Here Come the Mummies
Here Come the Mummies is a funk band shrouded in secrecy. No one knows who's in the band — the players dress up like mummies for every show. This is to protect the identities of the supposed Grammy winners who make up the group — which, as gimmicks go, is kind of hilarious. Each of the group's 11 mummies comes with his own stage name and backstory. (Eddie Mummy, with the "most remaining fingers," is naturally HCTM's drummer.) This undead troupe is surprisingly high on energy, so if you can get past its facetious lyrics, this show has the makings of an excellent date night.
Thursday, October 17, at Knuckleheads (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)
You wish you had a mom as hot as Bonnie Raitt. At 63, she has been a big name in music since the '70s, and if her slide guitar and blues chops aren't enough to impress you, well, there probably isn't a medication strong enough to help. Slipstream, her most recent disc (released last year), is roots rock at its finest.
Friday, October 18, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)
The 16th Blues Masters at Crossroads
A church basement might seem an unlikely place for a blues festival, but leave it to the good folks of Blue Heaven Studios to make it worth your while. The lineup for this event, spaced out over two nights, features artists renowned in the world of blues. You can expect to hear the dazzling harmonica of Lazy Lester (who is technically retired, y'all, making this appearance special) and the music of Chris Thomas King (who bonded with George Clooney when they were both in O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Guitar Shorty, and so many more.
Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, at Blue Heaven Studios (201 South Eighth Street, Salina, 785-825-8609)
The fourth installment of Hammerween features music from local metal heavyweight Hammerlord, plus sets from Troglodyte, At the Left Hand of God, Architects, Six Percent, Moire and Hellevate. That's a lot of thrashing and hair swinging for one room. Wear a costume and get a ticket discount at the door. This is an all-ages event, but we wouldn't necessarily recommend bringing your 5-year-old.
Saturday, October 19, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)
Most people I know hate the Eagles. Like, vehemently loathe them. And I know their distaste is perfectly justified: In its 42-year history, the band has delivered an astounding number of hits that have left oily grease marks on the great tablecloth of American rock. Face it: "Desperado" and "Hotel California" are actually really great, and they've been spinning on repeat in the back of everyone's heads for decades. This show is a fine opportunity for you to see a band that has survived volatile mood swings — the music industry's, Don Henley's — and has the hair to prove it.
Wednesday, October 23, Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)
King Khan and the Shrines
Arish Khan is one of those pleasantly strange artists who never lets things like a band breakup or the passage of time get in the way. If Khan paid any attention to time, he wouldn't have become King Khan and the Shrines, a delightful ode to classic rock and R&B and an outlet for Khan's irreverent, punk-kid songwriting. This tour comes after the release of the band's first album in six years, and we can only hope that Khan takes the stage at RecordBar in the superhero uniform that has been a recent performance highlight.
Sunday, October 20, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
A lot of people were left hugely disappointed when Desaparecidos broke up, in 2002. But Conor Oberst has generously decided to appeal to his loyal subjects now with some new music and a reunion tour. Let's go ahead and ignore the obvious financial benefits of this move and just count ourselves lucky that we may continue to be blessed by Mr. Oberst's genius.
Monday, October 21, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-1972)