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Nick Schnebelen Trio, the Sapwoods, Dalima and the Hi-Yahs highlight this week’s best music

Dalima will be at the Riot Room on Saturday, Jan. 10.
Dalima will be at the Riot Room on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Dirty Electric Light Orchestra

Thursday, Jan. 8, at Alamo Drafthouse

“Boogie Nights,” the 1997 movie about California’s pornography industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has a colorful soundtrack. Following a screening of the film at Alamo Drafthouse, Kansas City musicians, including members of Drew Black and Dirty Electric, will tackle selections such as Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” and Electric Light Orchestra’s “Livin’ Thing” in a benefit for the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Live jazz at the American Restaurant

6-9 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday

Exquisite jazz now complements the outstanding food at the American Restaurant on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Shay Estes, the musical director of the venerable establishment, has given musicians a mandate to create “the most sonically affecting and interesting auditory wallpaper possible.” Vocalist Kelley Gant and pianist T.J. Martley are among the musicians featured this week.

Free. Details are available

Nick Schnebelen Trio

Friday, Jan. 9, at Trouser Mouse

Trampled Under Foot, long one of Kansas City’s most popular ensembles, disbanded in 2014. Guitarist Nick Schnebelen carries on the hard-rocking blues tradition with a trio. Listeners can expect Schnebelen to evoke inspirations including Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy at Trouser Mouse on Friday.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at

Mama Ray’s weekly jam session

Saturday, Jan. 10, at BB’s Lawnside BBQ

Both elite musicians and rank beginners are welcome at a Saturday afternoon forum that’s often cited as the longest-running weekly blues and jazz jam session in Kansas City. Hosted by keyboardist Diane “Mama” Ray, the jam session typically draws a packed house to the barbecue restaurant.

Free. Details are available at

The Sapwoods

Saturday, Jan. 10, at the RecordBar

Iowa City’s the Sapwoods create the sort of joyous, jangle-laden indie rock that has fallen out of favor in recent years. The unfashionable music is best experienced with a drink in one hand while the other is clasped around the waist of a dance partner. With Drew Black and Dirty Electric and Merit Badge.

Tickets are $7 in advance through


Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Riot Room

An endorsement by Tech N9ne guarantees a rapper an avid base of followers in the Kansas City area. Dalima, a speed rapper from Kansas City, Kan., who is featured on a track on Tech N9ne’s 2006 album “Everready,” tops a bill that also includes local hero the Popper. Also with Ill Nino, King Fresh, Influence & U-Neek.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Zola Jesus

Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Granada

Like a goth angel descended from disco heaven, Zola Jesus is a spectral artist responsible for an outsized portion of the most celestial dance music of recent years. She’ll debut her new mainstream sound Wednesday at the Granada. With Deradoorian.

Tickets are $13 in advance through

The Black Lillies

Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Knuckleheads

More personable and substantially grittier than many of their peers in the burgeoning Americana scene, Knoxville’s the Black Lillies are capable of entertaining country traditionalists on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and inspiring wild-eyed revelers at neon-lit barrooms.

Tickets are $12 in advance through


Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Liberty Hall

One of the most popular American reggae bands, Rebelution is opening its annual winter tour in Lawrence. The Californians are touring in support of “Count Me In,” a breezy project that was named the best-selling reggae album of 2014 by Billboard magazine. With Katchafire.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

The Hi-Yahs

Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Riot Room

Celebrants who prefer that electronic dance music be stripped to its party-minded essence will be rewarded with undiluted bacchanalian beats at the Riot Room on Wednesday. The Hi-Yahs, a DJ and producer from Dallas, specializes in roof-raising bangers. With Beazytymes and Moody J, SwaggleRock and Futuro.

Tickets are $15 in advance through