Friday, Feb. 13, at Municipal Auditorium
Guy, one of the first groups to successfully combine R&B and hip-hop, tops the stellar bill of the Kansas City Valentines Show. Hits from the 1980s like “Groove Me” continue to serve as an essential blueprint for many contemporary hit-makers. With K-Ci & JoJo, El DeBarge and Doug E. Fresh.
Tickets range from $45 to $65 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
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Friday, Feb. 13, at Mosaic
Cedric Gervais’ Grammy-winning remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” has been played more than 100 million times on Spotify’s streaming service. The French-born, Miami-based producer and DJ will oversee an airing of his sparkly and soulful house music at Mosaic on Friday.
Tickets range from $9 to $15 in advance through ticketfly.com.
Friday, Feb. 13, at VooDoo
With his gruff voice and socially conscious repertoire, Lyfe Jennings is the contemporary version of classic R&B artists like Bobby Womack. The soulful Atlanta-based singer is featured on hits by the likes of Lil’ Flip and on many solo hits, including the advice-laden song “Statistics.”
Tickets range from $38 to $68 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
Friday, Feb. 13, at the Midland
The electro-pop of Lights is as sweet and gooey as the chocolates exchanged on Valentine’s Day. The Canadian artist is the headliner of the free Afentra’s VD Party at the Midland theater presented by radio station 96.5 the Buzz. With Melanie Martinez, In the Valley Below and X Ambassadors.
The concert is free. Details are available at 965thebuzz.com.
Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Midland
John Mellencamp didn’t seem like an innovator when he was racking up hit after hit in the 1980s. It’s now clear, however, that the earthy heartland rock of the cantankerous singer/songwriter continues to inspire much of the output of Nashville’s country establishment. With Carlene Carter.
Tickets for the sold-out show ranged from $42.50 to $118.50..
Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Gem Theater
A significant portion of the most romantic sounds slated to be performed in Kansas City on Valentine’s Day will be savored at the Gem Theater. Smooth jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright has made a career of creating sultry sounds intended to accentuate amorous occasions.
Tickets are $45 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Tank Room
Communion, the music collective co-founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, will curate an eclectic evening of music at the Tank Room on Sunday. Marian Hill, an electronic pop duo from Philadelphia, tops the bill. With Kristin Diable, Rev Gusto and Scruffy & the Janitors.
Tickets range from $8 to $13 in advance through ticketfly.com.
Sunday, Feb. 15, at the RecordBar
Valentine’s Day isn’t celebrated by many heartbroken music lovers. The annual Love Hangover concert serves as a tonic for people unlucky in love. Lovelorn duets will be sung by couples including Kimmie Queen and Cody Wyoming.
Tickets are $8 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Uptown Theater
Just 18 months ago, Jason Isbell served as an unheralded opening act for the Turnpike Troubadours at Crossroads KC. Enthusiastic word of mouth raves for Isbell’s 2013 album, “Southeastern,” has since allowed the singer/songwriter to become a headliner in midsize theaters. With Damien Jurado.
Tickets range from $25 to $55 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
The Music Fair at the Folk Alliance Conference
Wednesday, Feb. 18-Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Westin Crown Center
The Music Fair portion of the annual Folk Alliance International Conference allows the public to get in on the action as thousands of folk musicians and music industry professionals gather to conduct business. Brilliant singer/songwriter Sam Baker and folk legend Peggy Seeger are among the artists performing at the Music Fair at the Sheraton Crown Center. Wednesday’s Kickoff Party at the Westin Crown Center features dozens of locally based musicians.
Tickets to the Kickoff Party on Wednesday are $20 in advance through folkalliance.org. Tickets to the Music Fair Feb. 19-21 are $50 a day ($25 per day session and $25 per night session) in advance through folkalliance.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Bottleneck
Bassist Chris Wood is admired around the world as a third of the progressive jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood. With the Wood Brothers, his less prominent trio with his brother Oliver and Jano Rix, Wood performs tasteful folk-rock. With Kristina Train.
Tickets are $19 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.