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KC concerts: Steely Dan, Steve Winwood, JD McPherson, Public Enemy, the Jayhawks and Guns N’ Roses

Flavor Flav (right), Chuck D and Public Enemy will perform Saturday, June 25, outside the Lawrence Arts Center.
Flavor Flav (right), Chuck D and Public Enemy will perform Saturday, June 25, outside the Lawrence Arts Center. Invision/AP


Thursday, June 23, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club

Venerated by rock critics but largely unknown to the general public, Wussy has been creating highly eccentric and amusingly irreverent music for 15 years. The Cincinnati band resembles an unhinged version of Neil Young & Crazy Horse on striking material including the new song “She’s Killed Hundreds” and older gems like “Funeral Dress.” With Schwervon and the Cave Girls. 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club. 816-753-1909. $8 at the door.

Steely Dan and Steve Winwood

Thursday, June 23, at Starlight Theatre

By selecting imposing British musician Steve Winwood as its opening act, Steely Dan, the acerbic band with a deep catalog of hits including “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” is offering classic rock fans a fresh incentive to opt in for its latest summer tour. Winwood will provide a survey of his extensive career that includes material from his stints with Blind Faith, Traffic and the Spencer Davis Group. 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $41-$181.

JD McPherson

Thursday, June 23, at Liberty Hall

JD McPherson is one of the most interesting members of the latest wave of roots-rock revivalists. The former Oklahoma schoolteacher performs in the frenzied style associated with rock ’n’ roll innovators like Eddie Cochran and Little Richard. Although he’s best known for the 2012 rave-up “North Side Gal,” many of the songs on McPherson’s 2015 album “Let the Good Times Roll” are no less combustible. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. $20.

Tef Poe

Friday, June 24, at the Riot Room patio

When the civil unrest provoked by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., reached a boiling point in 2014, many protesters and members of the media relied on Tef Poe to provide context. The vociferous St. Louis-based rapper is a prominent activist. Friday’s show is likely to resemble a protest rally. With J Izzie, Heartfelt Anarchy, HighRisk, Farout and Scotty Wu. 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 24. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $8 in advance.

The Americans and more

Friday, June 24, outside the Lawrence Arts Center

In conjunction with a screening of the music documentary “American Epic” at the Lawrence Arts Center, organizers of the Free State Festival have booked a correspondingly enticing free outdoor concert. The Americans, a Los Angeles roots-rock band featured in the film, will be joined by a slate of regionally based entertainers. With Son Venezuela, Arthur Dodge, Katy Guillen & the Girls and 40 Watt Dreams. 5-11 p.m. Friday, June 24. Outside the Lawrence Arts Center. 785-843-2787. Free.

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Public Enemy

Saturday, June 25, outside the Lawrence Arts Center

Public Enemy’s breakout 1988 album, “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,” proved that hip-hop could be as abrasive as artful rock and at least as relevant as any folk-based singer of protest songs. The iconic hip-hop group featuring the stentorian Chuck D and comic relief of Flavor Flav headlines a free outdoor show at the Free State Festival. With Hearts of Darkness, Ebony Tusks, Lincoln Marshall and Midnight Marauders. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Outside the Lawrence Arts Center. 785-843-2787. Free.

Dash Berlin

Saturday, June 25, at KC Live

Jeffrey Sutorius is the face of the Dutch music collective Dash Berlin. Once associated with the comparatively esoteric form of electronic dance music known as trance, Dash Berlin has drifted toward pure pop. The group’s new single, “Gold,” features rapper Waka Flocka Flame. A recent mix Dash Berlin created for Sirius Radio includes remixes of hits by the Weeknd and Adam Lambert. With Ookay, Gryffin and Eric Coomes. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25. KC Live. 816-842-1045. $11 in advance.

The Staves

Sunday, June 26, at the Riot Room

The Staves’ version of folk music is as comforting as a favorite quilt sewn by a beloved grandmother. The British trio of sisters sing with the sort of dazzling harmonies that can come only from family bands. Even though the Staves are squarely in the British folk tradition, their music isn’t fusty. The sisters artfully incorporate the innovations of Bon Iver and Radiohead into their delicate sound. With Trevor Sensor. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $12 in advance.

Peter Bjorn and John

Monday, June 27, at the Granada

Peter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Eriksson are on a mission to make certain that they’re remembered for more than the 2006 hit “Young Folks.” The Swedish trio is touring in support of “Breakin’ Point,” its first album in five years. Filled with perfectly crafted pop songs, the new release often resembles a long-lost Paul McCartney album. 8 p.m. Monday, June 27. Granada. 785-842-1390. $18 in advance.

The Jayhawks

Tuesday, June 28, at Knuckleheads

Although the Jayhawks have entered their fourth decade as a band, most people at Tuesday’s show will respond most passionately to renditions of songs the Minnesota band created in the late ’80s and early ’90s. As pioneers of the alt-country movement, the Jayhawks persuaded a generation of fans to realize that country-based music could be just as relevant as rock. With Folk Uke. 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $35 in advance.

Taste of Chaos

Wednesday, June 29, at Crossroads KC

Millennials who pine for the era in which screamo was an exciting new genre will congregate at Crossroads KC for the Taste of Chaos tour on Wednesday. Performances by four bands that meld punk, metal and pop — Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin and the Early November — will allow fans to bask in the often abrasive music that provided the soundtrack to their formative years. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $36-$101 in advance.

Guns N’ Roses

Wednesday, June 29, at Arrowhead Stadium

The adage about the whole being greater than the sum of the parts applies to Guns N’ Roses. Three of the five musicians who crafted the momentous 1987 hard rock album “Appetite for Destruction” — mercurial screecher Axl Rose, top-hat-bedecked guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan — have reunited for the long-anticipated Not in This Lifetime … tour. With Alice in Chains. 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. Arrowhead Stadium. 800-653-8000. $45-$250 in advance.

Dave Matthews Band

Wednesday, June 29, at Providence Amphitheater

Dave Matthews and his merry band of collaborators aren’t strangers to playing inside arenas, but fans know that the jam-prone group’s freewheeling music is meant to be enjoyed under the stars. Catching an outdoor Dave Matthews Band concert is an essential summer ritual for fans of the group that’s celebrating its 25th anniversary. 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. Providence Amphitheater. 816-653-8000. $40.50-$85 in advance.

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star