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The best music in KC: Dolly Parton, Miike Snow, Wye Oak, Rascal Flatts and American Aquarium all perform in KC this weekend

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Warped Tour

Thursday, July 28, at Providence Amphitheater

Warped Tour isn’t just for kids this year. The carnival of loud music is known as a bastion of youth-oriented culture, but the 2016 edition features several acts that are likely to attract fans who pay mortgages and attend PTA meetings. Veteran ensembles performing in Bonner Springs will include the ska band Reel Big Fish and the pop-punk institutions Yellowcard and Sum 41.

11 a.m. Thursday, July 28. Providence Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. $41.50 in advance.


Thursday, July 28, at the Madrid Theatre

Børns channels vintage Elton John on his stunning new single “It’s You.” The dramatic ballad exemplifies the appeal of the project overseen by Michigan musician Garrett Borns. Børns’ compelling songs like “Electric Love” and “Holy Ghost” could be considered the “Bennie and the Jets” and “Island Girl” of the new millennium. With Muna and Beau.

8 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Madrid Theatre. 800-653-8000. Tickets to the officially sold-out show were $18-$30 in advance.

Dolly Parton

Friday, July 29, at the Sprint Center

In an era in which consensus on public figures is rare, Dolly Parton may be one of the sole celebrities who is universally beloved. In addition to avoiding the missteps that have plagued many of her peers, she’s responsible for dozens of the most distinctive hits of the last 50 years. Friday’s show is likely to include renditions of the Parton classics “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene.”

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. $47-$127 in advance.

Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type

Friday, July 29, at the RecordBar

In a review of a performance at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest, The Star’s Timothy Finn called Rachel Mallin “an engaging and seasoned performer and a “commanding lead singer” with an “agile and powerful voice.” He also praised the “polished musicianship” of her band the Wild Type. The Kansas City ensemble will celebrate the release of the four-song EP “Degenerate Matters” on Friday. With Pink Royal and Spirit Is the Spirit.

9 p.m. Friday, July 29. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $8 in advance.

Rascal Flatts

Friday, July 29, at Providence Amphitheater

The lyrics of “I Like the Sound of That,” the most recent of Rascal Flatts’ 16 chart-topping hits, make a reference to pop star Justin Timberlake. The name-drop is in keeping with the band’s tendency to blend homespun country principles with the latest developments in popular music. Fans will sing along with more than 15 years of crossover hits on Friday. With Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane.

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29. Providence Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. $19-$59.75 in advance.

Mickey Gilley

Saturday, July 30, at Ameristar Casino

Mickey Gilley has done a lot of living in 80 years. In addition to being an adaptable country star with a massive discography, he’s a successful entrepreneur with an empire that includes several famous nightclubs. He’s also kin to preacher Jimmy Swaggart and rock ’n’ roll wild man Jerry Lee Lewis. Gilley will croon hits like “Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time” on Saturday.

8 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Ameristar Casino. 800-653-8000. $35-$50 in advance.

Phoenix Fest

Saturday, July 30, at the Phoenix

The Phoenix, a Kansas City landmark for 26 years, will hold its annual Phoenix Fest on Saturday. Entertainment on the venue’s intimate indoor performance space and on an outdoor stage begins in the early afternoon. Participants include veteran jazz entertainer Tim Whitmer, blues belter Amanda Fish, burly blues-rock group the Brody Buster Band and the elite blues ensemble led by Jason Vivone.

2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The Phoenix. 816-221-5299. $8 in advance.

Turnpike Troubadours

Saturday, July 30, at the Uptown Theater

Some of the more than 50,000 people who attended Kenny Chesney’s recent concert at Arrowhead Stadium are likely to carouse at the Uptown Theater’s triple bill of rugged Americana on Saturday. While Turnpike Troubadours, the Old 97’s and American Aquarium are slightly left-of-center country bands, each has a long history of performing memorable songs with a vigor that would meet with the approval Chesney and his massive contingent of fans.

7:45 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $30 in advance.

Wye Oak

Saturday, July 30, at RecordBar

The incredibly versatile repertoire of Baltimore ensemble Wye Oak includes twee chamber folk, abrasive guitar-based indie-rock, sultry neo-soul and dance-oriented synth-pop. Although it consists of outtakes, Wye Oak’s startling new album “Tween” is more impressive than the greatest hits collections of many of its better-known peers. With Tuskha and Jaenki.

9 p.m. Saturday, July 30. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.

Sugar Ray and Everclear

Saturday, July 30, at Crossroads KC

Nostalgic lovers of pop and rock will party like it’s 1999 at Crossroads KC on Saturday. Sugar Ray and Everclear were among the most popular bands in the world at the turn of the century. Sugar Ray was flying high on frothy hits including “Someday” and “Every Morning.” The harder rocking Everclear was barnstorming the charts with songs like “I Will Buy You a New Life.” With Lit and Sponge.

8 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $30-$76.50 in advance.

Miike Snow

Sunday, July 31, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Miike Snow, a trio of Swedish producers, occupies the artistically fertile territory between electronic dance music and indie-rock. Much like LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk, Miike Snow successfully applies conventional song structures to hypnotic beats that are typically heard on extended dance tracks. The bouncy “Genghis Khan” is one of the most recent of Miike Snow’s insinuating hits. With Jack Garratt.

8 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $9.65 in advance.

Whitney Rose

Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Knuckleheads

Patsy Cline’s final concert before her fatal plane crash in 1963 was at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. Whitney Rose, a young country traditionalist from Austin, sounds as if she could have been a part of that bill. Rose is touring in support of “Heartbreaker of the Year,” a charming album produced by Raul Malo of the Mavericks. With the Honeycutters.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $10 in advance.

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle

Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Kauffman Center

Folk is one of the few genres in which elders are revered. Aged pop stars are usually discarded like candy wrappers, but many graying singer/songwriters are more esteemed with each passing year. Veteran troubadours Steve Earle, an ornery Texan, and South Dakota native Shawn Colvin are touring in support of a new album of duets.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7200. $29-$59 in advance.

Umphrey’s McGee

Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Crossroads KC

Umphrey’s McGee is the world’s most interesting jam band. Rather than merely providing a compatible soundtrack for drug binges, the music of the Chicago band is entirely compelling to sober listeners. Rooted in the melodic rock of innovative bands like the Police, Umphrey’s McGee’s imaginative jams take occasional forays into jazz, metal and progressive rock. With the Main Squeeze.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $25-$75 in advance.

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star