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Musical legends and local stars will blaze KC in 2015

Fleetwood Mac members John McVie (from left) Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks with Christine McVie will be at the Sprint Center on March 28.
Fleetwood Mac members John McVie (from left) Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks with Christine McVie will be at the Sprint Center on March 28. Invision | The Associated Press

The year 2015 already is shaping up to be busy and momentous.

It will include two stadium shows, dozens of arena shows, featuring some of the most decorated and revered names in music history, and several festivals, including the second annual Boulevardia, a music and beer festival in the West Bottoms, and the Folk Alliance International Conference, which moved to Kansas City in 2014.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead, locally, nationally and internationally, during the coming year.

The concert docket already is busy, and it’s loaded with legends. Here’s a look at what lies ahead. Keep in mind, there’s plenty more to come.

Arrowhead Stadium

July 28: One Direction. The world’s biggest boy band comes to Kansas City to perform in the city’s biggest venue.

Aug. 1: Kenny Chesney with Jason Aldean. This will be Chesney’s fourth Arrowhead gig in five summers. He always brings a five-star co-headliner, and he always packs the stadium.

Sprint Center

Feb. 12: Barry Manilow. He writes the songs lots of people never get tired of hearing.

March 2: Nickelback. They are as beloved as they are loathed, so the arena will be quaking.

March 20: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. A classic-rock stalwart, he has a truckload of hits to pull from.

March 21: Maroon 5. The band makes people dance and sing; Adam Levine makes women swoon.

March 28: Fleetwood Mac. This time, Christine McVie will be with them.

May 1: Billy Joel. He can turn an arena into an intimate piano lounge like no other.

May 5: The Who. Yeah, they are only half the original Who, but their catalog is inferior to no one’s. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts join the bill.

Aug. 21: Foo Fighters. Always a lively show.

Sept. 21-22: Taylor Swift. She will sell out the joint two nights in a row and fill the arena with joy.

The Uptown Theater

Feb. 17: Jason Isbell. The former Drive-By Trucker is a dynamic live performer. Plus his opener is Damien Jurado.

March 5: Elvis Costello. An “evening with” show, just him and all those great songs.

April 26: Sleater-Kinney. The only thing more anticipated than the new album is the tour that will support it.

Other notable shows

The Midland

Jan. 21: Black Label Society with Hatebreed; Feb. 3: Tesla; Feb. 14: John Mellencamp; March 21: TV on the Radio.

Independence Events Center

Feb. 25: Ariana Grande; April 17: Alan Jackson with Brandy Clark.


Jan. 17: Devon Allman; Jan. 26: John Doe.; Feb. 14: Todd Snider; April 11: North Mississippi Allstars.

The Granada theater

Less Than Jake with Reel Big Fish; Feb. 21: Martin Sexton; Feb. 22: Motion City Soundtrack; Feb. 26: Napalm Death; March 17: New Found Glory.

Starlight Theatre

May 30: Steve Miller Band; Aug. 21: Idina Menzel.


Feb. 13: Eric Johnson; Feb. 20: Evan Dando.

Liberty Hall

April 8: Dr. Dog; April 28: Neutral Milk Hotel.

The Riot Room

Jan 21: A DJ set by Andy Rourke, former bass player of the Smiths.


Feb. 18-22: Folk Alliance International conference at Crown Center. The secret is out: This is a world-class event.

April 2-4: Middle of the Map in Westport. It keeps getting bigger and better.

May 30: Rockfest at Penn Valley Park. The heaviest one-day festival of the year.

June 19-21: Boulevardia in the West Bottoms. The first year of this beer and music festival was a blast — a mix of national and local music talent; year No. 2 should be even better.

July 30: Vans Warped Tour at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. The annual all-day punk/power-pop/rock fest.

Sept. 4-6: Kansas City Irish Fest. It is one of the nation’s best Irish festivals and one of the city’s most beloved events, and for many good reasons.

Sept. 12: Crossroads Music Festival. A showcase of just some of the many great bands and musicians in Kansas City.


Thousands of albums will be released in 2015. Here are but 25 bands and solo artists scheduled to release highly anticipated albums this year:

Adele, Bjork, Death Cab for Cutie, the Decemberists, Drake, Bob Dylan, Faith No More, Fleetwood Mac, Gang of Four, Judas Priest, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Rock, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Van Morrison, My Morning Jacket, New Order, Radiohead, Rihanna, Slayer, Sleater-Kinney, Tool, Kanye West

Local recordings

Two local bands have albums in the works that will be released in 2015.

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear: In October, the acoustic son-mother duo from Kansas City signed with Glassnote Records, home to two dozen bands, including Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and Chvurches. In December, the duo went to Nashville, Tenn., and worked on their debut recording. An early 2015 release date is expected.

Beautiful Bodies: The power-pop/punk band from Kansas City signed with Epitaph Records in the summer of 2014. It then started recording with producer John Feldmann, guitarist and songwriter for the punk/ska band Goldfinger, who produced the band’s EP in 2013. A full-length recording is expected sometime this year.

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