Dan Auerbach and his new side project will be at The Truman on April 4. Photo by Scott Gries |

KC's April music is full of good finds, from Dan Auerbach to Julien Baker to Lo Moon

Pale Waves
Lo Moon
Durand Jones
Dan Auerbach and his new side project will be at The Truman on April 4. Photo by Scott Gries |
Julien Baker

It’s the first week of the month so that means it’s time for me to throw 100-plus concerts at you to consider checking out in April.

Concert calendars rise with the outdoor temperature, and as it’s supposed to be getting warmer, the calendar gets that much more crowded. Just the first week of the month offers so many great shows. Have a look below for my highlights of the week.

Also, in case you missed it in the recent snowstorm, it’s baseball season! The Royals are celebrating their 50th year as a franchise. The season is full of great promotions, cool giveaways, and for the eighth year in a row, Ink is teaming up with The Royals to present another season of pre-game concerts.

Every Wednesday home game throughout the season is INK Student Night at The K. With a current student ID you can get $10 tickets and about an hour before the game, you can see a great concert for free on the Outfield Experience Stage. The next concert will feature jazz from the Hermon Mehari Quartet on Wednesday, April 11, at noon, before the 1:15 p.m. game against the Seattle Mariners.

04/04 Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue/Shannon and the Clams at The Truman

Check out the trailer for his tour HERE


You’ll recognize him as one half of The Black Keys, who played at the Sprint Center to a packed house just a few years ago. Now he’s returning to KC to play The Truman with a new side project that looks really interesting and features a lot of great musical talent. Check out the trailer for their tour above.

Also, can all bands make trailers for their tours? I dig it.

04/05 Pale Waves at recordBar

Check out their single Heavenly HERE


Every March thousands of bands descend upon Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest music conference with one goal: building awareness for their band. Very few ever emerge and successfully do this, but this year the champion of SXSW may be this band, Pale Waves from Manchester, UK. They filled up venues and became darlings of the festival.

04/06 Julien Baker/Tancred at Granada

Watch her incredibly stripped down and intimate Tiny Desk Concert HERE


Julien Baker has been selling out rooms across the country for a while now and she’s only 22 years old. Recently she landed high on the roster for this year’s uber hip Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

Her music is simple in style, often just her with an electric guitar, but the stories she tells could make the happiest of people quiver in sadness. Watch her Tiny Desk Concert video and you’ll get a glimpse of this as she jokes about the title of a new song, “working title, sad song #11.”

Her style of music is often why music nerds love music — it is the loveliest of gut punches. Grab a friend you can lean on and head to The Granada for an amazing night of songwriting.

04/08 Lo Moon/Kraus at The Riot Room

We love Tiny Desk Concerts and this is a great one from Lo Moon, watch it HERE


One night I was flipping through the late night shows and stumbled across a band that really caught my attention. The song I was hearing was “Loveless” by Lo Moon, fortunately I found out their name as James Corden wrapped up the segment.

It doesn’t sound like music typically found on late night TV. It’s dark and brooding, with muted vocals and plenty of shoegaze sounds in there. It’s brilliant!

04/08 Durand Jones & the Indication at recordBar

Check out the throwback soul sounds of Durand Jones HERE


A few years ago the throwback sounds of soul started to fill up the radio airwaves again, on stations like 90.9 The Bridge. Names like Lee Fields and Charles Bradley, older gentleman who were doing their thing for years.

But new projects emerged like St. Paul and the Broken Bones and now Durand Jones & the Indication are here, too. This has all the makings for an early contender for a Best Show of 2018.

More shows:

04/02 Mandy Rowden/Kelly Hunt at Westport Saloon

04/02 Martin Sexton with The Mighty Pines at Knuckleheads

04/02 Mothers/Unicorns In The Snow/AKAMFDM at The Riot Room

04/03 FRENSHIP With Yoke Lore at recordBar

04/03 Mat Kearney/Andrew Belle at The Uptown

04/03 Rex Hobart and the Honky Tonk Standards at The Ship

04/04 Billie Eilish at recordBar

04/04 Dan Auerbach and the Easy Eye Sound Revue/Shannon and the Clams at The Truman

04/04 Dweezil Zappa at Knuckleheads

04/04 George Clinton at Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s

04/04 Lonnie McFadden Quartet album release show at Black Dolphin

04/04 Tancred/Mess/Westerners at The Riot Room

04/04 The Project H album release show/Mark Letteiri Trio at Westport Coffee House

