Concert Calendar: Drive-By Truckers, Amos Lee, Leon Bridges, Banks & Steelz, Ra Ra Riot, Local Natives, Too $hort and more

Drive-By Truckers
Son Volt

Drive-By Truckers is inviting controversy with its forthcoming record, American Band, out September 30. To be honest, it’s a perfect year for it. The Georgia band celebrates two decades together, and perhaps to honor the coincidence that such a milestone is achieved during one of the most polarizing election years in history, this album encompasses themes of police brutality, racism, crooked politics and the Confederate flag. On the cover of the album? The American flag, flying in distress, upside-down at half-staff.
7 p.m. Friday, September 23
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.

Leon Bridges
with Lianne La Havas

It was a swinging retro record — Coming Home, released last year — that earned Leon Bridges comparisons to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding … as well as a Grammy nomination. The 27-year-old artist sounds like he just stepped out of a jukebox wearing a polyester mock-neck and crooning smoothly into an old-fashioned microphone. It’s a sound that’s hard not to like, even if you think you’re too cool to ride the soul revival train. British songbird Lianne La Havas opens, and if you haven’t yet been charmed by the smoke-and-ashes singing that dominated her last record, Blood, just wait.
8 p.m. Tuesday, September 27
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Amos Lee
On his latest album, Spirit, Amos Lee gambles with some new sounds, and it pays off big time. His genre has always been Americana, and it’s always worked for him — the tried-and-true dusty dirges, the warm familiarity of denim-on-denim-inspired melodies. But Spirit welcomes a bright horn section and folds in some gospel, and my goodness, it feels so natural that we wonder why Lee is just now getting around to letting these other colors shine. Perhaps these touches have always been there, subtly flavoring his grooves. Whatever the case, Spirit takes us higher.
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 28
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Thursday 9.22
Tyrone Clark & Blue Dig
7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Corey Smith, Luke Combs
8 p.m. Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,
Lawrence

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

Chris Hazelton Quartet
9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Broken Arrows, Freight Train Rabbit Killer
7:30 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

The Foreign Resort, Nite, Redder Moon
8 p.m. RecordBar, 1520 Grand

The Philistines, the Sluts, Ebony Tusks
10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Wolves in the Throne Room
8 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Friday 9.23

Too $hort
8 p.m. Voodoo Lounge, Harrah’s North Kansas City, 1 Riverboat Dr.

BMW & B2 Expressions
8:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

G. Love & Special Sauce, Brody Buster Band
8 p.m. Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,
Lawrence

You Monster You, 88er, Benelux
9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club,
3402 Main

Friends of Chamber Music:
Escher String Quartet with Jason Vieaux
8 p.m. Folly Theatre, 300 W. 12th St.

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

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

Stolen Winnebegos
10 p.m. Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

Heartland Steel Association Annual Party
7 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Daniel Amedee
9 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Hembree
7:30 p.m. RecordBar, 1520 Grand

CS Luxem, Time, Wild Eye
10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Cobalt, Mantar, Hossferatu, Mercurial
7 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

The Mowgli’s, Colony House, the Dreamers
7 p.m. Kansas City Power & Light District, 1100 Walnut

Saturday 9.24

Local Natives
Charlotte Day Wilson
7 p.m. Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.

Jazz Disciples with Jason Gouda and
Lisa Henry
8:30 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Starhaven Rounders
7 p.m. The Brick, 1727 McGee

Steve Poltz, Truckstop Honeymoon,
Sky Smeed
8 p.m. Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,
Lawrence

Jon Wayne and the Pain
9 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Harriman Jewell Series: Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra
7 p.m. Folly Theatre, 300 W. 12th St.

Max Groove Quartet
9 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

David Bowie: A Musical Odyssey with
the Kansas City Symphony
8 p.m. Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway

The Black Jackets
10 p.m. Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

Making Movies Carnaval 2016
5:30 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Enemy Planes, Kira Hooks
9 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Arc Flash, Schwervon!, Jade Archetype
10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Stevie Stone
7 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Sadie Robertson
7 p.m. Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.

Sunday 9.25
Montana of 300
7 p.m. Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

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

Victor & Penny, Barclay Martin Ensemble, Minimal Animal
7 p.m. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts,
Lawrence

Unwed Sailor, Brother, Caroline
10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Extra Butter with DJ Maxx Gruv &
George Butler
7 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Bledso EP Release with Marty Gillett &
Yard Beers
7 p.m. Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Monday 9.26
Howard Iceberg & the Titanics
6 p.m. The Brick, 1727 McGee

Louis Neal Big Band
7 p.m. The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

ITNA, Crontraktor, the Wrong Alice, Daikaiju
8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

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

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

Shillelagh
11 a.m. Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

John Hiatt with Rick Brantley
7:30 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Junior Boys
8 p.m. RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Iamx
8 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

A La Mode
7 p.m. Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Tuesday 9.27
Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons,
Tyler Gregory
8 p.m. Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire,
Lawrence

Blood Incantation, Slut Gutter, Moonsick
8 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

BVibe
10:30 p.m. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Mike Peters
8 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

The Medicine Theory, Bloody Knives, Chant
9 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Pierce the Veil, Neck Deep, I Prevail
7:30 p.m. The Midland, 1228 Main

Campdogzz, Heidi Lynne Gluck
10 p.m. Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Counting Crows & Rob Thomas
6 p.m. Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd.

Wednesday 9.28

Banks & Steelz
7 p.m. Tank Room, 1813 Grand

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

Mind Galaxy, the Blunts, Shades of Blue
7:30 p.m. Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

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

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

Dom Flemons
8 p.m. Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Tok, Weyward Sister
9 p.m. MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

C.W. Stoneking
9:30 p.m. RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Young Guns, Red Velvet Crush, Citizen Zero
7:30 p.m. Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Alabama
6:30 p.m. Starlight Theatre,
4600 Starlight Rd.

Ra Ra Riot
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 28
Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence

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