Concert Calendar: Dolly Parton, Wye Oak, Børns, Vans Warped Tour, Miike Snow, Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, and more

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is a national treasure. The rhinestone-studded star of country music — who, at 70, is looking better than most of us do at 30 — could be doing a lot of other things this summer, but she’s opted to give America the greatest possible gift: herself. She’s plowing her way through more than 60 dates on the Pure + Simple tour — the largest trek for Parton in more than 25 years — and she’s embarking on it with a three-piece band, which means you can expect an intimate show packed with Parton’s trademark blend of humor and heart.
Friday, July 29
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand

Wye Oak
Wye Oak has been releasing top-notch electro-pop since its 2008 debut, If Children, and yet, this oft-overlooked Baltimore duo is hardly granted the status it deserves. The band came close with 2011’s acclaimed Civilian, and then 2014’s synth-laden Shriek (an album that let singer Jenn Wasner’s featherweight alto soar). But the June-released Tween is a whole other story: It’s a quiet, brooding — and sometimes sinister — take, the songs rehashed from the three-year period between the previous albums. Tween reads like a weird journal entry from an awkward, secret-genius kid who is still trying to figure out where he fits. In Wye Oak’s case, the answer is firmly in your playlist.
Saturday, July 30
RecordBar, 1520 Grand


Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle
The recent partnership between folk artists Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle has been 30 years in the making. Colvin and Earle hit it off when she opened for him at a show in 1987, and we’re finally seeing the payoff of that long-running mutual admiration. Colvin & Earle is the debut album from this partnership, and the 10 tracks sound like these singer-songwriters were meant for each other. Released in June, the album is at turns dark and joyful — just the way a first-rate Americana album should be. Indeed, things have changed quite a bit for Colvin since her 1996 hit, “Sunny Came Home,” dominated radio-station playlists — about the same time Earle’s career was overshadowed by drug abuse. Wednesday, prepare to meet your favorite new folk duo.
Wednesday, August 3
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway

Also this week …

Thursday 7.28

Børns
Madrid Theater, 3810 Main

Kansas City Latin All-Stars
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Mike Dillon Band, Claude Coleman Jr.
The Brick, 1727 McGee

Joel Bonner & the Boot Stompers
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Iron Guts Kelly, Circle of Trust, Altered Beast
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

Us the Duo
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Matt Hopper Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Jane Lee Hooker
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Lincoln Marshall, MC Storm, Kwame
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Psymbionic
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Vans Warped Tour, with 3OH!3, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Yellowcard and more
Providence Medical Amphitheater
633 N. 130th St.

Friday 7.29
The Truth
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.
Charlotte Fletcher & Soinge
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Chris Tady’s Monster Buddies,
Astronaut Merit Badge
The Brick, 1727 McGee

Hairball, Cimino
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.

Wick and the Tricks, Schwervon, the Bad Ideas
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

The Lacs
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Tim Whitmer
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Attalla, Orphans of Doom, Custom Black
Minibar, 3810 Broadway

Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type, Pink Royal, Spirit Is the Spirit
RecordBar, 1520 Grand

No Magic, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Monica George
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Smoky Bare, Farout, Scotty Wu, Kind Dub, Epiphany
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Yes You Are, Drugs & Attics, Caveofswords
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Rascal Flatts
Providence Medical Amphitheater,
633 N. 130th St.

Saturday 7.30
Jazz Disciples feat. Tracy Hamlin
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

National Park Radio, Like Rabbits
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Sugar Ray & Everclear
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.

Heroes and Villains
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

OJT
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Chubby Carrier
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Buttonpush
Minibar, 3810 Broadway

See Through Dresses, Little Brazil, Real Adults
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Chrome Pony, Westerners
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway
Phoenix Fest
The Phoenix, 302 W. Eighth St.

Turnpike Troubadours
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Sunday 7.31

Miike Snow, with Jack Garratt
The Midland, 1228 Main

Joe Schoonover Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Sunflower Native, The Year of the Hare
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Lochness Mobsters + Hidden Ritual,
Drugs & Attics, The Gorlons, Stack & Smash
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Monday 8.1
BVibe
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Hit Television Show
Minibar, 3810 Broadway

New Madrid, Youth Pool, Spellbook
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Tuesday 8.2
DJ Killa Watt
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Chris Hazelton Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Motel Raphaël
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Whitney Rose with the Honeycutters
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Moonwalks, Glass Masks
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Hamelins, Betrayed by Fiction,
Earth Spun Occupants
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Wednesday 8.3
Great Blue, Babylon Escape Plan
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Umphrey’s McGee
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.

Uncle Tuesday
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

Natalie Bates Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Old No. 5s
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Jason & the Punknecks
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

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