The Best events in KC for June 2023

Photo courtesy of C.S. Lewis on stage.
Clint Black

June 2. 8 pm.

Legend Clint Black has been a music industry star for more than three decades. His debut album, Killin’ Time, transformed country music and cemented Black as a true country-music traditionalist. Clint’s newest album, Out of Sane, is mostly original songs and recorded with an eclectic group of musicians. June 2. 8 pm. Yardley Hall.

Big Slick

June 2–3.

KC celebrities Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle started the Big Slick celebrity fundraiser for Children’s Mercy back in 2010, and it has grown incredibly over the years. It now includes a celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, with options for VIP upgrades like  meet-and-greets with the stars and complimentary food and drinks. The Big Slick Party & Show will take place on Saturday at the T-Mobile Center and feature comedy from the KC celebs, plus more from actor-comedians David Koechner, Eric Stonestreet and new host Heidi Gardner. June 2–3. Times vary. Kauffman Stadium and T-Mobile Center.

Stern Conducts Mahler and Montgomery

June 2–4.

Conductor Michael Stern leads one of America’s brightest young composers, Jessie Montgomery, with a new work co-commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. Violinist Montgomery uses symphonic sounds to convey complex emotions in “Five Freedom Songs,” with support from soprano Julia Bullock. Frederick Delius’ orchestration of “The Walk to the Paradise Garden,” which portrays the timeless yearning between young lovers, will be performed along with Gustav Mahler’s “Fourth Symphony,” which delves into themes of childhood and innocence. June 2–3, 8 pm; June 4, 2 pm. Helzberg Hall.

All Time Low

June 3. 7 pm. 

Maryland-native band All Time Low formed two decades ago, in the heyday of many other successful emo-punk bands. Their seventh full-length album, Last Young Renegade, follows a character also called Last Young Renegade on a lyrical journey full of nostalgia, synthesizers and cinematic soundscapes. 96.5 Not-the-Buzz presents the concert, with support from fellow early-2000s emo-punk boy band Mayday Parade. June 3. 7 pm. The Midland Theatre.

Brit Floyd

June 7. 8 pm. 

Pink Floyd UK tribute band Brit Floyd returns to the stage in honor of the fiftieth-year anniversary of the iconic album The Dark Side of the Moon. The nearly three-hour-long set also includes hits from Pink Floyd’s sweeping catalog, along with special effects for audiences’ psychedelic journey to the past. June 7. 8 pm. The Midland Theatre.

Deck the Hallmark Live

June 8. 7 pm.

In 2018, three white guys watched a made-for-TV movie and decided everyone needed to hear their opinions on it. Half a decade later, they are still going strong watching and reviewing every cheesy Christmas movie they can find. Now, the guys from the Deck the Hallmark podcast are coming to KC to review a movie live for the podcast recording and audience Q&A. Who says you can’t celebrate Christmas in June? June 8. 7 pm. recordBar.


June 8. 8 pm.

Denver-based DJ Illenium has quickly made a name for himself in the world of dance music through catchy remixes and original productions. His innovative, immersive performances with live instruments and cutting-edge visuals have earned him spots at festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella. June 8. 8 pm. Azura Amphitheater.

Luke Combs 

June 10. 5:45 pm.

North Carolina native country music superstar Luke Combs is making a stop in KC on his arena world tour. Known for his classic country voice and original songwriting, he skyrocketed to fame in the last five years with romantic hits like “The Kind of Love We Make” and “When It Rains It Pours.” June 10. 5:45 pm. GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

Taylor Tomlinson

June 10 & 11.

Comedian Taylor Tomlinson, who gained widespread fame through her stand-up specials with Netflix, is in KC for three almost-sold-out shows. In her Have It All tour, the comedian is touring the US, Australia and New Zealand, discussing heavier topics with sincerity, crassness and heart. June 10, 7 & 9:30 pm; June 11, 7 pm. The Midland Theatre.


June 11. 7 pm.

Weezer has remained enduringly popular the last thirty-plus years, with their pop-rock sound and catchy melodies making them a steadfast favorite among Gen Xers and millennials. This time around, they’re on their Indie Rock Road Trip tour in North America, coming to KC with another emo-rock legend of the same era, Modest Mouse. June 11. 7 pm. Azura Amphitheater.

Nickel Creek with Special Guest Gaby Moreno

June 13. 7:30 pm.

Folk-bluegrass trio Nickel Creek returns from their nearly decade-long hiatus with their newest album, Celebrants, which continues their legacy of Americana music. Special guest Gaby Moreno will open the evening with her signature Jazz-soul-blues fusion, which earned her a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. June 13. 7:30 pm. Kauffman Theatre.

