Saturday, June 24, at Grinders Sculpture Park
(East 18th Street and Locust).
It's summertime, and the onslaught of outdoor events and after-hours parties has arrived at last. Thanks to local outfits Miakoda Entertainment and Nology and Omaha, Nebraska's Cymbalism Recordings, the terms outdoor and after-hours complement each other at the artsy and block-rockin' Kansas City Crossroads Arts and Music Festival. Headlining the event is the Brooklyn hip-hop-flavored Jeru Tha Damaja (widely regarded as one of the best MCs of all time). Not to be outdone, heavyweight turntable performers Kimball Collins, Jen Lasher, Infiltrata and Evol Intent (pictured) play DJ sets covering trance, breaks and drum-'n'-bass, respectively. A 40-square-foot linoleum dance floor offers space for poppers and breakers, but spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. This fest of the heard-and-seen arts will begin at noon and bottom out around 5 a.m.