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KC concerts Aug. 31-Sept. 5: Kansas City Irish Fest, Banda MS, SZA, Cherry Glazerr

The Young Folk return to the Kansas City Irish Fest, which runs Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3, at Crown Center.
The Young Folk return to the Kansas City Irish Fest, which runs Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 3, at Crown Center. Special to The Star

Umphrey’s McGee

Thursday, Aug. 31, at Crossroads KC

At a time when many musicians are conceding defeat because the traditional means of earning a living in the digital age have dried up, the members of Umphrey’s McGee seem to have it figured out. Although they perform decidedly uncommercial instrumental improvisational rock, the men from Indiana rake in money through multiple revenue streams beyond the usual T-shirts and ticket sales. The band’s innovative offerings include downloads of every performance and audiophile headphone rentals at their concerts. With Aqueos.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. Tickets are $25-$75 through

Kansas City Irish Fest

Friday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept. 3, at Crown Center

“More Than Music” is among the slogans being used to market the 15th edition of the Kansas City Irish Fest. While whiskey tastings and Sunday Mass are among the diversions at the sprawling festival, dismissing the musical offerings would be a mistake. A pair of particularly promising Irish bands — the Mumford & Sons-ish the Young Folk and the Strokes-influenced the Academic — will share stages with more established rock groups including California’s Gaelic Storm and Kansas City’s the Elders. The popular Irish troubadours the High Kings appeal to revelers who prefer traditional favorites.

5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Crown Center. 816-997-0837. Tickets are $10 for Friday and $12 for Saturday and Sunday in advance. Three day passes are $30 in advance. Details are available at

Banda MS

Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Sprint Center

A tuba has rarely sounded sexier than on “Las Cosas No Se Hacen Así,” the latest hit by the expansive Mexican ensemble Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga: The deep pulse provided by the brass instrument accentuates the passionate selection. But the gorgeous music video for the cancion reveals a troubling detail. Vocalist Alan Ramírez’s neck is marked by deep scars that resulted from a shooting in Mexico City in 2016. The bullet narrowly missed his vocal cords, a close call that will be celebrated during his band’s return to Kansas City.

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. Tickets are $51-$131 through


Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Uptown Theater

SZA is blowing up. Her show was originally slated for the Granada theater in Lawrence, and a shift to the larger Uptown Theater still couldn’t satisfy the demand for tickets. Sunday’s concert is sold out. SZA has built a massive new constituency by smudging the boundary between the arty pop of Frank Ocean and the more conventional sound of hit-makers like Rihanna. Born Solana Imani Rowe in St. Louis in 1990, SZA is among the most compelling breakout artists of 2017. With Smino and Ravyn Lenae.

8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. The face value of tickets to the sold-out concert is $25. Details are available at

John Butler Trio

Sunday, Sept. 3, at Crossroads KC

Some skeptics of the John Butler Trio unfairly dismiss the ensemble as the Dave Matthews Band with an Australian accent. While Butler’s loopy guitar playing inspires legions of jam band aficionados on songs like “Used to Get High,” he honed his style in rough-and-tumble taverns in Perth. The impressive bluesy swagger that resulted gives Butler’s music heft. His trio is at its best on muscular improvisations that wouldn’t be terribly out of place in Kansas City jazz clubs. With Nattali Rize.

8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. Tickets are $25-$76.50 through

Lake Street Dive

Monday, Sept. 4, at Crossroads KC

Lake Street Dive is radically out of step with popular culture. At a time when electronic beats, crass lyrical outlooks and image-driven promotions seem to dictate popularity, the Boston-based quartet relies on old-fashioned talent. How quaint. Yet there’s nothing precious about Rachel Price’s soulful voice, solidly constructed songs like “Bad Self Portraits” or the rhythm section’s astounding ability to seamlessly shift among pop, folk, jazz and R&B. With Matt Stansberry & the Romance.

8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. Tickets are $25-$76.50 through


Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Two versions of the progressive rock band Yes are concurrently crisscrossing the country. As the ensemble that features guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Steve White performs in Vancouver on Tuesday, a group that includes elfin vocalist Jon Anderson, well-traveled guitarist Trevor Rabin and titanic keyboardist Rick Wakeman will perform in Kansas City. The set lists of the competing bands differ, but both include the classic rock staples “And You and I” and “Roundabout.”

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. Kauffman Center. 816-994-7200. Tickets are $65.50-$135.50 through

Cherry Glazerr

Tuesday, Sept. 5, at RecordBar

Cherry Glazerr isn’t merely one of America’s best garage-rock bands. The Los Angeles group occasionally seems capable of single-handedly salvaging the flagging fortunes of an entire genre. Personnel changes since its formation four years ago have rattled some of the group’s original fans, but Cherry Glazerr continues to combine the arrogant decadence of the Rolling Stones with the brash simplicity of the Ramones on powerful new songs like “Trash People” and “Told You I’d Be With the Guys.”

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $12 through