Red White & Boom Pop Music Festival
Saturday, June 27, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
The Star-Spangled Fest hits a week earlier than Independence Day this year, but Mix 93.3’s Red White & Boom Pop Music Festival still promises plenty of sonic explosiveness. Sure, headliner Flo Rida may have the cheapest rap name of all time, yet it hasn’t stopped the Florida native from cranking out a batch of hits beginning with his 2008 debut, “Low.” Other No. 1 tracks include the ’80s throwback “Right Round” and the insidiously catchy “Whistle.” The full lineup of this collision of pop styles also features Cash Cash, Tech N9ne, MKTO, Rachel Platten, LunchMoney Lewis, Natalie LaRose, Andy Grammer, Tori Kelly, Ryn Weaver, Katy Tiz, Cody Simpson and Synematix.
Tickets are $19.33 to $125 in advance through cricketwirelessamp.com.
Thursday, June 25, at the Riot Room
Despite seven studio albums to their credit, the members of Unwritten Law are motivated by their live show. For 25 years the San Diego band has laid down the pop-punk law, powered by hits such as “Seein’ Red.” With Ten Foot Pole and Total Chaos.
Tickets are $15 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Mike Watt and the Missingmen
Thursday, June 25, at the Lawrence Arts Center
Following a screening of the documentary “The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead,” Mike Watt takes the stage with his new trio, Missingmen. The punk legend known for his booming bass and voice is the former frontman of Minutemen and Firehose, and he’s currently touring with the reunited Stooges.
Tickets are $12 in advance through freestatefestival.org.
Friday, June 26, at Kansas City Live!
South African brothers Johnny, Jesse, Daniel and Dylan Kongos formed their namesake band after relocating to Phoenix and attending Arizona State University. They unleash an oddball mix of folk and alt-rock, highlighted by Dylan’s killer slide work. With Kangaroo Knife Fight.
The show is free. More info at powerandlightdistrict.com.
Saturday, June 27, at Ameristar Casino
He has notched 41 No. 1 country hits and six Grammys during his celebrated career. Now Country Music Hall of Fame member Ronnie Milsap embarks on his final tour before an official retirement. Like his song says: “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World.”
Tickets are $40 to $55 in advance through ameristar.com.
Saturday, June 27, at Aftershock
KC native Krizz Kaliko built his reputation for tongue-twisting rhymes and powerful vocals while collaborating with fellow hometown rapper Tech N9ne. Kaliko is touring on his latest album, “Son of Sam” — the title offers a cheeky allusion to the birth name he shares with his father.
Tickets are $20 in advance through aftershockshows.com.
Dark Star Orchestra
Tuesday, June 30, at Crossroads KC
They’re not an orchestra. Nor are they musically dark. And they’re certainly not stars in the traditional sense. But the Dark Star Orchestra delivers a concert tribute to the Grateful Dead that few can rival, expertly building shows based on set lists of classic Dead performances.
Tickets are $25 to $61.50 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
Weird Al Yankovic
Tuesday, June 30, at the Midland
Accordion icon. Parody kingpin. Comedic legend. Weird Al Yankovic remains the reigning superstar of musical humor. Yankovic tours on his 14th album, “Mandatory Fun,” which features takeoffs on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”) and Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”).
Tickets are $29.50 to $65 in advance through the midlandkc.com.
Wednesday, July 1, at the RecordBar
Led by the unmistakable voice of Erika Wennerstrom, Heartless Bastards couldn’t be more brimming with heart or soul. The Austin (via Cincinnati) quartet hits the road in support of its new record, “Restless Ones,” which merges lo-fi blues and garage-rock momentum. With Craig Finn.
Tickets are $15 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Steve Earle & the Dukes
Wednesday, July 1, at Knuckleheads
Master storyteller Steve Earle seems comfortable crooning poetic tales of the past or anthems of outrage about the present. Once a songwriter for hire, the 60-year-old Earle has carved a place among the great American voices during his 16-album career. With the Mastersons.
Tickets are $34.50 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.