Boyz II Men (with the KC Symphony), Elle King and Sturgill Simpson lead your live-music week

Boyz II Men

With the Kansas City Symphony

Boyz II Men’s anniversary tour includes three nights in the fine company of the Kansas City Symphony. If you want to relive the magic that earned the R&B act four Grammy Awards over the past two decades, this is your weekend. The harmonies of Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris are as smooth as they’ve ever been, and hearing “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” and “One Sweet Day” with a layer of live symphonic power should put concertgoers in something of a mood. We can only imagine the many, many KC babies destined to arrive in about nine months.

October 28, 29, 30

Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway

Elle King

with Paul Cauthen

Don’t be fooled by the radio polish of Elle King’s breakthrough single, “Ex’s and Oh’s.” It’s a catchy song, one that reveals a voice with a lot of character and promise, but the pop-perfect sheen is a little misleading. You shouldn’t put too much stock, either, in King’s rather generic debut, Love Stuff. It’s good, but it doesn’t make a lasting impression. It’s onstage where this sultry, foul-mouthed singer (daughter of comic Rob Schneider) makes you remember her. If you want to know what you’re in for on Friday at the Midland, envision a cross between the badassery of the Runaways’ Cherie Curie and the sensitive rasp of Lissie: someone endearingly rough around the edges.

8 p.m. Friday, October 28

Midland, 1228 Main

Sturgill Simpson

Things have changed a little for Sturgill Simpson over the past two years. If you’re looking for the psychedelic country star who caused music writers everywhere to swoon with his 2014 album, The Metamodern Sounds of Country Music, well, he’s still here. But on this year’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, you’ll find that the enigmatic space cowboy has undergone beefy injections of soul and blues (see “Keep It Between the Lines” for a full horn section of supporting evidence). The effect is impressive: Sturgill — who has eluded most gut-spilling interviews and remains rather tight-lipped about his craft — has positioned himself as that rare modern artist to find success by avoiding a commitment to one musical style, and by not talking about himself. Tuesday night at the Midland, settle in for a show that will take you to the moon and back.

8 p.m. Tuesday, November 1

Midland, 1228 Main

Also this week:

Thursday 10.27

Pablo Sanhueza and the Latin Jazz All-Stars

7 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Midnight Marauders

10 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Gallows Bound, Goddamn Gallows, Ghost of Granddads Past

8 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main 

Figure x Protohype

8 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Matt Hopper Trio

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Chris Hazelton Quartet

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Blue Water Highway

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Cherub

7 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Tsushimamire, We Are the Asteroid, Kool 100s, Blondie Brunetti

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Dead Bars

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Vela, Fallopian Fire, Trauma Parlor

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Brothers Osborne

8 p.m., Uptown, 3700 Broadway

Friday 10.28

Joyce Manor

7 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Gray Matter

5 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Kathy Kosins & Uncovered Soul

8:30 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Star Haven Rounders

9 p.m., Brick, 1727 McGee

Flobots

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Miry Wild, Radial Red, Hillary Watts Riot

8 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main 

Denis Matsuev, Pianist in Recital

7:30 p.m., Folly, 300 W. 12th St.

Tim Whitmer Quartet

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Guitar Elation

8:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Boogaloo 7

10 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

2 Proud 2 Beg

10 p.m., Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

Margo Price with Darrin Bradbury

8:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Reel Big Fish

7 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Berwanger

9:30 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Young Manchego, Mr. & Mrs. Dodge

6 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Cloud Dog Reunion Show, Lion, Ricky Roosevelt

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Islands, Steady Holiday, La Guerre

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Charlie Puth

8 p.m., Uptown, 3700 Broadway

Saturday 10.29

Troye Sivan

8 p.m., Uptown, 3700 Broadway

Ida McBeth

8:30 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, Soul Rebel and the Beast

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Cave Girls, Haunted Creepies, Godzillionaire

8 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main 

The Wonder Years and Real Friends

6 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

OJT

6 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Max Groove

8:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

2 Proud 2 Beg

10 p.m., Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

Zombie Halloween with Boogie Wonderland Zombie Contest & Costume Contest

8:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Boo Bash featuring Ben Rector, Jacob Whitesides and Anne-Marie

8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main

The Twilight Hours, Outhouse

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Foxy by Proxy, Widman Vintage, STC, SSL

6 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Keef Mountain, Inner Altar, Sons of Mourning

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Sluts, the New Baboons, Young Bull

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

The Shameless Pursuit, Animal Parade, What a Wreck

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand 

Sunday 10.30

Attila

6 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Molly Hammer Duo

6 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Matt Otto Sextet

9:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Tech N9ne

8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main

My Empty Phantom, La Guerre, Wild Eye

0 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Halloween Nightmare Show 

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Monday 10.31

The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City

7 p.m., Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

The Sluts, Young Bull, Wides

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Eoto, Louis Futon, Midnight Marauders, Linear Symmetry

7 p.m., Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St. 

Booze & Boo’s Blowout, Gekko, 3 Sons Green

9 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main 

Jon Bellion

7 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Mark Lowrey & Molly Hammer Duo

Noon, Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Todd Strait Trio

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Will Matthews Organ Trio

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Safe in Sound Halloween Festival featuring Snails, Brillz and Botnek

8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main

Not a Planet, Carswell & Hope, Trashed

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Gnarly Davidson, Bummer, Raymond

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Bleached with Beach Slang, Hunny

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Tuesday 11.1

MewithoutYou

7 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Listener, the Homeless Gospel Choir

7 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, 3402 Main 

Chris Hazelton Trio

6 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Gerald Spaits Trio

9:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

William Fitzsimmons, Laura Burhenn (of the Mynabirds)

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

The O’s, Taylor Phelan, IAMWE, the Dear Misses

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Parsonsfield

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Wednesday 11.2

Stick Figure

7 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Natalie Bates Trio

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

OJT 

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Fast Johnny Ricker

7:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Bob Walkenhorst & Friends

6 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Rittz, Jarren Benton

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Lil Uzi Vert

8 p.m., Uptown, 3700 Broadway

Halfnoise, Brother, Sleepwalker

5 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main

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