Thursday, June 9, at Knuckleheads
Stephen King, a man who knows a thing or two about telling a compelling story, has suggested that “James McMurtry may be the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation …” McMurtry compositions like “Choctaw Bingo,” a saga about a Midwestern family reunion, substantiate King’s claim. The accomplished husband-and-wife duo Amy LaVere and Will Sexton open the show.
▪ 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $20 in advance.
Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia
Friday, June 10, at Starlight Theatre
The most illustrious grown-and-sexy R&B concert of the year features two outstanding vocalists who perform songs that address the concerns of romance-minded adults. Hamilton’s hits, including “Charlene” and “Amen,” are among the most soulful songs of the new millennium. Fantasia’s new single, “Sleeping With the One I Love,” is an arresting homage to Etta James.
▪ 8 p.m. Friday, June 10. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $38 to $103 in advance.
Saturday, June 11, at Starlight Theatre
Unlike many musicians who became stars in the 1960s, Paul Simon remains at the top of his game. The new songs Simon performs from his absorbing album “Stranger to Stranger” shouldn’t serve as an excuse for a bathroom break or a beer run on Saturday. Simon is also expected to revisit classics like “Graceland” and “Homeward Bound.”
▪ 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $45 to $135 in advance.
Los Tigres del Norte
Saturday, June 11, at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Something will have to give on Saturday. The Kauffman Center is one of the most refined venues in Kansas City. Fans of Los Tigres del Norte are exceptionally animated. When the legendary California-based norteño ensemble performs drug-smuggling odes like “Contrabando y Traición” and protest songs like “Circo,” exuberant pandemonium is likely to break out in the elegant hall.
▪ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Muriel Kauffman Theatre in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7200. kauffmancenter.org. $49 to $109 in advance.
KC Techno 7th Anniversary Party
Saturday, June 11, in the West Bottoms
A few negative connotations are associated with outdoor techno raves, but Saturday’s convivial dance party in the West Bottoms is likely to possess a healthy atmosphere. The seventh anniversary of the Kansas City Techno collective features performances by Amanda, Andrew Boie, Jonah Brotman, Josh C, Mr. Nuro, Obstruct, PK, Todd Howard, Uun and Z-Sonic.
▪ 1:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday, June 11. 1207 W. 11th St. in the West Bottoms. facebook.com/events/1138381209561330. The cover charge is $5.
The Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre
Saturday, June 11, at Crossroads KC
Last month’s Westport Roots Festival proved that musicians wielding banjos and washboards can make unholy rackets that are capable of upstaging many aggressive rock bands. The annual Chainsaw Grassacre concert celebrates the untamed backwaters of country, blues and bluegrass. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, the headliner of this year’s event, is a joy-infused practitioner of old-timey forms. With Cornmeal, Mountain Sprout, Whiskey Shivers, Loaded Goat and Cowgirl’s Train Set.
▪ 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. crossroadskc.com. $16.50 to $51.50 in advance.
Sunday, June 12, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Initially overshadowed by A$AP Rocky, his cohort in the New York-based A$AP Mob collective, A$AP Ferg has become one of the world’s most celebrated rappers. Ferg’s latest release, “Always Strive and Prosper,” is a cohesive song cycle in the tradition of the classic Wu-Tang Clan album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).” With Tory Lanez and Madeintyo.
▪ 8 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $27.50 in advance.
Sunday, June 12, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Brantley Gilbert’s current trek across the nation is appropriately titled the “Take It Outside” tour. The mainstream country star’s unruly hits “Kick It in the Sticks” and “Small Town Throwdown” are ideally suited for revelry under the stars. The Georgia native is also known as the writer of Jason Aldean’s momentous 2010 anthem, “My Kinda Party.” With Justin Moore and Colt Ford.
▪ 7 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. providenceamp.com. $29.50 to $54.25 in advance.
Claypool Lennon Delirium
Tuesday, June 14, at Crossroads KC
Les Claypool of Primus and psychedelic pop specialist Sean Lennon created a surrealistic freakout on the lush new dream-rock album, “Monolith of Phobos.” Fortified by Claypool’s inventive bass guitar concepts and Lennon’s distinctive voice, the illustrious collaborators are likely to explore even more mind-bending sounds on Tuesday. With Chicano Batman.
▪ 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. crossroadskc.com. $28 to $76.50 in advance.
Wednesday, June 15, at Kanza Hall
During her extended run on the 2011 season of “American Idol,” Lauren Alaina sang material associated with rock band Aerosmith and by country stars including Reba McEntire. Since coming in second place on the competition, Alaina has created lively music, like the 2015 single “Next Boyfriend,” that combines the two styles. With Gracie Schram.
▪ 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. Kanza Hall. 913-451-0444. oneblocksouthkc.com. $15 to $40 in advance.
Not a Planet
Wednesday, June 15, at Kauffman Stadium
Rhapsodizing about an image of a full moon during a television broadcast of a Royals game, announcer Rex Hudler once suggested “it’s a beautiful planet.” Hudler and his colleagues on the broadcast crew are likely to have a lot of fun as they promote the popular Kansas City rock band Not a Planet’s performance before Wednesday’s game as part of Ink’s Student Night festivities.
▪ 6:15 p.m. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. royals.com. The show is free for ticketholders to the game.