5 must-see KC concerts: U2, Beck, Tech N9ne, Ben Harper, the Mountain Goats
Are you guys ready? It’s a huge week for us. My calendar has me out at shows every night this week, and each night I’m in a different venue! Speaking of venues, we get a new one this week, the Truman, 601 E. Truman Road in the East Crossroads. We’re lucky to have so many great places to catch a show in this town.
09/12 U2 at Arrowhead
The biggest show of the year is Tuesday at Arrowhead, U2 with special guest Beck. It’s a bucket list show for nearly all music lovers. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Joshua Tree album and U2 is playing the album in its entirety followed by a set of new stuff and old favorites. The production will be top notch, like no other concert you’ve seen.
09/12 Beck at Arrowhead
And make sure you get there early to see Beck open up the night. He’s got a new album, “Colors” coming out on Oct. 13. We’re going to be one of the first audiences to hear new music from him and, as far as openers go, I’m not sure you could pick a better and more interesting act.
Ben Harper’s a force, a powerful performer with an open mind and free-flowing lyrics. He’s been gigging for decades. Don’t miss this chance to hear some of your favorite songs at an intimate show at the Uptown on Wednesday night.
The Mountain Goats is really a moniker for the band’s frontman, John Darnielle. He writes twisting emotional songs with a wide vocabulary and delivers them in his distinct, unique, witty and nasally tone. It’s music for people who really love music and also love libraries. He’s a smart one, and it’s evident in his writing, which was honored on Paste magazine’s '100 Best Living Songwriters’ list. His 2016 performance at the Madrid was one of my favorite shows of the year. Last year when he played The Madrid it made my favorite shows of 2016 list, I’m expecting the same Thursday night.
When you’re opening a new venue in KC it makes sense to do it with one of the biggest names in KC. One of the most successful independent hip hop acts ever, the man needs no introduction. And as the biggest names in hip hop tour through town, they all stop their show to tip their hat to Tech N9ne, just like Kendrick Lamar recently did at his sold out Sprint Center show. I’m excited to get inside the Truman and check out our city’s newest a thousand capacity room.
09/12 Single Mothers/the Runaway Sons/Bummer at RecordBar
09/13 The Stolen Winnebagos pre-game concert at The K
09/13 Toasted Sessions w/ Domineko at Riot Room
09/14 Molly Hammer album release at InterUrban ArtHouse
09/14 Parsonsfield at Knuckleheads
09/14 Taj Majal & Keb’ Mo’ at Uptown Theater
09/15 Darlingside at RecordBar
09/15 Starhaven Rounders at The Brick
09/15 Taking Back Sunday at P&L in the Live Block
09/15 The Perfect Things album release/The Center State/Sweet Martha at The Rino
09/16 Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at Liberty Hall
09/16 Future Kings/Payge Turner/Mene Mene at miniBar
09/16 The Dear Misses/CUDO/Faintheart at The Rino
09/17 Banks at the Midland
09/17 Rakim at The Riot Room
09/17 Roky Erickson/Death Valley Girls at RecordBar
09/17 Stiff Little Fingers/Death By Unga Bunga/Boss Hooligan Soundsystem at The Granada
09/18 Jonny Lang/Jack Broadbent at Knuckleheads
09/18 Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Beth Hart at Uptown Theater
09/18 Sheer Mag/Laffing Gas/The Whiffs/Nancy Boys at The Bottleneck
09/18 TOPS/The She-Devils at RecordBar
09/18 Tove Lo/Daye Jack at The Truman
09/19 Overcoats/Yoke Lore at RecordBar
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