Sweet Honey in the Rock
Friday, Feb. 23, at White Recital Hall
Sweet Honey in the Rock has occasionally seemed like a quaint holdover from a bygone era since its inception in 1973. Yet many members of the audience at Friday’s concert will insist that the a cappella institution’s soul-stirring renderings of protest songs and civil rights anthems such as “We Shall Not Be Moved” are more relevant than ever. Rooted in America’s folk and gospel traditions, Sweet Honey in the Rock continues to act as a steadfast advocate for social justice.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. White Recital Hall. 816-235-6222. Tickets are $25 through tickets.cto.umkc.edu.
Friday, Feb. 23, at the Truman
Indie-rock artist Laura Pergolizzi has received next-big-thing accolades for more than a decade. Her perennial status as a looming star makes the suggestion that 2018 will be the year in which she finally becomes a household name seem like foolhardy speculation. Her most recent album, “Lost on You,” is another strong bid for mainstream acceptance. Pergolizzi resembles an indie-rock version of pop star Ariana Grande on persuasive tracks like “Other People.” With Noah Kahan.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. The Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $22 through thetrumankc.com.
Friday, Feb. 23, at the Sprint Center
TobyMac isn’t another utopian Christian artist. He crafts spiritual songs that don’t shy away from confronting difficult spiritual challenges and worldly dilemmas. The unflinching approach has made Toby McKeehan one of the most successful artists in contemporary Christian music. Since his stint in the urban-themed trio DC Talk, McKeehan’s songs like “Funky Jesus Music” continue to bridge the divides among rap and pop and religious and secular styles. With Mandisa, Danny Gokey, Finding Favour and Ryan Stevenson.
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $18-$73 through sprintcenter.com.
Friday, Feb. 23, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Unlike the overeager men who seem desperate for attention as they bellow their way through country songs, Lee Brice often croons as if he just woke up. The South Carolina native sounds positively sleepy on his 2009 breakout hit, “Love Like Crazy.” Brice’s easygoing style has endeared him to country fans who appreciate the placid tone of songs like “I Don’t Dance.” The recent hit “Boy,” a tender ode to a newborn son, affirms the shrewdness of Brice’s low-key approach.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $38-$48 through midlandkc.com.
Friday, Feb. 23, at RecordBar
David George may never have sounded better than he does on his six-song EP “Lesson of Love.” The Kansas City musician has played in several indie-rock groups and has toured as a member of John Fogerty’s band. He also dabbles in musical theater. “Lesson of Love” is a career highlight. Horn-driven rock songs like “And She Knows” demonstrate that George continues to hone his craft. He’ll be backed by a nine-piece band at Friday’s release party for the recording. With Edison Lights and Squids KC.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $7 through therecordbar.com.
Judah & the Lion
Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Uptown Theater
Judah & the Lion has sold out the Uptown Theater for the second consecutive year. The Nashville-based group’s effective blend of old-timey folk and contemporary dance music — a hybrid described in Judah & the Lion’s signature song “Take It All Back” as “mando and some sort of hip-hop beat” — clearly resonates in Kansas City. Many fans embrace songs like the ecstatic “Suit and Jacket” and the winsome “Twenty-Somethings” as significant mile markers in their lives. With Tall Heights and Colony House.
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. The face value of tickets to the sold-out show is $25-$43. Details are available at uptowntheater.com.
Saturday, Feb. 24, at VooDoo
Marshall Thompson, 75, titled his autobiography “Last Man Standing.” He may be the sole surviving original member of the Chi-Lites, but the timeless soul music of his group will live forever. Founded in Chicago almost 60 years ago, the Chi-Lites transferred doo-wop vocal harmonies to the R&B innovations of the ’60s and ’70s. On Saturday, Thompson will help croon classic material including “Oh Girl,” “Have You Seen Her” and “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So).”
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. VooDoo. 816-472-7777. Tickets are $53 through voodookc.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Granada
The big stage of Starlight Theatre seemed to overwhelm Pvris when the band opened for Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars last year. Although glorious modern pop songs like “Heaven” possess the epic scale of the co-headliners’ hits, the Los Angeles band captivated only a small portion of the crowd of 8,000. Pvris is almost certain to fare better on its current tour. Seasoned and wiser, Pvris will enrapture loyalists at the intimate Granada. With Flint Eastwood and Cherry Pools.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. The Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $25 through thegranada.com.