Nine Things To Do In KC This Weekend, April 25-28

Alvvays. Photo by Norman Wong.

Here are nine great things to do in Kansas City this weekend, April 25-28, including: Simply the Best: The Music of Tina Turner, Alvvays and The Simon & Garfunkel Story.

Stranger Sings

This Parody Musical is a hilarious ‘upside down’ take on the hit Netflix series amplifying its campy 1980s costuming and themes in Stranger Sings. From the company that brought Kansas City Evil Dead The MusicaL & The Rocky Horror Show, take a trip back to Hawkins, Indiana in 1983 in a time where things were simpler, hair was bigger and unsupervised children were getting snatched by interdimensional creatures. 

April 5-28. Times vary. The Black Box.

Simply the Best: The Music of Tina Turner

Kansas City Symphony presents Simply the Best: The Music of Tina Turner with vocalist Tamika Lawrence. This show celebrates the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Tina Turner and her decades-long iconic career and immeasurable musical legacy, featuring hits like “Proud Mary” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” 

April 25. 8 pm. Helzberg Hall.


Canadian indie-pop band Alvvays formed over a decade ago, blending fun pop sounds with indie sensibilities. Alvvays hits KC on their spring 2024 U.S. tour, with support from opener Spllit.

April 25. 8 pm. The Truman.

Alvvays. Photo by Norman Wong.
Spark of Genius 

Presented by the Friends of Chamber Music Kansas City, this program, Spark of Genius, is specially assembled by artistic directors Hyeyeon Park and Dmitri Atapine. Joining them on stage will be the winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition violinist Stella Chen and violists Sean Lee, Matthew Lipman and Milena Pájaro-van de Stadt. The International Chamber Music series will close with the fiery genius of Felix Mendelssohn in his String Quintet in B-flat Major.

April 26. 7:30 pm. Folly Theater.

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Brett Young 

Downtown Hoedown, KC’s country concert series, returns with country artist Brett Young. The Orange County, California native is a country-pop singer-songwriter and guitarist who began songwriting after an injury prevented him from continuing as a college baseball pitcher. Young’s coming to KC in support of his newest album, Across The Sheets.

April 26. 8 pm. KC Live!

Aida Rodriguez

Puerto Rican/Dominican-American comedian Aida Rodriguez gained popularity during her stint as a contestant on the eighth season of Last Comic Standing. Rodriguez released her stand-up special on HBOMax and is currently working on a series based on her life story.

April 26 & 27. 7 & 9:30 pm. April 28. 7 pm. The Comedy Club.

Kansas City Jazz Alive 18th and Vine Walking Tour

This walking tour of one of KC’s most historic neighborhoods—the 18th & Vine Jazz District—will be led by Chuck Haddix, Director of UMKC Marr Sound Archives, host of KCUR 89.3 “Fish Fry,” author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker and Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop, and Geri Sanders, an independent historical consultant specializing in the community at the 18th and Vine Historic District. This walking tour will illustrate the district’s cultural and historical importance, while celebrating Charlie Parker’s birthday by touring Bird’s old stomping grounds.

April 27. 10am–12pm. 1616 E 18th St.

Batman Live in Concert

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of iconic 1989 Tim Burton-directed DC Superhero film, Batman, played on a large screen with live instruments. The beloved film, starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by James Olmstead. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite DC superhero as they experience the classic in a new, exciting way.

April 27. 8 pm. Kansas City Music Hall.

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

This immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the journey of folk-rock duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. Using state of the art video projection, light effects and a live band, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a moving concert featuring hits like “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “The Sound of Silence.”

April 28. 2 & 7 pm. Yardley Hall.

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