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Top Shows: Father John Misty, Cadillac Flambé and more

Chase Rice

Portrait of Cadillac Flambe' band members from left to right, Dr. Dave Duly, Havilah Bruders, Mike Payne (sitting) and Kris Bruders.

The embodiment of the youth movement on Kansas City's jazz scene, the KC Sound Collective is a collaboration between several of the area's most promising musicians.

Father John Misty

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Chase Rice with Russell Dickerson

Friday The Bottleneck

Anyone who’s heard “Cruise,” the recent chart-topping country hit for the band Florida Georgia Line, might be surprised to learn that it took five people to write the breezy ditty. Chase Rice, one of the five songwriters of “Cruise,” is attempting to make a name for himself as a country performer. The Nashville resident’s carefree sensibility carries over to the straightforward material on his 2012 album “Dirt Road Communion.” Song titles like “PBJs and PBRs” and “I Like Drinking, Cause It’s Fun” encapsulate his mindset. Opening act Russell Dickerson is an energetic country crooner in the vein of Kenny Chesney.

Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $11 in advance and $13 on the day of the show.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

KC Sound Collective

Friday Take Five Coffee + Bar

The embodiment of the youth movement on Kansas City’s jazz scene, the KC Sound Collective is a collaboration between several of the area’s most promising musicians. Saxophonist Steve Lambert, trumpeter Hermon Mehari, keyboardist Andrew Ouellette, bassist Dominique Sanders and drummer Brad Williams specialize in the classic hard bop sound of the Blue Note recordings of the mid-1960s. The quintet applies uncommon vigor to the conventional style. Friday’s event serves as the venue’s third anniversary party. Previously uninitiated listeners will be forgiven if they’re too stunned by the KC Sound Collective’s dynamic approach to indulge in complimentary birthday cake.

There’s no cover charge for the 8 p.m. show.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

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Cadillac Flambé Saturday

The Phoenix

The characterization of an ensemble as a bar band is often intended as an insult. In the case of Cadillac Flambé, the term is employed as a compliment. The battle-tested Kansas City band plays tough, blues-based music that appeals equally to leather-clad bikers, trendy indie rockers and suburban minivan drivers. Gritty, honest and unpretentious, the band is capable of sating undemanding weeknight audiences with standard-issue boogie. Yet Cadillac Flambé is at its best when working in the rebellious spirit of Johnny Cash, the Black Keys and Lynyrd Skynyrd in a comfortable tavern like the Phoenix on a Saturday night.

Cover charge for the 9 p.m. show is $5.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Father John Misty with Magic Trick

Monday The Bottleneck

Father John Misty, the nom de plume of J. Tillman, is a cosmic folk-rock musician. He overtly references ill-fated troubadours like Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt and Harry Nilsson on his acclaimed 2012 album “Fear Fun.” Even as he revels in narcotic-infused gloom, the former drummer of the Fleet Foxes displays a terrific sense of humor. The irony is palpable as Misty delivers lines such as “I’m writing a novel because it’s never been done before.” Misty’s haunted sense of foreboding is shared by the opening act, Magic Trick of San Francisco.

Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $13 in advance and $15 on the day of the show.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

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