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KC concerts June 1-7: Rockfest, Tom Petty, Future, Marian Hill, Shooter Jennings

Future performs Sunday, June 4, at the Sprint Center.
Future performs Sunday, June 4, at the Sprint Center. .

The Shins

Thursday, June 1, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

When the members of the Shins were still viewed as subversive upstarts, their brand of melodic indie-pop seemed destined to make them household names. “New Slang” was among the songs on the Arizona band’s 2001 debut album that charmed enthusiasts of clever wordplay and intriguing melodies. The subtleties valued by the Shins have since fallen out of favor. Even so, the stalwart group persists in crafting impeccably cerebral pop for the highbrow set. With Surfer Blood.

8 p.m. Thursday, June 1. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $37 in advance.


Thursday, June 1, at the Riot Room

Countless disrespectful DJs have cheapened classic funk songs of the 1970s by flippantly using the style to attain laughs in musical pranks. Damon Riddick, the Los Angeles producer who works as Dâm-Funk, salvages the reputations of innovators like Rick James by demonstrating that vintage funk can be used as a springboard for fresh, forward-thinking dance music. His startling releases on Stones Throw Records parallel the revered work of late beat-maker J Dilla. With 1221.

8 p.m. Thursday, June 1. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $16 in advance.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Friday, June 2, at the Sprint Center

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been opening shows on their 40th Anniversary Tour with the bracing statement of purpose “Rockin’ Around (With You).” The first song on the group’s 1976 debut album, the selection signals their intention of providing fans with a thorough survey of a long and rewarding career. An American rock institution, the ensemble will revisit highlights from a vast repertoire that includes “Free Fallin’,” “Refugee” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” With Joe Walsh.

8 p.m. Friday, June 2. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. $49.50-$145 in advance.

Marian Hill

Friday, June 2, at KC Live

Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd of Marian Hill are musical alchemists. The Philadelphia duo have reconfigured the unlikely ingredients of minimalist electronica, late-night jazz and neo-soul into noirish lounge music for the new millennium. The slinky saxophone that runs through “One Time” has made the 2015 hit the duo’s calling card, but equally playful and sexy songs like “I Want You” have also been embraced by a fan base that relishes Marian Hill’s bewitching form of sophisticated easy listening. With Opia.

8 p.m. Friday, June 2. KC Live. 816-842-1045. $15-$30 in advance.

Crossroads Flock Party

Friday, June 2, in the Crossroads Arts District

If limited to only one First Fridays celebration in the Crossroads Arts District in a year, many area residents might choose the annual Crossroads Flock Party. The six-hour party revolves around performances by eight ensembles on an open-air stage. Arc Flash, self-described “mutant space punks” from Lawrence, will start the party with a bang at 5 p.m. With Blk Flanl, Reptil, Natural Man and the Supreme Court, Dreamgirl, the Whiffs, High Westhus and Claire Adams.

5 p.m. Friday, June 2. 19th and Wyandotte streets. Free.


Saturday, June 3, at the Kansas Speedway

Sammy Hagar insists on his signature song that “There’s Only One Way to Rock.” For tens of thousands of people, the unwavering sentiment is synonymous with Rockfest. The 12-hour blowout has a new home after many occasionally contentious years in Penn Valley Park. The 25th anniversary edition of Rockfest will be at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Godsmack, Volebeat, Halestorm and Ratt are among the groups joining Hagar on the 16-band bill.

Noon Saturday, June 3. Kansas Speedway. 1-888-929-7849. Remaining tickets are $69.50 in advance.

Shooter Jennings

Saturday, June 3, at Crossroads KC

Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton are the most prominent country outlaws of the moment, but no artist associated with the genre stretches the limits of the music with more reckless abandon than Shooter Jennings. The son of Waylon Jennings has pondered conspiracy theories on his spoken word series “Beyond the Black” and recorded a tribute album to disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder in recent years. Jennings is among the opening acts for headliner Jason Boland & the Stragglers on Saturday. With Porter Union and Mountain Deer Revival.

6 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $25-$76.50 in advance.


Sunday, June 4, at the Sprint Center

Future’s status as the primary architect of the default sound of contemporary popular music was solidified when he released a pair of chart-topping albums in consecutive weeks in February. The massively influential style he has developed — murky beats accentuated by semi-coherent muttering — resembles transmissions from an alternate universe in which pain doesn’t exist. The insistent chant of “Percocet, Molly, Percocet” on the defiantly druggy hit “Mask Off” makes it one of the defining songs of 2017. With Migos, Torey Lanez and A$AP Ferg.

7 p.m. Sunday, June 4. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. $29.50-$99.50 in advance.

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Tuesday, June 6, at Crossroads KC

Paul Janeway is the most arresting blue-eyed soul singer since Daryl Hall. Not since Hall sang lead on classic Hall & Oates hits like “She’s Gone” in the 1970s has a white artist so effectively replicated the styles of great soul vocalists like Al Green, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Janeway’s Alabama-based band St. Paul & the Broken Bones plays a correspondingly old-school form of R&B that makes it an exceptionally exciting live act. With JD McPherson.

8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $21.50-$76.50 in advance.

Com Truise

Tuesday, June 6, at RecordBar

Most of the films starring the actor who inspired the name of Com Truise would be dramatically improved if their scores were replaced by the music of the synth-pop group. Propulsive cinematic instrumental songs like “84’ Dreamin” seem designed to be overlaid on key sequences of “Top Gun” and “Risky Business.” Seth Haley, the man who creates gurgly electronic music as Com Truise, will transform RecordBar into a loud dream palace on Tuesday. With Clark and Roland Tings.

8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $17 in advance.

Joan Shelley

Wednesday, June 7, at Knuckleheads

Joan Shelley has friends in high places. Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, one of several prominent advocates of the singer/songwriter from Kentucky, produced her new self-titled release. The hushed folk songs merit favorable comparison to the early work of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the profound melancholy of the late Nick Drake. The stellar recording caused Stephen Thompson of NPR to rave that Shelley’s music is like a “headache remedy, nerve tonic and comfort food rolled into one.” With Jake Xerxes Fussell.

8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $10 in advance.

Not a Planet

Wednesday, June 7, at Royals Stadium

The dejected body language exhibited by many players for the Kansas City Royals reflects the team’s dispiriting start to the long season. The athletes might take inspiration from the confident swagger exhibited by the members of Not a Planet. As one of Kansas City’s most popular groups, the musicians’ bold self-assurance is warranted. Not a Planet will entertain sports fans prior to Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros as part of Ink’s Student Night revelry.

6 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Kauffman Stadium. 816-504-4040. Free with admission to the game.