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June 2017
17Michael McDonald and Boz ScaggsKauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Distinctive and soulful, Michael McDonald’s voice is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the five-time GRAMMY Award-winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving; 7:30 p.m.; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; (816) 994-7222.


July 2017

18Blondie and GarbageKauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Blondie & Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour will perform in Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, July 18th; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; 8 p.m.;$79 to $149; (816) 994-7222; www.kauffmancenter.org.

31Branford Marsalis Quartet w/ Kurt EllingKauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Rescheduled Performance: The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest vocalist Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. The tight-knit working band features Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. Adding Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility and outstanding intonation, Elling will enable the band to perform a variety of material in new ways. Looking beyond the Great American Songbook, one of the most intense jazz bands and one of the genre’s foremost singers deliver a performance that’s anything but standard; 7 p.m.; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; $35.50 – $75.50; (816) 994-7222.


August 2017

42017 Summer SeriesKC VITAs Chamber Choir; Join us for our 3rd annual Summer Series! Kansas City’s only choir dedicated to new music will present a diverse program of works by living composers from all over the world, including five world premieres and five regional premieres; Free admission; 7 pm..; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

62017 Summer SeriesKC VITAs Chamber Choir; Join us for our 3rd annual Summer Series! Kansas City’s only choir dedicated to new music will present a diverse program of works by living composers from all over the world, including five world premieres and five regional premieres; Free admission; 3 p.m.; Country Club Christian Church.


October 2017

28Lee Ritenour; Folly Jazz Series; Growing up in L.A. in the 60’s Grammy award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. He has received 17 Grammy nominations and recorded over 40 albums, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You”, which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 


November 2017

11Vienna Boys ChoirKauffman Center for the Performing Arts; Celebrated worldwide, the Vienna Boys Choir has delighted music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and a diverse repertoire encompassing Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, medieval chant and popular music. Boys have been singing at Vienna’s Imperial Chapel since the 14th century and were part of the Viennese Court musicians that included Mozart, Salieri and Bruckner. Bringing more than 500 years of history to every performance, the Vienna Boys Choir have undertaken around 1,000 tours in 100 different countries and have sung more than 27,000 concerts; 8 p.m.; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts; $19-$59; (816) 994-7222.


December 2017

9Spanish Harlem Orchestra; Folly Jazz Series; Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the two-time Grammy winning Salsa and latin Jazz Band, sets the standard for excellence for authentic, New York style, hard core salsa. Now in its fourteenth year, SHO is dedicated to the sounds of the barrio; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 


January 2018

19 Marcus Roberts Trio; Folly Jazz Series; In 2014, Marcus Roberts’ life and work was featured on a segment of the celebrated CBS News program 60 Minutes, entitled “The Virtuoso”, which traced Roberts’ life to date from his early roots in Jacksonville and at the Florida School for the deaf and blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 


February 2018

17 Cyrille Aimlee; Folly Jazz Series; Vocalist Cyrille Aimee was primarily raised in Samois-sur-Seine, France, the same place where legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt had lived, which contributed to her great love of gypsy musical influences; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 


March 2018

9 Hot Sardines; Folly Jazz Series; Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org. 


April 2018

17 SFJazz Collective; Folly Jazz Series; An all star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member; Folly Theater; www.follytheater.org.