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KC concerts Jan. 25-31: Joe Satriani’s G3, Yung Lean, Deborah Brown

Joe Satriani will take on John Petrucci of Dream Theater and Phil Collen of Def Leppard in his G3 challenge Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Uptown Theater.
Joe Satriani will take on John Petrucci of Dream Theater and Phil Collen of Def Leppard in his G3 challenge Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Uptown Theater. Invision/AP


Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Uptown Theater

Joe Satriani is a rock ’n’ roll gladiator. The formidable musician from New York pits himself against dozens of the world’s most fearsome guitar slingers on barnstorming tours he has titled G3. Satriani hasn’t merely survived more than 20 years of G3 challenges; he has become seemingly invincible. John Petrucci of Dream Theater and Phil Collen of Def Leppard are showcasing their formidable virtuosity as they duel with Satriani in the latest installment of the G3 tour.

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $39.50-$125 through

Drive-By Truckers

Friday, Jan. 26, at the Truman

Alarmed by current events, the members of Drive-By Truckers released a protest song in November. “The Perilous Night” includes enraged lyrics like “dumb, white and angry with their cup half-filled/running over people down in Charlottesville/White House fury, it’s the killing side he defends.” The strident stance is somewhat startling for a band that has been tapping into the Southern rock tradition of Lynyrd Skynyrd for more than 20 years. Drive-By Truckers are rebels of a different stripe. With Lilly Hiatt.

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. The Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $25 through


Friday, Jan. 26, at RecordBar

Kansas City singer/songwriter Andrew Foshee is under the spells of psychedelic country sensation Sturgill Simpson and dyspeptic singer/songwriter Father John Misty. Simpson bases his sound on Waylon Jennings’ honky-tonk, and Misty references the misanthropy of Randy Newman, but Foshee evokes the genial Bob Dylan documented on the 1969 album “Nashville Skyline.” Foshee will showcase oddly laconic compositions like “Whiskey & Wine” during Friday’s album release celebration for his ambitious new recording “Strange Relations.” With the Grisly Hand.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $12 through


Friday, Jan. 26, at Knuckleheads

Jackopierce was decades ahead of its time. Years before artists including Jack Johnson became superstars, the duo of Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce performed a prescient form of melodic folk-rock. The ill-fated timing means that the Dallas-based duo is marking its 30th anniversary with a tour in nightclubs rather than in concert halls. The audience at Friday’s show is likely to be dominated by appreciative fans who first encountered Jackopierce’s music while attending college in the 1990s.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $20 through

Milky Chance

Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Truman

The globalization of popular music inevitably leads to delightfully strange hybrids. The German band Milky Chance’s interpretation of Jamaican reggae sounds nothing like the music of Bob Marley. Instead, the trio’s output resembles a woozy mashup of the jam-inclined Dave Matthews Band and a warped copy of a greatest hits album by the Police. Milky Chance’s breakout song, “Stolen Dance,” introduced the weirdly affecting form of diluted reggae to millions of infatuated pop fans in 2013. With Lewis Capaldi.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. The Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets to the sold-out show were $30 through

Yung Lean & Sad Boys

Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Granada

“Unknown Death 2002,” Yung Lean’s debut mixtape, signaled a hip-hop revolution in 2013. The ominous recording by the 17-year-old Swede proved that experimental music could achieve viral success even if it originated in a remote locale and was hobbled by sketchy sound quality. Now 21, the man born Jonatan Leandoer Håstad is touring in support of “Stranger,” a dreamy album with alarming lyrical boasts like “in a Percocet river, I got gills like a fish.” With Thaiboy Digital.

8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $18 through

Deborah Brown Quintet

Sunday, Jan. 28, at Polsky Theatre

Kansas City jazz vocalist Deborah Brown is more popular in Europe and Asia than in her hometown. She performed in Italy, Holland, Poland, Russia and Sweden last year. “Kansas City, Here I Come,” Brown’s thoroughly enchanting 2017 album that includes a pair of duets with late vocalist Kevin Mahogany, was recorded in Poland. Sunday’s concert provides Brown’s friends, neighbors and locally based admirers with an infrequent opportunity to hear why Brown’s reverent jazz in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald is renowned abroad.

7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Polsky Theatre. 913-469-4445. Tickets are $20 through

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Liberty Hall

Josh Ritter refuses to allow critical acclaim to interfere with his art. In the tradition of level-headed songwriters and bandleaders such as John Prine and Jeff Tweedy, the Idaho native continues to compose earthy material about intriguing characters who reside in the middle of America in spite of the euphoric accolades he regularly receives from major publications based on either coast. “Miles Away,” a forlorn song about a rueful man who returns to Kansas for the funeral of his father, was released earlier this month.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. Tickets are $30 through