Thirteen Things To Do In KC This Weekend, April 18-21

AJR. Photo by Jeremiah Kane.

Here are thirteen great things to do in KC this weekend, April 18-21, including: AJR, Waxahatchee and The Floozies.

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 inter-dimensional creatures. 

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

The Haberdasher Prince

In this new opera for families, The Haberdasher Prince takes place in a far-off land with a very musical king and his not-very-musical son. Everyone in town pretends to enjoy the prince’s terrible concerts until a bold village girl refuses to play along. Soon, the prince and the girl come up with a plan to showcase their true talents.

April 6-23. Times vary. Locations vary.

By Andrew Schwartz.
A Taste of Westport International Food Week

Westport’s 2nd Annual International Food Week showcases the diverse and authentic flavors from around the world that Westport has to offer. Each participating restaurant, including Taco Naco and Chewology among other favorites, will offer a special menu featuring their signature dishes and flavors.

April 15-21. Locations vary.

Dishes From James Beard Nominee Chewology / Photo Taken By Zach Bauman
Rooftop Percheron at Crossroads Hotel Reopening

Rooftop season is around the corner and KC’s favorite rooftop bar, Percheron at Crossroads Hotel, will be reopening on Friday. Known for its iconic city views, cocktails and live music, this summer season Percheron is debuting a new cocktail menu, featuring soon-to-be favorites like the Negroni Rosa and a frozen Strawberry Prairie, as well as snacks and bites by Executive Chef Aaron Wells-Morgan. Live music and DJs will be playing select nights throughout the season.

April 19. Percheron at Crossroads Hotel.

Percheron. Courtesy photo.

Indie-pop trio AJR was founded by singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met. The New York City trio hits KC in support of their fifth studio album, The Maybe Man. The concert is opened by Dean Lewis.

April 19. 7 pm. T-Mobile Center.

Photo by Jeremiah Kane.

Although singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield performs as Waxahatchee—named after where she grew up, in Waxahatchee Creek, Alabama—Crutchfield now lives in Overland Park, Kansas with fellow singer-songwriter husband Kevin Morby. Waxahatchee kicks off its North American tour in KC in support of new album Tigers Blood, which came out in March. Good Morning opens.

April 18. 7 pm. Uptown Theater.

Photo by Molly Matalon.
Jeffrey Kahane Plays Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto

Conductor Michael Stern crafts a program featuring works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Beethoven and Mozart. Pianist Jeffrey Kahane brings Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 to life in this masterwork for the piano that combines great talents across the centuries.

April 19 & 20, 8 pm; April 21, 2 pm. Helzberg Hall.

Guest Conductor Barbara Yahr with Park ICM Orchestra 

This season finale concert for the International Center for Music (ICM) at Park University is led by maestra Barbara Yahr making her debut appearance with the orchestra in a performance of Sibelius, Stamitz, and Mendelssohn, along with Park ICM Orchestra’s principal violist Christian Santos as soloist. Yahr is renowned for her illustrious 20-year career as the Music Director of the Greenwich Village Orchestra in New York. 

April 19. 7:30 pm. Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel.

Christian Santos. Courtesy photo.
Josh Abbott Band

Texas country powerhouse Josh Abbott Band plays in KC in support of the band’s critically-acclaimed new album, Somewhere Down The Road, released earlier this year.

 April 19. 8 pm. Uptown Theater.

2024 WIFI Film Festival 

This free event, 2024 WIFI Film Festival, invites film buffs for a day of varied programming, including educational workshops about filmmaking and the film industry, film screenings and a women filmmakers panel. In the evening, the event will move to the Rita Blitt Gallery for a filmmaker talk followed by a reception.

April 20. 10 am. Topeka & Shawnee County Library and the Rita Blitt Gallery.

Courtesy photo.
Peace for the Planet Festival

During Peace for the Planet Festival, a new free family-friendly Earth Day celebration event, children will be able to create a bee magnet and other eco-inspired creations from recycled materials, participate in a planting project and learn how pollinators impact our local environment with Jeremiah from George Owens Nature Center.

April 20. 10 am-4 pm. Peace Pavilion (Independence, MO).

The Heather Pierson Duo

Kansas native, pianist and singer-songwriter Heather Pierson stays committed to her uplifting live performances with bassist and partner Shawn Nadeau, ranging from New Orleans jazz to blues to folk. 

April 20. 7 pm. Green Guitar Folk House.

Photo by Jake Jacobson.
The Floozies

Fresh Karma Dispensary presents EDM duo, The Floozies, featuring Recycled Funk at KC Live!, Power & Light’s outdoor stage to celebrate Earth Day, the beginning of summer and 4/20.

April 20. 8 pm. KC Live!

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