The Wilders, with Howard Iceberg and the Grisly Hand
If you live in Kansas City and like Americana music, this bill shouldn't need an introduction. But if you're one of those people who sits around and listens to Gram Parsons and Trace and never goes to shows, Friday would be a fine evening to acquaint yourself with some worthy local country-rock bands who actually still exist. For the rest of us, it's a chance to see the Wilders, who don't play around here so much anymore.
Friday, October 7, at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club (3402 Main, 816-753-1909)
Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is batting roughly a thousand — each of the three records she has released since 2006 has been embraced more warmly than the last. The Tulsa native wins points for being a dynamic female guitarist in a male-dominated scene and for the artfully disjointed structures of her orchestral songs, in which jagged edges swerve wildly around her delicate voice. You never feel like you're on steady ground with St. Vincent, even though you actually are, which is what is so impressive.
Friday, October 7, at Liberty Hall (644 Massachusetts, in Lawrence, 785-749-1972)
Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald
Looks like these two old pros really hit it off during 2010's Dukes of September Rhythm Revue tour, which featured Scaggs, McDonald and Donald Fagen performing R&B hits from the 1950s and '60s. No Fagen this time — he's busy touring with Steely Dan — but there's enough blue-eyed '70s soul on this bill to make it worth your while. It'll be a nice finale to the Starlight season. And if it's a little chilly, a Scaggs cover of Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO" ought to warm you up real nice.
Friday, October 7, at Starlight Theater (4600 Starlight Road, in Swope Park, 816-363-7827)
A tremendous amount of ink this year has been spilled — or, maybe more accurately, bandwidth-consumed — in the name of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA, or Odd Future for short). The Los Angeles rap collective is young, talented, black and angry — a lightning rod for social theory and moral outrage. The language is arguably more sociopathic, shocking and hateful than anything that has come before it (lots of rape, lots of murder), but the rapping is undeniably alive, like NWA in the '80s.
Tuesday, October 11, at The Granada (1020 Massachusetts, 785-842-1390)
Kelley Hunt, with Trampled Under Foot
Blues and soul singer — and Kansas City native — Kelley Hunt released a new record, Gravity Loves You, earlier this year. She'll be at Knuckleheads to perform some of those songs solo on Sunday as part of a benefit for the Head Start program in Wyandotte County. Joining Hunt is Trampled Under Foot, a young blues trio that has been playing to increasingly packed houses.
Sunday, October 9, at Knuckleheads (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)
Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival
After canceling due to insufficient funding in 2009, the Rhythm & Ribs Festival resurfaced at the American Jazz Museum in 2010. The all-day event returns to 18th and Vine this year and features Christian McBride & Inside Straight, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee War, among other regional and national jazz and blues acts. Also on hand: plates and plates of delicious, fatty barbecue. Tickets cost $18 until the day of the event, when they're $25.
Saturday, October 8, at the American Jazz Museum (1616 East 18th Street, 816-474-8463)