04/05 Jessica Paige/Carswell & Hope/Kiernan McMullan/Nathan Corsi at The Rino

04/05 Maria & The Mexican at Knuckleheads

04/05 Pale Waves at recordBar

04/05 The Steeldrivers at Liberty Hall

04/05 to 04/07 Ailey II at The Folly

04/05 Vik G. Trio at The Phoenix

04/06 Baths at recordBar

04/06 Fathers/Joseph Warren Wheeler/Margo May free show at Revolution Records

04/06 Gekko at Jazzhaus

04/06 Human Host/Vehicles/The Phillistines at Daveys

04/06 Julien Baker/Tancred at Granada

04/06 Kid Computer release show/The UK’s/Quasar at The Rino

04/06 Matt Chalk Quartet at Black Dolphin

04/06 Mene Mene/The Atomic 50’s/Martian Martian Martian at miniBar

04/06 North Mississippi Allstars at Knuckleheads

04/06 Scruffy & The Janitors album release show/Momma's Boy/Toughies at The Riot Room

04/06 The Friends of Chamber Music presents the 1900 Series: Dover Quartet at 1900 Building

04/07 Ben Allison & Think Free at 1900 Building

04/07 Danielle Nicole album release show at Knuckleheads

04/07 Homegrown Local Music Showcase at P&L

04/07 Liza Anne at recordBar

04/07 Lonnie McFadden Quartet at Black Dolphin at 5:30

04/07 Scruffy and the Janitors album release show/The Sluts/Act Naturally at Replay

04/07 The Atlantic/34/Snakehound at The Riot Room

04/07 The Sexy Accident/The UKs/The Hollow Ends at miniBar

04/08 Bill Frisell with Rudy Royston & Thomas Morgan at 1900 Building

04/08 Dashboard Confessional/Beach Slang/Kississippi at Granada

04/08 Durand Jones & the Indication at recordBar

04/08 Lo Moon/Kraus at The Riot Room

04/08 Sleep/Subrosa at Liberty Hall

04/08 The Darkness/Diarrhea Planet at The Truman

04/08 Young Bull/Pleasures/Arc Flash at Replay

04/09 Lacey Sturm formerly of Flyleaf at Aftershock

04/09 Phoebe Bridges at recordBar

04/09 Villinger/Schlamb Trio at Green Lady Lounge (main floor)

04/10 Andrew McMahon & the Wilderness (sold out) at The Truman

04/10 Coast Modern at The Riot Room

04/10 Free Member Concert: The McFadden Brothers at the Kauffman Center

04/10 Missio/Morgan Saint at recordBar

04/10 Nick Schnebelen Band at BB’s Lawnside

04/10 The Naughty Pines at The Ship

04/10 Todrick Hall American at The Madrid

04/11 Acid Mother’s Temple/The Melting/Paraaiso UFO/You Doo Right/Expo 70 at recordBar

04/11 AJR (sold out) at The Truman

04/11 Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards)/Chris Meck & Guilty Birds at Knuckleheads

04/11 Tauk/Lucas Parker Band at The Bottleneck

04/12 Dance Monkey Dance/Rabble in Arms at Westport Saloon

04/12 Drake Bell/Tryon and Joe Kirk [from The Voice] at The Rino

04/12 Kevin Nealon at The Midland

04/12 Sure Sure/Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type at The Riot Room

04/12 Timber Timbre/Thor and Friends at recordBar

04/13 Freight Train Rabbit Killer/Peculiar Pretzelman/My Oh My and more at recordBar

04/13 Grand Marquis/Shine Delphi at Westport Saloon

04/13 Hermon Mehari at The Blue Room

04/13 Kiefer Sutherland/Ian Moore & Rick Brantley at Knuckleheads

04/13 Maria The Mexican at at 6PM at Replay

04/13 Red Kate/The Pack A.D./Vedettes at Replay Lounge

04/13 The MGDs at Jazzhaus

04/13 Tim Reynolds & TR3 at Granada

04/13 to 04/15 The Man in Black at Kauffman Center

04/13 Turnstile/Touche Amore/Culture Abuse and more at The Bottleneck

04/13 Zoso at Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s

04/14 Ahayu at MTH Theater at Crown Center

04/14 Ces Cru/G-Mo Skee at Aftershock

04/14 Jametatone/Calvin Arsenia at The Ship

04/14 Kansas City Bear Fighters- Kids’ Matinee Show at 4PM at Westport Saloon

04/14 Lonnie McFadden Quartet at Black Dolphin at 5:30

04/14 Rhea Butcher at recordBar

04/14 Shy Boys/Cocordion/Fullbloods/Fraydee Cat at Replay Lounge

04/14 The Project H at Black Dolphin

04/15 David Radzynski & Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich: Park ICM Distinguished Alumni Series at 1900 Building

