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This weekend’s best music: Avett Brothers, Cam, Wanda Jackson, the Old 97’s

The Avett Brothers will play Thursday, June 4, at Starlight Theatre.
The Avett Brothers will play Thursday, June 4, at Starlight Theatre. Republic Records

The Avett Brothers

Thursday, June 4, at Starlight Theatre

The Avett Brothers are paragons of authenticity in an era dominated by social media. The North Carolina band’s blend of folk, bluegrass and rock resonates with millennials who clamor for unprocessed sounds. With Old Crow Medicine Show.

Tickets range from $45 to $55 in advance through


Thursday, June 4, at Kanza Hall

“I’m blond but I ain’t stupid” Cam declares on “Half Broke Heart.” Signed to the Sony Music Nashville label, the country newcomer may end up looking like one of the smartest artists of 2015. Her delightful cover of the Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson hit “Uptown Funk” demonstrates Cam’s range. With Marianne Michaels.

Tickets are $10 in advance through


Thursday, June 4, at the RecordBar

Thursday’s concert at the RecordBar may be one of the biggest bargains of the summer. The free show features Cheerleader, an up-and-coming Philadelphia-based indie-pop band that employs arena-sized choruses. Thrifty fans of Cheap Trick and Weezer should prepare to be dazzled.

Details about the free concert are available at

Wanda Jackson

Friday, June 5, at Knuckleheads

Wanda Jackson’s 1950s singles like “Let’s Have a Party” and “Fujiyama Mama” remain among the most manic rock ’n’ roll recordings ever made. Jackson, 77, has since mellowed. Even so, the rockabilly trailblazer is a fine choice to headline the annual Rock n’ Roll Prom. With the 24th Street Wailers.

Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple in advance through

Old 97’s

Saturday, June 6, at Crossroads KC

Time flies when your career is based on songs like “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On.” Old 97’s is celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Wreck Your Life,” the Texas band’s first nationally distributed album. Old 97’s has since become an alternative country institution. With HoneyHoney and the Delta Saints.

Tickets range from $21.50 to $66.50 in advance through

Helio Sequence

Saturday, June 6, at the RecordBar

Indie-rock fans who pine for the era in which Death Cab for Cutie played in intimate rock clubs won’t want to miss Helio Sequence’s performance at the RecordBar on Saturday. The Oregon duo creates similarly intelligent alternative pop songs.

Tickets are $13 in advance through

The Phantastics, Adam & Kizzie, and Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle

Saturday, June 6, at the Blue Room

The sounds of jazz, hip-hop and soul will converge at the Blue Room on Saturday in an inspired triple-bill. The Phantastics may be Kansas City’s best party band. The locally based Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle play soulful jazz. Oklahoma’s Adam & Kizzie perform a blend of hip-hop and neo-soul.

The cover charge is $10. Details are available at

The Offspring

Sunday, June 7, at KC Live!

The Offspring are one of the few bands embraced by metalheads and indie-rock fans. The California group’s surf punk hits including “Come Out and Play” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright” appeal to scuzzy skateboard kids and brainy academics. With Radkey, Bully and the Sluts.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

The Prettiots

Sunday, June 7, at the Riot Room

A recollection of former boyfriends — including a dismissal of a man who was “only good at texting” — made the Prettiots’ “Boys (I Dated in High School)” one of the most memorable songs of 2014. The New York trio was a media sensation at the South by Southwest music festival in March. With Heidi Lynne Gluck and Modern Day Fitzgerald.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Flogging Molly

Tuesday, June 9, at Crossroads KC

“Drunken Lullabies,” the signature song of Flogging Molly, is an apt summation of the output of the Celtic-themed punk band. The Los Angeles-based ensemble has been entertaining wobbly revelers since 1997. With the Bad Engrish.

Tickets range from $29.50 to $75 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star