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Top Shows: Tech N9ne, Never Shout Never, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Jake Owen.

Project Trio

Steve Forbert

The Punch Brothers

Never Shout Never is Christofer Drew (shown), Taylor MacFee, Caleb Denison and Hayden Kaiser. The band is from Joplin.

Tech N9ne.


Jake Owen

Wednesday The Midland

Jake Owen displays a broad smile on the cover of all three of his albums. The country crooner has plenty of reasons to be happy. Owen is young, handsome and in the early stages of a promising career. Breezy hits such as “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Yee Haw” exemplify the laid-back sensibility that’s made Owen a star. A pair of slick Nashville-based duos will join Owen at the Midland. Love and Theft topped the country charts last year with “Angel Eyes.” Florida Georgia Line specializes in songs that celebrate good times.

The 8 p.m. show is officially sold out. Tickets were priced at $25 and $30.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Never Shout Never

Thursday The Granada

Christofer Drew Ingle may look like a candidate for Hot Topic’s employee of the year, but he’s far more than just another emo kid. The artistic force behind Joplin’s Never Shout Never writes savvy psychedelic songs for an audience that also adores the pop-punk bands Paramore and Cute Is What We Aim For. Ingle’s ascent will likely be hastened by the slick new album “Indigo.” Never Shout Never will be joined Thursday by the peppy Arizona-based Anarbor; William Beckett (former front man for The Academy Is…); and the Joplin band Me Like Bees.

Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. show are $20 in advance.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Tech N9ne

Friday Independence Events Center

Decadence and debauchery are so closely associated with Tech N9ne that it’s easy to overlook the tender side of “The Kansas City King.” Friday’s “Gift of Rap” concert contains a charitable component: People who make donations to Harvesters Community Food Network and the Love Fund for Children will receive vouchers for $10 of Strange Music merchandise. E-40 will join the magnanimous party. The Bay Area legend’s “Function” is one of the year’s most distinctive hip-hop hits. Rittz, a Yelawolf-style rapper from Georgia, and Strange Music stalwarts Krizz Kaliko and Kutt Calhoun round out the bill.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. show range from $19.50 to $52.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Project Trio

Friday Polsky Theater

Years before the likes of Psy and Rebecca Black became Internet sensations, Greg Pattillo attracted YouTube viewers with rudimentary videos showcasing his skills as a beat-boxing flautist. His rethinking of the theme to “Inspector Gadget” has been played more than 27 million times. Pattillo is joined by cellist Eric Stephenson and bassist Peter Seymour in the Brooklyn-based Project Trio. The chamber trio performs jazz, classical and pop music with a hip-hop sensibility. Unlike the audiences at some performances of chamber music, no one in Polsky Theater will be lulled to sleep during Friday’s wildly entertaining show.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. show at Johnson County Community College are $30.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Lamb of God

Saturday Uptown Theater

The 22-year lifespan of Lamb of God, one of the most sinister acts in heavy metal, risked coming to an end this year. Randy Blythe, singer of the Virginia band, was detained in the Czech Republic in March for his alleged role in the death of a fan during a 2010 concert in Prague. He was jailed for more than a month. Blythe’s unresolved legal status will likely cause Saturday’s concert to resemble a bittersweet celebration. The show’s lineup also includes Sweden’s In Flames, metal supergroup Hellyeah and the up-and-coming British bandSylosis.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $34 in advance.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Steve Forbert

Friday Knuckleheads

Steve Forbert should be relieved that he’s usually left off the humiliating lists of “one-hit wonders.” The journeyman troubadour has nothing in common with novelty acts like Kajagoogoo and Right Said Fred. “Romeo’s Tune,” Forbert’s sole mainstream hit, still sounds like the peppiest pop song in Bob Dylan’s catalog. Thirty-three years later, the boyish rasp on that irresistible ditty has been transformed into a growl that resembles an optimistic version of Tom Waits. The thoughtful material on Forbert’s fine new album, “Over With You,” is ideally suited for the Living Room Session in Knuckleheads’ intimate back room.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $20 in advance.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Sunday Sprint Center

The success of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s combination of music, theater and fireworks may soon make the ensemble’s concerts a hallowed holiday ritual along with Black Friday shopping frenzies and watching the umpteenth rerun of “A Christmas Story.” Accordingly, the metallic jingle of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards In Winter” threatens to displace Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” as the most popular seasonal selection.

Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $68.50.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Big & Rich

Tuesday The Midland

During the inevitable cringe-worthy moments of Tuesday’s sprawling concert at the Midland, patrons should remind themselves of the price of admission. The show is free with a toy donation. Headliners Big & Rich are infamous for their brash material and bewildering stage antics. The acoustic theme of Tuesday’s show should do little to quell the raucousness of old favorites like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and songs from Big & Rich’s rowdy new album “Hillbilly Jedi.” Their silliness will be countered by the maturity of Kix Brooks, half of the hit-making duo Brooks & Dunn. Newcomers Randy Houser and Tyler Farr round out the bill.

According to the Midland website, tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are free in exchange for a new unwrapped toy worth at least $10. Toys may be dropped off at 106.5 The Wolf studios, the Midland box office or the Indie Bar during regular business hours and will be distributed by the Salvation Army.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Sandi Patty

Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday Church of the Resurrection

The voices of premier divas such as Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey and Aretha Franklin are rightfully celebrated. Although Sandi Patty is not a household name, she possesses a voice that’s just as powerful. The five-time Grammy winner has been a contemporary Christian music mainstay for decades. Her histrionic voice lends itself to holiday fare. Not surprisingly, she’s recorded numerous Christmas albums. Her renditions of material ranging from “Jingle Bells” to excerpts of Handel’s Messiah are magnificent. Popular Southern gospel vocalist Jason Crabb joins Patty for “A Christmas Celebration” at Leawood’s megachurch.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets range from $12 to $22.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Wednesday (Dec. 12) Uptown Theater

Brian Setzer has taken the exuberant message of Louis Prima’s 1956 hit “Jump, Jive an’ Wail” to heart. A brash update of swinging big band jazz has provided the former Stray Cats leader with an unlikely career renaissance. His savvy realization that the approach is equally effective with zany seasonal material like “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus” has further complemented his marketability. Uninhibited revelers are encouraged to don their zoot suits and grab some mistletoe on way to Wednesday’s high-energy bash.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. show range from $33 to $123.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink


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