04/15 Mac Lethal/Wax at recordBar

04/15 Michigan Rattlers/Roseline at Knuckleheads

04/16 Geographer/Joan at The Riot Room

04/16 Villinger / Schlamb Trio at Green Lady Lounge (main floor)

04/17 The Happy Fits/Vela/Odd Harmona at The Rino

04/18 Brook Pridemore/Destroy Nate Allen at Westport Saloon

04/18 Cigarettes After Sex at The Bottleneck

04/18 Tedeschi Trucks at The Midland

04/19 Jeff Harshbarger Trio at The Blue Room

04/19 Keaton Conrad/Thames/Luther Vincent Orchestra at The Rino

04/19 Momma’s Boy at SUA night at The Lied Center

04/19 Vela/North by North/Schwervon/Hillary Watts Riot at recordBar

04/19 Wild Child/Stelth Uvlang of The Lumineers at The Bottleneck

04/20 Denzel Curry at Granada

04/20 Houndmouth at The Truman

04/20 Hurricane Mason/Sky Smeed/3 Trails West at Westport Saloon

04/20 Inner Altar/Youth Pool/Stone Grower/Keef Mountain/JC & The Nuns at Replay Lounge

04/20 Sona/Ex- Acrobats/Hot Suede at Daveys

04/20 Sunu/Enrique of Making Movies/Harptasia featuring Calvin Arsenia/Teri Quinn/Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari at recordBar

04/20 to 04/22 Screenland at the Symphony: Back To The Future at Kauffman Center

04/21 Brett Eldredge/Devin Dawson & Jillian Jacqueline at The Uptown

04/21 Dreamgirl/Simon Doom[members of MGMT]/Pale Tongue at Replay Lounge

04/21 Heather Newman at The Phoenix

04/21 Ida McBeth at The Blue Room

04/21 KCAMP/Lil Flip at Voodoo Lounge at Harrah’s

04/21 LAYNE/Selfish Things at The Rino

04/21 Lonnie McFadden Quartet at Black Dolphin at 5:30

04/21 Shooter Jennings at Granada

04/21 The Philistines/Not A Planet/Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds at recordBar

04/22 Blackberry Smoke/Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown at Granada

04/22 Brnoncho/Ishi/Kill Vargas at The Bottleneck

04/24 Jack White at Providence Amp

04/24 Joe Jack Talcum And Coolzey Entertain Your Membrane/Destroy Nate Allen at recordBar

04/24 Nick Schnebelen Band at BB’s Lawnside

04/25 Lord Huron/Liz Cooper/The Stampede at The Midland

04/25 Odesza/San Holo and Pluko at Providence Amp

04/25 Rainbow Kitten Surprise/Caamp at The Madrid

04/26 Alvvays/Frankie Rose at recordBar

04/26 Amore et Bellum/Fox Hat/Oh Dear Oh My at The Rino

04/26 Chicano Batman/Amasa Hines at The Madrid

04/26 J Roddy Walston & the Business/Dan Luke and the Raid at The Bottleneck

04/26 Kansas City Latin Jazz All-Stars at The Blue Room

04/26 Whores./BUMMER/Young Bull at The Riot Room

04/27 Air Guitar Championships at The Bottleneck

04/27 Jessie Ware at The Madrid

04/27 Kevin Hart at Sprint Center

04/27 Marian Hill at The Truman

04/27 Of Montreal at recordBar

04/27 Rogue Wave/Business Of Dreams at The Riot Room

04/27 SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis and Original Compositions at The Folly

04/27 The MGDs at The Phoenix

04/27 The Surf Zombies/Thunderclaps at Replay Lounge

04/27 Vance Joy/lovelytheband at The Midland

04/28 Amy Farrand and The Like/Pamper The Madman/GAV7D at Daveys

04/28 Franz Ferdinand at The Truman

04/28 Grand Marquis New album release show/Victor & Penny/Brandon Phillips & The Condition at Knuckleheads

04/28 Halfway to Winfield at recordBar

04/28 Hembree/Dreamgirl/Y god Y at Granada

04/28 Lonnie McFadden Quartet at Black Dolphin at 5:30

04/28 Riff Raff at The Bottleneck

04/28 The Barber of Seville at Kauffman Center

04/29 “Weird Al” Yankovic at The Folly

04/29 Sky Smeed/Signal Ridge at 5PM at Replay Lounge

04/30 Holy Hum/Guise Of Arcadia at recordBar

04/30 LA Witch/JC & the Nuns/Hot Garbage at The Riot Room

KC's April music is full of good finds, from Dan Auerbach to Julien Baker to Lo Moon