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KC concerts Oct. 25-31: Ghost, Kamasi Washington, Tank and the Bangas

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Action Bronson

9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Granada

Action Bronson might be the funniest man in hip-hop. Between his ridiculous antics and absurdly vulgar rhymes, the New Yorker has kept fans laughing for years. His clowning tends to obscure his outstanding skills as a rapper. Bronson expertly echoes the intonation and flow of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah even as he turns lowbrow humor into an art form. Savvy fans will keep an eye out for him at area restaurants. Bronson is a notoriously enthusiastic gourmand. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $18 through thegranada.com.

Outer Reaches

7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27, at RecordBar

Outer Reaches, one of Kansas City’s most rewarding annual music festivals, is dedicated to showcasing “out-there, left-of-center, under-the-radar musical acts.” More than a dozen purveyors of outsider music will perform on two stages. Friday’s bill is topped by the costumed roots duo Freight Train Rabbit Killer and includes several other adventurous Kansas City acts. Cave, a Chicago group that specializes in hypnotic grooves, headlines a Saturday bill that also includes Sound of Ceres, Death Bells, J Fernandez, Lace, Black Givre and Kee Avil. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $12 for Friday, $20 for Saturday or $25 for two-day passes through therecordbar.com.

Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Yardley Hall

Juan Gabriel performed at the Sprint Center nine months before he died in 2016. Even in a slightly diminished capacity, the Mexican icon was wondrously engaging. With the blessing of Gabriel’s estate, Aida Cuevas is paying tribute to her occasional duet partner on the Totalmente Juan Gabriel tour. Accompanied by the Mexico City-based troupe Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán, Cuevas will honor Gabriel’s legacy with interpretations of classic material such as “Ahora Que Te Vas” and “Quizás Mañana.” JCCC Carlsen Center. 913-469-4445. Tickets are $28-$38 through jccc.edu/carlsen-center-presents.

Ghost

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Every self-respecting fan of hard rock knows that no band better captures the devilish fun associated with Halloween than Ghost. The costumed Swedish group playfully revels in ghoulish themes like plagues and black magic on tongue-in-cheek songs such as “Absolution” and “Rats.” Tobias Forge, the group’s mastermind, evokes Vincent Price in his role as Ghost’s diabolically hammy front man. Even so, his group’s melodic sound is more closely related to symphonic rock bands like the Moody Blues than to extreme metal. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $39.50-$49.50 through midlandkc.com.

Kamasi Washington

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at The Truman

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The jazz musician of choice for music lovers who are otherwise dedicated to indie-rock and hip-hop, Kamasi Washington is the world’s most fashionable saxophonist. Since gaining prominence for his work with rap giant Kendrick Lamar, the Los Angeles-based bandleader has captivated listeners with grandiose arrangements of deeply spiritual compositions that evoke the late-career work of John Coltrane. True believers striving for transcendent enlightenment through Washington’s cosmic jazz are likely to achieve their goal Monday. With Victory Boyd. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $32.50 through thetrumankc.com.

KT Tunstall

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at RecordBar

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“Eye to the Telescope,” KT Tunstall’s 2004 debut album, announced the arrival of a major new talent. The big hits “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See” seemed to indicate that Tunstall would be an enduring pop star. Although the Scottish singer-songwriter hasn’t been able to replicate her initial success, she never stopped creating compelling music. Tunstall is touring in support of her sixth studio album, “Wax,” a project with a sound that’s notably grittier than her signature songs. With Maddie Ross. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $25 through therecordbar.com.

Tank and the Bangas

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at The Truman

Revelers who prefer tricks to treats on Halloween are advised to avoid the holiday celebration at The Truman. Broad smiles and comfortable dance shoes will be more welcome than creepy costumes and scary pranks as three of New Orleans’ most accomplished party acts entertain a holiday crowd. The funk collective Tank and the Bangas won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest last year. Big Freedia is the Big Easy’s ambassador of bounce. The swinging R&B band Naughty Professor rounds out the bill. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $25 through thetrumankc.com.

Kevin Gates

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Uptown Theater

Kevin Gates is as well known for his considerable legal woes as for his rugged Southern rap. He addresses the resolution of one of his latest cases on the opening track of his new album, “Luca Brasi 3”: “Told my attorney go get with the D.A., he come with a deal and I’m coppin’, aiming for 36 months but he came with a 30.” The Louisiana native is taking advantage of his recently restored freedom to perform hits including “Two Phones” on his current tour. With Yung Bleu. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $41 through uptowntheater.com.

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