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Crossroads KC at Grinders
417 East 18th Street

Shows go on in the Crossroads, behind Grinders and Grinders West, rain or shine. For more information, see

Friday, June 4: The Black Keys, Brian Olive
Saturday, June 5: John Butler Trio, State Radio
Sunday, June 6: Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa
Tuesday, June 8: The Temper Trap, War Paint
Wednesday, June 9: George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars, Lubriphonic
Sunday, June 13: Michael Franti & Spearhead, One Eskimo
Sunday, June 20: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Friday, June 25: JJ Grey & Mofro, Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Monday, July 5: Levon Helm, Justin Townes Earle
Tuesday, July 6: Modest Mouse, Avi Buffalo
Thursday, July 8: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Dar Williams, Sarah Watkins, Carrie Rodriguez
Friday, July 9: Sara Evans
Friday, July 16: Sellout, the Zeroes
Thursday, July 29: Old 97s, Lucero, Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
Friday, August 6: Better Than Ezra, Sequoyah Prep School
Thursday, August 12: Slightly Stoopid, Cypress Hill, Collie Buddz
Thursday, August 19: George Thorogood, Eddie Shaw
Friday, August 27: Big Head Todd & the Monsters, the BoDeans
Friday, September 3: Pat Green
Sunday, September 5: STS9, Ghostland Observatory

KC Live!
The Power & Light District

Touring country, rock and pop acts perform for free in the Power & Light District's "Living Room." All shows are 21-and-older; see for times.

Thursday, June 3: Blake Shelton
Friday, June 4: La Roux
Thursday, June 10: Jason Jones
Friday, June 11: Sister Hazel
Friday, June 18: Lost Wax
Thursday, June 24: Jimmy Wayne
Friday, June 25: The Zeroes
Wednesday, June 30: Saving Abel
Thursday, July 1: Chris Young
Friday, July 2: Mikey Needleman
Thursday, July 8: Eric Church
Thursday, July 22: Jerrod Niemann
Wednesday, July 28: Halestorm

Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
633 North 130th Street,
Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400

This environmentally friendly entertainment venue aims to be the only amphitheater in the Midwest with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by implementing on-site recycling, consuming less energy, and forming partnerships with eco-friendly and artist-driven organizations. See

Wednesday, June 9: All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, Third Eye Blind, Forever the Sickest Kids, Good Charlotte, Cady Groves, Great Big Planes, Mercy Mercedes, Stereo Skyline, the Ready Set, Vita Chambers
Saturday, June 19: Nelly, Tech N9ne, Fat Joe, Yo Gotti', Lil Jon, Krizz Kaliko, K Michelle, Kutt Calhoun, Brotha Lynch Hung, Big Scoob
Saturday, July 3: 311, the Offspring, Pepper
Saturday, July 10: Rock n' Roll Dream Concert tribute show with Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin), Edge of Forever (Lynyrd Skynyrd), 7 Bridges Road (the Eagles) and Silver Bullet (Bob Seger)
Thursday, July 15: Lilith tour with Sarah McLachlan, Kelly Clarkson, Heart, Emmylou Harris, Ingrid Michaelson, Metric, Vedera, Erin McCarley, Jennifer Knapp, Julia Othmer
Saturday, July 24: Y'allapalooza with Clay Walker, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Jack Ingram, Colt Ford, Laura Bell Bundy
Monday, August 2: Vans Warped Tour with Reel Big Fish, Alkaline Trio, Face to Face, Pennywise, Andrew W.K., the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Bring Me the Horizon, the Dillinger Escape Plan and others
Monday, August 16: Jack Johnson, G. Love solo acoustic, Alo
Monday, August 23: Slayer, Megadeth, Testament

Starlight Theatre
4600 Starlight Road, 816-363-7827

See for more information.

