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07/04/2016
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Riverfest tops a colorful week ahead in Downtown

Riverfest is not only your ticket to Independence Day fun tonight at Berkley Park, it is also the kickoff to a rock star week of live music, theater and comedy in Downtown. Here’s the hot list of what’s hot this week from today (Monday) to Sunday, July 4-10:

CrossroadsKC @ Grinders lays down the beat for two outdoor shows this week, including:

311, featuring Matisyahu, returns to KC atwill rock the big town at 8 p.m. Wednesday
Roots and Heritage Festival, featuring Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Roots of Creation, Lion Dub, DJ Rico, Soul Rebel & The Beast, and Sunu, opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday

Jazz Speaks for Life - an evening dedicated to the voices and diverse participants active in the Civil Rights Movement - is set for Wednesday evening at the Gem Theater.
Jazz Speaks for Life – an evening dedicated to the voices and diverse participants active in the Civil Rights Movement – is set for Wednesday evening at the Gem Theater.
Jazz Speaks for Life – an evening dedicated to the numerous voices and diverse participants active in the Civil Rights Movement by storyteller Tracy Milsap, spoken word artist Sherri Purpose Hall, and choreographer Tyrone Aiken of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey – begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Gem Theater.

KC Live Block – will rock this town from the Power & Light District with three concerts AND a Family Fun Series event in three consecutive days this weekend, including:

Chris Janson – will perform in the Hot Country Night series at 7 p.m. Thursday
Third Eye Blind will light up Downtown with a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday
Family Fun Series presents Bubble & Beach Balls from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
The Wombats, featuring Cheerleader and Coast Modern, will tear it up beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday
KC Riverfest – Kansas City’s premiere Independence Day celebration – will feature fireworks, music, food and family fun as it returns to Berkley Riverfront Park next Monday, July 4. Click here for details.

Louis C.K. – one of America’s leading comedians – will kick it at 8 p.m. Thursday at Sprint Center.

Midland Theatre will play host to a Lifetime audience participation show AND two blockbuster comedy gigs this week, including:

Bring It! Live will give fans the chance to become part of the action as they see Miss D and her Dancing Dolls perform their never-before-seen routines live onstage. The live version of this hit Lifetime series gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Ron White – better known as “Tater Salad” is the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon – presents two shows at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday
WeekEnder – Cap off your work week with this summer series that features top local bands and favorite food trucks, followed by a famous flick under the stars on Fridays. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Drew Six on stage, followed by a screening of The Goonies at about 9 p.m. Friday on the Crown Center Square.

LIVE THEATER is thriving in Downtown KC, as is evidenced with the current three theatrical productions now showing. Here is what’s on tap for this week:

The Dawning of Aquarius – a salute to popular songs from the 1960s and ’70s – opens Friday at the Quality Hill Playhouse.
Madagascar, A Musical Adventure is showing now through Aug. 7 for its world premiere at The Coterie at Crown Center.
A Night on the Town, featuring singer/songwriter/actor Zachary Stevenson, is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Musical Theater Heritage at Crown Center.
LIVE MUSIC – Downtown is the heartbeat of the live music scene in Kansas City. You’ll find local and national acts at these venues most nights:

Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District
Coda in the Crossroads
CrossroadsKC at Grinders in the East Crossroads
Green Lady Lounge in the Crossroads
KC Live Block! in the Power & Light District
Kill Devil Club in the Power & Light District
Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms
The Majestic in the Downtown Loop
The Midland in the Downtown Loop
Mutual Musicians Foundation in the 18th & Vine Jazz District
The Phoenix in the Downtown Loop
Prohibition Hall in the Downtown Loop
Record Bar in the Crossroads
The Tank Room in the Crossroads
For more of what’s happening in Downtown and Kansas City, check out our friends at VisitKC.