Music News & Reviews

KC concerts Nov. 8-14: Get Up Kids, Jessie Reyez, Ja Rule, Marilyn Maye

The Get Up Kids
The Get Up Kids

Ben Rector

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Uptown Theater

Ben Rector is just 31 years old, but his new soft-rock album “Magic” is awash in nostalgia. He wistfully longs for the innocence of childhood on “Kids” and pines for the time he spent “listening to Jimmy Eat World” as a teen on “Old Friends.” The sentimentality of the Nashville-based artist has the compassion of Christian rock and the earnestness of contemporary country. Fans of like-minded artists, including Ed Sheeran and Train, are encouraged to discover Rector’s winsome pop. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $33 through

Jessie Reyez

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Granada

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Jessie Reyez performs at WE Day California at The Forum on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Chris Pizzello Invision

More than a dozen acts entertained 18,000 music lovers at the Flyover festival at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater in May. Although she was placed in the middle of the bill, Jessie Reyez outshone almost all her peers. A combination of late jazz-inflected vocalist Amy Winehouse, reggae-rock band Sublime and rapper Post Malone, the up-to-the-minute music of the talented Canadian woman is on the cusp of finding a much wider audience. With Savannah Ré. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through

The Get Up Kids

9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at RecordBar

The four songs on the new Get Up Kids release “Kicker” indicate that graying hair and expanding waistlines can’t prevent Kansas City’s emo pioneers from making vigorous new music. New material such as “Maybe” and “I’m Sorry” are worthy of the tradition established on the Get Up Kids’ 1997 debut album, “Four Minute Mile,” which influenced subsequent hit-makers Paramore and Fall Out Boy. With Remember Sports. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $22 through

Ja Rule

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at KC Live!

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Ja Rule was one of the world’s most popular rappers 15 years ago. Yet as the gravel-voiced New Yorker born Jeffrey Bruce Atkins has learned, yesterday’s stars are today’s has-beens in the ruthless realm of hip-hop. After racking up an impressive string of hits such as “Mesmerize” and “Between Me and You,” Atkins was banished like an embarrassing memory by fans and radio programmers. Considerable legal woes, including a prominent role in last year’s ill-fated Fyre Festival, have further complicated his career. 816-842-1045. Tickets are $15 at

The Greeting Committee

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at The Truman

The Greeting Committee has come a long way in a short time. A few years after the group of friends banded together at Blue Valley High School, the unassuming indie-pop group has become one of Kansas City’s most popular ensembles. More than 1,000 fans have purchased tickets for Saturday’s concert. “This Is It,” the Greeting Committee’s recently released debut album, overflows with engaging songs such as “Pull It Together” and “Don’t Go.” With Brother Moses. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $10 through

Marilyn Maye

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Yardley Hall

Marilyn Maye is a force of nature. The energetic cabaret star who turned 90 in April will celebrate the milestone at her “90 At Last” homecoming concert. Accompanied by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the native Kansan will demonstrate why she’s maintained a loyal following in Kansas City and earned a league of ardent admirers around the world. Since making 76 appearances on “The Tonight Show” in previous decades, Maye is hailed as one of the last of the original saloon singers. Johnson County Community College. 913-469-4445. Tickets are $32-$80 through

Brian Wilson

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre

The set list of Brian Wilson’s recent Greatest Hits Live! presentations is a dream come true for fans of the Beach Boys. Faithful renditions of sun-soaked nuggets, including “I Get Around,” guarantee a good time. Fans who didn’t attend Wilson’s 2016 concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts should know that the eccentric pop genius responsible for most of the band’s best moments often seems distracted. Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will keep Tuesday’s show on track should Wilson’s attention stray. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222. Tickets are $49-$119 through


8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Unlike contemporary R&B stars who perform as glorified karaoke singers, Maxwell insists on employing a full band at his concerts. The investment reflects Maxwell’s status as one of the most profound soul artists of the past 20 years. Although paying homage to previous greats such as Marvin Gaye is important to the man born Gerald Maxwell Rivera in 1973, he freely incorporates modern elements into socially conscious material, including his stunning new lament, “We Never Saw It Coming.” With Marsha Ambrosius. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $37.50-$139.50 through