Kansas City Connection: From burlesque to Black Keys

Kansas City this week is bubbling over with entertainment options, from burlesque to bandoneónists to the Black Keys. Buckle up, dear reader, as we’re in for a fast and furious ride.

Concert: Black Mountain

The Canadian quintet Black Mountain takes the stage Tuesday night at the Record Bar.

The group channels the grooves of Krautrock pioneers Can and the fuzz guitars of Comets on Fire, and with one of their catchiest tracks titled “Druganaut,” I don’t think it would be unfair to place them in the “stoner rock” category.

Tickets are $12. Denver psych rockers Woodsman open for this 18-and-over show.

Concert: Doug Talley Quartet

Jazz fans can make the short trip to KU Edwards Campus on Thursday night to see the Doug Talley Quartet in concert.

Doug Talley and company have been faithfully representing Kansas City’s classic jazz legacy for almost 20 years, and their 7 p.m. show at Regnier Hall (12600 Quivira Road) should be a be-boppin’ good time.

Like all community events at the KU Edwards Campus, this concert is free to the public with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Entertainment: Burlesque Festival

What do you think of when you hear the word “burlesque”?

To me the word conjures images of ladies with Bettie Page haircuts wearing little aside from skirts and pasties, dancing and performing to rockabilly music. Whatever your perception, the 3rd Annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival will almost certainly expand audience’s appreciation of a form festival organizers refer to as “a little bit risqué, definitely exciting and always classy and entertaining.”

The main events begin Friday at the Off Center Theatre (2450 Grand St. in Crown Center), culminating in a performer competition/showcase at the Folly Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. A Late Night Strut and a Royal Burlesque Ball are also part of the festival, which will include performers from Chicago, Los Angeles and Spain.

Tickets to individual events cost $22, and check out a full schedule and a list of performers at kcburlesque.com.

Concert: Hector del Curto

My father was fond of saying that it takes two to tango, but Saturday’s “A Night of Tango” performance at the Kauffman Center (1601 Broadway) will require at least five.

Acclaimed Argentinian bandoneónist Hector del Curto will be backed up by Kansas City’s Bach Aria Soloists for a night of music celebrating the work of famed tango composer Ástor Piazzolla (a bandoneón is like an accordion, but with buttons instead of keys).

Tickets start at $20 for the 8 p.m. performance.

Food: La Bodega

While tango is a South American invention and tapas are part of the cuisine of northern Spain, Kansas City’s premier tapas lounge, La Bodega, seems like an excellent place to enjoy a pre- or post-concert nosh.

La Bodega has two area locations, one at 703 Southwest Blvd. in KCMO and the other in Leawood at 4311 W. 119th St. Tapas are best enjoyed with a large, boisterous group of people so you get to try a little bit of everything, and merely looking at the menu at labodegakc.com will make you want to crack open a bottle of red wine.

Concert: The Black Keys with the Flaming Lips

Finally, don’t forget the Black Keys with special guests the Flaming Lips next Sunday at the Sprint Center.

These days it’s hard not to go shopping or turn on the TV without hearing the Black Keys in the background, but the duo came by their success honestly, touring small clubs like the Replay before eventually hitting it big.

The area will be well-represented that night, with Kansas City native Gus Seyffert joining the Black Keys on bass and Lawrence’s Kliph Scurlock playing drums for the Flaming Lips.

Tickets start at $41.50 and are available at sprintcenter.com.

— Lucas Wetzel is a KU graduate and Kansas City native who has worked as a writer, editor and language trainer in the U.S. and Europe. Know of an upcoming event in Kansas City you’d like to see featured in Kansas City Connection? Email us about it at kcconnection@ljworld.com.

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