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This weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Chef’Special, Trapt, Ginuwine

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will perform Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Bottleneck.
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will perform Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Bottleneck. Joe Tannis

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Bottleneck

Brooklyn-based Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds is one of the most notable ensembles in the current wave of soul revivalists that includes Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.

Tickets are $9 in advance through

Green Eggs and Jam Festival

Thursday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 6, at 80 Acres in Leavenworth

The proximity of the famous prison complex in Leavenworth might persuade a few attendees of the Green Eggs and Jam Festival to exercise discretion this weekend. Performances by veteran jam band the Schwag and classic rock tribute bands are among the highlights of the Dr. Seuss-themed event.

Single day passes for Friday and Saturday are $20 and four-day passes are $55 through


Friday, Sept. 4, at the Riot Room

Dutch band Chef’Special recently signed to Fueled By Ramen. The record label is home to Twenty One Pilots, Young the Giant and Fun. Indie-rock fans with a penchant for pop won’t want to miss the Kansas City debut of the fledgling European hit-makers.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Denny Laine

Thursday, Sept. 3, at the VooDoo

Before the Moody Blues became a symphonic rock band, the group issued a soulful single titled “Go Now” that featured lead vocals by Denny Laine. He went on to become Paul McCartney’s bandmate in Wings. Laine, 70, will reprise classic rock songs from the 1960s and ’70s on Thursday.

Tickets range from $19 to $53 in advance through

John D. Hale Band

Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Granada

John D. Hale and the members of his country band look and sound like rough customers. Based in Jackson, Mo., the ensemble’s gritty music recalls the most belligerent work of Steve Earle and Hank Williams Jr. With Outlaw Jake and the Chain Gang, and Ryan Manuel.

Details about the free concert are available at


Saturday, Sept. 5, at Crossroads KC

Trapt, a band with a misspelled name, headlines Saturday’s free concert that benefits Literacy Kansas City. The California hard rock group is best known for the resentful 2002 hit single “Headstrong.” With Shaman’s Harvest and Chance the Arm.

The suggested donation for the free concert is $5. Details are available at


Sunday, Sept. 6, at the VooDoo

Elegantly clad couples will dance to classic R&B hits at radio station KPRS’ annual White Linen Party on Sunday. Ginuwine is the man behind the unstoppable funk hit “Pony.” Ready for the World’s classic jams include “Oh Sheila” and “Love You Down.” With LeVelle.

Tickets range from $49 to $69 in advance through

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Riot Room

One of the most outlandish musical figures of the previous century, Lee “Scratch” Perry, 70, produced recordings for reggae giants including Bob Marley and recorded equally influential solo work at his Black Ark studio in Jamaica. With 77 Jefferson and Boss Hooligan Soundsystem.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Mike Coykendall

Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Replay Lounge

Veteran rocker Mike Coykendall is better known among his fellow musicians than with the general public. A member of the touring bands of M. Ward and She & Him, the native Kansan is touring in support of his solo album “Half Past, Present Pending.” With the Harrisonics.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at

Jennifer Batten

Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Knuckleheads

Jennifer Batten’s big hair and even more impressive guitar chops made an impression on anyone who witnessed a Michael Jackson performance in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Batten’s concert will be preceded by a guitar workshop.

Separate tickets to the 9 p.m. concert and 6 p.m. workshop are $15 each in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star