Music News & Reviews

KC concerts Sept. 6-12: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Crossroads Music Fest

Taylor Swift will take over Arrowhead Stadium Saturday Sept. 8.
Taylor Swift will take over Arrowhead Stadium Saturday Sept. 8. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Culture Club, The B-52’s and Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Starlight Theatre

Snarky jokesters suggest that this lineup resembles the best show of 1983. The commercial fortunes of all three acts peaked during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Yet the melodic hits and colorful personalities of Culture Club, The B-52’s and the Thompson Twins never completely went out of style. Renditions of “Karma Chameleon,” “Love Shack” and “Hold Me Now” will resuscitate the glory days of MTV. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $35-$145 through kcstarlight.com.

Taylor Swift

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Arrowhead Stadium

It was impossible to foresee the astonishing change in musical direction she would eventually make, but it was clear during Taylor Swift’s first appearance in Kansas City in 2007 that she was bound for glory. The assured 17-year-old possessed the poise of a veteran as she opened a concert for country icon George Strait at the Sprint Center. Swift is defending her status as the world’s preeminent pop star on her highly scrutinized Reputation Stadium Tour. With Camila Cabello and Charli XCX. 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $55-$495 through ticketmaster.com.

Logan Richardson

9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Prairie Village Jazz Festival

Not since Charlie Parker roamed the Jazz District has Kansas City produced a famed jazz rebel as brash as Logan Richardson. The graduate of the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts now lives in Paris. “Shift” and “Blues People,” Richardson’s last two albums, are bold statements that challenge jazz conventions. His headlining appearance at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival is likely to make traditionalists squirm. Performances by less confrontational artists will begin at 3 p.m. Harmon Park. 913-381-6464. Details available at pvkansas.com/leisure-and-lifestyle/things-to-do/jazz-festival. Cover charge $5.

KKFI’s Crossroads Music Fest

Noon Saturday, Sept. 8, at multiple venues

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Radkey will headline the 2018 KKFI Crossroads Music Fest. T. Rob Brown Special to The Star

The Crossroads Music Fest has acted as one of the most reliably thorough surveys of Kansas City’s music scene since 2005. The 2018 edition boasts unusually dynamic firepower. The headlining performance by the potent rock trio Radkey at RecordBar will be enhanced by the imaginative art collective Quixotic. The curious collaboration will be preceded by a set from Hembree, Kansas City’s most popular indie-pop band. The jump blues ensemble Grand Marquis is among the additional acts appearing on eight stages. 816-931-3122. Tickets are $20 through cmfkc.com.

Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn and Marty Stuart’s “Sweethearts of the Rodeo”

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Folly Theater

The Byrds’ “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” rattled the rock audience upon its release in 1968. The group’s sharp left turn into hardcore honky-tonk was viewed by many observers as a betrayal of the counterculture. The controversial album has since served as a blueprint for groups ranging from the Eagles to Uncle Tupelo. Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds will recreate the album with country traditionalists Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. 816-474-4444. Tickets are $55-$119.50 through follytheater.org.

Maroon 5

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Sprint Center

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Maroon 5 (from left): Matt Flynn, Sam Farrar, P.J. Morton, James Valentine, Adam Levine, Mickey Madden and Jesse Carmichael Courtesy of the artists

The shelf life for most pop acts is mercilessly brief. Yet Maroon 5 refuses to relinquish its position at the pinnacle of the pop world. The winning combination of front man Adam Levine’s charisma, the group’s uncommonly agile musicianship and a knack for quickly adapting to trends allows Maroon 5 to keep its toehold at the top. Fourteen years after the breakout hit “This Love,” Maroon 5 claimed one of the biggest songs of the summer of 2018 with “Girls Like You.” With Julia Michaels. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $49.50-$149.50 through sprintcenter.com.

Gary Numan

Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Madrid Theatre

The mystifying question Gary Numan posed in the title of Tubeway Army’s futuristic 1979 hit “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” was less baffling than the music that accompanied it. Aside from a handful of anomalies such as Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn,” Numan’s breakout song was the pop audience’s introduction to synthesizer-based rock. Although it took years for artists like Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West to incorporate Numan’s innovations into the mainstream, the British trailblazer never stopped crafting android-friendly sounds. With Nightmare Air. 816-753-8880. Tickets are $25-$55 through madridtheatre.com.

Jay Rock

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Granada

“King’s Dead,” the most exciting song on the soundtrack to the hit movie “Black Panther,” is a collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and his longtime friend and label mate, Jay Rock. The groundbreaking Los Angeles rappers gleefully trade bars with uncommon creativity. Johnny Reed McKinzie, the man who creates acclaimed music as Jay Rock, is one of very few rappers capable of holding his own with Lamar. He’s touring in support of his third studio album, “Redemption.” With Trouble and Reason. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through thegranada.com.

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