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KC concerts Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Phoenix, Kodak Black, Walker McGuire, Broncho

Walker McGuire will perform Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Folly Theater.
Walker McGuire will perform Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Folly Theater. .

Damien Escobar

Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Damien Escobar has experienced thrilling highs and devastating lows. He and his brother Tourie first achieved renown as precocious violin prodigies from Queens. Their hip-hop inclinations led to bookings at the White House and a third place finish in the 2008 season of TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” Escobar’s struggles with sudden success led to homelessness. Spiritually and artistically reinvigorated, he is touring in support of “Boundless,” a lush project that has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding jazz album.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $35-$65 through


Friday, Dec. 1, at the Riot Room

Broncho toured Europe as the opening act for heavy rock titans Queens of the Stone Age in November. Friday’s show at the Riot Room is Broncho’s second American club date since it appeared in vast halls like the O2 in London. The considerably lower profile of the power-pop band from Norman, Okla., on its home turf is baffling. New songs like “Get in My Car” and the 2014 cult favorite “Class Historian” are as instantly engaging as classic hits by the Monkees. With Holy White Hounds.

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $12 through

Heather Newman Band

Friday, Dec. 1, at Knuckleheads

The Heather Newman Band is poised to follow Samantha Fish and Trampled Under Foot as the next blues-oriented Kansas City act to achieve national prominence. After serving an instructional apprenticeship as a bassist and vocalist in a band led by Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot, Newman will celebrate the release of her band’s hard-rocking debut studio album, “Burn Me Alive,” on Friday. Newman says the memorable collection of original material is intended to “convey my feelings of love and loneliness, passion and pain.”

9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $10 through

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

Saturday, Dec. 2, at Yardley Hall

True to their generous natures, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear have played benefit concerts for locally based charities this year, but Saturday’s show at Yardley Hall is the mother-and-son duo’s sole headlining concert in the Kansas City area of 2017. The breakout success of Madisen and Ruth Ward was one of the feel-good music stories of 2015. The traditional folk styling and unaffected voices of the Independence duo remain a refreshing revelation. They’ll perform with a full band on Saturday.

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Yardley Hall. 913-469-8500. Tickets are $20-$30 through


Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Phoenix’s new album, “Ti Amo,” is one of the most engaging Euro-pop albums since the 1970s heyday of ABBA. The opulent dance tracks are the sonic equivalent of the luxurious images on the pages of a glossy fashion magazine published in the band’s base in France. Phoenix doesn’t attempt anything as ambitious as its frenetic 2009 hit “Lisztomania” on “Ti Amo,” but the transition from youthful exuberance to mature decadence makes the album enormously satisfying. With Y God Y.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.65 through

Kodak Black

Monday, Dec. 4, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The uncouth songs of Kodak Black, a legally embattled rapper from Florida, are artless. Yet the 20-year-old born Dieuson Octave has a knack for coining catchy couplets. His dismissive putdown of a rival’s sartorial choice on the hit “Roll in Peace” — “he don’t even believe in Jesus — why you got a Jesus piece?” — is one of the most memorable lines of 2017. The hook of the rudimentary hit “Tunnel Vision” — “they don’t like to see you winning — they want to see you in the penitentiary” — is almost as catchy.

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $35 through

The Wood Brothers

Monday, Dec. 4, at the Truman

Countless ensembles attempt to re-create the sound of the Band. Few possess the chops or the imagination to pull it off. The trio of guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood and drummer Jano Rix don’t attempt to conceal their primary influence. Not only do their songs echo classics like “Up on Cripple Creek,” their jubilant new album, “Live at the Barn,” was recorded at the property of the Band’s late drummer Levon Helm. A similarly festive performance will transpire at the Truman on Monday.

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. The Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $25 through

Walker McGuire

Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Folly Theater

A recent Rolling Stone feature about Walker McGuire suggested that the duo “straddle(s) the three-way border between pop, rock and 21st-century country.” The crowded intersection includes like-minded groups like Rascal Flatts. It’s unusual, however, for an inhabitant of the sonic terrain to hail from a prestigious Kansas City suburb. Johnny McGuire of the Nashville-based country act is from Fairway. His sweet harmony singing on “Til Tomorrow” is one of the reasons the song has been streamed more than 22 million times on Spotify.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. Tickets are $20 through