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This weekend’s top music: Adam Lambert, Junior Brown and Austin Plaine

Adam Lambert performs Thursday, Dec. 17, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Adam Lambert performs Thursday, Dec. 17, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. The Associated Press

Adam Lambert

Thursday, Dec. 17, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

With his penchant for wearing thick mascara and an affinity for the glam-rock of David Bowie, Adam Lambert is a notable exception to the parade of bland performers who have competed in televised vocal competitions. The career of the colorful “American Idol” veteran is flourishing. With Pentatonix, Max and Daya.

The face value of tickets ranges from $9.33 to $75.50 in advance through


Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

British pop band Bastille headlines the fourth and final concert of the Nights the Buzz Stole Xmas concert series, sponsored by radio station 96.5 the Buzz. “Pompeii,” Bastille’s biggest hit, applies South African-style chants to the song about the ill-fated Italian city. With the Wombats, the Greeting Committee and Hembree.

Tickets are $29.65 in advance through

Junior Brown

Thursday, Dec. 17, at Knuckleheads

One of country music’s most charming eccentrics, Junior Brown has been filling honkytonks with his oddball combination of Ernest Tubb-style shuffles and Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar wizardry for decades. Brown’s theme song for the “Breaking Bad” television prequel “Better Call Saul” recently introduced him to a new audience. With Too Slim and the Taildraggers.

Tickets are $20 in advance through


Friday, Dec. 18, at the Granada

Emma Olson, the New York-based producer of electronic music who works as Umfang, characterizes the mellow music on her latest album “OK” as “jacked on repetitions, mechanic grooves and … sci-fi tinged sounds” that are intended to attract listeners to “an introspective dance floor.” With Tom Richman and Yung Grandpa.

Tickets are $5 in advance through

Run With It

Friday, Dec. 18, at the Tank Room

A lot of the bands that toil in area clubs take pride in playing willfully obscure and difficult music. Run With It is different. The members of the trio proudly compare themselves to elite pop groups like Maroon 5 and One Republic. The accessible approach and joy-infused performances have also made Run With It one of the most popular Kansas City party bands.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at

Austin Plaine

Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Tank Room

Communion Night, the monthly concert series curated by tastemakers affiliated with Mumford & Sons’ record label, is lending its support to Austin Plaine. The earnest music of the young folk-rock artist from Minnesota is entirely in keeping with the style of his famous British sponsors. With Holy White Hounds and Yes You Are.

Tickets are $8 in advance through


Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Riot Room

The mysterious producer who issues music as Uz isn’t well known among the general public, but he’s an influential figure in the beat-making community. A celebrity on the music streaming service SoundCloud, Uz has issued groundbreaking recordings that have expanded the sonic possibilities of the merging of instrumental electronic dance music and the gritty form of hip-hop known as trap.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra

Saturday, Dec. 19, in the Orion Room at the Green Lady Lounge

The Orion Room in the basement of the Green Lady Lounge is redolent of the Kansas City’s jazz heyday. The period atmosphere will be heightened on Saturday as the nostalgic “vintage pop” duo Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra fill the swanky room with flapper-era ditties and sepia-toned swing.

Free admission. Details are available at

Slim Jesus

Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Riot Room

Although he bears a resemblance to the odd banjo-wielding kid in the 1972 movie “Deliverance,” Slim Jesus performs the ultra-violent drill music that’s closely associated with the grim gang-related bloodshed in Chicago. The young Ohio-based rapper, consequently, is one of the most controversial artists of 2015. With Loogey and Marcobiotics.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Ensemble Ibérica’s “Fado of Lisbon”

Sunday, Dec. 20, at Polsky Theatre

Fado, a rapturously emotional music that has been called the blues of Portugal, is rarely performed in Kansas City. Sunday’s audience at Polsky Theatre will hear Nathalie Pires, a young American-born fadista who has honed her craft in Portugal, collaborate with the acclaimed locally based Ensemble Ibérica.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star