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Guns N’ Roses, Selena Gomez, Drake, Bob Dylan and more heat up KC stages this summer

Kenny Chesney will return to Arrowhead Stadium on July 16, this time accompanied by Miranda Lambert.
Kenny Chesney will return to Arrowhead Stadium on July 16, this time accompanied by Miranda Lambert. File

This summer’s music agenda is much like the several summers that have preceded it: Filled with big shows in big venues. Here’s a look at just some of the many shows and tours rolling into town, starting with the two biggest shows in the biggest venue.

Arrowhead Stadium

▪ Guns N’ Roses with Alice in Chains: The last time Axl and Slash performed together in Kansas City, Bill was the Clinton running for president. June 29. $45-$250

▪ Kenny Chesney with Miranda Lambert: Chesney returns for his annual siege of Arrowhead. In 2015, when Jason Aldean co-headlined, they broke the concert attendance record at Arrowhead. July 16. Expect another crowd of 55,000-plus. $25-$225.

Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

▪ Keith Urban: He gets bunched up with the country crowd, but he’s a guitar-slinger who likes his country on the heavy rocks. And he’s bringing some worthwhile guests, including Maren Morris, who deserves a good listen. June 2. $29.50-$64.25.

▪ I Love the ’90s Tour: Salt N’ Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, Coolio, Young MC: Groove-infested nostalgia for the Gen X crowd and the pre-millennials. June 3. $35-$150.

▪ Dave Matthews Band: Nothing has changed. Dave’s the same: Lots of acoustic reverie, backed up by a stout and hearty band. June 29. $40.50-$85.

▪ Brand New with Modest Mouse: Primo emo meets top-shelf indie rock. July 1. $25-$45.

▪ Snoop Dogg with Wiz Khalifa: Snoop is as mainstream as McDonald’s; Wiz is a relative upstart but with a slew of hits, including “Young and Wild and Free,” featuring Snoop and Bruno Mars. Aug. 18. $29.50-$99.95

Sprint Center

▪ Zac Brown Band: He was born and raised in Georgia, and he writes songs about his upbringing that are as country as he is. And his band is great. Friday. $47.50-$77.50.

▪ Selena Gomez: She is a celebrity pop star, now 23, who has been in the business since she was 10 and got a role in “Barney and Friends.” Since then, she has sold more than 3 million records and generated lots of gossip about Justin Bieber. July 1. $31.50-$124.

▪ Drake with Future: Canada’s most successful rapper returns to the arena he nearly sold out in 2012. July 23. $47.50-$127.50.

▪ Gwen Stefani with Eve: Two performers who will validate their place among the best women performers of the 1990s. Aug. 12. $27.95-$147.95.

▪ Dixie Chicks: They’ve reunited and will bring their lively, genuine version of country music to Kansas City for the first time since May 2003. Aug. 30. $52-$122.

Starlight Theatre

▪ The Cure: The last time they performed here, Robert Smith was ill. But he championed on and vowed to return. And he is. A band that epitomized the 1980s among a cult of fans sold out this show not long after it went on sale. June 8. $25-$95.

▪ Paul Simon: One of the greatest songwriters of his generation has a new album out, which gave him reason to tour. If you saw his show at the Midland in 2013, you know he can still provide, musically and otherwise. June 11. $44.95-$134.95.

▪ Bob Dylan: He just turned 75, and lately he has turned his interests to the Sinatra songbook. It made for an entertaining show at the Music Hall in 2015. This time he’s here with Mavis Staples. June 21. $49.50-$124.50.

▪ Flight of the Conchords: Music and comedy. Recommended if you’re from (or love) New Zealand. July 7. $35-$50.

▪ Duran Duran: An adult boy band that has enjoyed a resurgence in reputation, one they will always deserve. Even their latest album proved their affection for rhythm and dance grooves. July 24. $35.95-$185.95.

Crossroads KC

▪ Ziggy Marley: He inherited a legacy and has consistently lived up to it. June 12. $28-$76.50.

▪ The Claypool Lennon Delirium: A collaboration between Les Claypool of Primus and Sean, the younger son of John Lennon. The music, Sean Lennon said, is “a bundle of devilish tunes about monkeys, outer space and sexual deviancy.” June 14. $28-$76.50.

▪ Brandi Carlile: She always puts on a high-energy show. June 15. $30-$76.50.

▪ Dr. Dog: Earlier this year, they released their ninth studio album, “The Psychedelic Swamp,” a collection of songs bathed in psychedelic effects. July 21. $25-$61.50.

▪ Wilco: They always draw a big crowd to the venue behind Grinder’s and always deliver a rousing, satisfying show. Aug. 16. $40-$86.50.

Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland

▪ M83: The duo from France concoct ambient synth-pop and -rock. June 1. $32.

▪ Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Multi-Grammy-nominated hip-hop from the great Northwest. June 7. $34.50-$54.50.

▪ Miike Snow: Psychedelic indie/synth pop bred in Sweden. July 31. $9.65.


▪ Los Lobos: They remain one of America’s best and most vital bands. June 16. $30.

▪ Blues Extravaganza: A three-day blues fest featuring Curtis Salgado, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Terrance Simien, Ana Popovic and others. June 23-25. $20-$55.

▪ The Jayhawks: The early pioneers of the alt-country/No Depression sound are back together and touring. June 28. $35.

▪ St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Taproot, horn-fueled Southern soul. Sure to be a memorable night. July 10. $27.

▪ Lee Ann Womack: One of country music’s more underappreciated talents, as a singer and songwriter. Aug. 12. $35.

Uptown Theater

▪ Garbage: Shirley Manson is one of the more electric lead singers in rock, and Garbage always delivers the thunder. July 10. $25-$75

▪ Beach House: An evening of moody, spacey dream-pop. Aug. 20. $25.