Thursday at Alamo Drafthouse
Several Kansas City musicians will perform a tribute concert to the fictional band Stillwater prior to a screening of the 2000 film “Almost Famous.” The movie about a fledgling rock journalist’s introduction to the lifestyle of a traveling band is one of the most entertaining cinematic depictions of rock culture. Members of the bands Cherokee Rock Rifle, the Sons of Great Dane and the Good Foot will re-create Stillwater’s songs. The fabricated band resembles a pleasing combination of Led Zeppelin, the Eagles and Pearl Jam.
Tickets are $9.50 in advance through drafthouse.com.
Randy Rogers Band
Thursday at KC Live
Many of today’s most popular country stars resemble matinee idols. The members of the Randy Rogers Band, however, have relied on hard work and a no-nonsense country sound to achieve success. A blue-collar combination of George Strait and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Texas-based ensemble has gradually built a large audience for its burly songs about heartaches, hangovers and the redeeming power of dimly lit make-out sessions.
Admission is free. Patrons under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Friday at the Granada
A startling number of indie rock bands associated with the 1990s have made comebacks in 2013. While those reunions are welcome, they shouldn’t be allowed to overshadow the outstanding contemporary artists they’ve inspired. Kurt Vile, 33, works in the tradition of 1990s stalwarts Sebadoh, Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. without sounding slavishly imitative. His offhand vocal delivery, lo-fi sensibility and extraordinary skill as a songwriter make the Philadelphian one of today’s most vital artists. The retro indie rock of San Francisco’s Sonny & the Sunsets opens the show.
Tickets are $15 in advance through thegranada.com.
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Friday at the Uptown Theater
The prohibitive favorite in every discussion about ridiculously named bands of the 1990s, Toad the Wet Sprocket was far more than a novelty. In hindsight, the band’s jam band sensibility, folk roots and pop instincts were prescient. Two of the band’s 1992 hits — the sickly sweet pop of “All I Want” and the dramatic lilt of “Walk On the Ocean” — are echoed by many of today’s neo-folk artists. The band’s first album of new material in 16 years is slated for release next month. Lee DeWyze, the winner of the 2010 season of American Idol, opens the show with a set of breezy pop.
Tickets range from $32.25 to $88.55 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
Friday at the Bottleneck
Bob Mould is one of a handful of artists who can authoritatively claim to have altered the course of rock ’n’ roll. The lacerating punk he created with Minneapolis’ Hüsker Dü in the 1980s has influenced countless aspiring noisemakers. Mould demonstrated his melodic sensibility with Sugar in the 1990s. He’s released rewarding solo albums of bleak folk, forward-thinking electronic music and straightforward rock. Most phases of Mould’s unpredictable career will be represented on his current tour. The Pedaljets, a celebrated Lawrence band that performed in the 1980s, will open the show.
Tickets are $21 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
Friday at the Czar Bar
Friday’s bill at the Czar Bar seems unassuming at first glance. None of the four indie rock bands has achieved much notoriety. Yet the combination of the relatively undiscovered ensembles promises to be greater than the sum of its parts. Kansas City’s Gentleman Savage finds rewarding new wrinkles in the familiar power pop associated with the likes of the Zombies and Big Star. Sleepy Kitty, one of the best-received acts at the Ink-sponsored Middle of the Map festival last April, is a St. Louis band that makes punk-inspired pop. Empty Spaces and Rev Gusto are two of the region’s most bracing garage rock bands.
Tickets are $5 in advance through czarkc.com.
Heart with Jason Bonham
Sunday at Starlight Theatre
The last time Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin appeared on the stage of Starlight Theatre was at a 2008 concert with bluegrass star Alison Krauss. Some of the magic produced that night may be rekindled Sunday. Heart, one of the most powerful bands of the classic rock era, was inspired in large part by Zeppelin. The band’s affectionate covers of Zeppelin material are just as exhilarating as Heart’s original hits like “Barracuda” and “Magic Man.” Jason Bonham, the son of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, opens the show with his first-rate Led Zeppelin Experience.
Tickets range from $20 to $99 in advance through kcstarlight.com.
Kopecky Family Band
Tuesday at the Riot Room
Of Monsters and Men, the Lumineers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros aren’t the only neo-folk bands that have managed to catch lightning in a bottle. The whistle-based “Birds” and the wistful “Red Devil” are among the songs by the Nashville-based Kopecky Family Band that are just as riveting as the repertoire of their better-known contemporaries. The chamber pop ensemble’s constant touring has made it an exceptionally effective live act. Canada’s Said the While distills the vast scope of contemporary indie rock into a potent blend of nonstop hooks and bracing melodies. Ross Christopher, a St. Louis-based artist akin to Andrew Bird, opens the show.
Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Asleep at the Wheel
Friday at Knuckleheads
Long before the concept of Americana was a glimmer in the eye of an enterprising music executive, Asleep at the Wheel was performing an exuberant blend of Western swing and honky tonk. The nine Grammy Awards accumulated during a 40-year recording career validate their reputation as the Kings of Texas Swing. Asleep at the Wheel also played an integral role in establishing Austin as a major music hub. Members have come and gone, but the towering bandleader, Ray Benson, continues to pay danceable homage to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Bluesmen Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling are along for the ride.
Tickets are $28.50 in advance through knuckleheads.com.
Saturday (August 17) at Starlight Theatre
The 2013 version of the annual Yallapalooza concert pits one of the most mirthful figures in contemporary country music with one of the darkest practitioners of the form. Headliner Tate Stevens took the top prize in the televised vocal competition “The Voice” last December. The Belton resident’s sunny disposition of the Belton resident undoubtedly played a role in his victory. Stevens’ debut album is loaded with optimistic songs about domestic bliss. Aaron Lewis, on the other hand, is a renowned sourpuss. The curmudgeonly vocalist of the grunge band Staind is also a surprisingly effective country vocalist. A wholesome family band, the Henningsens, opens the show.
Tickets are $10.40 to $59.50 in advance through kcstarlight.com.
Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus
Sundayat the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Years before “Frampton Comes Alive!” made him a dreamy teen idol in 1976, Peter Frampton was admired for his guitar mastery as a member of British rock bands including Humble Pie. Subsequent solo hits like “Baby, I Love Your Way” represent a only portion of Frampton’s musical interests. His current Guitar Circus tour allows him to return to his roots as a guitar slinger. He’ll test his mettle against two of the world’s greatest guitarists — blues giant B.B. King and slide guitar master Sonny Landreth — Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets range from $59 to $139 in advance through kauffmancenter.org.