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This weekend’s best music in KC: Buzz Beach Ball, Snow Tha Product, Phantom Blues Band and Eleni Mandell

Eleni Mandell plays Thursday, July 23, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club.
Eleni Mandell plays Thursday, July 23, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club. Laura Heffington

Eleni Mandell

Thursday, July 23, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club

While Alejandro Escovedo and Lucinda Williams have received more accolades, veteran singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell merits consideration as their artistic equal. “Dark Lights Up,” the Californian’s 10th studio album, will be released this week. With Courtney Marie Andrews.

Tickets are $15 in advance at the venue. Details are available at

Forever Fest

Friday, July 24, at the Replay Lounge and Saturday, July 25, at “The Farm”

Lawrence-based, cassette-oriented record label Whatever Forever’s two-day festival features an array of indie-rock, punk and anti-folk bands. The Fog is among the acts at Friday’s show at the Replay Lounge. Saturday’s outing at a “countryside freak fest” includes a performance by No Cave.

The cover charge for Friday’s show is $3. The suggested donation for Saturday’s show is $10. Details are available at

Summerland Tour

Friday, July 24, at KC Live

Rock fans in their 20s and 30s have an insatiable appetite for aging indie-rockers. Friday’s bargain-priced Summerland Tour concert is headlined by Everclear, the clever band responsible for ’90s hits “Santa Monica” and “Father of Mine.” With Fuel, Toadies and American Hi-Fi.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at

Snow Tha Product

Friday, July 24, at the Granada

Snow Tha Product laments that she doesn’t have the eye-popping physical attributes of Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea on her brash new track “Bet That I Will.” The California rapper’s formidable flow, however, has been co-signed by Kansas City’s Tech N9ne. Audio Push is among the opening acts.

Tickets are $14 in advance through

Haymaker Records Showcase

Friday, July 24, at the RecordBar

Haymaker Records, a Kansas City label dedicated to promoting “cerebral indie music,” celebrates its first anniversary Friday at the RecordBar. Five Haymaker acts — the Jorge Arana Trio, Schwervon, Be/Non, HMPH and Riala — will perform adventurous sounds for “the thinking man and woman.”

Tickets are $8 in advance through

Phantom Blues Band

Friday, July 24, at Frontier Park

More than 200 years of cumulative experience playing blues and rock will be represented on the stage when the Phantom Blues Band headlines a free concert in Olathe. Members of the road-tested sextet have collaborated with icons including Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. With Teresa James.

Details about the free concert are available at


Friday, July 24, at the Riot Room

Kentucky band Coliseum plays a brutish but artful form of hard rock. Adding ominous shades of Black Sabbath to the sounds associated with Joy Division and Nick Cave has made Coliseum one of today’s most critically acclaimed metal-leaning bands. With Valkyrie and Bummer.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

Buzz Beach Ball

Saturday, July 25, at Sporting Park

Kansas City’s version of the Lollapalooza music festival, Buzz Beach Ball is a one-day concert celebrating the playlist of alternative rock radio station 96.5 the Buzz. Alt-J and Taking Back Sunday are among the 12 artists appearing on two stages at Sporting Park.

Tickets to the sold-out show were $25-$150 in advance through

King Britt

Saturday, July 25, at the RecordBar

Like a funky version of Brian Eno, electronic producer King Britt has discovered exciting new sonic realms. The innovative Philadelphian has been endorsed by popular acts including the Roots, and he frequently collaborates with the curators of modern art museums. With Liondub.

Tickets are $20 in advance through



Sunday, July 26, at the Midland

R5 appeals to pop fans who find the output of One Direction too edgy. Originally from Colorado, the family band makes bubblegum music for giddy teenagers. While lightweight, R5’s catchy hits are admirable examples of expert songcraft. With Jacob Whitesides and Ryland.

Tickets are $25-$45 in advance through

Alex Wiley

Tuesday, July 28, at the Riot Room

Now that he has been embraced by millions of hip-hop fans, Chance the Rapper is no longer Chicago’s best kept secret. Alex Wiley is positioned to become the next Chicago-based rapper to hit the big time. Second Hand King is among his opening acts.

Tickets are $8 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star