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This week in music: Gwen Stefani, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Groban, Lil Yachty, Heart

Josh Groban will perform Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Starlight Theatre.
Josh Groban will perform Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Starlight Theatre. Brian Bowen Smith

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Riot Room

Like rock ’n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry, Lee “Scratch” Perry is a living legend who had an enormous influence on popular music. The highly eccentric native Jamaican helped shape the careers of fledgling artists including Bob Marley and also developed many of the production tricks that have become commonplace in electronic music and indie rock. With Subatomic Sound System, Boss Hooligan and Joel Castillo.

8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $20 in advance.

Gwen Stefani

Friday, Aug. 12, at Sprint Center

Affairs of the heart have overshadowed Gwen Stefani’s music in recent months. Rather than praising her engaging sounds, news outlets have focused on the drama surrounding Stefani’s romantic life. Her current This Is What the Truth Feels Like tour is intended to remind fans of her essential pop songs. Her set list is likely to include the innovative “Hollaback Girl,” the gentle “Cool” and the blissful “The Sweet Escape.” With Eve.

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. $27.95-$147.95 in advance.

The Rainmakers

Friday, Aug. 12, at Crossroads KC

Thirty years after its release, “The Rainmakers” remains one of the most notable rock albums by a Kansas City band. The 1986 self-tiled debut of the Rainmakers contained heartland rock classics including “Downstream.” The members of the Rainmakers may acknowledge the auspicious anniversary of their commercial and critical success during their headlining set at the annual Spirit of KC concert. With Not a Planet, Yes You Are, Kangaroo Knife Fight and Pink Royal.

6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $16.50-$66.50 in advance.

Lee Ann Womack

Friday, Aug. 12, at Knuckleheads

The homey atmosphere at Knuckleheads often arouses uninhibited behavior in its patrons. When Lee Ann Womack sings her 2000 hit “I Hope You Dance” on Friday, consequently, fans of the country star may not require the song’s advisement to hit the dance floor. Members of the audience will also shake their tailfeathers to additional favorites by the native Texan including “A Little Past Little Rock.” With the Grisly Hand.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $35 in advance.

Rich the Factor

Friday, Aug. 12, at Aftershock

The reaction to Rich the Factor’s opening set at a recent Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz concert at the Sprint Center encapsulated the unusual cachet of the inscrutable Kansas City rap kingpin. A few hundred devotees danced to Rich the Factor’s murky raps with wild abandon, but most members of the audience were baffled by the notoriously hazy sound of the rap veteran.

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. Aftershock. 913-384-5646. $20 in advance.

MC Chris

Saturday, Aug. 13, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

After an arduous day of attending panels, engaging in cosplay and collecting autographs at the Kansas City Comic Con at Bartle Hall, fantasy, science fiction and comic book enthusiasts will blow off steam at Saturday’s after-party at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. MC Chris, a pre-eminent nerdcore rapper, will perform hilarious songs like “Nrrrd Grrrl,” “Hoodie Ninja” and “Fett’s Vette.” With Tribe One.

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $18 in advance.

Julión Álvarez

Saturday, Aug. 13, at Sprint Center

Mexican banda star Julión Álvarez pays homage to his idols and proclaims his friendship with a few of his notable contemporaries on the new album “Mis Ídolos, Hoy Mis Amigos!!!” Peppered with booming tubas and florid accordions, the recording is an emphatic manifestation of Álvarez’s illustrious status in Mexican music. Backed by Norteño Banda, Álvarez will fill the Sprint Center with celebratory sounds on Saturday. With El Coyote.

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. $60.50-$160.50 in advance.

Declan McKenna

Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Tank Room

The people who squeeze into Saturday’s sold-out show at the Tank Room will have bragging rights if Declan McKenna becomes a superstar. The teen sensation from England is introducing himself to American audiences on his current promotional tour. With an appealing sound reminiscent of both the indie-pop of Arctic Monkeys and the confessional folk of Ed Sheeran, McKenna is on a fast track to fame.

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Tank Room. 816-214-6403. The face value of tickets to the sold-out show is $9.65.


Monday, Aug. 15, at Starlight Theatre

Heart is touring in support of “Beautiful Broken,” the 16th studio album by the band led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Most of the people at Monday’s concert, however, will expect to receive a hearty helping of Heart’s 1970s hits like “Barracuda,” “Dog & Butterfly” and “Magic Man.” Two formidable acts with roots in the 1970s — Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick — open the show.

6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $30.45-$130.45 in advance.

Josh Groban

Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Starlight Theatre

Fans of Josh Groban should savor every moment of Tuesday’s concert. The middle-of-the-road superstar may not return to area stages to sing inspirational hits like “You Raise Me Up” for some time: He is slated to make his Broadway debut in November as the lead in the musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.” His enormous voice and flair for dramatic singing make Groban a natural for musical theater. With Sarah McLachlan and Foy Vance.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $32-$152 in advance.


Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Crossroads KC

Wilco’s fervent admirers adamantly insist that Wilco is the best rock band of the last 20 years. Detractors deride Wilco by suggesting that the group peddles “dad rock.” Since the dissolution of his seminal alternative country band Uncle Tupelo in 1994, Jeff Tweedy has performed roots-rock, artful cacophonies and transcendent pop with Wilco. Tweedy’s songcraft is consistently superior regardless of the format. With William Tyler.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $40-$86.50 in advance.

Lil Yachty

Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Granada

If annoying members of previous generations is one of the primary objectives of brash young musicians, Atlanta’s Lil Yachty is the most successful artist of 2016. The popularity of the ridiculously amateurish raps of the 18-year-old born Miles Parks McCollum confounds listeners who value cleverness and conventional song structures. Members of Lil Yachty’s generation embrace the impetuousness displayed on underground hits like “One Night.”

8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Granada. 785-842-1390. $20 in advance.

The Melvins

Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Bottleneck

While it’s an overstatement to suggest that Nirvana wouldn’t have existed without the Melvins, Nirvana bandleader Kurt Cobain almost certainly took mental notes as he studied the Washington band in the 1980s. Stubbornly defiant 33 years after its formation, the members of the Melvins continue to create hostile variations of the sludgy melding of punk and metal that came to be known as grunge. With Helms Alee.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. $19 in advance.

Ina Forsman

Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Knuckleheads

Ina Forsman is one of the three artists signed to the German blues label Ruf Records participating in the enterprise’s annual Blue Caravan this summer. The Finnish-born artist roars like she was raised on a steady diet of American blues shouters like Bessie Smith. Released in February, Forsman’s impressive debut album signals the arrival of an auspicious talent. With Tasha Taylor and Layla Zoe.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $10 in advance.