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This weekend’s best music: My Morning Jacket, Paul Thorn, Gillian Welch, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Miguel

Rodrigo y Gabriela will play Friday, Aug. 14, at the Uptown Theater.
Rodrigo y Gabriela will play Friday, Aug. 14, at the Uptown Theater. Jim Mimna

My Morning Jacket

Thursday, Aug. 13, at Starlight Theatre

Beloved by indie-rock, classic rock and jam band fans, the guitar-based music of My Morning Jacket transcends labels. Charismatic frontman Jim James and his bandmates from Kentucky will perform material from the group’s seventh studio album, “The Waterfall,” on Thursday. With Hippo Campus.

Tickets are $45 in advance through

Summer Kamp Fest

Friday, Aug. 14, at MiniBar

Saturday, Aug. 15, at Harling’s

Sunday, Aug. 16, at FOKL

An ambitious three-day showcase of the punk underground, Summer Kamp Fest features performances by a couple of dozen noisy ensembles from Kansas City and around the country. Participants include Minneapolis’ the Oaks and locally based band Drop a Grand.

The nightly cover charge is $5. Details are available at

Paul Thorn

Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 16, at Knuckleheads

One of the most likable musicians on the roots-rock, folk and blues circuit, Paul Thorn possesses the sort of glad-handing magnetism associated with successful politicians. The Southern singer/songwriter returns to Knuckleheads this weekend for his annual three-day residency.

Tickets to Friday’s and Saturday’s shows are $20 each night in advance. Tickets to Sunday’s sold-out gospel brunch were $25. Details are available at

Gillian Welch

Friday, Aug. 14, at the Folly Theater

If Gillian Welch weren’t such a painstakingly deliberate songwriter, she might be as popular as musical giants such as Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. Friday, Welch will perform carefully crafted material from the five albums she has released in the past 20 years.

Tickets range from $24.50 to $34.50 in advance through

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Friday, Aug. 14, at the Uptown Theater

The Gipsy Kings are still the world’s most popular flamenco ensemble, but Rodrigo y Gabriela have been hot on their heels for years. The Mexican duo of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero apply their fleet fingers to heavy metal classics and groundbreaking original material. With Making Movies.

Tickets range from $36 to $69.50 in advance through

Baby Bash

Saturday, Aug. 15, at Aftershock

Baby Bash’s dreamy “Suga Suga” was one of the most memorable hits of 2003. The Californian is also remembered as the flirtatious rapper behind the seductive 2007 dance smash “Cyclone.” His current road trip is tellingly titled the Love & Kush Tour. With Play-N-Skillz.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Sugar Ray

Saturday, Aug. 15, at KC Live in the Power & Light District

Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that Sugar Ray hits like the reggae-inflected 1997 smash “Fly,” the dreamy 1999 jingle “Every Morning” and the sprightly 2001 jam “When It’s Over” are defining songs of their era. With Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6.

Tickets are $5 in advance through


Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Midland

After spending a few frustrating years struggling to find his sound, Miguel has earned a spot among the ranks of the most compelling artists in popular music. The R&B-oriented star from Los Angeles is touring in support of his steamy new album, “Wildheart.” With Dorothy.

Tickets are $36.50 in advance through

Lake Street Dive

Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Knuckleheads

A band that tends to make an instant convert of anyone who’s exposed to the marvelous voice of Rachael Price and the tasteful instrumental interplay of her three bandmates, Lake Street Dive isn’t as popular as the collective talents of the Boston ensemble merit.

Tickets are $18 and $28 in advance through

Beth Bombara

Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Replay Lounge

People enthralled by Gillian Welch’s performance at the Folly Theater on Friday would also appreciate Beth Bombara’s outing at the Replay Lounge on Wednesday. The St. Louis singer/songwriter creates a similarly timeless brand of folk-rock. With Youngest Children and Carey Scott.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star