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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Iris DeMent, Brett Eldredge, Diana Krall and Curren$y

Iris DeMent will perform Friday, Nov. 20, at Knuckleheads.
Iris DeMent will perform Friday, Nov. 20, at Knuckleheads. From the artist

Iris DeMent

Friday, Nov. 20, at Knuckleheads

A fiercely independent artist who works at her own pace and follows an unpredictable muse, Iris DeMent is touring in support of “The Trackless Woods,” an album in which the former Kansas City resident sets the words of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to music. With Pieta Brown.

Tickets are $37.50 in advance through


Friday, Nov. 20, at Liberty Hall

The New York electro-pop duo the Chainsmokers had a hit last year with the novelty song “#Selfie.” The indictment of self-absorbed club-goers is both funny and danceable. “Kanye,” a similarly amusing send-up of a rapper’s narcissism, indicates that “#Selfie” wasn’t a fluke. With Matoma, Shaun Frank and Super Duper.

Tickets are $24 in advance through


Friday, Nov. 20, at the Granada

New Orleans rapper Curren$y has been affiliated with famed record labels No Limit and Young Money, but he’s even better known for his relationship with marijuana. His album titles “The Stoned Immaculate” and “Weekend at Burnie’s” reflect Curren$y’s unwavering allegiance to leafy substances.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

The Royal Concept

Saturday, Nov. 21, at the RecordBar

The members of the Swedish group the Royal Concept sound like the grandchildren of their compatriots in ABBA. The Royal Concept’s infectious dance-pop songs like “Smile” are in the tradition of ABBA hits such as “Knowing Me, Knowing You.” With Parade of Lights, Tribe Society and Connor Leimer.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

Brett Eldredge

Saturday, Nov. 21, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

Brett Eldredge was recently featured in a segment of “Mean Tweets” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” The mainstream country artist bemusedly read an antagonist’s message: “If @bretteldredge ever gets arrested, it’ll be because he’s doing something dumb in Walmart.” With Thomas Rhett and Danielle Bradbery.

Tickets are $21 and $30.75 in advance through

Diana Krall

Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Even staunch jazz purists can hardly blame Diana Krall for forsaking the form for sophisticated pop music. Rather than playing cerebral versions of jazz standards in a small club, the Canadian will perform accessible interpretations of material by the likes of Joni Mitchell at a spacious theater on Saturday.

Tickets range from $45 to $99.50 in advance through

Caroline Rose

Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Bottleneck

Caroline Rose is an adroit member of a new wave of fledgling musicians who are dedicated to reinvigorating American roots music. The Vermont native appeals to graying Deadheads and to young indie-rockers. Members of each constituency admire Rose’s powerful original material like “I Will Not Be Afraid.”

Tickets are $11 at the Bottleneck.

Allen Stone

Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Granada

Allen Stone may look like a sketchy vendor in a parking lot at a Phish concert, but he sings like a wondrous combination of Justin Timberlake and Amy Winehouse. In thrall of the classic sound of Stevie Wonder, Stone and his band revive 1970s-era R&B with soulful expertise. With Bernhoft.

Tickets are $22 in advance through

Ha Ha Tonka

Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Riot Room

Many people look forward to turkey and televised football on Thanksgiving. Locally based fans of Ha Ha Tonka have a different tradition. They ring in the holiday at midnight during the gritty Missouri rock band’s annual Thanksgiving eve concert in Kansas City. With the Yawpers.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

The Shadows of Knight

Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the RecordBar

The Shadows of Knight were one of the toughest American garage-rock bands of the mid-1960s. The Illinois-based group’s snarling cover of “Gloria” introduced the Van Morrison-penned classic to millions of Americans. The band continues to tour with original vocalist Jimy Sohns. With Cave Girls and the Joey Skidmore Band.

Tickets are $15 in advance through