Fitz and The Tantrums at Grinders and 7 other KC events for July 2021
Fitz and temper tantrums
July 1 8 p.m.
After a decade, Fitz and The Tantrums are veterans of the scene. They’ve always been a live first and foremost, and they’re back on the road and coming to Grinders in the Crossroads, where you have plenty of room to dance in a sweaty “HandClap”. Crushers, 1826 Locust Street, KCMO. $ 39- $ 59. grinderskc.com
Joe Biden arrives in town. No not like this. Alex Moffat recently reprized the role of President on Saturday Night Live, where, as a member of the cast, he also played Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Trump, and Tucker Carlson. As a stand-up who “takes a kinky pleasure in bombing,” you can expect a lot of impressions and some quirk. The Kansas City Comedy Club, 1130 W. 103rd St., KCMO. $ 18 to $ 26. thecomedyclubkc.com
July 3, 7 p.m.
Like Riverdance, Stomp or Trans-Siberian Orchestra before her, Lindsey Stirling puts on sane, epic, and breathtaking shows that defy easy categorization. The violin is his main instrument, but the lights, dancing and costumes make it an experience in its own right. Starlight Theater, 4600, chemin Starlight, KCMO. $ 50 to $ 200. kcstarlight.com
Masonic Lodge Paranormal Investigation
July 9 8:30 p.m.
Grab your ghost-hunting gear: the very old Masonic Independence Lodge – founded decades before the Civil War, it’s marked on the town’s front cover – is open to the public for a paranormal investigation for the first time. Masonic Lodge of Independence, 120 S. Pleasant St., Independence. $ 40. Tickets to eventbrite.com
Kansas City BBQ Festival
This all-new barbecue festival is gaining momentum in its first year, attracting locals like Deborah “Shorty” and Mary “Little” Jones from Jones Bar-BQ to KCK (# 2 on our list of the best barbecue grills 2019). ) and national figures like the folks behind Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, Texas, and James Cruse of Central City BBQ in New Orleans. Geha Field at Arrowhead Stadium, 1 arrowhead reader, KCMO. Free entry with unlimited purchases or Q Pit pass. kcbbqfest.com.
July 22-August 8
Monarch butterflies traveling between Mexico and Canada are the guests of honor at this annual event, a highlight of the year at Powell Gardens. Various events take place throughout the two weeks of the festival. Powell Gardens, 1609 NWUS Highway 50, Kingsville. Release. Every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. powellgardens.org.
Lovers in the back seat
July 28, 7 p.m.
Utah-based indie band The Backseat Lovers comes to recordBar. The Utah quartet oscillates between the mellow folk of songs like “Olivia” and the energetic rush of hymns like “Kilby Girl”. The band released their 2020 single “Heavy”, which melds these sounds into a slow but powerful melody. Record bar, 1520, boulevard Grand, KCMO. $ 15 to $ 18. therecorderbar.com
The Fair of Oddities and Curiosities
July 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Like the spooky tent of an old-fashioned carnival, this traveling expo comes to KC to showcase sellers of oddities like mounted cat skulls, creepy old babydolls, doom-y artwork, and Victorian candelabra. Kansas City Convention Center at Bartle Hall, 301 W. 13th St., KCMO. $ 10. odditiesetcuriositiesexpo.com