Buzz Beach Ball
Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
A few devoted listeners of radio station 96.5 the Buzz have expressed narrow-minded objections to the bill of this year’s Buzz Beach Ball festival. The presence of rapper Snoop Dogg and acerbic hip-hop duo Run the Jewels is unacceptable to indie-rock purists. More discerning music lovers recognize that the lineup that includes Snoop Dogg, pop-oriented Foster the People and veteran guitar-rock group the Toadies on Friday and Run the Jewels, indie-rock titans Weezer and gypsy-punk ravers Gogol Bordello on Saturday represents a gloriously eclectic two-day party.
2:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 3:55 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. Tickets are $19.65-$64.50 per day. Two-day passes are $30-$109.50. Details are available at providenceamp.com.
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Crossroads Music Fest
Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Crossroads Arts District
In presenting an astoundingly diverse array of locally based musicians, the Crossroads Music Fest can be used by uninitiated people as a single-day crash course in the region’s music scene. Following hours of free day-parties, curious revelers will join seasoned insiders in appreciating the offerings at multiple stages of the annual fundraiser for community radio station KKFI. Jazz vocalist Lisa Henry (2:30 p.m. at the Green Lady Lounge), country belter Sara Morgan (7:30 p.m. at Californos) and rapper Duncan Burnett (11:30 p.m. at the Brick) are among the deserving performers likely to win over new fans.
6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Multiple venues in the Crossroads Arts District. 816-931-3122. Tickets are $20 through cmfkc.com.
Monday, Sept. 11, at Liberty Hall
In the most effective use of a musician in a cinematic comedy since Jonathan Richman appeared as a troubadour in “There’s Something About Mary,” Brazilian musician Seu Jorge sang engaging covers of David Bowie songs in the Bill Murray vehicle “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” Jorge’s acoustic renditions of glam-rock classics like “Life on Mars?” enhanced the 2004 film. The actor and musician is reprising his striking Bowie arrangements and performing his enchanting original compositions on a well-received tour of North America.
8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. Tickets are $35-$75 through libertyhall.net.
Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Arrowhead Stadium
U2’s first show in Kansas City was a radio station promotion at the Uptown Theater in 1981. Tickets were $1.02. The price of entry to Tuesday’s concert at Arrowhead Stadium is considerably higher, but the Irish quartet retains its signature idealism. The group is in the midst of the Joshua Tree Tour, a series of dates in which the band reinterprets its rousing 1987 release “The Joshua Tree.” Inspirational songs like “Where the Streets Have No Name” are ideally suited to outdoor stadiums. With Beck.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Arrowhead Stadium. 800-745-3000. Tickets are $35-$290 through ticketmaster.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 12, at RecordBar
Andrew Thomson, the founder of ramshackle Canadian band Single Mothers, is less a vocalist than a spastic orator. Like a loose-lipped beatnik poet hopped up on emancipating stimulants, he rants and raves about societal ills and mental health as his bandmates play correspondingly frantic post-hardcore rock. With the gradual mellowing of the similarly loquacious Craig Finn of the Hold Steady, Thomson may be rock’s most passionate preacher. With Runaway Sons and Bummer.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $12 through therecordbar.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Uptown Theater
Ben Harper was born too late. Rather than playing to throngs of ecstatic hippies at iconic ’60s festivals like Woodstock, the anachronistic singer/songwriter has had to resign himself to playing to admirers with similarly vintage tastes at midsized venues. Harper, a master of folk, blues, rock and reggae, is reunited with his band the Innocent Criminals on his current tour, a pairing that allows the California native to re-create old favorites like “Steal My Kisses” with complete authority.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $45-$89 through uptowntheater.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Knuckleheads
Bobby Rush, long one of Southern blues’ most charismatic entertainers, allows himself to be upstaged at his own concerts. Audacious displays by dancers Mizz Lowe and Erickia Henderson will temporarily make members of Wednesday’s audience forget about the star of the show. Even so, the bawdy octogenarian’s career has never been stronger. He won a Grammy Award for best traditional blues album seven months ago for his hard-driving album “Porcupine Meat.”
8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $22.50 through knuckleheadskc.com.