Thursday, June 3: Styx, Foreigner, Kansas
Saturday, June 5: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Thursday, July 1: Rush
Sunday, July 4: Santana, Steve Winwood
Tuesday, July 6: Red, White & Boom with Counting Crows, Barenaked Ladies, Kris Allen, Augustana, Angel Taylor and others
Sunday, July 11: REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar
Friday, July 16: O.A.R., Citizen Cope
Sunday, July 18: Chicago, the Doobie Brothers
Sunday, August 8: Jackson Browne, David Lindley

Live at the Legends
From 5 to 8 p.m. every Saturday until September, the Wyandotte County retail mall and entertainment and restaurant complex hosts free musical performances in its center courtyard. During Labor Day weekend, the 5 p.m. concert is on Monday. See

June 5: Sean McNown Band
June 12: Red Guitar
June 19: Rattle and Hum
June 26: 90 Minutes
July 3: John Joiner
July 10: Mikey Needleman
July 17: The Shanks
July 24: Angel Rattay
July 31: Soca Jukebox
August 7: The Zeroes
August 14: Kirsten Paludan
August 21: Marci Mitchell
August 28: Wonderland
September 6: Lipriddle

City of Olathe Concert Series
Frontier Park, 15501 West Indian Creek Parkway, Olathe

This family-friendly, free Friday-night concert series is presented by Farmers Insurance and held at Frontier Park. Shows start at 7 p.m. See for directions and road-construction updates.

June 4: The Elders
June 11: Asleep at the Wheel with Michael Ballew and Floyd Domino
July 9: Sam Bush
July 16: Kelley Hunt, the Nace Brothers
July 30: Liverpool

Gladstone Summertime Bluesfest
June 11–12, Oak Grove Park, Northeast 76th Street and North Troost, Gladstone

It's the 14th year for this free blues concert featuring local and touring acts. The music begins at 6 p.m. Friday with Fast Johnny Ricker, John Hammond and Albert Castiglia. On Saturday, Mark Montgomery and Max Berry kick off the show at 2 p.m., followed by Levee Town, Everette DeVan Trio with Tom "Trashmouth" Baker, Grady Champion and Charlie Musselwhite. Coolers are allowed (but no alcohol), and food vendors also are available. No pets are allowed. Admission is free, and parking is $5. See for directions, sponsors and more information.

Jazz in the Woods
June 11–12, Corporate Woods, 9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Overland Park

Organized by the Overland Park South Rotary Club, this free jazz concert at Corporate Woods raises funds for local children's charities. This family event has food and beverage vendors, free parking, and a kids' pavilion with face painting and inflatables. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 11: Erin Bode, Mingo Fishtrap, and Mindi Abair. On Saturday, June 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m.: Matt Marshak, Bobby Watson Quartet featuring Curtis Lundy, and Nick Colionne and Steve Cole. See for VIP tickets, donation information and other details.

Parkville River Jam
June 18–19, English Landing Park, 127 South Main, Parkville

Find live blues and jazz, regional artwork, jewelry, clothing and more at English Landing Park in Parkville. The music kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with Fast Johnny Ricker, Max Groove, and Mem Shannon & the Membership. It begins again at noon Saturday with the Parkville Symphonic Band, Skip Hawkins Band, Lonesome Hank & the Heartaches, Levee Town, the Bel Airs, and Studebaker John & the Hawks. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome but no personal alcohol. See for more information.

Trinity Festival
July 2–5, Camp Gaea, 25110 235th Street in McLouth, Kansas

Located in a rural setting about an hour from the metro, Camp Gaea hosts this all-ages festival featuring more than 25 blues, metal, reggae and jam bands. See and for schedules, tickets and camping options.

Pitch Music Showcase
Thursday, August 5

For one night, more than 25 of our city's best bands take over Westport to show the public why they deserve fans' votes for the much-coveted Pitch Music Awards. Indie rock, bluegrass, metal, jazz, pop and every genre in between are represented. Keep reading The Pitch this summer for the ballot, showtimes and acts.

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