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KC concerts May 25-31: Samantha Fish, Roger Waters, Westport Roots Festival, Jojo

Smino performs Saturday, May 27, at the Granada.
Smino performs Saturday, May 27, at the Granada. .


Thursday, May 25, at RecordBar

Nathan Williams, the leader of Wavves, is a punk rock version of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Both hyper-talented men are neurotic Californians with remarkable aptitudes for melody and intriguing musical dynamics. Although he has had to weather a few embarrassing moments since forming Wavves in 2008, Williams has created an impressive catalog of memorable rock songs. “You’re Welcome,” Wavves’ latest batch of insolent compositions, was released earlier this month. With Kino Kimono.

8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $20 in advance.

Skating Polly

Thursday, May 25, at the Bottleneck

The rest of the world is starting to catch on to what Midwestern indie-rock fans have known for years: Skating Polly is a terrific band. In spite of their youth, Oklahoma-based siblings Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse have been making remarkable music for several years. Their snotty grunge throwback “Alabama Movies” was one of the most memorable songs of 2014. Skating Polly’s new three-song EP features contributions from two members of Veruca Salt. With Bruiser Queen, the Sluts and Wendy Moira.

8 p.m. Thursday, May 25. The Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. $10 in advance.

Samantha Fish

Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27, at Crossroads KC

Samantha Fish’s stunning new album, “Chills & Fever,” exemplifies the Kansas City musician’s eagerness to take risks. In a dramatic change from the blues-rock style that made her an international star, the recording places Fish in a retro-soul setting. While she sets her guitar aside for much of “Chills & Fever,” she’s sure to indulge in crowd-pleasing instrumental pyrotechnics during the two-day party that’s billed as “Samantha Fish’s Big Summer Kick-Off.” With Southern Avenue and the Brody Buster Band on Friday. With Dumpstaphunk and Moreland & Arbuckle on Saturday.

6 p.m. Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. Single-day tickets are $20-$66.50. Two-day passes are $31.50 in advance.

The Mavericks

Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27, at Knuckleheads

The Mavericks’ weekend residencies at Knuckleheads are becoming such regular occurrences that vocalist Raul Malo insists that “I’m gonna get to Kansas City and make my way to 12th and Vine” on the latest album by the seasoned band from Miami. “Brand New Day” is an energetic collection of powerful songs that document the band’s gradual drift away from the polished country sound that made “Dance the Night Away” one of the most distinctive hits of the 1990s.

9 p.m. Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $38.50 in advance.

Cole Swindell

Friday, May 26, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Cole Swindell apprenticed under Luke Bryan, working a low-level job in the organization of the bro-country luminary to learn the ropes of the music industry. He was a quick study. Swindell is well on his way to matching Bryan’s achievements. The Georgian’s hits like “Chillin’ It” and “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” are ideally suited to engage throngs of celebrants at massive outdoor parties. Kip Moore, Michael Ray and Drew Baldridge will also perform at Friday’s Yallapalooza concert.

6:15 p.m. Friday, May 26. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. $20-$59.50 in advance.

Making Movies

Friday, May 26, at RecordBar

Making Movies will celebrate the arrival of “I Am Another You” with hometown fans on the day the concept album is released. The title of the project is inspired by the Mayan saying “in lak’ech ala k’in” — “I am another you, and you are another me.” Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and featuring guest appearances by Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff, “I Am Another You” should further boost the profile of the compelling rock band. With Duncan Burnett & the Riot.

8 p.m. Friday, May 26. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $17 in advance.

The Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival

Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28, in the Jazz District

The inaugural edition of the Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival, the American Jazz Museum’s revamped large-scale event, offers an astute balance of jazz musicians and soul artists. The jazz slate includes legends Chick Corea and John Scofield and locally based favorites Angela Hagenbach and Eddie Moore. Brandy, the versatile talent who played the lead role on TV’s “Moesha,” and the lustrously voiced Lalah Hathaway are among the soul and R&B artists performing at the festival.

2:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, in the Jazz District. 816-474-8463. Single-day tickets are $15-$50. Four-day passes that include a jazz brunch on Monday are $150 in advance. VIP packages are also available.

Westport Roots Festival

Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28, in Westport

Garth Brooks’ latest string of sold-out concerts at the Sprint Center affirmed Kansas City’s enormous appetite for country sounds. Rougher but no less vital variations of country music are on tap at the three-day Westport Roots Festival. Moe Bandy, an engaging star with a slew of 1970s hits like “Here I Am Drunk Again,” and Texas-based honkytonk troubadour Dale Watson are among the 90 performers who will appear on six stages.

7 p.m. Friday, May 26, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27. Westport. 816-960-4560. Three-day passes are $40 in advance. Single-day tickets are not available.

Roger Waters

Friday, May 26, at the Sprint Center

Roger Waters, no stranger to controversy, flirts with sacrilege on his new song “Déjà Vu.” He suggests that “If I had been God … I believe I could have done a better job.” The sentiment is consistent with the headstrong brilliance that has characterized Waters’ remarkable career as the primary creative force of Pink Floyd and as a solo artist. Waters has pledged that he’ll oversee a “cool show” on his current tour that will “be spectacular like all my shows have been.”

8 p.m. Friday, May 26. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. $53-$197.50. in advance.


Friday, May 26, at Liberty Hall

JoJo is going out of her way to shed her teeny-bop past. She enlisted Wiz Khalifa on a recent expletive-laced single. The rapper opens the racy song by insisting that “I do what I want — and JoJo does too.” After competing on television shows like “America’s Most Talented Kid,” JoJo topped the pop chart in 2004 with her debut single “Leave (Get Out)” when she was just 13. She’s showcasing adult-themed material on her Mad Love Tour. (Friday’s show is a makeup date for a concert originally scheduled for March 3.)

8 p.m. Friday, May 26. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. $24 in advance.


Saturday, May 27, at the Granada

Smino is putting St. Louis back on the hip-hop map. Not since Nelly and Chingy devised hits like “Hot in Herre” and “Right Thurr” 15 years ago has a rapper from the Gateway City garnered as much attention from hip-hop fans and critics as Smino. His fine new album “Blkswn” balances the playful earthiness of his hometown’s heroes with the forward-thinking sounds associated with Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper. With Monte Booker, Jay2 and Bari.

8 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $13 in advance.

Everclear, Vertical Horizon and Fastball

Sunday, May 28, at Crossroads KC

There’s no better way to experience vintage indie-rock hits than under the stars at the onset of summer. Everclear, the headliner of Sunday’s nostalgia-fueled concert, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its breakout release “So Much for the Afterglow.” Fans can expect to hear bandleader Art Alexakis sing the album’s acerbic hits including “Father of Mine.” Vertical Horizon will be on hand to revive its 2000 chart-topper “Everything You Want.” Fastball will open the show with a set that includes its signature 1998 song, “The Way.”

8 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $29-$77.50 in advance.

Grand Marquis

Wednesday, May 31, at Royals Stadium

Kansas City is renowned for its rich jazz history, but no regional sound is more immediately thrilling than the jump blues of Big Joe Turner. Grand Marquis echoes the fledgling form of rock ’n’ roll performed by Turner when he toiled as a singing bartender in Kansas City in the 1930s. The approach has made Grand Marquis a regional mainstay for almost 20 years. The group will perform a pregame concert as part of Ink’s Student Night festivities.

6 p.m. Wednesday, May 31. Kauffman Stadium. 816-504-4040. Free with admission to the game.