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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Chris Janson, 1349, Jack’s Mannequin, Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham will perform Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Madrid Theatre.
Ryan Bingham will perform Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Madrid Theatre. ANNA AXSTER

Chris Janson

Thursday, Jan. 21, at Kanza Hall

“They call me redneck, white trash and blue collar but I could change all that if I had a couple million dollars,” Chris Janson declares on “Buy Me a Boat.” The prospect of hearing a lively rendition of the singer’s current breakout hit about a financial windfall will attract optimistic country fans to Kanza Hall on Thursday. With Noe Palma.

Tickets are $17 in advance through


Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Riot Room

A portal to hell may be opened at the Riot Room on Thursday. The four self-described “riders of the apocalypse” in the Norwegian black metal band 1349 will summon demonic spirits as they render beastly songs like “Satanic Propaganda” and “I Am Abomination.” With Tombs, Full of Hell and Nefirum.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Whitey Morgan and Cody Jinks

Friday, Jan. 22, at the Granada

Whitey Morgan and Cody Jinks are two of the most notable champions of the revival of the outlaw country sound associated with the late Waylon Jennings. Morgan, a rugged artist from Flint, Mich., and Jinks, another impressively bearded man who sprang from the Red Dirt country movement in Texas, are touring together.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Jack’s Mannequin

Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Granada

Andrew McMahon, the owner of the creative mind behind Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the latter band’s “Everything in Transit” album at the Granada on Saturday. It’s a concert that once seemed improbable. McMahon was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005. Many of the pop-punk songs on “Everything in Transit” address his health scare.

Tickets to the sold-out show were $35. Details are available at

David Wax Museum

Saturday, Jan. 23, at Knuckleheads

David Wax lived in Columbia, Mo., before he attended Harvard University. He and his Virginia-based ensemble have since plied their “Mexo-Americana” songs on stages throughout the world. Radio support of the artful pop ditty “Guesthouse” expanded the adroit group’s following in 2015.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

Ryan Bingham

Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Madrid Theatre

An exceptionally tough singer/songwriter who has survived a hard-knock life, Ryan Bingham is a worthy successor of legends including Tom Waits and Steve Earle. The stark folk songs that showcase Bingham’s ravaged voice and bleak perspective are balanced by his affection for unhinged rock ’n’ roll.

Tickets are $25 and $35 in advance through

City and Colour

Monday, Jan. 25, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The people who slam-danced and crowd-surfed at Alexisonfire concerts during the previous decade had no way of knowing that Dallas Green, one of the primary artistic forces of the screamo band, would later play sensitive ballads as City and Colour. The Canadian has made the transition from bruising rock to brooding folk seem like an entirely natural progression. With Greyhounds.

Tickets are $30 in advance through

Half Moon Run

Monday, Jan. 25, at the Granada

Half Moon Run, a tasteful indie-pop band from Montreal, seamlessly combines the delicate folk of Bon Iver with the silky alternative pop of bands like Young the Giant. The contemporary jangle of songs such as “I Can’t Figure Out What’s Going On” sound simultaneously fresh and familiar. With Emilie & Ogden.

Tickets are $13 in advance through


Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Riot Room

Stalley, an Ohio rapper signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music record label, sounds nothing like his mentor. Ross’ leisurely raps are punctuated by commanding grunts. Stalley uses his lighter voice on nimble raps that he has called “intelligent trunk music for the elite.” With Steddy P and Ant Tycoon.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

The Americans

Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Knuckleheads

Although the Americans appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” and landed a song alongside luminaries like Patti Smith on the pirate-themed compilation “Sons of Rogue Gallery” in 2013, they have yet to establish a devoted following. The Americana band from Los Angeles will attempt to earn fans the old-fashioned way at Knuckleheads on Wednesday. With Rivertown.

Tickets are $8 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star