Concert Calendar: Guns N’ Roses, Steely Dan, Peter Bjorn and John, Public Enemy, Dave Matthews Band, Taking Back Sunday and more

Guns N’ Roses
The classic Guns N’ Roses lineup — Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan — is back together for a much-anticipated summer tour, aptly titled “Not in This Lifetime.” (It marks the first time that Slash and Rose have been onstage together since 1993.) If you can barely believe that this superstar act is still able to hit the road, perhaps this information will impress you further: Most of the reviews so far indicate that GNR has only gotten better with age. Rose — a frontman with all the powerful personality and charisma of a cult leader — and the rest of the gang should not be missed.
Arrowhead Stadium, 1 Arrowhead Dr
Wednesday, June 29

Steely Dan with Steve Winwood
The indisputable brilliance of Steely Dan began with the rock band’s 1972 debut album, Can’t Buy a Thrill, and has been reinforced by each subsequent release. The combined talents of founding members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen meant that the ’70s glittered a good deal more, thanks to their eccentric, jazz-influenced sound. But Thursday’s show at Starlight won’t be all boomer nostalgia: Expect to hear some classic cuts interspersed with a few newer tracks from the group’s Grammy Award-winning 2000 album, Two Against Nature, and 2003’s Everything Must Go. With a 50-year history between Becker and Fagen, this show will be well worth your time. Bonus: Rock royalty Steve Winwood opens.
Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd.
Thursday, June 23

Peter Bjorn and John
Breakin’ Point, the latest album from Peter Bjorn and John, seeks to resuscitate the airy dream-pop that first delivered the Swedish trio to success with 2006’s hit single “Young Folks.” In a lot of ways, Breakin’ Point accomplishes this — with a little dash of Abba-inspired polish. Each track seems determined to put its best hook forward, to get you to move some limbs and nod your head. Make no mistake: These are songs that PB&J want to get stuck in your head. Tuesday at the Granada, expect just that.
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence
Monday, June 27

Also this week …

Thursday 6.23
Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds,
Violet & the Undercurrents
The Brick, 1727 McGee

Group Atzlan
Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Cave Girls, Schwervon, Wussy
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

Brett Jackson Quartet
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Philistines, Magnet School, Stiff Middle Fingers
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Black Pistol Fire
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Candlebox with Run With It
Town Center Plaza, Town Center Plaza,
5000 W. 119th St., Leawood

Curtis Salgado
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
The Midland, 1228 Main

Friday 6.24
The Truth
Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

The Samples
CrossroadsKC, 417 E. 18th St.

Bike Power, Americana-Na, the Quivers
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

The Leisure Boys, the Forlorns, CS Luxem
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Boogaloo 7
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Jared & the Mill, Brave the Spirit,
the Hamelins
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Saturday 6.25


Public Enemy
Downtown Lawrence

Tyrone Clark & True Dig
Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Mr. Mojo Risin: A Celebration of the Doors
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Erin Eades, Radial Red, Red Velvet Crush,
Miry Wild, The B Sharps
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

The Phantastics
Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Electric Tinks
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk, Westerners,
the Travel Guide
 Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Sunday 6.26
The Smokers Club
Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Staves
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Monday 6.27
Louis Neal Big Band
Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Diamond Empire
The Brick, 1727 McGee

Matt Hopper Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand
Afroman
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Tuesday 6.28
Dark Star Orchestra
CrossroadsKC, 417 E. 18th St.

Sequel
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Joshua Powell & the Great Robbery,
Andrew Foshee, Jessica Paige,
Kasey Rausch and Friends
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

The Jayhawks and Folk Uke
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester  

Wednesday 6.29

Dashboard Confessional,
Taking Back Sunday and more
CrossroadsKC, 417 E. 18th St.

After Funk, Gekko
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Danny Embrey Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Animal Parade
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway


Dave Matthews Band
Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs

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