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This weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Lucinda Williams, Kevin Gates, the Band of Heathens and Romeo Santos

Lucinda Williams will be at Crossroads KC on Thursday, June 11.
Lucinda Williams will be at Crossroads KC on Thursday, June 11. Bob Haynes

Lucinda Williams

Thursday, June 11, at Crossroads KC

The notoriously deliberate singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams in 2014 released her 12th studio album in a career that encompasses five decades.

Tickets range from $28 to $76.50 in advance through

Kevin Gates

Thursday, June 11, at Boulevard Nights

Don’t question Kevin Gates’ work ethic. The Louisiana rapper vociferously claims that “I got six jobs” on his underground hit “I Don’t Get Tired.” Promoters of Thursday’s show pledge that Gates will perform “live on stage for 60 minutes.”

Tickets range from $30 to $50 in advance through

Band of Heathens

Thursday, June 11, at Knuckleheads.

Custodians of the “Keep Austin Weird” credo, the Texas-based Band of Heathens perform the sort of roots rock that originally made Austin a music hub in the 1970s. The approach landed the ensemble a 2009 appearance on television’s “Austin City Limits.” With Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Romeo Santos

Saturday, June 13, at the Sprint Center

Much like Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, Romeo Santos left a popular group to forge an even bigger career as a solo artist. Known as the King of Bachata, the New York-based Santos performs a pop-inflected form of the Dominican dance music.

Tickets range from $62 to $112 in advance through

Kansas City Techno Sixth Anniversary Party

Saturday, June 13, in the West Bottoms

A collective of Kansas City techno artists will celebrate the sixth anniversary of a site that promotes their music at an outdoor party in the West Bottoms on Saturday. Uun is among the musicians who will perform from 2 p.m. to midnight on 11th Street between Mulberry and Santa Fe streets.

A $5 donation is requested. Details are available at

Jakubi, Parlour Tricks and the Greeting Committee

Sunday, June 14, at the Tank Room

Jakubi, an Australian quintet that fuses shiny pop with groovy jam band elements, headlines the June installment of the monthly Communion Nights showcase. Parlour Tricks is a sunny indie-pop group from New York. Kansas City’s the Greeting Committee opens the show.

Tickets are $8 in advance through

Tears for Fears

Monday, June 15, at the Uptown Theater

Tears for Fears’ breakout album, “Songs From the Big Chair,” serves as a blueprint for many of today’s most popular modern rock bands. The British duo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the landmark recording on its current tour. With Carina Round.

Tickets range from $39.50 to $95 in advance through

Michael Franti

Tuesday, June 16, at CrossroadsKC

A barefoot troubadour and yoga enthusiast, Michael Franti has seamlessly combined seemingly disparate sounds for decades. Tuesday’s audience at CrossroadsKC will hear a comforting fusion of hip-hop, pop, rock, folk, reggae and jam band noodling. With Nattali Rize and Notis.

Tickets range from $34 to $76.50 in advance through

Geto Boys

Tuesday, June 16, at the Riot Room

The Geto Boys’ violence-laden raps titillated fans and shocked politicians in the early 1990s. Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D — early members of the Houston trio — are slated to appear together Tuesday at the Riot Room. Loogey is among the opening acts.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Tuesday, June 16, at the RecordBar

Before it was co-opted by rock musicians, blues was dangerous music. By playing with the urgency of Howlin’ Wolf and the invective of the Sex Pistols, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has been resuscitating the form for almost 25 years.

Tickets are $20 in advance through