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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: David Cook, Krayzie Bone, Patti Austin and X Ambassadors

Blue Springs’ own David Cook of “American Idol” fame will perform March 18 at VooDoo.
Blue Springs’ own David Cook of “American Idol” fame will perform March 18 at VooDoo. From the artist

X Ambassadors

Thursday, March 17, at KC Live!

X Ambassadors aren’t likely to perform traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare like “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” during its headlining appearance at a free concert in the Power & Light District. Even so, the lyrics of the New York based indie-pop band’s hit “Unsteady” will reflect the bacchanal tone of the party for some wobbly revelers. With Seinabo Sey and Powers.

Details about the free concert are available at

David Cook

Friday, March 18, at the VooDoo

Only a small portion of the tens of millions of people who voted for David Cook during the 2008 season of “American Idol” noticed, but the champion of the television vocal competition released the best album of his career last year. “Digital Vein” pairs the strong vocals of the rocker from Blue Springs with engaging songs. With Tony Lucca.

Tickets range from $29 to $49 in advance through

Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue

Friday, March 18, at Knuckleheads

A rabble-rousing entertainer who combines the fervent vocals of Al Green with the brazen showmanship of Mick Jagger, Mike Farris is an intrinsically soulful entertainer. Since overcoming a battle with his personal demons, the Nashville based Farris has created spiritually uplifting party music.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Krooked Drivers

Friday, March 18, at the Bottleneck

An electro hip-hop act from Denver, Krooked Drivers crafts state-of-the-art dance music. Combining enticingly smooth EDM elements with scratchy R&B samples and asymmetrical hip-hop beats has made Krooked Drivers’ Donnie Dalbora one of the region’s most distinctive producers. With Dreamers Delight.

Tickets are $13 in advance through

Krayzie Bone

Saturday, March 19, at Aftershock

As an integral member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Krayzie Bone had a hand in the creation of groundbreaking 1990s hits like “Crossroads” and “1st of the Month.” The man born Anthony Henderson embarked on a parallel solo career in 1999. The Ohio native is promoting his solid new album “Chasing the Devil” on his current tour.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Patti Austin

Saturday, March 19, at the Gem Theater

Patti Austin’s voice is so lustrous that the Kansas City Chorale, one of the region’s most notable classical ensembles, invited the vocalist to collaborate with them in 2014. Austin has racked up hits as a silky soul artist and has won a Grammy as a jazz singer. Her performance in the American Jazz Museum’s Jammin’ at the Gem series is certain to transcend categories.

Tickets are $45 in advance through

My Gold Mask

Monday, March 21, at the MiniBar

My Gold Mask performs dance music for slightly disenfranchised listeners seeking party music that’s imbued with melancholy. Fresh off a showcase at South by Southwest in Austin, the Chicago-based band will highlight material from its dark new album “Anxious Utopia.” With Foreign Resort and Redder Moon.

Tickets are $8 in advance through

Brian Fallon

Tuesday, March 22, at the Riot Room

A rock ’n’ roll formalist, Brian Fallon works in the tradition established by Bruce Springsteen and the Clash’s Joe Strummer. With his acclaimed New Jersey-based band the Gaslight Anthem on indefinite hiatus, Fallon is promoting his debut solo album “Painkillers” on his current tour. With Austin Plaine and Jared Hart.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Eli Paperboy Reed

Wednesday, March 23, at the Riot Room

Eli Paperboy Reed has a split musical personality. As an appealing pop artist, he creates peppy ditties that resemble the hits of Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Reed is also a convincing soul revivalist. Fans of the latter aspect of Reed’s output should be encouraged by “Hold Out,” a gospel-inspired rave-up from his forthcoming album. With Johnny2Tone.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

Rachel Platten

Wednesday, March 23, at Liberty Hall

Rachel Platten is an inspirational pop artist. The New Yorker’s song “Stand By Me” is in the uplifting tradition of the 1980s standard “Wind Beneath My Wings.” The lyrics of Platten’s empowering “Fight Song” suggest that her massive 2015 hit is a “take back my life song.” Platten will fill Liberty Hall with positivity on Wednesday. With Eric Hutchinson.

Tickets are $19 in advance through

Hospital Ships

Wednesday, March 23, at the Replay Lounge

Jordan Geiger is returning to his former base in Lawrence to promote “The Past is Not a Flood,” the fourth album he’s released as Hospital Ships. After moving from Lawrence to Austin, Geiger later relocated to North Carolina. Named after a Flaming Lips song, Hospital Ships creates an ethereal and strikingly vulnerable form of indie-rock.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at