Pat Metheny

June 15. 7:30 pm.

Lee’s Summit native jazz-guitarist Pat Metheny has received twenty Grammy Awards and cemented himself as a legend of the genre, constantly expanding his repertoire and pushing limits. Now performing in his Side-Eye project—an ongoing showcase featuring a rotating cast of musicians—Metheny will showcase two rising stars: pianist Chris Fishman and drummer Joe Dyson. June 15. 7:30 pm. Kauffman Theatre.


June 16 & 17.

The KC-centric block party returns for its ninth year this summer. Along with several stages, dozens of musicians, food trucks and festival bars, this year also includes additional special events like the Taps & Tastes Experience, Proper Cannabis VIP Experience, Beer Dinner at The American, Ride to Boulevardia bike tour and more. June 16–17. Times vary. Grand Boulevard at Crown Center.

The Rite of Spring, Ax Plays Beethoven

June 16–18.

Kansas City Symphony presents Michael Stern conducting Carlos Simon’s lively homage to his family’s experience in the Pentecostal church in “AMEN!”; world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax playing Beethoven’s exciting “Piano Concerto No. 3”; and Stravinksy’s enduring masterpiece, “The Rite of Spring.” June 16–17, 8 pm; June 18, 2 pm. Helzberg Hall.

Impractical Jokers

June 17. 7:30 pm.

Creators and stars of hit prank show Impractical Jokers are on the road for their first new live comedy tour in three years, the DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE tour. Season nine of the show recently returned in a new celebrity format, and jokesters Q, Murr and Sal are ready to showcase their new viral videos and jokes across the U.S. June 17. 7:30 pm. T-Mobile Center.

Disney Pride in Concert

June 17 & 18.

The Heartland Men’s Chorus performs this new multimedia musical celebration of LGBTQ+ love, family and perseverance. This unique family-friendly show draws inspiration from favorite Disney films like The Little Mermaid and Mary Poppins. The musical extravaganza will feature the chorus and the orchestra as they perform new musical arrangements accompanied by animation from Disney and Pixar films. June 17, 7:30 pm; June 18, 3:30 pm. Kauffman Theatre.

Q BBQ Fest

June 23 & 24.

The third annual Q BBQ Fest returns for a two-day smoking, grilling and eating extravaganza. The elevated barbecue festival gives guests the chance to sample the best barbecue from local, regional and national pitmasters on the Chiefs’ home turf. A new VIP ticket option this year lets guests enjoy an all-you-can-eat-and-drink experience for four hours, along with self-guided tours of the Chiefs Locker Room, the Bud Light Locker Room Club and the Chiefs postgame press conference room. June 23, 6 pm; June 24, 3 pm. GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

Broberg Plays Rachmaninoff, with Puccini and Tchaikovsky

June 23–25.

Pianist Kenny Broberg brings his forceful sound to Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2,” a piece created while the composer underwent hypnosis following an ill-fated premiere of his first symphony. Italian guest conductor Valentina Peleggi leads the KC Symphony in Tchaikovsky’s moody and bold “Symphony No. 4.” June 23–24, 8 pm; June 25, 2 pm. Helzberg Hall.

Bluey’s Big Play 

June 24 & 25.

The award-winning, feel-good, animated kids’ series hits the road for fans of all ages to see the Heeler family as they’ve never seen them before. Based on an original new story written by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, with new music by composer Joff Bush, this spectacular stage show also features both puppetry and live actors. June 24, 12:30 and 3:30 pm; June 25, 12:30 and 3:30 pm. Kauffman Theatre.

Fall Out Boy 

June 24, 6:30 pm.

The ultimate millennial emo-pop band Fallout Boy was formed over twenty years ago in a suburb outside of Chicago. After several critically and commercially successful EPs and albums in the early aughts, they took a hiatus and returned with a more refined, less emo-punk sound. Ever since, they have been enduringly popular with a loyal fan base in aging millennials hungry for some nostalgic angst. June 24, 6:30 pm. Azura Amphitheater.

C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In

June 3. 4 pm. 

Photo courtesy of C.S. Lewis on stage.

Written and performed by Max McLean, this performance captures legendary author C.S. Lewis’ magnetic personality, eloquence and wit in a stage experience that ventures deep into the psyche and soul of one of the world’s most influential and beloved figures. June 3. 4 pm. Kauffman Theatre.

Gimme Gimme Disco

June 23. 9:30 pm.

Photography by Shutterstock.

You, too, can be the dancing queen (over seventeen), in this disco-themed dance party, where you’ll hear ABBA hits and other disco favorites from the ’70s and ’80s like The Bee Gees and Cher. Disco attire is encouraged as you dance all night long (all night)! June 23. 9:30 pm. The Truman.

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