Arts/Entertainment

Free Concert Series Make Summer Sound Sweeter

No tickets are necessary for these outdoor shows.

Sunset Music Fest at Town Center Plaza brings nationally renowned musicians to the drive near Bravo restaurant on Thursday evenings. Enjoy food and cocktails (proceeds benefit the Kansas City chapter of JDRF, an organization that funds diabetes research) while listening to the remaining performances. Tonight you can catch 90s alternative outfit The Presidents of the United States of America, while “American Idol” alum Crystal Bowersox is set to perform next week.

Just down the way, check out local and regional musicians during Summer Sounds in the Park at Park Place every Wednesday now through July 30. It’s the perfect reason to grab dinner and a drink on one of the restaurants’ patios—we’re partial to the al fresco atmosphere at Mestizo.

Load up the lawn chairs and picnic blankets for Jazz on the Square at Zona Rosa, where you can enjoy performances every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through August 28. Not a huge jazz fan? There are additional performances featuring different genres of music on Friday and Saturday evenings as part of Zona Rosa’s summer concert series.

Whether you’re a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll, Power & Light has something to suit your fancy. On Thursdays this summer, KC Live! is country central with Hot Country Nights 2014. Performances feature up-and-coming artists like “The Voice” star Cassadee Pope and big names like Kip Moore. Friday Night Live! brings alternative musicians to the stage the following day. The impressive lineup includes Neon Trees tomorrow, 2013 breakout band The Neighbourhood and alternative darling Kitten.

If you’re planning a trip to the Country Club Plaza, consider stopping by during one of the many Plaza Live! Courtyard Concerts, which run Thursdays from 5–8 p.m., Fridays from 6–9 p.m., Saturdays from 2–5 p.m. and Sundays from noon–3 p.m. through September. Shopping is just better with a live soundtrack.

Photo via Park Place’s Facebook page.