I Am Still Music Tour
As part of the terms of his probation, Lil Wayne is legally prohibited from drinking alcohol until the year 2013. Booze is banned on the tour bus and backstage at his I Am Still Music tour (which also features Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Lloyd). Good for Weezy — a Martian couldn't have kept pace with his alcohol and drug intake the past half-decade — but I'd be shocked if Ross wasn't popping bottles somewhere back there behind the scenes.
Monday, August 22, at Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)
The last time Janet Jackson was in town, a friend told me, she pulled an 18-year-old guy out of the crowd and spent the next 15 minutes dry-humping him in various positions onstage. "It got kind of uncomfortable after a while," my friend said. I don't know; that sounds like a pretty good show to me.
Monday, August 22, at Starlight Theater (4600 Starlight Road in Swope Park, 816-363-7827)
Green Mountain Eco Festival
The Mountain Creek River Resort and Amphitheater in Eldridge, Missouri, hosts three days and four nights of music, eco workshops and camping along the Niangua River. Headlining is the Emmitt Nershi Band and EOTO, which features members of the String Cheese Incident. There is also an act on the bill named Stank Nasty, an offense forgivable only in light of the moral integrity of a weekend devoted to sustainable living.
Thursday, August 18–Sunday, August 21, at the Mountain Creek River Resort and Amphitheater (11564 Kinfolk Road in Eldridge, Missouri)
The success of acts Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, the Fresh and Onlys, and the Mantles has turned San Francisco into a sort of garage-rock mecca these past few years. Royal Baths is part of this crowd but dronier and less jangly than the others, like the Velvet Underground at its darkest.
Wednesday, August 24, at the Replay Lounge (946 Massachusetts in Lawrence, 785-749-7676)
Freddie Gibbs, Young Jeezy
Freddie Gibbs exploded on the Internet in late 2009 on the strength of a couple of mixtapes that hearkened back to the gangsta-rap glory days of the 1990s. His 'hood bona fides are well established: He comes from the streets of Gary, Indiana, one of the most blighted cities in America. Young Jeezy is an Atlanta rapper who was implicated in a federal cocaine-trafficking case a few years back. Investigators seeking clues or leads might simply have listened to his songs, many of which are about dealing cocaine. That's why they call him the Snowman.
Saturday, August 20, at the Beaumont Club (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560)
The Prids, with the Latenight Callers, Pretty Good Dance Moves, Sydney Wayser
The Prids formed in St. Joseph, then moved to Nebraska, then finally made the big westward haul to Portland, Oregon, which it currently calls home. The band's sound is a mix of shoegaze, post-punk and, fittingly, Northwest indie-rock, like Built to Spill, whose frontman Doug Martsch played on the Prids' most recent record.
Thursday, August 18, at RecordBar 0x000A(1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)