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KC's outdoor concert season: Here are some of the best shows coming to town

Jimmy Buffett will be at the Sprint Center May 19.
Jimmy Buffett will be at the Sprint Center May 19. File photo

Spring is barely a month old but you could say the summer music season is already upon us.

Jack White performs Tuesday at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, opening this year’s outdoor-concert season. It’s the first of dozens of shows, indoor and outdoor, on this year’s summer music calendar. Here’s a look at some of the biggest and most anticipated shows between now and Labor Day.

April 24: Jack White at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Because: He’s among the most dynamic/charismatic performers in music.

April 26: Chicano Batman at the Madrid Theatre

Because: Phrases like “tropicalia psychedelic soul” describe their music, and they cite James Brown and Caetano Veloso as influences.

May 4-5: MerleJam at Knuckleheads

Because: It’s a two-day benefit for St. Luke’s Hospital’s transplant fund. Performers include Robert Randolph and the Family Band, John Nemeth, Jason D. Williams and Jim Lauderdale.

May 5: Flyover 2018 at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Because: It’s an all-day hip-hop smorgasbord. The lineup: Post Malone, Lil Pump, Flatbush, Zombies, Jessie Reyez, Snow Tha Product, Saint Jhn, Ghostemane, Kamaiyah, Kodie Shane, Supa Bwe.

May 11: The Breeders at the Truman

Because: The Deal sisters are the real deal.

May 12: Little Steven at the Uptown Theater

Because: He’s Bruce Springsteen’s sideman. And Tony Soprano’s, too.

May 19: Jimmy Buffett at the Sprint Center

Because: Even when landlocked he throws the party-est shows.

May 22: James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at the Sprint Center

Because: You get two headliners in one show and they are two of the best singer-songwriters ever.

May 23: The Decemberists at the Uptown Theater

Because: Their music takes a sharp turn on the new album.

June 7: David Byrne at the Kauffman Center

Because: He will have them dancing in their seats in the house of the KC Symphony

June 7: Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Because: It will feel like St. Paddy’s Day in May.

June 15: Primus and Mastadon at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Because: It’ll be a prog-rock/metal riot.

June 20: Brandi Carlile at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Because: She has a dandy new album, and she’s an engaging live performer.

June 21: Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle at Starlight Theatre

Because: This is a dream lineup for all of their fans.

July 8: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at Starlight Theatre

Because: Neko hasn't been here in more than four years, and she has a new record on the way.

July 13: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with the Turnpike Troubadours at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Because: This is a prime alternative to mainstream country music. Also on the bill: Old 97's.

July 14: Kenny Chesney at Arrowhead Stadium

Because: Chesney holds Arrowhead’s concert-attendance record and he always throws a beer-bloated party. Openers: Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay.

July 14: The Village People at Crossroads KC

Because: They haven’t been here in almost 40 years, and their show is bound to be more fun than being at the YMCA.

July 20: Daryl Hall and John Oates with Train

Because: They’re bound to sing “Sara Smile.”

Aug. 1: Erasure at the Uptown Theater

Because: According to a recent review, “Erasure ... can still electrify a dance floor.”

Aug. 6: Alice Cooper at the Kauffman Center

Because: It will feature the first beheading at the Kauffman Center.

Aug. 14: Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper at the Sprint Center

Because: He still brings all the hits, and she still brings all the swagger and sass.

Aug. 16: Smashing Pumpkins at the Sprint Center

Because: It’ll be nearly the original lineup (no D’arcy), and Billy Corgan says he’s a new, better person.

Aug. 21: Toto at Crossroads KC

Because they’ll start a raucous, widespread sing-along when they sing “Africa.”

Sept. 1: Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Knuckleheads

Because: The music and songwriting will be stellar.

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