Alison Krauss plays Sunday, Oct. 8, at Starlight Theatre. Jeff Moore Tribune News Service
Alison Krauss plays Sunday, Oct. 8, at Starlight Theatre. Jeff Moore Tribune News Service

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KC concerts Oct. 5-11: Alison Krauss, America, Jon Bellion, Lecrae

By BILL BROWNLEE

Special to The Star

October 03, 2017 8:00 AM

Angel Olsen

Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Granada

Although Angel Olsen is at the vanguard of today’s indie-rock scene, she often sounds as if she’s channeling the ghosts of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, the famed trio of rockers who were killed in a 1959 plane crash. The balance between contemporary innovation and reverence for tradition makes the former St. Louis resident one of the most acclaimed rock musicians of recent years. Olsen is almost certain to appear on a bigger stage at her subsequent area appearance. With Mount Moriah.

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through thegranada.com.

The Roseline

Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Brick

Friday, Oct. 6, at the Replay

Colin Halliburton distills the essence of Midwestern sincerity as the Roseline. The unassuming voice and gentle country-rock of the singer/songwriter reflects the rugged independence and understated graciousness associated with his home state of Kansas. The approach resonates in Europe. The Roseline’s new album, “Blood,” placed No. 3 on the EuroAmericana Chart in September. With Chase the Horseman and Justin Klaas at the Brick on Thursday. With Toughies and Jasper at the Replay on Friday.

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. The Brick. 816-421-1634. The cover charge is $5. Details are available at thebrickkcmo.com.

10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Replay Lounge. 785-749-7676. The cover charge is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.

America

Saturday, Oct. 7, at Ameristar

The men in America have been vindicated. After decades of being derided as soft and syrupy by detractors, America’s easygoing folk-rock style is now echoed by many of today’s most respected musicians. The songs of acclaimed artists like Iron & Wine and Father John Misty recall America’s plaintive ’70s hits including “A Horse With No Name” and “Ventura Highway.” Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, the surviving members of America, will share the last laugh with fans on Saturday.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Ameristar. 816-414-7000. Tickets are $40-$55 through Ameristar.

Lecrae

Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Truman

Lecrae has long expressed his unease with being one of the most notable members of the Christian music community. On his contentious new album, “All Things Work Together,” the rapper all but declares war on the faction of the genre that objects to his social commentary. Lecrae raps that “I will not oblige to your colonized way of faith/My Messiah died for the world, not just USA” on the incendiary “Facts.” With Aha Gazelle and 1K Phew.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $27.95 through thetrumankc.com.

Alison Krauss

Sunday, Oct. 8, at Starlight Theatre

Few musicians have grown up in public with more grace than Alison Krauss. The Illinois native was a fixture on the bluegrass festival circuit when she was a teenage fiddle prodigy. After her tender interpretation of “When You Say Nothing at All” became a fluke hit in 1988, Krauss focused on applying her transcendently gentle voice to an impeccably tasteful form of sophisticated adult-contemporary music that bridges the divide between bluegrass and country. With David Gray.

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $25-$145 through kcstarlight.com.

Mike Gordon

Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Madrid Theatre

Mike Gordon has been the bassist of Phish for 34 of his 52 years. No one would blame him if he relaxed at home during the occasional breaks in the schedule of the titanic jam band. Instead, Gordon is touring in support of “Ogogo,” a solo album that’s filled with off-kilter funk songs that fall somewhere between the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” and Vampire Weekend’s “A-Punk.” The notoriously uninhibited dancing associated with Phish concerts will likely seem subdued compared to the capering at Wednesday’s dance party.

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Madrid Theatre. 816-753-8880. Tickets are $30-$55 through madridtheatre.com.

Jon Bellion

Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Jon Bellion doesn’t recognize musical boundaries. The mix-and-match sensibility of the native New Yorker makes the distinctions between hip-hop, electronic dance music, R&B, indie-rock, gospel and pop seem meaningless. Rather than creating confused jumbles, Bellion crafts meticulous hits for himself and other artists. He collaborated with Eminem and Rihanna on the 2013 smash “The Monster.” “The Human Condition,” Bellion’s 2016 debut album, was certified gold in September. With Blaque Keyz and Travis Mendes.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.50 through midlandkc.com.

Benjamin Booker

Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Bottleneck

Some of the people who embraced Benjamin Booker’s roots-based 2014 debut album are put off by his new release, “Witness.” The initial effort of the New Orleans-based artist signaled the arrival of a major talent. Rather than replicating a successful formula, however, “Witness” contains elements of glossy pop and rugged indie-rock. The development is a sign of a genuine artist more devoted to following his muse than in endlessly repeating himself. With She Keeps Bees.

9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. The Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. Tickets are $19 through thebottlenecklive.com.

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