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Kansas City’s best live music this week: G-Eazy, Slick Rick, Bootsy Collins and Loretta Lynn

Bootsy Collins
Bootsy Collins

G-Eazy

Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Granada.

The brightest new rapper from the hip-hop hotbed of Oakland, G-Eazy is poised for stardom. Boosted by a feature from his hero and tour mate E-40, “These Things Happen,” his latest release, topped Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart in June. With E-40, Iamsu! and Jay Ant.

Tickets to the sold-out show were $30 in advance through thegranada.com.

Slick Rick

Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Riot Room.

The release of “La Di Da Di” in 1985 announced the auspicious arrival of Slick Rick. The London-born personality’s impeccable flow and gift for profane lyrics continues to serve as a blueprint for aspiring rappers. Although his shows are steeped in nostalgia, Slick Rick remains a compelling character. With DeeJay Spinstyles.

Tickets are $20 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Bootsy Collins and the Rubber Band

Saturday, Nov. 22, at the VooDoo.

Hired by James Brown when he was a teenager, Bootsy Collins developed into a giant of funk. Following a stint in George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic collective, the exuberant bassist embarked on a solo career that led to cosmic dance hits like “The Pinocchio Theory.” With Shock G of Digital Underground.

Tickets range from $42 to $78 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Hembree

Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Bottleneck.

The remaining members of Quiet Corral could have abandoned their efforts when integral member Jesse Roberts left the popular locally based band last year. Instead, they regrouped as Hembree. The indie pop band’s initial efforts indicate that the new group is no less engaging. With Your Friend, Spencer Mackenzie Brown and Bonzo Madrid.

The cover charge is TBA. Details are available at thebottlenecklive.com.

Loretta Lynn

Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Uptown Theater

“If you’re lookin’ at me, you’re lookin’ at country,” Loretta Lynn sang on a 1971 hit. The eyes of hundreds of rapt admirers will be on the country icon during her rare area appearance at the Uptown Theater. With Nikki Lane.

Tickets range from $45 to $125 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Shaggy

Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Granada.

The scarcity of reggae artists on the American pop charts is an improbable oddity. Shaggy has been one of the welcome exceptions. The Jamaican’s trio of big hits — “Boombastic” (1995), “It Wasn’t Me” (2000) and “Angel” (2001) — continue to serve as sunny souvenirs of the past two decades.

Tickets are $20 in advance through thegranada.com.

Art Alexakis of Everclear

Monday, Nov. 24, at the Riot Room.

Loquacious, opinionated and self-deprecating, Art Alexakis is ideally suited for the storyteller-style format of his current tour. The front man of Everclear is likely to talk at length about his career when he’s not performing acoustic versions of hits including “Santa Monica” and “Wonderful.”

Tickets are $18 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Yelawolf

Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Granada.

A stunning merger of the classic rock of Fleetwood Mac and brooding hip-hop of Tech N9ne, Yelawolf’s current single “Till It’s Gone” is one of the most distinctive songs of 2014. The imaginative rapper from Alabama is signed to Eminem’s Shady Records. With Rittz, Big Henry and DJ Kiever.

Tickets are $20 in advance through thegranada.com.

Ha Ha Tonka

Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the RecordBar.

Ha Ha Tonka’s appearances at the RecordBar on the eve of Thanksgiving have become a tradition for the Missouri-based band. The roots rocker’s comforting twang, earnest lyrics and amiable shuffle are the musical equivalent of a hearty meal of turkey and stuffing. With Rev Gusto.

Tickets are $15 in advance through therecordbar.com.

Slipknot

Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Sprint Center.

A year shy of its 20th anniversary, Slipknot remains every bit as horrifying as it was upon its creation in Des Moines in the 1990s. Sturdy songwriting, powerful vocals and crushing rhythms have prevented the masked metal band from succumbing to the miserable fate of mere novelty acts. With Korn and King 810.

Tickets range from $43 to $63 in advance through axs.com.

Johnny Marr

Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Midland.

Johnny Marr isn’t a typical guitar hero. Although his playing with the Smiths includes some of the most iconic guitar work in rock history — the sweeping riffs of “How Soon Is Now?” sound grander with each passing year — his solo work is largely free from instrumental showboating. With Meredith Sheldon, Roman Numerals and Loose Park.

Tickets are free in exchange for donations of food to go to Harvesters. Details are available at midlandkc.com.

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star

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