Saturday, Sept. 10, at multiple venues
Promotional spots for the Crossroads Music Fest aired by radio station KKFI, the presenter of the 12th edition of the ambitious event, have jolted listeners in recent weeks.
The announcements on KKFI’s specialty programs ranging from jazz to folk feature a sampling of the aggressive punk rock of the festival headliner Radkey.
Hundreds of adventurous music lovers will embrace similarly unlikely stylistic clashes in the Crossroads Arts District on Saturday as about three dozen locally based ensembles perform an array of music on nine stages.
Radkey, the youthful trio of brothers who have captivated audiences around the world with their splashy makeover of punk, will initiate a ruckus at RecordBar (midnight).
Many rock fans will opt to camp out at a showcase hosted by the Record Machine at the Living Room’s upstairs stage. The record label is featuring performances by bands on its roster including the psychedelic stomp of Various Blonde (12:30 a.m.).
More cosmopolitan fare is also on tap. Ensemble Ibérica, a classically oriented collective that specializes in the music of Spain and Portugal (Collection at 11:15 p.m.), and a jazz quartet featuring the sultry vocals of Molly Hammer (Green Lady Lounge at 6 p.m.) are among the urbane offerings. Enthusiasts of roots music won’t want to miss the old-timey sensation Julian Davis (Collection at 8:15 p.m.).
While some attendees will stick to performances by musicians they already know and love, the most memorable nights will be had by people who are willing to flit among venues to sample the impressive breadth of Kansas City’s scene.
6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Multiple venues in the Crossroads Arts District. 816-994-7869. cmfkc.com. $20 in advance.