The year is only a few days old, but already 2016 has plenty of big shows on its calendar, including several acts who haven’t seen Kansas City for many years.
This month prog-metal band Tool will return for the first time in almost six years. In February, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath will perform in this area for the first time since they performed at Ozzfest in August 2004. The Dixie Chicks will end an even longer drought. Their August show at the Sprint Center will be their first in Kansas City since May 2003.
In April, the Who will try for the third time to bring its 50th anniversary tour to the Sprint Center. Two shows scheduled in 2015 were postponed because lead singer Roger Daltry was ill and had vocal issues. Janet Jackson, who postponed her Oct. 27 show at the Sprint Center, has again postponed her Feb. 15 show.
Other highlights: The Mavericks’ two-night stand at Knuckleheads in April; Kacey Musgraves at the Midland in March; Dwight Yoakam at the Uptown Theater in February; Gary Clark Jr. at the Uptown in March; and soul-strutting Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats at the Riot Room in February.
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Here are some of the shows that have already been booked at some of the larger venues in Kansas City:
▪ Jan. 20: Tool with Primus
▪ Feb. 17: Black Sabbath
▪ Feb. 26: Blake Shelton
▪ Feb. 29: AC/DC
▪ April 6: Justin Bieber
▪ April 18: Mumford & Sons
▪ April 29: The Who
▪ May 15: Carrie Underwood
▪ Aug. 30: Dixie Chicks
Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland
▪ Jan. 12: G-Eazy with A$ap Ferg
▪ Feb. 2: Lamb of God with Anthrax
▪ Feb. 26: Waaves with Best Coast
▪ March 5: Kacey Musgraves
▪ April 21: Andrew Bird
▪ Feb. 25: Kip Moore
▪ Feb. 27: Dwight Yoakam
▪ March 10: Lyle Lovett with Robert Earl Keen
▪ March 31: Gary Clark Jr.
▪ April 4: Ian Anderson’s “Jethro Tull”
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
▪ Jan. 29: Country Unplugged Tour featuring Joe Diffie, Lorrie Morgan and Mark Chesnutt
▪ Feb. 12-14: Amy Grant with the Kansas City Symphony
▪ March 13: Mavis Staples with Nick Lowe
▪ June 9: Five for Fighting with the Kansas City Symphony
▪ Feb. 2: Queensryche
▪ Feb. 24: Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys
▪ Feb. 27: Carrie Rodriguez
▪ March 5: Greg Brown
▪ April 15-16: The Mavericks
▪ April 23: Wanda Jackson
The Riot Room
▪ Jan. 16: 1349 with Full of Hell
▪ Feb. 1: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
▪ Feb. 16: Fleshgood Apocalypse
▪ Feb. 21: Freakwater
▪ Feb. 25: Anderson East
▪ Feb. 29: Three Headed Monstour with Hawthorne Heights, the Ataris and Mest
▪ March 13: Basia Bulat
▪ March 22: Brian Fallon & the Crowes
▪ Folk Alliance International Conference and Camp, Feb. 17-21 at the Westin and Sheraton hotels in Crown Center. Judy Collins will deliver the keynote. The four-day conference attracts musicians and performers from all over the world. Many of the live music performances are open to the public. Tickets and more information are available at folk.org.
▪ Ink’s Middle of the Map, April 27-May 7. The lineup will feature dozens of local, regional and national acts. A limited number of four-day general admission and VIP tickets to the music festival are available now at middleofthemapfest.com. The lineup will be announced around mid-February.
▪ Westport Roots Festival, May 28 at six venues in Westport. The lineup has been announced, and it includes a mix of more than 50 local, regional and national touring acts who indulge in all manners of roots music, including psychobilly, cowpunk, alt-country and insurgent bluegrass. The May 27 preparty at the Westport Saloon will be headlined by Dale Watson. Ticket packages and the lineup are available now at westportroots.com.
▪ Boulevardia, June 17-19 in the West Bottoms. The three-day food, beer and music festival was a big success its first two years. It features three stages that will feature national and local bands. Tickets are not yet on sale.