Folly Theater
Bette Smith 

Critically acclaimed rock & soul singer Bette Smith traces elements of her life-affirming new album ‘The Good, The Bad and The Bette’ to her childhood in rough Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Musically, it connects to the gospel music she heard in church and the soul music on the corners. No party host would regret putting on this platter!

This injection of soul music and gospel into rock & roll powered a breakout in 2017’s ‘Jetlagger,’ which received raves from NPR, Paste, American Songwriter, Billboard, MOJO, and a feature in the New York Times. Not just a critics’ darling, the album rose to #1 on the Roots Music Report chart and topped off a banner year with a celebrated appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Billboard said, “A rugged, chugging southern soul record… Like Betty Davis or Betty Wright before her, she imbues tracks with shingly, sawtoothed texture, capable of breaking off a high note with a throaty cry or scraping so low and wide that she threatens to put her bass player out of work.”

 Saturday, September 30, 2023 8:00 PM Bette Smith  [buy tickets]
Samara Joy 
22-year-old Samara Joy makes her case as the next jazz singing sensation. Her voice has already earned her fans appearances on the TODAY show and millions of likes on TikTok – cementing her status as perhaps the first Gen Z jazz singing star.
 Saturday, October 14, 2023 8:00 PM Samara Joy  [buy tickets]
Mariachi Las Alteñas 

When you think ‘mariachi’ you most likely think of the deep powerful sound of a man’s voice. But if you listen closely to this unique group, you’ll hear they are strumming, singing, and dancing to a different key. Mariachi Las Alteñas is an all-female mariachi group that is making waves across the United States. Their mission is to achieve excellence as overall musicians and performers and to raise the standards for women in mariachi music.

Mariachi Las Alteñas are known for their musical diversity, which appeals to crowds of all generations. The women that make up Las Alteñas are a stunningly beautiful group of musicians who are eager to share the pride for their Mexican heritage with their audiences. Under the guidance of Valerie Vargas, founder and director, Mariachi Las Alteñas consists of 10 musicians who all serve as vocalists for the group: five violinists, two trumpeters, a guitarronista, vihuelista, and guitarrista, creating the iconic mariachi sound acknowledged and respected in the industry. Spectators are impressed with not only the ladies’ musicianship, but also with the group’s stage presence. The group’s philosophy is to not simply sing a song, but rather interpret the meaning and communicate that meaning with the audience. Their signature colorful trajes de charro and vocal harmonies draw abundant crowds from far and wide to their performances. Mariachis are the flavor of Mexico, and in San Antonio Mariachi Las Alteñas and the city’s culture make the perfect combination. Their name Las Alteñas is taken from the birthplace of mariachi music, Jalisco, Mexico. The higher regions, Los Altos de Jalisco, is an area described as being near the top of the world and fans say these ladies are right up there! In a predominately male industry, this all-female group has indeed paved a unique path in the mariachi world.

Las Alteñas will change what you think of mariachi music. They’re young, they’re driven, and with them, every night is ladies’ night.

 Sunday, October 15, 2023 5:00 PM Mariachi Las Altenas  [buy tickets]
Snow White by Grand Kyiv Ballet 
"Based on a fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, the ballet of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs takes the vibrant style of a Disney animated movie and sets it to the musical motifs of Polish composer Bogdan Pavlovsky.  An imaginative atmosphere is matched with bright costumes and scenery, while brilliant technical dance and comedic acting bring a heartfelt love story to life. We are thrilled to have the prime dancers from the National Opera and Ballet of Ukraine bring this enchanting tale to life on stage. Don't miss your chance to see these world-class dancers in action as they tell this beloved story through the beauty and grace of ballet."
 Thursday, October 26, 2023 7:00 PM Snow White by Grand Kyiv Ballet  [buy tickets]

Join Honorary Event Co-Chairs Qiana Thomason and Jenny and John Isenberg as we welcome dazzling Broadway veteran and Kansas City’s own Bryonha Marie, along with local bands Gullywasher and Hudspeth & Taylor, for an enchanting evening of magical music to celebrate the importance of arts education for children and youth.

This Spooktacular Benefit for Kansas City Young Audiences provides critically needed funds to support arts education programs for children and young people in the KC community.

