KC Royals vs. Chicago White Sox FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Fresh off a successful All-Star Week in Kansas City, the Royals return to the field against American League Central foe Chicago for a three-game weekend series. Despite a disastrous start in which they dropped 14 of their first 17 games, the Royals have since rebounded back into respectability. For a while, they were flirting with a .500 record, having closed out the month of June with an 11-7 record. Young guns Billy Butler (.296 average, 15 home runs, 46 RBI) and Mike Moustakas (.277, 13 homers, 28 RBI) have led the way offensively, and the bullpen has been able to take care of business late. This weekend’s series opens Friday with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch. Saturday and Sunday’s games begin at 6:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m., respectively. Tickets start at $12 at kcroyals.com.
Fiona Apple TUESDAY
Touring behind her first album in seven years, the mercurial Fiona Apple is making a rare Kansas City appearance at the Midland that’s the equivalent of musical manna from heaven for fans of eccentric art-pop. In the tradition of iconic American artists like Tom Waits and Nina Simone, Apple is an enigmatic performer. “I just want to feel everything,” she sings on her current single, “Every Single Night.” Apple’s sensitivity fuels her reputation for inconsistency. Tuesday’s outing could be one of the year’s most rewarding concerts or an unmitigated disaster.
Tickets to the 8 p.m. show range from $29.50 to $56.50.
American Idol Live! THURSDAY
The top 10 finishers from “American Idol’s” 11th season hit the road this summer for a 40-plus-stop North American tour, and the group’s Kansas City appearance comes at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center. Though the reality talent show has lost a bit of its luster since the earlier installments, plenty of talent is still cycling through. Among this year’s performers are Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick and Elise Testone. Tickets are $30.50 to $66 at sprintcenter.com.
Kaskade NEXT WEDNESDAY
One of the country’s hottest DJs hits Kansas City this week as part of his “Freaks of Nature Tour.” Kaskade (real name Ryan Raddon) spent time practicing his craft during his time at Brigham Young University and, later, the University of Utah. In the years since, he has released nine albums and traveled the country, and a number of his songs have earned acclaim from Billboard Magazine. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $34 at uptowntheater.com.
Back in the Swing cookbook party featuring Sheryl Crow SATURDAY
Back in the Swing, an Overland Park-based nonprofit that supports breast cancer survivors, pulls out all the stops for this weekend’s Summer Celebration featuring Sheryl Crow. Crow, a cancer survivor, will speak and perform Saturday at Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park. There’s also a “Tasting Experience” pre-event at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, where samples from “The Back in the Swing Cookbook” will be available to sponsor guests. The Summer Celebration kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $50-$75 at backintheswing.org.