Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Thursday, May 12, at Crossroads KC
Thursday’s double bill at Crossroads KC is a dream come true for enthusiasts of classic soul and exuberant funk. Trombone Shorty and his versatile band Orleans Avenue are spirited ambassadors of the sound of New Orleans. The group headlined the final day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival earlier this year. The New York-based Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are the world’s foremost R&B revivalists.
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Tickets range from $36.50 to $80 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Thursday, May 12, at the Bottleneck
The last thing fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra expected from the sublime bedroom pop act was a cover of a Grateful Dead hit. Yet the group composed of musicians from New Zealand and the United States recently contributed a contorted rendition of “Shakedown Street” to a high-profile compilation overseen by members of the National. With Whitney.
Tickets are $15 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
Thursday, May 12, at the Riot Room
Slick Rick became a modern day Aesop when his alarming fable “A Children’s Story” was released on his 1988 debut album. The British born rapper is celebrating his new status as an American citizen with a series of performances he’s characterized as a “victory world tour.” The Xtraordinairs, the Faculty and Approach are among the opening acts.
Tickets are $20 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Saturday, May 14, at Ameristar Casino
Most members of Saturday’s audience at Ameristar Casino probably won’t care that only one of the Spinners’ original vocalists survives. Reveling in the timeless appeal of renditions of the Spinners’ classic soul hits like “The Rubberband Man,” “Working My Way Back to You,” “I’ll Be Around” and “It’s a Shame” transcends trifling concerns about authenticity.
Tickets range from $35 to $55 in advance through ameristar.com/kansas-city.
Saturday, May 14, at Penn Valley Park
Disturbed, the headliner of this year’s edition of Rockfest, included a semi-ironic cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” on its latest album. Silence will be altogether absent at the day-long blowout that is expected to attract more than 40,000 fans of hard rock and heavy metal. The mysterious Swedish band Ghost and the Australian trio Seether are also playing Saturday, among others.
Tickets are $47.50 in advance through rockfestkc.com.
Saturday, May 14, at Crossroads KC
Disclosure introduced a new generation of listeners to the lush dance music forged by a handful of comparatively obscure American producers of previous decades. The British duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence frame memorable songs in elegant beats on club bangers like Disclosure’s 2012 breakout hit “Latch” and last year’s “Magnets,” a hypnotic track featuring the vocals of the pop star Lorde.
Tickets range from $35 to $76.50 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
Saturday, May 14, at Knuckleheads
The narrator of “Heaven Sent,” a stunning song on Parker Millsap’s convincing new album “The Very Last Day,” challenges his father’s unwillingness to accept his romantic relationship with another man. The Oklahoman’s gospel-informed sound, inviting voice and willingness to address controversial topics have made Millsap one of the most highly-touted young Americana artists. With the Grahams.
Tickets are $12 in advance through knuckleheadskc.com.
Saturday, May 14, at the Granada
The Los Angeles based neo-soul artist Mayer Hawthorne was raised in Michigan. By applying a smooth California sheen to his innate Midwestern grittiness, Hawthorne creates songs that evoke the slickness of Steely Dan and the doggedness of Marvin Gaye. Hawthorne’s new album “Man About Town” includes salacious party songs like “Lingerie & Candlewax” and elegant romantic odes including “Cosmic Love.”
Tickets are $23 in advance through thegranada.com.
Sunday, May 15, at the Sprint Center
Winning “American Idol” doesn’t guarantee lasting stardom, but Carrie Underwood has been one of the most consistent artists in country music since besting her competitors on the 2005 season of the contest. As she roams an expansive stage on the floor of the Sprint Center on Sunday, Underwood will belt out recent hits including “Smoke Break” and old favorites like “Before He Cheats.” With Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers.
Tickets range from $44 to $74 in advance through sprintcenter.com.
Tuesday, May 17, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, the new name of the longstanding outdoor venue in Bonner Springs, doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. The hits of the British pop vocalist Ellie Goulding, however, are immediately ingratiating. “Burn” and “Love Me Like You Do” are among the straightforward ditties that will resound at the rechristened amphitheater on Tuesday. With Years & Years.
Tickets are $35 in advance through providenceamp.com.