Andre Williams performs Friday night at the RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road.
Though it starts a day after the Fourth of July, this weekend’s music calendar is loaded with sparkle and fireworks. From Thursday through Monday, the day before Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, there are plenty of options on the docket leading up to Tuesday's game.
Samantha Fish performs tonight at B.B.'s Lawsnde Bar-B-Q and at 5:30 p.m. Mondauy at the Ink Stage at FanFest.
- Samantha Fish, 7:30 p.m. at B.B.’s Lawnside Bar-B-Q, 1205 E. 85th St. In May, Fish won the best new artist debut award at the Blues Music Awards for her album “Runaway.”
- Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, 8 p.m. at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway. Taylor is a storyteller who fuses traditional country with rock, Southern rock and punk into the kind of music that has made Billy Joe Shaver a fan. Admission is $10.
- Southern Hospitality featuring blues artists Damon Fowler, Victor Wainwright and JP Soars, 7 p.m. at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St. Admission is $12.
- Crossroads Block Party: This free event is sponsored by Golden Sounds Records. Eight bands will perform from 5 to 11 p.m. for First Friday crowds at 19th and Baltimore streets.
- Andre Williams and the Conquerors, 10 p.m. at RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. This could be the show of the weekend. Williams, 76, has a long resume that goes back to the 1950s and includes stints on Fortune Records and Chess Records, plus songwriting credits that include “Shake a Tail Feather.” In the late 1990s, he became known for forging punk and the blues into “scuzz rock.” Admission is $10. This is an 18-and-older show.
- Asleep at the Wheel, 8:30 p.m. at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester St. Founder Ray Benson still leads the seven-piece country/Western-swing band from West Virginia that has been doing it for more than 40 years.
- Ces Fest, 8 p.m. at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway. See post below.
- First Friday at Midwestern Musical Co., 1830 Locust St.: A free event featuring Deco Auto, celebrating the release of its nifty hard-pop EP “Past Mistakes and Hauntings,” and the Pedaljets. The music starts at 8 p.m.
- Young the Giant at the Kansas City Live stage in the Power & Light District. The pop/rock band that had hits with “My Body” and “Cough Syrup” headlines a free show in the heart of the downtown entertainment district. Showtime is 8 p.m. It’s a 21-and-older show.
- Locally Thrown at Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.: Another free event featuring three great local bands: Hearts of Darkness, Making Movies and Diverse, plus four DJs. Showtime is 9 p.m. A raffle will benefit Midwest Music Foundation.
Friday and Saturday
- The Lawrence Field Day Fest is a two-day all-day event at the Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St. in Lawrence. Almost two dozen bands will perform over two days. The music starts at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. A one-day pass is $10; a two-day pass is $15. It’s an all-ages event. For a list of bands and a schedule, visit midwestmusicfound.org/shows.
- My Brothers and Sisters, 10 p.m. at the Brick, 1727 McGee St. This 18-piece band with a string quartet and horn section is led by Jamie Searle, formerly of It’s Over. The music mixes samba, jazz, pop, rock and hip-hop
- Jay Mohr at the Midland theater, 1228 Main St. The comedian is in town for the All-Star Game. The show is sold out, but tickets are usually available outside the theater.
- A Tribute to D’Angelo, 7 and 10:30 p.m. at RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. The prince of neo-soul has released only two albums, the second of which is now more than 12 years old. An ensemble of Kansas City performers and musicians will pay their respects with two tribute shows. Admission to each is $10.
- The Casket Lottery, 8 p.m. at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway. The post-hardcore/math-rock band from Kansas City is back together and recording music again. The group headlines a show with Anakin and In the Grove. Admission is $8.
- Death Cab for Cutie, 8 p.m. at Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.: This show was initially scheduled for Liberty Hall in Lawrence, but the stalwart indie-rock band still draws a big crowd, so the show was moved to the larger venue, Crossroads KC.
Sunday and Monday
- The Ink Stage at FanFest at Bartle Hall: Fourteen Kansas City bands will entertain baseball fans at the All-Star Game’s FanFest. The music starts at 10 a.m. each day. Among the bands on the bills: Hearts of Darkness, the Good Foot, the Grisly Hand, Samantha Fish, Kristen May and the Grand Marquis. Tickets to FanFest are $25 and $30. Discounts are available. For a sdhedule, go here.
- Trampled Under Foot, 7:30 p.m. at B.B.’s Lawnside Bar-B-Q, 1205 E. 85th St. TUP is an award-winning blues trio of siblings from Kansas City.
- The Bobby Watson and the Kansas City All-Star Big Band at the Blue Room, 18th and Vine streets. This one’s for the jazz fans. Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is $5.