Folly Theater
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives 

“The Country Star” VIP Package
​​​​​​​· One premium seat with admission to a private pre-show event at the venue featuring a two-song performance by Marty and the Superlatives, along with a Q&A Storytelling session with Marty and Band.
· One VIP Laminate & Lanyard
· Crowd Free Merchandise Shopping
· Exclusive VIP Poster
· VIP Experience will begin approximately one hour prior to doors. A member of the touring team will reach out to VIP ticket purchasers approximately one week prior to the show with details by email

Marty Stuart has spent over five decades captivating audiences with his heartfelt tunes, exceptional musical prowess, and unwavering dedication to the genre. Hailing from Philadelphia, Mississippi, he was born on September 30, 1958, and his journey from a small-town upbringing to a country music legend is a testament to his remarkable talents and enduring passion for music.

 Friday, February 23, 2024 8:00 PM Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives  [buy tickets]
Jane Monheit 

Jane Monheit is a jazz and adult contemporary vocalist with a deep passion for the Great American Songbook. With many highly acclaimed solo albums, countless awards and accolades, and over two decades of international touring  experience, Jane has not only been an extremely successful bandleader, but has had the privilege of making music with some of the greatest musicians, arrangers, and producers in jazz.  

During her childhood, Jane studied woodwinds and piano, spent a decade  performing in award winning choirs, and participated in community theater on Long  Island. Throughout all of this, her focus remained on jazz, especially interpretation of the Songbook. At the age of 20, during her senior year at the prestigious Manhattan School Of Music, Jane placed second in the Thelonious Monk Competition, now known as the Hancock Competition. This led to an incredible career trajectory, catapulting Jane into the jazz stratosphere nearly overnight.  

By 22, Jane was working with legends such as Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, and Kenny Barron, recording her first albums, and touring the planet. This led to  collaborations with jazz luminaries such as Terence Blanchard, Ivan Lins, Tom Harrell, John Pizzarelli, Christian McBride, Vince Mendoza, Jorge Calandrelli, and many more. Countless television appearances followed, including David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, The View, and many popular international talk shows. Several successful film soundtracks have  also included Jane’s music, including Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow and Never Let Me Go.  

After more than twenty years, twelve studio albums and countless recorded  guest appearances, Jane has continued to tour the world nearly nonstop, including  playing iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and headlining at nearly every legendary jazz club on the planet, most notably NY stalwarts such as the Village Vanguard and Birdland. In addition to touring, she also writes English lyrics for Ivan Lins, and uses the knowledge and experience she has gained both at Manhattan  School Of Music and on the legendary bandstands of the world to educate and uplift  students worldwide. Jane resides in Los Angeles with her husband of over twenty years, drummer Rick Montalbano, and their son.

 Saturday, February 24, 2024 8:00 PM Jane Monheit  [buy tickets]
'24 CBDNA Southwestern Division Conference 

The UMKC Conservatory is hosting the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Southwestern Division Conference from February 28th – March 2nd. Various invited collegiate wind bands from across the Southwestern Division will give performances featuring a wide range of repertoire, spanning from classics to newly commissioned music.

For more information on these ensembles and their performances, please visit

 Wednesday, February 28, 2024 7:30 PM '24 CBDNA - Truman State Univ.  [buy tickets]
 Thursday, February 29, 2024 4:00 PM '24 CBDNA - New Mexico State Univ.  [buy tickets]
 Thursday, February 29, 2024 7:30 PM '24 CBDNA - Univ. of Central Arkansas  [buy tickets]
 Friday, March 1, 2024 2:00 PM '24 CBDNA - Texas Woman's Univ  [buy tickets]
 Friday, March 1, 2024 4:00 PM '24 CBDNA - Univ. of Arkansas  [buy tickets]
 Friday, March 1, 2024 7:30 PM '24 CBDNA - UMKC CWS  [buy tickets]
 Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:00 AM '24 CBDNA - Univ. of Missouri  [buy tickets]
 Saturday, March 2, 2024 12:00 PM '24 CBDNA - Intercollegiate Honor Band  [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]
Phoebe Hunt 

Drawing from thirty years spent studying the violin/fiddle, Phoebe Hunt weaves her classical upbringing with Appalachian Old Time, Texas Swing, and a maturity of songwriting that creates an unfiltered, raw expression dripping with vulnerability.

