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This weekend’s best live music: Jason Aldean, Plan B, Florence + the Machine

Plan B will be at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Friday, May 20.
Plan B will be at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Friday, May 20. Pina Records

Jason Aldean

Friday, May 20, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre

Jason Aldean suggests that each of his concerts is a “six-string circus” on his current single, “Lights Come On.” Equal parts insolent rock and brazen country, the brash song typifies the cocksure attitude that helped Aldean capture the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award last month. With Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses and Dee Jay Silver.

Tickets range from $30 to $70 in advance through

Plan B

Friday, May 20, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The cumulative view count of Plan B’s 22 official videos at YouTube is approaching 2 billion. The enormous appeal isn’t a mystery. The promotional clips combine the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo’s inviting blend of reggae, pop and hip-hop with the alluring dancing of scantily clad models. The men known as Chencho and Maldy make a rare Kansas City appearance on Friday.

Tickets range from $25 to $75 in advance through

Tengger Cavalry

Friday, May 20, at the Riot Room

The outlandish premise of Tengger Cavalry sounds like the stuff of fiction: a Mongolian throat singer named Nature Ganganbaigal leads a motley group of headbangers on a barnstorming trek across North America titled the Blood Sacrifice Tour. Adventurous listeners will partake of the novel group’s “nomadic folk metal” at the Riot Room on Friday. With Savage Land, Mercurial and Ealo.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Psychic Heat

Friday, May 20, at Mills Record Company

Saturday, May 21, at the Bottleneck

Unlike some participants of the psychedelic garage-rock revival, the members of Psychic Heat don’t sound as if they’re in awe of the movement’s heroes. The Lawrence band is appropriately insolent and disrespectful on its new album, “Sunshower.” Psychic Heat will celebrate the release of the project at shows on Friday (with Arc Flash) and Saturday (with Paper Buffalo and This Is My Condition).

Details about Friday’s free show are available at

The cover charge for Saturday’s show is $5. Details are available at

Granger Smith

Saturday, May 21, at the KC Live stage in the Power & Light District

Granger Smith’s persistence is paying off. After diligently plying his hard-boiled country songs in his home state of Texas and in the heartland for the last decade, Smith is finally achieving mainstream acceptance. His cheerful “Backroad Song” topped Billboard magazine’s country airplay chart last year. Smith headlines the annual Downtown Hoedown celebration on Saturday. With Matt Gary, Jordan Rager, Brooke Eden and Marianne Michaels.

Details about Saturday’s free show are available at

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

Saturday, May 21, at the Madrid Theatre

Josh Ritter is a funny guy. On “Getting Ready to Get Down,” a jaunty saga on the singer-songwriter’s most recent album, “Sermon on the Rocks,” a pastor encourages the concerned parents of a wayward teen to “send her off to a little Bible college in Missouri.” The Idaho native is certain to induce lots of laughter at the Madrid Theatre on Saturday.

Tickets are $30 and $45 in advance through

Katy Guillen & the Girls

Saturday, May 21, at Knuckleheads

The slight tweaks that Katy Guillen & the Girls have applied to the tried-and-true blues rock that has been entertaining local revelers for decades has made the young trio one of Kansas City’s most popular bands. Saturday’s show is billed as “the first and only opportunity” to purchase copies of the new album “Heavy Days” until the project is officially released on June 24.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Hearts of Darkness, Maria the Mexican and Flannigan’s Right Hook

Saturday, May 21, at Crossroads KC

Three Kansas City bands with notably different yet complimentary styles will perform at Crossroads KC’s annual KC Spring Fling concert. Hearts of Darkness is a veteran Afrobeat collective. Maria the Mexican adds a south-of-the-border flair to its robust roots-rock sound. Flannigan’s Right Hook is a battle-tested Celtic rock band.

Tickets range from $11.50 to $41.50 in advance through

The Devil Makes Three

Tuesday, May 24, at Knuckleheads

If there’s a correlation between the number of a performer’s songs that reference liquor and the consumption of alcohol at corresponding venues, club owners must love the Devil Makes Three. The well-traveled alternative bluegrass trio from Vermont has a catalog full of songs about the mixed blessings of booze. With Zach Schmidt.

Tickets are $16 in advance through

Florence + the Machine

Tuesday, May 24, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Florence Welch is an old-fashioned rock star. Armed with a powerful voice and a riveting stage presence, Welch is transformed into a larger-than-life figure in performances by the London-based Florence + the Machine. She’ll belt out soul-inflected hits like “Ship to Wreck” and “Dog Days Are Over” for thousands of admirers in Bonner Springs on Tuesday. With Grimes.

Tickets range from $20 to $60 in advance through

Bloc Party

Wednesday, May 25, at the Madrid Theatre

Oasis is vastly more popular, but Bloc Party may be the definitive Brit pop band. Bloc Party’s angular hits like “Helicopter” and “This Modern Love” are the equal of anything released by Oasis or other peers like Franz Ferdinand. The talented quartet is touring in support of the bracing “Hymns,” its fifth studio album. With Ms Mr and Oscar.

Tickets are $30 and $45 in advance through