Center of the City Fest
Thursday, June 2, Friday, June 3, Saturday, June 4, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club
The popularity of guitar-based rock bands has cratered. Punk musicians are even further marginalized. The members of Kansas City’s punk scene may be forsaken, but they’re not going down without a fight. The annual Center of the City Fest will showcase the vitality of more than three dozen ensembles on two stages this weekend. Notable participants include Nuthatch-47, Red Kate and Stiff Middle Fingers.
The cover charge is $7 per night. Weekend passes are $15. Details are available at facebook.com/CenterOfTheCity.
Thursday, June 2, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Characterizing Keith Urban as a country artist does a disservice to the genre and to the native of Australia. Although Urban’s compelling songs have been embraced by country radio programmers for more than 15 years, his most recent hits resemble the work of pop stalwarts like Lionel Richie and Kelly Clarkson. With Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris.
Tickets range from $29.50 to $64.25 in advance through providenceamp.com.
Thursday, June 2, at Town Center Plaza
A sonic time capsule from 1999, Smash Mouth’s “All Star” is a quaint period piece. The California band will revive its exasperatingly catchy hits including “All Star” and “Walkin’ on the Sun” at the opening night of the 2016 season of the free Sunset Music Fest. KT Tunstall (June 9), Sister Hazel (June 16) and Candlebox (June 23) will perform on subsequent Thursday evenings. Not a Planet opens for Smash Mouth.
Details about the free concert are available at towncenterplaza.com/events-news/program/sunset-music-fest.
I Love the ’90s
Friday, June 3, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
The I Love the ’90s tour features an assortment of hip-hop and R&B artists in the waning portions of their career trajectories. Even though Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Tone Lōc, Rob Base and Young MC are generally considered relics of a bygone era, fans who came of age during the ’90s still take delight in gems like Young MC’s “Bust a Move,” Tone Lōc’s “Funky Cold Medina” and Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It.”
Tickets range from $35 to $150 in advance through providenceamp.com.
Crossroads Summer Flock Party
Friday, June 3, at 19th and Wyandotte
Visual arts won’t be the primary focus of the First Friday celebration for the hundreds of people who will congregate at the outdoor stage at the intersection of 19th and Wyandotte. The Crossroads Summer Flock Party features indie-rock and hip-hop performances by regional musicians from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Highlights include the kaleidoscopic soundscapes of Be/Non and a vibrant fusion of hip-hop and jazz by Duncan Burnett with the Outer Circle.
Details about the free concert are available at crossroadsflockparty.com.
Saturday, June 4, at the Living Room Theatre
The members of Jefferson Airplane implored inquisitive listeners to “go ask Alice” on the 1967 hit “White Rabbit.” This psychedelic Kansas City rock band sounds as if it gave Alice a thorough interrogation as it recorded its new album “The Backbone of Night.” Burlesque performers are among the guests who will help the band celebrate the release of “The Backbone of Night” on Saturday.
Tickets are $10 in advance through squareup.com/store/philistineskc.
Saturday, June 4, at the Granada
During an era in which many of the most prominent reggae artists are musicians from the United States who were reared on rock, Luciano is a distressingly rare Jamaican reggae star with an avid following. His organic sound and adherence to Rastafarian doctrine make Luciano a welcome throwback to artists like Black Uhuru. With Indika and Devon Brown.
Tickets are $22 in advance through thegranada.com.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tuesday, June 7, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 2014 resulted in hateful backlash against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The hip-hop duo have been furiously backpedaling ever since. In addition to tackling the thorny topic of white privilege, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis address the opioid epidemic, gentrification and consumerism on their challenging new album “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.” With Raz Simone and XP.
Tickets range from $34.50 to $54.50 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Wednesday, June 8, at the Replay Lounge
A band for people who like their angry music served straight up, Summer Cannibals concoct refreshingly bracing bursts of intoxicating energy. The fourth-generation punk trio from Portland led by Jessica Boudreaux blends furious riffs with hostile lyrics. Summer Cannibals is touring in support of “Full of It,” the group’s third album and first recording for the prestigious Kill Rock Stars label.
The cover charge is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.
Wednesday, June 8, at Starlight Theatre
The influence of the Cure has grown even larger since the seminal British band appeared at Starlight Theatre in 2008. Much of today’s most successful indie-rock owes an enormous debt to the music the Cure made in the 1980s. Bandleader Robert Smith will be joined by ringers including guitarist Reeves Gabrels on the Cure’s first tour of North America in eight years. With The Twilight Sad.
Tickets range from $25 to $95 in advance through kcstarlight.com.