Thursday, June 16, at Knuckleheads
Plenty of bands are more fashionable than Los Lobos. Very few, however, have been viable contenders for the title of the world’s best rock band in each of the last 33 years. Boasting great vocalists, outstanding instrumentalists and ingenious songwriters, Los Lobos is an explosive live act armed with striking original material like “Will the Wolf Survive?” With Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers.
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▪ 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $30 in advance.
Friday, June 17, at the Folly Theater
Bill Shapiro, the indefatigable host of the weekly “Cyprus Avenue” radio program on KCUR and promoter of a concert series by the same name at the Folly Theater, is a longstanding champion of sophisticated pop in Kansas City. He celebrates the 10th anniversary of the serieswith an encore concert by singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash.
▪ 8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. $30 to $75 in advance.
Friday, June 17, at the Sprint Center
“Make It Last Forever,” Keith Sweat’s seductive 1988 hit, is an ode to abiding love. The sentiment of the song also applies to the durability of the soul crooner’s career. An enormous choir of adoring fans will accompany Sweat on Friday as he delivers amorous selections including “Get Up On It” and his latest single, “Good Love.” Sweat will be joined by Johnny Gill and Joe at the “Lover’s Night Out” concert.
▪ 8 p.m. Friday, June 17. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $43 to $97 in advance.
Friday, June 17, at the Riot Room
The men in the Bronx are double-dipping during their visit to Kansas City. In addition to playing take-no-prisoners punk rock at the Riot Room on Friday, the Bronx will perform jubilant Mexican folk music as Mariachi el Bronx at the Boulevardia festival on Saturday at 8 p.m. Fans who share the musicians’ wildly eclectic tastes will attend both shows. With Bummer and Runaway Sons.
▪ 8 p.m. Friday, June 17. The Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $22 in advance.
Red, White and Boom
Friday, June 17, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
The 2016 edition of radio station Mix 93.3’s annual Red, White and Boom concert is exceptionally promising. Meghan Trainor, the woman behind the clever hits “No” and “All About That Bass,” is the headliner. Sophisticated soul artist Andra Day and daffy rapper Lil Dicky will also perform. Also with Timeflies, Zara Larson, Ruth B, Krizz Kaliko and Mackenzie Nicole.
▪ 5 p.m. Friday, June 17. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. 800-745-3000. silversteineyecentersarena.com. $20 to $90 in advance.
Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz
Saturday, June 18, at the Sprint Center
Hardly an hour goes by on every hip-hop and R&B radio station that the unmistakable raps of Lil Wayne or 2 Chainz aren’t aired. New Orleans native Lil Wayne has been a star throughout the new millennium. 2 Chainz burst onto the scene five years ago. They’ll dispense dozens of hits at the Sprint Center on Saturday.
▪ 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $37.50 to $127.50 in advance.
Steve Gunn and the Outliers
Sunday, June 19, at the Riot Room
Steve Gunn is one of the few guitarists with an indie-rock orientation who has dared to tackle the British folk-rock style associated with Richard Thompson. Best known for his collaborations with artists including Matt Pond PA and Kurt Vile, the New York-based Gunn’s new album, “Eyes on the Lines,” has garnered rave reviews. With Promised Land Sound.
▪ 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19. The Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $12 in advance.
Monday, June 20, at the RecordBar
David Bazan has been pondering his faith in public for 20 years. With his band Pedro the Lion and in his solo work, the downcast singer/songwriter has been consumed with romantic and spiritual heartbreak. His recent projects feature a shift to a low-fidelity, synthesizer-based sound, but Bazan’s penchant for mournfulness is still oddly comforting. With Laura Gibson.
▪ 8 p.m. Monday, June 20. The RecordBar. 816-283-9921. therecordbar.com. $15 in advance.
Tuesday, June 21, at the Tank Room
Zella Day captured the attention of indie-rock fans with her striking cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” in 2012. The 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Arizona is intent on proving that she’s much more than a flesh-and-blood jukebox. Her riveting song “Jameson” indicates that Day is poised to join the ranks of Vance Joy and Lorde as an elite purveyor of moody pop.
▪ 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. The Tank Room. 816-214-6403. midlandkc.com. Tickets were $10 in advance. The show is sold out.
Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples
Tuesday, June 21, at Starlight Theatre
Bob Dylan gets a bad rap. Widely derided for his often-confounding live performances, Dylan is merely doing what he has always done: defying expectations as he constantly evolves. He interprets songs from the Great American Songbook on the new release “Fallen Angels.” Iconic soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples is touring with Dylan. She thrilled an audience at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in March.
▪ 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $49.50 to $124.50 in advance.
Wednesday, June 22, at Liberty Hall
Kris Kristofferson will celebrate his 80th birthday at Liberty Hall on Wednesday. His appearance as part of the Free State Festival will allow fans to reflect on the native Texan’s many accomplishments. In addition to writing classic songs including “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” Kristofferson is an Army veteran, Rhodes Scholar and film star.
▪ 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. libertyhall.net. $40 in advance.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star