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KC concerts Aug. 10-16: Caamp, Green Day, Idina Menzel, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar will perform Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Sprint Center.
Kendrick Lamar will perform Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Sprint Center. Invision/AP


Thursday, Aug. 10, at RecordBar

Few acts in the sprawling lineup of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest in May were more highly touted by event organizers than Caamp. In the weeks since its outing at the festival, the earnest songs of the folk duo from Ohio have racked up more than a million additional plays on streaming music services. Countless groups make similar forms of earthy folk, but few have a vocalist as soulful as Taylor Meier. His singing resembles the ardent incantations of a medieval balladeer. With Quirk & Ruckus.

9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $10 through

Green Day

Friday, Aug. 11, at the Sprint Center

“American Idiot” never sounded so good. Green Day’s incendiary rock opera was partly inspired by band leader Billie Joe Armstrong’s opinion of the George W. Bush administration, but its admirers might believe that songs documenting “a new kind of tension” are even more relevant today. The trio’s transformation from a snotty ’80s pop-punk band into the most vital arena-rockers of its generation has been as remarkable as it was unexpected. With Catfish and the Bottlemen.

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $27.50-$87.50 through


Saturday, Aug. 12, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

Logic confronts questions about his status as a biracial rapper on the title track of his latest album, “Everybody,” by suggesting that “in my blood is the slave and the master.” He recalls that he was “not accepted by the black or the white” as a child. Things have changed. “Everybody” was the best-selling album in the country when it was released in May. The confessional songs of the rapper also known as Young Sinatra have endeared him to a diverse set of admirers. With Joey Badass.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. 816-442-6100. Tickets to the officially sold-out show were $29.50-$49.50 through

Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys

Saturday, Aug. 12 at Knuckleheads

Saturday’s show at Knuckleheads is one of a handful of dates in which the separate paths of Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys will converge in August. Although they’re the two most celebrated rock bands consisting largely or entirely of musicians of Mexican-American heritage, the groups’ sounds are markedly different. Texas trio Los Lonely Boys specializes in sturdy melodic rock, while the versatile Los Angeles band Los Lobos is renowned for its resolute adventurousness.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $45 through

The New Pornographers

Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty Hall

In the grand tradition of songwriters including Cole Porter, John Lennon and Marvin Gaye, A.C. Newman of the Canadian group the New Pornographers melds insinuating melodies with sophisticated lyrical conceits. Newman’s seamless blend of high and low art has made the New Pornographers one of the most acclaimed bands of the last 20 years. Abetted by an illustrious cast of co-conspirators, Newman will perform sugary but cerebral modern classics like “Twin Cinema” and “Brill Bruisers” on Saturday. With Ought.

9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. Tickets are $25 through


Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Sprint Center

In the new Coldplay song “Something Just Like This,” Chris Martin name-checks Spider-Man and Batman as he pines for an emotional connection. Although he insists in the collaboration with the Chainsmokers that he’s “not looking for somebody with some superhuman gifts,” Martin need only look in a mirror to find a man who possesses a superpower. Martin has the rare ability to make people swell with intense optimism through the uplifting arena rock he creates with Coldplay. With AlunaGeorge and Izzy Bizu.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $67.50-$223 through

Idina Menzel

Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Starlight Theatre

Aside from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” Idina Menzel is Broadway’s most effective goodwill ambassador. The New York native imbues her lustrous singing with expressive nuance. Prior to giving voice to the animated heroine of the 2013 Disney film “Frozen,” Menzel starred in the original version of “Rent” and won a Tony Award in 2004 for her work in “Wicked.” She’ll deliver theatrical renditions of the “Frozen” signature song “Let It Go” as well as pop songs and standards on Wednesday.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $20-$130 through

Kendrick Lamar

Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Sprint Center

Kung Fu Kenny will make his Kansas City debut on Wednesday. While Kendrick Lamar has performed in Kansas City several times, the rapper from Compton, Calif., is unveiling his martial arts-themed alter ego on his current tour. The lighthearted kicks and jabs are a welcome change of pace for Lamar. Unlike his high-minded previous work, “Damn” is a collection of immediately accessible bangers. His newfound versatility makes Lamar even more consequential. With YG and D.R.A.M.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $37.50-$97.50 through