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Summer 2012 music concerts

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Dancefestopia
June 1–2, $59-$129
Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park
1298 East Riverfront Drive (between the Heart of America and Paseo bridges)
dancefestopia.com

Dance the weekend away to Wiz Khalifa, Flo Rida, Matisyahu, Yelawolf and dozens more, then safely (though probably not quietly) camp in the glow of Kansas City's downtown skyline.

The Flatlanders
June 12, $28.50
Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester
816-483-1456, knuckleheadskc.com

Featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, with special guest Jason Eady.

Jimmy Cliff
June 15, $30

Crossroads KC at Grinders
417 East 18th Street
816-472-5454, crossroadskc.com

Country Stampede
June 21–24, $75-$545
Tuttle Creek State Park
5800 A River Pond Road, Manhattan
countrystampede.com

The Country Stampede returns this year with an impressive lineup for those who like their music with a side of twang. Acts include the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, the Band Perry and many others.

Missouri Chainsaw Grassacre
June 23, $21.50–$61.50
Crossroads KC at Grinders
417 East 18th Street
785-749-3434 (ticket information)
crossroadskc.com

Split Lip Rayfield, Deadman Flats, Truckstop Honeymoon, Cornmeal, and Sons of Fathers are among those featured at this annual rowdy, boozy day dedicated to local bluegrass.

Sonic Spectrum Tribute to the Minutemen
June 24, $7
RecordBar
1020 Westport Road
816-753-5207, therecordbar.com

Featuring the Brannock Device, Uft!, Robot Monkey Madman, Jorge Arana Trio, Chad Rex and Troy Meiss.

Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford
June 27, $30–$120
Sprint Center
1407 Grand
816-949-7000 (tickets), sprintcenter.com

Don your pleather and leopard prints and party like it's 1989 at this arena offering, which is sure to be gloriously heavy on pyrotechnics, guitar solos and big hair.

Young the Giant
July 6, free
KC Live Stage, the Power & Light District
14th Street and Grand
powerandlightdistrict.com

Lawrence Field Day Festival
July 6–7, price TBD
The Bottleneck
737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
785-841-5483, bottlenecklive.com

This brand-new two-day music event focuses on the local and promises to grow larger as it nears. Featured acts include Drag the River, the ACBs, Approach, and JabberJosh, among others.

My Brothers and Sisters
July 7, $7
The Brick
1727 McGee
816-421-1634, thebrickkcmo.com

The Gaslight Anthem
July 12
The Bottleneck
737 New Hampshire, Lawrence
785-841-5483, bottlenecklive.com

Lucinda Williams
July 24, $28
Stephens Lake Park, $28
2001 East Broadway, Columbia
573-777-1897

Los Lobos
July 26, $34.50
Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester
816-483-1456, knuckleheadskc.com

The Avett Brothers
July 26, $36.50
Crossroads KC at Grinders
417 East 18th Street
816-472-5454, crossroadskc.com

The Pitch Music Showcase in Westport
August 4
$6 July 2–27,
$8 July 28–August 3
$10 at door

Listen to local acts as they perform all over Westport, and vote for your favorites. Then watch as the awards are bestowed a few days later! Watch pitch.com/wayward in the coming weeks for details.

The Pitch Music Awards
August 12
$6 advance, $10 at door (VIP $20, $25)
3700 Broadway

Buzz Under the Stars
August 8, $35
Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park
1298 East Riverfront Drive (between the Heart of America and Paseo bridges)
buzzunderthestars.com

See the impeccable Shirley Manson and crew in Garbage, along with Fun, Silversun Pickups, Alabama Shakes and Electric Guest, with the Mighty Mo and the KC skyline as your backdrops.

Hank Williams Jr., George Thorogood and the Destroyers
August 18, $30–$50
Missouri State Fair
2503 West 16th Street, Sedalia
660-530-5600, mostatefair.com

In among the pie-eating contest, steer judging and a Larry the Cable Guy look-alike contest (no, really), see these two bigger-than-life country and rock artists at the Pepsi Grandstand.

Sharon Van Etten, with Hospital Ships
August 20, $12
Riot Room
4048 Broadway
816-442-8179, theriotroom.com

Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships
August 26, free
South Park
1141 Massachusetts, Lawrence
kansasfiddlingandpicking.org

At the close of each summer, South Park fills with hundreds of folk musicians, eager to share their talents in categories including fiddling, flatpicking and fingerpicking guitar, banjo and mandolin. Enjoy the music as they vie to be among the best in their fields.

Merle Haggard
August 30, $55
Knuckleheads Saloon
2715 Rochester
816-483-1456, knuckleheadskc.com

Starlight Concert Series
Starlight Theatre
4600 Starlight Road
816-363-7827, kcstarlight.com

Starlight usually manages to book something for everyone, and this summer's highlights include the following:

James Taylor
July 21, $45–$85
My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses
August 6, $36–$46
Crosby, Stills & Nash
August 9, $45–$150
Phish
August 22, $60

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