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KC concerts June 22-26: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, The Get Up Kids, B.o.B, The Wailing Souls

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will perform Friday, June 23, at Crossroads KC.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will perform Friday, June 23, at Crossroads KC. .

Chase Rice

Thursday, June 22, at KC Live

The biggest weekly party in Kansas City transpires every Thursday in the heart of the Power & Light District. The Hot Summer Nights concert series regularly fills the entertainment district with fun-loving fans of country music. The sultry songs of Chase Rice will turn up the heat a few additional notches this week. Rice’s version of the scandalously graphic “Ride” is one of the most unlikely country hits of recent years. His signature song, “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” is a slinky ode to sensuality.

7 p.m. Thursday, June 22. KC Live. 816-842-1045. $10 in advance.

Joe Jackson

Friday, June 23, at the Uptown Theater

Although he asserted “I’m the Man” on an acerbic 1979 hit about fads, Joe Jackson’s peripatetic artistry has made it difficult to get a good read on the British musician. Since breaking through as a New Wave misanthrope, Jackson has created elegant pop hits like “Steppin’ Out,” investigated the repertoires of jump blues star Louis Jordan and jazz giant Duke Ellington and won a Grammy Award for a jazz fusion album. “Fast Forward,” his most recent release, contains elements of each of those styles.

8 p.m. Friday, June 23. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $40-$75 in advance.

Stitched Up Heart

Friday, June 23, at the Riot Room

The Hearts in Hell tour is a pairing of two promising Los Angeles-based hard rock bands. Stitched Up Heart, a band led by charismatic Alecia “Mixi” Demner, tops the bill over Hell or Highwater based on the positive response to its 2016 debut album, “Never Alone.” The group combines the dynamic pop-punk once made by Paramore with the abrasive intensity of In This Moment. Also with Forgotten Souls and Echo Collider.

8 p.m. Friday, June 23. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $13 in advance.

Laith Al-Saadi

Friday, June 23, at Frontier Park in Olathe

The most satisfying moments of TV’s “The Voice” occur when the enormous gulf between talent and image that often dictates which artists succeed in the pop marketplace is exposed. Laith Al-Saadi impressed celebrity judges in a blind audition on the show last year with his enormously soulful growl and masterful guitar work. Their enthusiasm was tempered by the appearance of the blues-rock musician from Michigan — he looks nothing like a conventional pop star. With Lester Estelle.

7 p.m. Friday, June 23. Frontier Park in Olathe. 913-971-8600. Free.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Friday, June 23, at Crossroads KC

Tracking the confusing careers of the five members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is a headache-inducing pursuit. Bizzy Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone and Wish Bone often work at cross purposes, firing off inscrutable messages on social media. It’s entirely clear, however, that the Ohio group’s initial volley of hits sound better with each passing year. The glorious vocal harmonies and durable beats on the classic 1990s hits “Tha Crossroads,” “1st of tha Month” and “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” are timeless. With Twista and Cure for Paranoia.

8 p.m. Friday, June 23. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $25-$76.50 in advance. (The concert was originally scheduled for May 19.)

The Get Up Kids

Saturday, June 24, on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence

The stellar lineup of Live on Mass, Saturday’s free concert on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, is a vibrant affirmation of the astounding range and tremendous quality of the area’s music scene. The emo titans The Get Up Kids headline the event. The band formed 22 years ago in Kansas City and cemented its reputation as an essential purveyor of emotionally cathartic punk-inspired music with the release of the 1999 album “Something to Write Home About.” With Kawehi, Making Movies and Lily Pryor and Iris Hyde.

6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24. The 1000 block of Massachusetts Street in Lawrence. 785-842-1390. Free.

The Wailing Souls

Saturday, June 24, at Crossroads KC

The Crossroads Jammin’ Reggae Fest may not feature the genre’s glitziest stars, but aficionados of the form know that the impressive lineup makes for the most exciting concerts of 2017. Lloyd “Bread” McDonald and Winston “Pipe” Matthews of the Wailing Souls have been central components of reggae since the genre’s inception in Jamaica decades ago. “Fire House Rock” by the Wailing Souls is among reggae’s most beloved hits. With the Itals, Sister Carol, Jon Wayne & the Pain, the Elovaters, 77 Jefferson and Ras Neville & the Kingstonians.

3 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $25-$76.50 in advance.

Easton Corbin

Saturday, June 24, at Ameristar Casino

The hits of Easton Corbin offer a soothing refuge from the increasingly frenetic mayhem of country radio. While many of his peers design blaring songs infused with rock, rap and electronic dance music, Corbin is content to stick to the basics. The mellowness of his 2009 breakout hit “A Little More Country Than That” set the tone for Corbin’s career. He mocks the “loud guitars (that are) a little out of tune” on his laid-back new single, “A Girl Like You.”

9 p.m. Saturday, June 24. Ameristar Casino. 816-414-7000. $40-$55 in advance.

Head of Femur

Saturday, June 24, at MiniBar

While they’re not nearly as famous as indie-rock titans Conor Oberst and Matthew Sweet from their home state of Nebraska, Ben Armstrong, Mike Elsener and Matt Focht of Head of Femur make similarly ambitious music. The band’s new album, “Hear! Hear! Tunemaker,” overflows with the sort of baroque pop flourishes associated with the later work of British Invasion groups like the Zombies, the Hollies and the Beatles. With Slights, Kids and Chemicals, and Varma Cross.

8:45 p.m. Saturday, June 24. MiniBar. 816-326-8281. $10 in advance.


Sunday, June 25, at the Madrid Theatre

As core members of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets, Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins are founding fathers of the goth-rock movement. Joined by Haskins’ daughter Diva Dompe, the veteran musicians revive their era-defining songs as Poptone. Longtime fans and neophytes eager to get a taste of the ‘80s will break out their black clothes and dark eyeliner to hear renditions of misanthropic classics like Love and Rockets’ “Mirror People” and Tones on Tail’s “Christian Says” on Sunday.

8 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Madrid Theatre. 816-753-8880. $35 in advance.

Barns Courtney

Monday, June 26, at RecordBar

The pop audience has a seemingly insatiable appetite for tortured singer/songwriters with a flair for melodrama. The emotionally revealing songs are even better when they’re performed by musicians who resemble fashion models. Barns Courtney, a British musician with a striking countenance and a sensitive soul, is on a fast track to stardom. “Glitter & Gold” and “Fire” are among the seven songs he has issued that are squarely in the vein of Vance Joy, Hozier and James Bay. With Fox Traxx.

8 p.m. Monday, June 26. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.


Monday, June 26, at the Riot Room

“Airplanes,” B.o.B’s duet with Hayley Williams of Paramore, and “Nothin’ on You,” his collaboration with Bruno Mars, were two of the biggest hits of 2010. With a corresponding chart-topping album, the rapper from Georgia seemed to have laid the groundwork for a massive career. Yet B.o.B’s latest album, “Ether,” peaked at No. 179 on the pop charts, and most of the headlines he has made in recent years are related to his embrace of loopy conspiracy theories. With London Jae and Jaque Beats.

8 p.m. Monday, June 26. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $25 in advance.

The Last Bandoleros

Tuesday, June 27, at Knuckleheads

The Mavericks have spent decades paving an exclusive lane that connects roots rock with the music of the Latin American diaspora. If they check their rearview mirrors, the members of the Mavericks may see the upstarts in the Last Bandoleros closing in on them. The new band boasts members from San Antonio and New York. The accordion-laced “Next to You” and “Where Do You Go?” are among the songs that transform performances by the Last Bandoleros into lively parties. With Radio Birds.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $10 in advance.