An Evening With the Beatles
Well, not exactly. But a splendid time is guaranteed for all at this tribute show, where a number of Kansas City's veteran musicians gather to celebrate the music of the Fab Four inside a church. Among the performers lined up by event organizer and KKFI Signal to Noise host Barry Lee: Kasey Rausch, Cody Wyoming, Eric Melin, Elaine McMilian, Mark Smeltzer, Jason Beers, Chad Rex, and more. "For the first part, we'll do an acoustic set, and then after intermission, an electric set with guest vocalists," Lee says. The $10 admission benefits KKFI 90.1.
Saturday, June 9, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (4501 Walnut, 816-531-2131)
Dan Bejar's yelping, theatrical voice is a nonstarter with some folks, which is a real shame. For those of us tuned in, his art-rock band Destroyer is one of the most thrilling acts going. On last year's Kaputt, he shoehorned his droll, witty lyrics into the sounds of the 1980s: some smooth jazz saxophones here, some Pet Shop Boys synthesizers there. Wasting your days, chasing some girls/Alright, chasing cocaine, through the back rooms of the world all night goes the title track. It's like Bright Lights, Big City set to music.
Sunday, June 10, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390)
After moving out East in the mid-2000s, Kansas City native Amber Papini resurfaced earlier this year as the singer-songwriter-guitarist of Brooklyn trio Hospitality. The band's self-titled debut (released earlier this year by venerable indie-rock label Merge Records) is a collection of cheery-sounding melodic pop with a melancholy streak. RIYL: Belle & Sebastian, the Magic Numbers, Camera Obscura, smart songs about 20-something life in large metropolitan areas.
Friday, June 8, at the Jackpot Music Hall (943 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-832-1085)
After Lubbock, Texas, boys Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely found individual success in the late 1970s and 1980s, fans grew curious about their old band, the Flatlanders. Upon its reissue in 1991, the Flatlanders' nearly forgotten early-'70s album More a Legend Than a Band became an alt-country classic. Since then, the trio has toured occasionally and released a handful of new records. At this show, they're joined by special guest Jason Eady.
Tuesday, June 12, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)
Big Smith, with Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Powder Mill
This most Ozarkian bill marks the final performance of Big Smith. After nearly 15 years, the Springfield, Missouri, country-bluegrass favorite is hanging it up. Helping the group celebrate are its Springfield forebears Ozark Mountain Daredevils, whose AM Gold-by-way-of-Appalachia sound is now 40 years aged.
Saturday, June 9, at Crossroads KC at Grinders (417 East 18th Street, 816-472-5454)