 Saturday, November 4, 2023 8:00 PM SPIRITS OF FOLLY: A Benefit for KCYA  [buy tickets]
Alexa Tarantino Quartet 
Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning, vibrant, young jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. Alexa’s “high-octane [performance]” (Jazziz Magazine) establish her individual voice which shines through as a dynamic performer and educator.
 Saturday, November 11, 2023 8:00 PM Alexa Tarantino Quartet  [buy tickets]
Folly Frolic: Take 6 

TAKE 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!,” is the quintessential a cappella group and the model for vocal genius. They are the preeminent and best a capella group in the world.

With 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and they as Members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, this musical phenomenon has six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop.

 Saturday, November 18, 2023 8:00 PM Folly Frolic: Take 6  [buy tickets]
Jim Brickman A Joyful Christmas 

Piano sensation Jim Brickman returns to Kansas City this season with his brand-new holiday show “A Joyful Christmas” to Myron’s at the Folly Theater.

Jim Brickman’s captivating Christmas concert experience dazzles audiences with his signature piano style and soothing vocals.

A heartwarming evening of music and laughter fill the air with the sounds of Yuletide carols, holiday classics and all of Brickman’s biggest hits.

Come celebrate the spirit of the season with faith, love, and togetherness be part of the fun with Jim Brickman’s “A Joyful Christmas”.

 Wednesday, December 13, 2023 7:30 PM Jim Brickman A Joyful Christmas  [buy tickets]
Girl Named Tom 

GIRL NAMED TOM will tour this Holiday season with a special "One More Christmas" show, featuring their special blend of Christmas harmonies on seasonal favorites and songs heard on "The Voice," as well as selections from their top-selling "One More Christmas" album.

Three siblings unlock one harmony to unite the world as Girl Named Tom. The trio—Bekah, Joshua, and Caleb Liechty—notably made history as “the only group to ever win NBC’s The Voice.” Along the way, they’ve impressively generated millions of streams across chart-rattling covers such as “River,” “The Chain,” and “Dust in the Wind.” The proud Midwesterners gained further traction with the independent Another World EP. Returning to the road with a bang, they performed 100-plus shows throughout 2022 alone. Inking a deal with Republic Records, they served up their debut holiday EP, One More Christmas, and embarked on a massive arena tour supporting Pentatonix for “A Christmas Spectacular.” Their inimitable harmony will only continue to resound louder in 2023 and beyond. 

 Sunday, December 17, 2023 7:30 PM Girl Named Tom  [buy tickets]
The Hot Sardines 
In the hot jazz movement, The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve, and sheer joy they bring to music, both new and old. “It’s a really cool time to be making music,” Elizabeth says, “Especially if you’re making music that started its life 100 years ago.”
 Saturday, January 27, 2024 8:00 PM The Hot Sardines  [buy tickets]
Diane Schuur 
A leading vocalist in contemporary jazz, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Schuur’s voice is bold and expressive, traversing a straight-ahead brand of jazz in her trademark style – simultaneously romantic and mischievous, radiating soulful passion.
 Saturday, February 24, 2024 8:00 PM Diane Schuur  [buy tickets]
Norman Brown 

The joy that emanates from guitarist Norman Brown while he is playing is palpable. The guitar is simply an extension of him. The multi-platinum selling and chart-topping musician is an artist who is truly in service of the music with the goal to be a force for positivity.

 Saturday, March 9, 2024 8:00 PM Norman Brown  [buy tickets]
Matthew Whitaker Quintet 
Matthew Whitaker is music. To see and hear him play is to know that divine talent exists. Beyond his innate musical abilities is a sheer joy and passion to create music,” – WBGO. At 15, he became the youngest Yamaha jazz piano artist. Now at 22, he is taking stages across the world by storm.
 Saturday, April 6, 2024 8:00 PM Matthew Whitaker  [buy tickets]
Jimbo's Drag Circus World Tour 
For the first time ever, Murray & Peter in association with House Of Jimbo proudly present, “JIMBO’s Drag Circus" the weirdest show on earth starring the many outrageous characters of JIMBO's twisted imagination, from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8 and Season One of Canada’s Drag Race. VIP seats are available which include a Meet & Greet, starting at 6pm on the main stage. The show starts at 8pm. There will be a 20-minute intermission. Get tour info at
 Wednesday, April 10, 2024 8:00 PM Jimbo's Drag Circus World Tour  [buy tickets]
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