KC concerts Nov. 1-7: Bettye LaVette, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Clark Jr., Jay Rock
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Knuckleheads
Bettye LaVette is hardly the first artist to record an album of Bob Dylan songs, but her new release is one of the best. Rather than playing it straight, the soul veteran takes audacious liberties with Dylan classics like “The Times They Are A-Changin’” on the stunning “Things Have Changed.” Dedicated fans of R&B know that LaVette, 72, has a Midas touch. While her recordings are golden, LaVette’s late-career renaissance is best appreciated in roadhouses such as Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $35-$55 through knuckleheadskc.com.
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Liberty Hall
Hot Rize holds a unique position in the pantheon of revered bluegrass bands. The quartet’s Tim O’Brien recently suggested that “we were too hippie-fied and too Western or something to play it like the guys from the Southeast” when Hot Rize formed in Boulder, Colo., in 1978. Playing a style that split the difference between the traditional bluegrass sound and more progressive styles allowed Hot Rize to stand the test of time. With Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. 785-749-1972. Tickets are $28.50-$36 through libertyhall.net.
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Sprint Center
Although one or more derivations of Lynyrd Skynyrd likely will wave the Southern rock flag decades from now, the band’s current trek across the country is billed as the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. Decimated by tragedy and tormented by infighting, Lynyrd Skynyrd is down to one original member. Gary Rossington, a survivor of the 1977 plane crash that killed several bandmates, will play guitar on renditions of iconic hits including “Free Bird.” With Jamey Johnson and the Marshall Tucker Band. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $28.50-$196.50 through sprintcenter.com.
9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Funky party anthems were once created on guitars, keyboards and horns by musicians in bands like the Commodores and Kool & the Gang. That era is largely gone. Just because Big Gigantic relies heavily on computers doesn’t mean its jubilant dance songs are any less effective. Last year’s collaboration with star rapper Logic boosted the profile of the electronic funk created by the Colorado duo of Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken. With Flamingosis. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.50 through midlandkc.com.
8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Uptown Theater
Not every fan of Lil Xan uses opioids, but it’s a good guess that a disproportionate number of them might have used drugs recreationally. The stage name of the California artist born Diego Leanos in 1996 alludes to a prescription drug that he insists he no longer ingests. Leanos acknowledges the drug’s danger on the opening track of his debut album, “Total Xanarchy,” by slowly mumbling that “Xan’s gonna mess up all my friends.” With Steven Cannon and Phem. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $30 through uptowntheater.com.
8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Granada
“King’s Dead,” the most exciting song on the soundtrack to the hit movie “Black Panther,” is a collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and his longtime friend and labelmate, Jay Rock. The groundbreaking Los Angeles rappers gleefully trade bars with uncommon creativity. Johnny Reed McKinzie, the man known as Jay Rock, is one of very few rappers capable of holding his own with Lamar. He’s touring in support of his third studio album, “Redemption.” (The original date of the rescheduled concert was Sept. 12.) 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through thegranada.com.
Gary Clark Jr.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Uptown Theater
A bumper sticker and related meme stating that “Eric Clapton ruins everything” is making the rounds. No one who ascribes to that callous outlook is likely to be a fan of Gary Clark Jr., who will showcase his guitar pyrotechnics Tuesday. In much the same way that the English rock star Clapton was seen by many as one of the most essential blues-inspired guitarists of the 1960s, the Texan Clark is one of the most prominent blues-rock heroes of the new millennium. With Tameca Jones. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $35 through uptowntheater.com.
Low Cut Connie
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Riot Room
Low Cut Connie is two bands in one. Five members of the group expertly create woozy, boogie-based rock in the vein of the Rolling Stones and Mott the Hoople. Adam Weiner, the front man of the Philadelphia band, often seems as if he’s hearing an entirely different sound as he feverishly evokes Elton John and Queen’s Freddie Mercury. His antics transform the band’s shows into immersive experiences, a paradoxical approach that makes Low Cut Connie one of rock’s most exciting live acts. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $15 through theriotroom.com.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Knuckleheads
Carson McHone is such a country traditionalist that her throwback sound makes the veteran honky tonk star Dwight Yoakam sound like an avant-garde artist. The rising star from Austin, Texas, revives a twangy Nashville style that was popular long before she was born. McHone is touring in support of her second album, “Carousel,” a project that promises to put her on the radar of fans of like-minded artists such as Nikki Lane, Paul Cauthen and Margo Price. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $10 through knuckleheadskc.com.