Live Tonight: Week of June 9 – June 15: Pianos, Punk and Pop

This week, the Kansas City area has a little bit of everything for fans of all different kinds of music. Highlighting the packed week is a two-night stay at the Kauffman Center by pianist and songwriter aficionado Ben Folds. Mr. Folds is almost like a local celebrity at this point – he hasn’t skipped the Kansas City area on a tour in quite some time.  At every show, he makes sure to give a shout out to The Bottleneck in Lawrence, which is where he said his band (Ben Folds Five) first found success outside of their home town. Good luck on getting tickets for either of the nights, though – they’re sold out.

Monday, June 9th

Incan Abraham with Organized Crime at The Riot Room 7:30 PM $7

Heavy Glow with Vela at The Record Bar 10 PM $7

Tuesday, June 10th

Dog Fashion Disco with Psychostick, The Bunny The Bear, In The Shadow, Shoot The Hero, Gradivus at Aftershock 6 PM $15

Are you one of the multitude of freaky rock fans who are upset that Mr. Bungle will never release another album again? Have no fear – the second best thing is coming to town! Dog Fashion Disco (featuring current and ex members of Polkadot Cadaver, Knives Out! and more) will be at the Aftershock on Tuesday, with a bevy of bands with them.

Ben Folds with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra at the Kauffman Center SOLD OUT 8 PM

Vintage Trouble with Samantha Fish at Crossroads 7 PM $16.50

Against The Grain with Bottle Breakers and Oldfield Victory at The Record Bar 10 PM $5

Wednesday, June 11th

Band of Skulls with Deap Vally at The Granada 7 PM $18

We have an especially loud and raucous Wednesday for once – not only are young metalheads Black Tide at the Aftershock and classic American rock and roll band The Detroit Cobras at the Bottleneck, but we have Band of Skulls at The Granada. If your feet aren’t sore from dancing and your ears aren’t ringing by night’s end, you’ve done something wrong.

Black Tide with Threat Signal, Affiance, Hatchet, Empyrean, White Shores at Aftershock 6 PM $15

The Detroit Cobras at The Bottleneck 8 PM $13

Dar Williams at Liberty Hall 7 PM $23.50

Nikki Lane with Hugh Bob and the Hustle at Replay Lounge 10 PM $3

Centro-Matic with The Hotdog Skeletons and Thom Hoskins at The Riot Room 8 PM $12

Ben Folds with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra at the Kauffman Center SOLD OUT 8 PM

Thursday, June 12th

Quixotic presents Lucent Dossier Experience at The Granada 9 PM $15

Robert Francis & The Night Tide with Carly Ritter and Maxim Ludwig at The Record Bar 10 PM $10

Hessler at Aftershock 6 PM $8

Friday, June 13th

Boulevardia at West Bottoms 5 PM $15

Boulevardia is a new festival to celebrate all good things in Kansas City – beer, food and great music! The three-day festival is on sale now, but tickets are going fast. Over 35 breweries, a whole bunch of food trucks and almost 30 national and local music acts, such as Chain Gang of 1974, for your enjoyment! Show your support! More details at

Painted Palms with Shy Boys, Ren and Kodascope at Czar Bar 7:30 $12

O.A.R. with Phillip Phillips at Crossroads 7 PM $36

Nice Peter at The Granada 8 PM $18

Chambers with La Guerre and Heidi Lynne Gluck at Replay Lounge 10 PM $3

Cartographer with Amenaza, Conflicts and The Soiled Doves at The Riot Room 8 PM $7

Saturday, June 14th

77 Jefferson with Regan Perry and Zack Mufasa Newton at The Riot Room 9 PM $8

Heartfelt Anarchy with Scruffy and the Janitors, Domineko and Rev Gusto 10 PM $7

Sunday, June 15th

moe. with The Pimps of Joytime at Crossroads 8 PM $21.50

Do you like to “jam”? Do you enjoy “boogying”? Are you feeling “fresh and funkified”? Then boy do we have the show for you. Jam band extraordinaire moe. will be at the Crossroads on Sunday and my foot’s already tapping. Feel the groove in the air and get to jigglin’!

Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana at Cricket Wireless 7:30 PM $27.50

Logic with Quest and Castro at The Granada 7 PM $8

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