Music News & Reviews

KC concerts Oct. 4-10: Sting and Shaggy, Johnny Mathis, The National, Tech N9ne

Sting & Shaggy will be at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland on Oct. 4.
Sting & Shaggy will be at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland on Oct. 4. Invision/AP

Sting and Shaggy

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The collaboration between Sting, one of rock’s most venerable innovators, and Shaggy, a Jamaican musician best known for the lightweight hit “It Wasn’t Me,” strikes many observers as mind-boggling. Yet Sting has a long history of defying expectations. After dissolving the Police at the peak of the hit-making band’s popularity, Sting worked with jazz musicians, including Branford Marsalis. The partnership with Shaggy facilitates the affinity for reggae that Sting demonstrated on Police hits “Roxanne” and “Walking on the Moon.” 816-283-9921. Tickets are $74.50-$144.50 through

Johnny Mathis

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre

Bob Dylan didn’t account for Johnny Mathis when he insisted that “The Times They Are a-Changin’” in 1964. Mathis, a genteel crooner with massive hits like the lush 1957 chart-topper “Chances Are,” is precisely the sort of artist Dylan and the Beatles were supposed to render obsolete. Yet the iconic vocalist will thrill golden-aged admirers with timeless love songs at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts five days after celebrating his 83rd birthday. With Gary Mule Deer. 816-994-7222. Tickets are $59-$125 through

Café Tacvba

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Uptown Theater

The music made in Mexico isn’t limited to flashy pop artists such as Gloria Trevi and accordion-powered ensembles such as Los Tigres del Norte. Café Tacvba has performed riveting indie-rock since its inception in Mexico City almost 30 years ago. The quartet is making a rare Kansas City appearance in support of “Jei Beibi,” an album that confirms that Café Tacvba isn’t merely one of the best rock en Español groups — it’s one of the world’s most vital rock bands employing any language. With Ruen Brothers. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $37 through

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Knuckleheads

Although it consists of only three musicians, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band often sounds like a congregation of jubilant rioters. The trio has been kicking up dust in taverns for about 15 years. The lively roots-rock group is from Bean Blossom, Ind., but it will celebrate the Oct. 5 release of the album “Poor Until Payday” in Kansas City. A rendition of “Dirty Swerve,” an earthy blues stomp that’s a highlight of the project, will almost certainly incite deranged dancing. With Jeremiah Johnson Band. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $18.50 through


8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sprint Center

Billboard magazine hails Ozuna as “the top-selling Latin artist today.” The reggaeton musician is also a video star. The music videos of the man born Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado in Puerto Rico in 1992 have racked up more than 7 billion views at YouTube. Local sports celebrities are among his fans. The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Pérez and Alcides Escobar have selected Ozuna hits such as “Quiero Repetir” as their walk-up music. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $42-$152 through

Tech N9ne

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at KC Live!

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The familiar adage about getting better rather than merely older applies to Tech N9ne. The Kansas City man born Aaron Yates in 1971 continues to move from strength to strength as he defies the expiration dates that relegate most rappers to commercial oblivion. In recent months, he headlined Kansas City’s Boulevardia festival and appeared on NPR’s prestigious Tiny Desk Concert showcase. Saturday’s concert by the region’s most popular artists promises to be a celebration of hometown pride. With Dizzy Wright, Futuristic, Krizz Kaliko and Mackenzie Nicole. 816-842-1045. Tickets are $20 through

The National

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Starlight Theatre

The National makes discontentment seem appealing. The indie-rock band from Cincinnati crafts songs about gloom, heartache and exhaustion. Downcast vocalist Matt Berninger sings, “I made a mistake in my life today/everything I love gets lost in the drawers/I want to start over, I want to be winning/Way out of sync from the beginning” on his group’s acclaimed 2007 album, “The Boxer.” Thousands of admirers of The National will prove that misery loves company as they wallow in communal sadness Sunday. With Alvvays. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $35-$75 through

Natalie Prass

9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at RecordBar

Natalie Prass is among the savvy pop artists who opt to avoid competing directly with established superstars such as Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes. Prass songs like “Short Court Style” are just as frothy as mainstream pop hits, but the Ohio native courts consumers of fashionable indie-pop acts such as Robyn. “The Fire,” a song about “grief and joy, elation (and) sadness” on her impressive new album “The Future and the Past,” is among the Prass compositions that are designed to instigate mindful dancing. With Stella Donnelly. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $12 through