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This weekend’s best music: Dave Koz, Trombone Shorty, Adrian Marcel, Mac Lethal, Charli XCX

Charli XCX will perform at the Uptown Theater on Saturday, Aug. 8.
Charli XCX will perform at the Uptown Theater on Saturday, Aug. 8. Invision/AP

Dave Koz, Rick Braun and Kenny Lattimore

Friday, Aug. 7, at the Music Hall

Instrumentalists who have been embraced by appreciative R&B fans as well as by smooth jazz audiences, saxophonist Dave Koz and trumpeter Rick Braun have teamed up with silky R&B vocalist Kenny Lattimore for a tour featuring adult-oriented soul and pop-friendly jazz.

Tickets range from $57.50 to $67.50 in advance through

Trombone Shorty

Friday, Aug. 7 at KC Live

Longtime ambassadors for New Orleans like Dr. John have been surpassed by the masterful trombonist and charismatic bandleader Trombone Shorty. The funk, jazz and rock musician is the Big Easy’s most exciting young musician. With the New Breed Brass Band.

Details about the free concert are available at


Friday, Aug. 7, at the Replay Lounge

Saturday, Aug. 8, at Mills Record Co.

Olathe grunge revivalists Bummer have impressed local fans of blunt rock for a couple of years. “Spank,” an audaciously noisy new EP available on vinyl and cassette, fulfills the young trio’s promise. The Shy Boys and the Fog open Friday’s show. Chasm opens Saturday’s show.

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

Saturday’s show is free. Details are available at

Adrian Marcel

Friday, Aug. 7, at Crossroads KC

Concerts at Crossroads KC tend to end around midnight, so people attending Adrian Marcel’s concert won’t be able to experience a perfectly synchronized moment when the Californian performs his massive 2014 hit “2AM,” a woozy song that sounds a lot like Drake. With Young Dolph.

Tickets range from $27.50 to $101.50 in advance through

Mac Lethal

Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Riot Room

So many members of Kansas City’s hip-hop community will be featured at Indy Fest on Saturday that fans of the music may need to fight for elbow room. Multimedia star Mac Lethal, Approach, Gee Watts and Dutch Newman are among the more than 30 performers.

Tickets are $12 in advance through


Saturday, Aug. 8, at KC Live

Once one of the world’s most exciting rock bands, Metric has evolved into an adept synth-pop group. Dynamic frontwoman Emily Haines has provided a steady presence throughout the Canadian band’s dramatic stylistic changes. With Rachel Malin and White Girl.

Details about the free concert are available at

Charli XCX

Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Uptown Theater

Many adults have yet to receive the memo, but Katy Perry has been deposed by Charli XCX as pop’s reigning monarch. The British star is the co-writer of the era-defining hits “I Love It” by Icona Pop and “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. With Bleachers and Børns. This concert was initially scheduled for Starlight Theater, and the original tickets will be honored at the Uptown.

Tickets are $11 in advance through

Civil Twilight

Sunday, Aug. 9, at the RecordBar

Hearing bombastic music that’s intended for arenas in an intimate nightclub can be a pleasantly disorienting experience. The Civil Twilight, a mainstream rock band from South Africa that creates an enormous sound in the vein of U2, will rattle the RecordBar on Sunday. With the Greeting Committee.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Def Leppard

Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Starlight Theatre

Released in 1983 and 1985, Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” and “Hysteria” are two of the best-selling albums of that decade. Pop-metal songs like “Rock of Ages” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” still resonate with fans: Tuesday’s concert is sold out. With Styx and Tesla.

The face value of tickets to the sold-out concert range from $39.50 to $149.50. Details are available at

The Original Wailers

Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Riot Room

Ziggy Marley offers faithful evocations of his iconic father during his frequent area appearances. Different insights into the reggae giant’s legacy can be had at the Riot Room on Wednesday as Al Anderson, Bob Marley’s longtime guitarist, leads a band. With 77 Jefferson and Boss Hooligan.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Chris Brown

Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Sprint Center

Although controversy continues to swirl around him, Chris Brown is the ringleader of one of the year’s biggest R&B tours. The formerly wholesome vocalist and dancer has embraced his controversial image as a troublemaker. With Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap and Teyana Taylor.

Tickets range from $37.50 to $97.50 in advance through