Ink Magazine’s Live! Music Stage at the Plaza Art Fair
Friday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 24
Much of the most notable art produced in Kansas City isn’t created by painters or sculptors: Musicians have long been among Kansas City’s most prominent artists. The proud tradition of cultured sounds will be displayed at Ink Magazine’s Live! Music Stage at the Plaza Art Fair. The soulful pop of Smokey James & the Avalanche (7 p.m. Friday), the barroom rock of Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds (3 p.m. Saturday) and the propulsive jazz of the MLS Trio (1 p.m. Sunday) are among the colorful sounds that will delight art lovers this weekend.
5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23; 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Country Club Plaza. 816-753-0100. Free. Details are available at plazaartfair.com.
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Friday, Sept. 22, at the Sprint Center
A virtual band has outshone its flesh-and-blood counterparts for more than 15 years. The odd development is less an indictment of the output of the competition than an affirmation of the brilliance of the ostensibly make-believe group. Gorillaz is a game-changing concept that toys with the nebulous nature of reality in the new millennium. Overseen by the rock star Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, four cartoon characters create futuristic pop as Gorillaz. With Danny Brown and Vince Staples.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $44.25-$101.25 through sprintcenter.com.
The Secret Sisters
Friday, Sept. 22, at Knuckleheads
T Bone Burnett, one of the most respected producers in the history of popular music, oversaw the creation of the Secret Sisters’ first two albums. Acclaimed songwriter Brandi Carlile produced “You Don’t Own Me Anymore,” the third album by Lydia and Laura Rogers. While each release is expertly crafted, the Alabama siblings’ dazzling vocal harmonies and powerful original compositions don’t require studio trickery. The vitality of the Rogers sisters’ old-timey music makes them the contemporary equivalent of the Everly Brothers. With Mary Bragg.
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $15 through knuckleheadskc.com.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Sprint Center
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were wed in 1996 after they fell in love on their Spontaneous Combustion tour that year. Marriage suits them. In addition to raising three daughters, they have continued to thrive professionally. The country music power couple are celebrating their partnership by performing together on Soul2Soul: The World Tour. The lavish production includes individual showcases for each star and duets on material including the sparkling new single “Speak to a Girl.” With Brandy Clark.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $71.50 - $119.50 through sprintcenter.com.
Saturday, Sept. 23, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
“All Lives, You Say?” a scathing protest song written in response to the divisive events in Charlottesville, Va., serves notice that Wilco remains America’s most indispensable rock band. Formed after the dissolution of seminal alternative country group Uncle Tupelo in 1994, Wilco has issued 10 wildly diverse studio albums. The stellar songs and forthright voice of Jeff Tweedy are the only common elements of a catalog that ranges from plaintive folk to abrasive noise. With Creamer.
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $39.50-$49.50 through midlandkc.com.
Tank and the Bangas
Saturday, Sept. 23, at RecordBar
Jubilant New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas went from an underground cult act to an international sensation when it won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest in February. The pairing of dynamic neo-soul and the chameleon-like vocals of Tarriona “Tank” Ball floored the competition’s judges. Noting that the band beat out more than 6,000 submissions, NPR’s Bob Boilen suggested that the group “combines R&B with hip-hop’s poetry and roller coaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans.” With Sweet Crude.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. The face value of tickets to the sold-out show is $12 through therecordbar.com.
Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Lied Center
Kenny Rogers pledged his eternal devotion on the tender 1981 love song “Through the Years.” The bond the icon has forged with millions of fans in a durable career that began in the ’50s has been deepened by thousands of performances. Rogers’ locally based admirers have one more chance to demonstrate their appreciation for the gravel-voiced crooner and his evergreen hits, including “The Gambler” and “Lucille.” Sunday’s concert at the Lied Center is one of the last dates of Rogers’ farewell tour. With Linda Davis.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Lied Center. 785-864-2787. Tickets are $50-$100 through lied.ku.edu.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Sprint Center
The music industry, like nature, abhors a vacuum. The Weeknd is among the artists creating music that attempts to fill the enormous void created by the premature deaths of Prince and Michael Jackson. Stupendously successful hits like “I Can’t Feel My Face” and “Party Monster” crafted by Toronto native Abel Tesfaye are simultaneously lusty and lonely. With Gucci Mane and Nav.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $37.75-$135 through sprintcenter.com.