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The Best Summer Concerts in Kansas City for 2017

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This year’s Summer in KC should be hot, and so too should its lineup of must-attend summer concerts. No matter your musical tastes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Take a look at these incredible summer shows, and give your ears a gift other than a swift Q-Tip cleaning.

June Concerts in Kansas City

Tom-Petty

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (w/ Joe Walsh)

The term “iconic” barely scratches the surface of Tom Petty’s importance to American music. With timeless classics like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “American Girl,” his repertoire of songs is certainly impressive. When he brings his God-given talents to the Sprint Center stage in KC, you can hear all those beloved tunes as if it were 1989. Here’s to 40 more years!

Date & Time: June 2nd @ 7:30pm
Location: Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: sprintcenter.com

Rockfest 2017

If your heart beats for rock, this two-stage show should get your blood pumping. With acts like Godsmack, Sammy Hagar, and P.O.D. on the lineup, every guitar solo and screaming chorus at this year’s Rockfest will excite those arteries.

Date & Time: June 3rd @ 11am
Location: Kansas Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Tickets: rockfestkc.com

Elvis-Costello

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters

The second-best-known Elvis will travel across the pond this June and land at the iconic CrossroadsKC at Grinders venue in KC. Hop on over for an evening of new wave/pub rock/nerd pop with Mr. Costello and his incredible band of London musicians.

Date & Time: June 9th @ 8pm
Location: CrossroadsKC (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: crossroadskc.com

New-Kids-Paula-Abdul

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New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, & Paula Abdul

The early 1990s called, and they want to party again. So don some jean shorts and a baggy fluorescent-colored t-shirt, and take your nostalgic enthusiasm to the Sprint Center for The Total Package Tour. This is “Straight Up” going to be a “Step by Step” tour through your childhood memory banks.

Date & Time: June 12th @ 7:30pm
Location: Sprint Center (Kansas City , MO)
Tickets: sprintcenter.com

 

Boulevardia

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Boulevardia 2017

Whether you live in KC or are coming to visit, Boulevardia should absolutely be your mid-June must-see concert. For two days and nights at The Stockyards District, Boulevardia’s lineup—acts include Guster, The Joy Formidable, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, etc.—will pair up with the Family Fair and Makers Market for an unforgettable Father’s Day weekend of fun.

Dates & Times: June 16th-17th (all day)
Location: The Stockyards District (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: boulevardia.com

July Shows in KC

OneRepublic

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OneRepublic w/ Fitz & The Tantrums

Even after a decade—can you believe it’s been that long?—the Grammy-nominated OneRepublic still hasn’t run out of steam, selling nearly more albums than there are minutes in a day. And they’ll be joined by Fitz & The Tantrums just days after the Fourth of July in KC.

Date & Time: July 7th @ 7pm
Location: Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: sprintcenter.com

Blondie & Garbage: The Rage and Rapture Tour

When punk superstar groups Blondie and Garbage take center stage at the Muriel Kauffman Theater this July, you’ll be taken on a time-traveling journey from the 70s to the 90s. What’s best? The songs will sound just as fresh now as they did 20 and 40 years ago.

Date & Time: July 18th @ 7pm
Location: Muriel Kauffman Theatre (Kansas City, KS)
Tickets: kauffmancenter.org

Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton

How often do two non-athlete Hall of Famers find their way onto one stage in Kansas City? The answer: not often. Come space out with thousands of others at the Starlight Theater this July.

Date & Time: July 19th @ 7pm
Location: Starlight Theater (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: kcstarlight.com

Nickelback

For all you Canadian transplants living in KC, Olathe, and Lawrence, here’s our gift to you.

Date & Time: July 23rd @ 6pm
Location: Starlight Theater (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: kcstarlight.com

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Vans Warped Tour 2017

The allure of Vans hasn’t died out—not with best-selling bands like CKY, GWAR, Silverstein, Watsky, and The Ataris on this year’s roster! Grab your tickets for this full-day festival, and start hydrating up.

Date & Time: July 27th (all day)
Location: Providence Medical Center Amphitheater (Bonner Springs, KS)
Tickets: vanswarpedtour.com

August Concerts near Kansas City

Bruno Mars: 24k Magic World Tour

Nothing can stop this Grammy-winning pop superstar who wears too many hats to count. If you missed out on his Super Bowl halftime show from a few years back, now’s your chance to see another rendition of it when he visits the Sprint Center stage in mid-August.

Date & Time: August 9th @ 8pm
Location: Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: sprintcenter.com

Coldplay

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Coldplay

Your ears will barely get a rest from its Bruno Mars-induced pleasure because Coldplay will grace Kansas City with their presence less than a week later. After a nine-year hiatus, KC is proud to have Chris Martin and his bandmates back for what should be a fantastic show.

Date & Time: August 15th @ 7pm
Location: Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: sprintcenter.com

Idina Menzel (of Frozen fame!)

She’s a Tony Award winner, a critically acclaimed songwriter, and an Oscar-nominated singer. But most importantly to some, she’s Elsa, Queen or Arendelle. And she’s bringing her illustrious goose-bump-producing pipes to the KC Starlight Theater during the middle of summer.

Date & Time: August 16th @ 8pm
Location: Starlight Theater (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: kcstarlight.com

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey

End your summer in KC the same way many of you were started: with the stimulating and sensual sounds of Mr. Lionel Richie. He’ll be joined by special guest and silky smooth singer Mariah Carey, so you might get to cross two items off your bucket list. Grab your tickets before they sell out!

Date & Times: August 27th @ 7pm
Location: Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO)
Tickets: sprintcenter.com

Are you ready for your concert-packed summer now? We bet you are. But before you go tackling all these concerts, make sure you’re prepared for the journey by visiting our new and used car dealership in Olathe, KS. As a local car dealership in Olathe, McCarthy Chevrolet may not know the first thing about harmonizing with a dozen other musicians, but we know quality when we see and hear it. Look through our inventory of new Chevys and used cars, ask us about our current specials and Chevy incentives, or request auto service or maintenance. Contact our Chevrolet dealership near Kansas City at (913) 754-7208!

 

Sources & Photos:

http://www.sprintcenter.com/events/detail/tom-petty-the-heartbreakers

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http://boulevardia.com/

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http://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=12126 

https://www.kcstarlight.com/events/event-detail-production/steve-miller-band

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