Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears THURSDAY
Long before the throwback R&B of the Alabama Shakes galvanized appreciative listeners, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears were throwing down retro soul for delighted fans. Known for manic performances in the showy tradition of James Brown and Sam & Dave, the Austin-based band is a riveting live act capable of sending dancers into a frenzy with deranged material like “She’s So Scandalous” and “Booty City.” The Les Izmore Therapy Hour, a project Kansas City rapper Izmore describes as “a live mixtape,” precedes Lewis’ band. Dropout Boogie will also be on hand to spin vintage vinyl.
Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $15 in advance.
Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink
Missouri men’s basketball vs. Arkansas SATURDAY
Things have gone downhill quickly for the Tigers. First, there was the news of an impending NCAA announcement on head coach Frank Haith, who was being investigated for his actions as head coach at Miami. Then came a shocking loss to lowly LSU. Missouri has now dropped four of its past nine games, though if anything can get the team back on track, it’s probably a matchup with former head coach Mike Anderson. Anderson bolted two years ago for the Razorbacks, and while the move seemed to work out well for Mizzou, which went 30-5 last year under Haith, MU fans still harbor some ill feelings. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ark.
‘Shrek the Musical’ SATURDAY
The big, green monster that taught us all that ogres, like onions, have layers is coming to KC. “Shrek the Musical” National Tour will be at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall for two shows. The musical will entertain both fans of the original “Shrek” film and fans of Broadway theater by incorporating lines from the film and nodding to classic shows such as “Dreamgirls,” “Les Misérables,” “Rent” and “Wicked.” Tickets for the 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows, which range from $55 to $130, can be purchased via the JCCC box office.
‘The Walking Dead, Live’ FRIDAY
Daryl, Glenn and Maggie from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” are taking a break from zombie-hunting somewhere in the South to visit Kansas City. In the sold-out show, actors Norman Reedus, Steve Yeun and Lauren Cohan (Daryl, Glenn and Maggie, respectively) are joined by executive producer and special effects guru Greg Nicotero on Friday at the Midland. Nicotero, who has played several zombies on the show, is responsible for the truly gross decomposing walkers that have been appearing on screen during Season 3. The visiting zombie experts will take questions from the audience, reveal behind-the-scenes secrets and premiere never-before-seen footage.
Kishi Bashi SUNDAY
For fans of the sort of intellectually discerning folk-rock associated with Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, Kishi Bashi’s appearance at the RecordBar will be a contender for the concert of the year. The Virginia-based artist creates gentle soundscapes that awaken gloriously vivid daydreams. When he performs as a one-man band, Bashi builds virtual symphonies by deftly looping samples of his virtuosic work on violin and his flexible voice. A giddy sense of joy imbues all of his material. Plume Giant, a vaudeville-tinged folk trio from Brooklyn, opens the show.
Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $10 in advance.
Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink