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KC concerts Dec. 7-13: Evanescence, 21 Savage, Amy Grant, Sabrina Carpenter

21 Savage will perform Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Uptown Theater.
21 Savage will perform Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Uptown Theater. Invision/AP

Frankie Ballard

Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Granada

A twangy version of Jon Bon Jovi or an astute update of John Mellencamp, Frankie Ballard is exceptionally adept at integrating 1980s rock styles into contemporary country. The Michigan native’s three chart-topping hits — “Helluva Life,” “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Young & Crazy” — are good-time anthems that blend classic rock with the modern sound of Nashville. “Sunshine & Whiskey” even name-checks Tom Petty. Accordingly, the majority of Ballard’s material is geared toward party-minded people who embrace the message of his rocking song “I Came to Get Down.”

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through

Amy Grant

Friday, Dec. 8, at the Sprint Center

Amy Grant is best known as a Christian pop star with a handful of crossover hits. She’s also a prolific purveyor of seasonal songs. With 11 Christmas albums in her discography, she’ll have plenty of material to draw on at Friday’s Christmas-themed show. Accompanied by an orchestra, Grant will belt out standards like “Jingle Bells” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in addition to a rendition of “Tennessee Christmas,” the title track of her most recent holiday album. With Michael W. Smith and Jordan Smith.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $39.50-$125 through

21 Savage

Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Uptown Theater

The title of “Issa,” the first of two albums 21 Savage released in 2017, has an illustrative origin story. While lounging on a couch next to stacks of cash, the man born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph in 1992 was asked by a video journalist about the cross tattooed on his forehead. The Atlanta rapper replied with a correction that became an infamous meme: “issa knife.” In addition to lurid solo hits like “Bank Account” and “No Heart,” Abraham-Joseph is featured on Post Malone’s massive hit “Rockstar.” With NBA Youngboy.

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets to the officially sold-out show were $39.50 through


Monday, Dec. 11, at the Music Hall

Evanescence, a melodramatic rock band with a colossal attack, will sound bigger than ever at the Music Hall on Monday. The group will be accompanied by an orchestra in a concert promoting “Synthesis,” its first album since 2011. Amy Lee’s operatic voice suits the symphonic setting. Adventurous fans willing to embrace the expansive format will admire new material including the theatrical “Imperfection” and a lush arrangement of Evanescence’s blood-and-thunder breakout hit “Bring Me to Life.”

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Music Hall. 800-653-8000. Tickets are $48-$175 through

Sabrina Carpenter

Monday, Dec. 11, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Sabrina Carpenter, 18, is already an entertainment industry veteran. The Pennsylvania native placed third in a talent contest overseen by Miley Cyrus when she was 10. Carpenter landed parts on a few additional TV programs, but her role on the Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World” made her a star. She has pursued a music career with similar diligence. Recent tracks like “Thumbs” show that Carpenter is hot on the heels of established hitmakers like Demi Lovato. With PrettyMuch, Above Waves and Alex Aiono.

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $20-$30 through

Cover Me, KC

Tuesday, Dec. 12, at RecordBar

A wide swath of Kansas City’s folk music community will transform into a mutual admiration society at RecordBar on Tuesday. More than a dozen solo and ensemble acts will “perform two songs that were written by a different local artist of their choice.” Many artists will clamor to interpret compositions by Howard Iceberg, the ingenious songwriter who’s also participating in the concert. Betse & Clarke, Chad Brothers and Jessica Paige are among the additional acts contributing to the benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $10 through

The Creepshow

Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Knuckleheads

Now that concerts by the metal-meets-rockabilly band Volbeat take place at massive outdoor festivals or in cavernous concert halls, many fans of the Danish band may be on the prowl for more intimate experiences with a similarly turbo-charged ensemble. The Creepshow fits the bill. The members of the Canadian psychobilly group rock like the grandchildren of Gene Vincent as they tear through horror-themed songs like “Zombies Ate Her Brain” and “Death At My Door.” With Popskull Rebels.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $10 through

Roni Size

Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Riot Room

Years before electronic dance music producers like Avicii and David Guetta became mainstream stars, Roni Size helped codify the commercial possibilities of the form with his groundbreaking 1997 album, “New Forms.” The drum-and-bass project won the prestigious Mercury Prize and elevated a genre that had been strictly underground music. The innovative British producer will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “New Forms” on Wednesday. The opening acts include Jon Dent, Nmezee and Negro Scoe.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $20 through