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Top KC concerts: Method Man and Redman, Milk Carton Kids, Def Leppard

The Milk Carton Kids, Joey Ryan (left) and Kenneth Pattengale, perform Sunday, Aug. 28, at Liberty Hall.
The Milk Carton Kids, Joey Ryan (left) and Kenneth Pattengale, perform Sunday, Aug. 28, at Liberty Hall. Special to The Star

Thursday, Aug. 25, at Providence Amphitheater

Luke Bryan, the personable king of bro-country, is a polarizing entertainer. His eagerness to incorporate elements of pop and electronic dance music into chart-topping hits including “Kick the Dust Up,” “Drunk on You” and “Strip It Down” infuriates country traditionalists. Revelers who disregard conventional genre limitations know that the star will provide an amiably eclectic soundtrack for Thursday’s massive outdoor party in Bonner Springs. With Little Big Town, Frankie Ballard and Justin Moore.

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. $32-$80.75 in advance.


Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Paola Town Square

Exemplary representatives of separate generations of searing blues-rock guitarists headline the 27th edition of the annual Paola Roots Festival. Walter Trout, 65, rose to prominence in the 1980s as a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 39, became a star in the 1990s as a prodigiously talented teen guitar slinger. Friday’s bill also includes brash Nashville duo Muddy Magnolias. Accomplished Kansas City blues artist Samantha Fish is among the additional entertainers on Saturday.

Noon Friday, Aug. 26, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Paola Town Square. $15 per day at the gates. Children 10 and younger are free.


Friday, Aug. 26, at the Sprint Center

Taken together, the trio of Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Tesla have been performing melodic hard rock for more than 100 years. Along the way, they’ve sold tens of millions of albums. Rather than making classic rock fans feel old, however, renditions of stupendously successful hits like Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” REO Speedwagon’s “Roll With the Changes” and Tesla’s “Love Song” will help longtime admirers feel young again on Friday.

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. $27.50-$123 in advance.


Friday, Aug. 26, at the Blind Tiger

Malcolm Gladwell could cite the Conquerors as an example of the merit of his 10,000-hour rule. The popular theorist’s advocacy of the practice-makes-perfect axiom applies to the Kansas City garage-rock band. Once merely adequate, the Conquerors have become one of the most adept garage-rock revivalists in the Midwest. The group celebrates the release of its new album, “Wyld Time,” at the Blind Tiger on Friday. With the Shy Boys and Fullbloods.

10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Blind Tiger. 816-599-2908. The cover charge is $5.


Saturday, Aug. 27, at Crossroads KC

Two well-traveled rappers headline Saturday’s KC CannaFest, a party that glorifies the heady intersection of hip-hop and marijuana. Method Man cemented his place in pop culture by rapping the hook of the Wu-Tang Clan’s 1994 hit “C.R.E.A.M.” Redman first made an impression with hip-hop innovators E.P.M.D. Method Man and Redman enhanced their fame as the stars of the weed-obsessed 2001 comedy “How High.” With Dizzy Wright, Murs and Ces Cru.

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $29-$66.50 in advance.


Sunday, Aug. 28, at Liberty Hall

An apparent rebuttal to pundits who have suggested that the Milk Carton Kids are cautious Everly Brothers revivalists, the duo released a rapturous interpretation of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” last year. The lovely arrangement of the classic rock nugget showcases the exquisite harmonies of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. Most of the duo’s original songs are just as engaging. If the audience cooperates by keeping chatter to a minimum, the concert could be one of the year’s most satisfying folk performances.

7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. $15-$45 in advance.


Monday, Aug. 29, at the Uptown Theater

Woodstock veteran, celebrity sperm donor, ex-con and occasional Neil Young antagonist, David Crosby is nothing if not colorful. Crosby co-founded the Byrds in 1964 and first teamed up with his collaborators in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in 1968. Not only is he responsible for some of the most beloved music of the 20th century, the enchanting new song “Things We Do for Love” indicates that Crosby’s creative well has yet to run dry.

8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $36-$96 in advance.


Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Sprint Center

Tuesday’s concert at the Sprint Center as part of the Dixie Chicks’ first tour of North America since 2007 is sold out, a reflection of the pent-up demand for the trio. The uplifting “Wide Open Spaces” is among the many songs that have been sorely missed during a hiatus that was partly instigated by the firestorm of controversy that followed vocalist Natalie Maines’ negative comments about President George W. Bush in 2003. With Vintage Trouble and Smooth Hound Smith.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. The face value of tickets to the sold-out concert range from $52 to $122.


Tuesday, Aug. 30, and Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Screamo, the deranged derivative of punk and metal that seemed destined for a short shelf life when it first emerged in the 1990s, is aging with unexpected grace. Led by vocalist Bert McCracken, a charismatic frontman who inspires cult-like devotion in fans, the Used is marking its 15th anniversary by performing two concerts in every city on its current tour. The Used will revive its 2002 self-titled album on Tuesday and its 2004 release “In Love and Death” on Wednesday. With New Language.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $29.50 per day or $45 for a two-day pass in advance.


Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the RecordBar

The success of larger-than-life New York rapper Action Bronson has elevated the stature of his associate Meyhem Lauren. The new album “Piatto D’Oro” on the prestigious Fool’s Gold label indicates that Meyhem is just as funny as his colleague. On the Jamaican-steeped song “Badmon Ting,” the burly rapper boasts “respect my frame, I’m built just like a bulldozer, teeth so white they never get pulled over.” With Ebony Tusks and Melo Miles.

9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.


Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Kauffman Stadium

The Kansas City Royals are a long shot to repeat as World Series champions in 2016. A performance by Katy Guillen & the Girls before Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees as part of Ink’s Student Night promotion will bolster the spirits of the team’s skeptics. The popular Kansas City trio recently released “Heavy Days,” an album of brawny blues-rock.

6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. The show is free for ticket-holders to the game.