundgarden re-formed in 2010. A deluxe reissue of the band’s magnificent 1988 debut album, “Ultramega OK,” was released in March. With Dillinger Escape Plan.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $27-$87 in advance.

The Besnard Lakes

Sunday, May 14, at RecordBar

Unlike many art-oriented chamber-rock ensembles, the Besnard Lakes rarely sound precious. Centered on the husband-and-wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, the Montreal group rocks convincingly even when vocalists are singing lyrics that read like abstract poetry. Besnard Lakes maintains the rambunctious forward momentum associated with conventional rock songs even as it echoes the experimental components of masters ranging from the Beatles to Arcade Fire. With the Life and Times.

8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.


Monday, May 15, at the Granada

The frenzy surrounding Kehlani’s romantic travails that captivates millions of Twitter and Instagram users tends to overshadow her musical output. The melodrama concerning the 22-year-old California native’s troubled romance with basketball player Kyrie Irving makes her striking state-of-the-art singles like “Gangsta” and “Crzy” seem like afterthoughts. The promising R&B star’s SweetSexySavage Tour is designed to change that perception. With Ella Mai, Jahkoy and Noodles.

8 p.m. Monday, May 15. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $25 in advance.

Travis Scott

Monday, May 15, at the Uptown Theater

“Beibs in the Trap” epitomizes the wavy strain of hip-hop that provides the nightly soundtrack to countless bacchanal parties around the world. The Travis Scott banger includes explicit references to the consumption of codeine-laced drinks and cocaine, as well as plenty of casual sex. The debauched approach places “Beibs in the Trap” and additional woozy hits by the Houston rapper like “Pick Up the Phone” and “Antidote” at the epicenter of contemporary drug culture. With Khalid.

8 p.m. Monday, May 15. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets to the sold-out concert were $45.

The Black Angels

Tuesday, May 16, at the Madrid Theatre

The ominous psychedelic rock of the Black Angels doesn’t seem as if it’s designed for mere mortals. The group’s ghostly repertoire better suits shadowy creatures of the night. Formed in Austin, Texas, more than 20 years ago, the Black Angels are becoming progressively darker. The Kansas City debut of bleak material like “I’d Kill for Her” from new album “Death Song,” a masterpiece of unrelenting gloom, will thrill the otherwise morose hearts of the band’s devotees. With A Place to Bury Strangers.

8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16. Madrid Theatre. 800-653-8000. $20 in advance.

The Chainsmokers

Wednesday, May 17, at the Sprint Center

The Chainsmokers reduce the most addictive elements of dance music into a form of pop that can seem cloying, but the formula devised by the clever duo clearly works. Its inescapable hit “Closer” will soon exceed one billion plays on the streaming service Spotify. With Kiiara and Emily Warren.

7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. $26-$77.50 in advance.


Wednesday, May 17, at the Granada

Ab-Soul boasted on his 2012 track “Illuminate” that “I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z, now I feel I could run laps around Jay-Z.” Ab-Soul, the man born Herbert Anthony Stevens IV in Los Angeles in 1987, was joined by Kendrick Lamar on the boldly confident track. Five years later, it’s Lamar rather than Ab-Soul who has surpassed Jay-Z as one of the most dominant figures in hip-hop. Yet as a co-founder of Top Dawg Entertainment with Lamar, the shrewd Ab-Soul shares in his business partner’s outsize success.

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $20 in advance.

Me Like Bees

Wednesday, May 17, at Kauffman Stadium

Players in a spring training game in March between the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres were forced to lie flat on the field to avoid antagonizing a sudden swarm of bees. A much less alarming bee-related event will take place prior to the game between the Royals and the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Me Like Bees, a quartet from Joplin, Mo., will perform as part of Ink’s Student Night festivities. The indie-pop band elicits favorable comparisons to Modest Mouse.

6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Kauffman Stadium. 816-504-4040. Free with admission to the game.