5 must-see KC concerts: U2, Beck, Tech N9ne, Ben Harper, the Mountain Goats

Ben Harper hits Kansas City this week.
Ben Harper hits Kansas City this week. Tribune News Service

Are you guys ready? It’s a huge week for us. My calendar has me out at shows every night this week, and each night I’m in a different venue! Speaking of venues, we get a new one this week, the Truman, 601 E. Truman Road in the East Crossroads. We’re lucky to have so many great places to catch a show in this town.

09/12 U2 at Arrowhead

The biggest show of the year is Tuesday at Arrowhead, U2 with special guest Beck. It’s a bucket list show for nearly all music lovers. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Joshua Tree album and U2 is playing the album in its entirety followed by a set of new stuff and old favorites. The production will be top notch, like no other concert you’ve seen.

09/12 Beck at Arrowhead

And make sure you get there early to see Beck open up the night. He’s got a new album, “Colors” coming out on Oct. 13. We’re going to be one of the first audiences to hear new music from him and, as far as openers go, I’m not sure you could pick a better and more interesting act.

09/13 Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals at Uptown Theater

Ben Harper’s a force, a powerful performer with an open mind and free-flowing lyrics. He’s been gigging for decades. Don’t miss this chance to hear some of your favorite songs at an intimate show at the Uptown on Wednesday night.

09/14 The Mountain Goats/Kevin Morby at The Madrid

The Mountain Goats is really a moniker for the band’s frontman, John Darnielle. He writes twisting emotional songs with a wide vocabulary and delivers them in his distinct, unique, witty and nasally tone. It’s music for people who really love music and also love libraries. He’s a smart one, and it’s evident in his writing, which was honored on Paste magazine’s '100 Best Living Songwriters’ list. His 2016 performance at the Madrid was one of my favorite shows of the year. Last year when he played The Madrid it made my favorite shows of 2016 list, I’m expecting the same Thursday night.

09/16 Tech N9ne at The Truman (Grand opening)

When you’re opening a new venue in KC it makes sense to do it with one of the biggest names in KC. One of the most successful independent hip hop acts ever, the man needs no introduction. And as the biggest names in hip hop tour through town, they all stop their show to tip their hat to Tech N9ne, just like Kendrick Lamar recently did at his sold out Sprint Center show. I’m excited to get inside the Truman and check out our city’s newest a thousand capacity room.

More concerts:

09/12 Single Mothers/the Runaway Sons/Bummer at RecordBar

09/13 The Stolen Winnebagos pre-game concert at The K

09/13 Toasted Sessions w/ Domineko at Riot Room

09/14 Molly Hammer album release at InterUrban ArtHouse

09/14 Parsonsfield at Knuckleheads

09/14 Taj Majal & Keb’ Mo’ at Uptown Theater

09/15 Darlingside at RecordBar

09/15 Starhaven Rounders at The Brick

09/15 Taking Back Sunday at P&L in the Live Block

09/15 The Perfect Things album release/The Center State/Sweet Martha at The Rino

09/16 Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at Liberty Hall

09/16 Future Kings/Payge Turner/Mene Mene at miniBar

09/16 The Dear Misses/CUDO/Faintheart at The Rino

09/17 Banks at the Midland

09/17 Rakim at The Riot Room

09/17 Roky Erickson/Death Valley Girls at RecordBar

09/17 Stiff Little Fingers/Death By Unga Bunga/Boss Hooligan Soundsystem at The Granada

09/18 Jonny Lang/Jack Broadbent at Knuckleheads

09/18 Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Beth Hart at Uptown Theater

09/18 Sheer Mag/Laffing Gas/The Whiffs/Nancy Boys at The Bottleneck

09/18 TOPS/The She-Devils at RecordBar

09/18 Tove Lo/Daye Jack at The Truman

09/19 Overcoats/Yoke Lore at RecordBar

Chris Haghirian is Ink magazine’s resident fan boy. Get him in your inbox with Ink’s Side Note.