It didn’t happen all at once. Her journey has taken her through myriad musical styles, beginning when Hunt was six years old. Through middle and high school she was a member of the Austin (Texas) Youth Orchestra, graduating as the concertmistress of the ensemble her senior year, when she was asked to perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 as a soloist.

In college at the University of Texas, Hunt joined a folk trio, The Hudsons, performing every Thursday night for four years.  Hunt continued exploring the fiddle landscape when she attended the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp in San Diego in 2007, where she began to sink her bow into Texas Swing, Gypsy Jazz and improvisation.

When she graduated, a young band from New Orleans approached her to be their fiddle player, and what emerged was four years of heavy touring as a member of The Belleville Outfit. Hunt began to develop a love for songwriting during this time, and she was invited to record her first solo EP with producer Matt Rollings. In the next eight years, she released four additional full-length albums under the name Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers.

Her songwriting path led her to explore other ways to give back, establishing the non-profit Fuel Our Fire, offering transformational songwriting experiences for at-risk communities, where she discovered that songwriting, at its foundation, can be used for healing.

Her latest release, Nothing Else Matters, was released this year, and it reflects Hunt’s range of experience.  She’s spent those thirty years gathering, and now she’s giving back.

 Saturday, March 16, 2024 8:00 PM Phoebe Hunt  [buy tickets]
The Black Sunflower Presents: Rhythmic Clash 

Produced by The Black Sunflower, Rhythmic Clash brings together four unique and passionate bands who will light up the stage for this anticipated competition. Frankie Shorez and Mercy Fire, Legerdemain and Talking Backwards are coming prepared to show Kansas City the range of our local talent. Enjoy a jam-packed night of Rock ‘n’ Roll, R&B, Classical, Indie Math Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Pop and Soul.

About the Bands:

Frankie Shorez presents Mercy Fire was created in 2022. She creates original written works and delivers a signature vibrato and stage presence that is all her own. The sound is haunting and soulfully vintage! Mercy is a group of talented multi-instrumentalists, with a background in Blues, Classical and R&B.

Legerdemain is a KC based band created and led by Marcus Rattler (Steel Pan, Drums, Vocals). The mission of the band is to expose more people to Steel Pan and its versatility through all genres, while groovin' hard! They gravitate toward Funk/Jazz/Soul while still covering Classical, Latin, Calypso, and much more!! Legerdemain, in its fullest form, is a trio with charter member Daniel Yung on the Keys and newest member Imani Mason on Bass but is capable of masterclasses, solo, and duet performances as well!

Talking Backwards is an American Indie Rock Band based in KCMO. We have played at venues all around the KC area and abroad including recordBar, The Bottleneck, The Rino, and even Kansas Speedway for the American Royal BBQ Competition. We've released an EP, and a single titled 'Kismet' from our forthcoming album which we expect to release in early 2024.

Varying prices available. Take advantage of our VIP packages, which include close proximity seating, an event t-shirt and after show meet-and-greet with these talented bands. Come, be a part of an opportunity to show love for our homegrown artists with an epic night of performances. A number of audience members will be randomly selected for judging. By supporting this event, you can be apart of a career-changing experience for these top bands.

 Saturday, March 30, 2024 6:00 PM The Black Sunflower Presents: Rhythmic Clash  [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]
Ailey II 
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey celebrates 40 Years, “United by Dance,” by proudly presenting internationally renowned, Ailey II. Back from their smash European tour, and under the leadership of Artistic Director, Francesca Harper, the Ailey II dancers will bring their exhilarating performance to Friends in their only second home, right here in Kansas City. The performance promises to be filled with memorable moments.

​​​​​​​Ailey II merges the spirit and energy of the finest dance talent with the passion and creative vision of one of today’s most outstanding choreographers. Founded by Alvin Ailey as his Repertory Company, in 1974, it might now be named Ailey II, but as Dance magazine extols, it is ‘second to none.’ Ailey II embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Francesca Harper brings fresh perspectives to Mr. Ailey’s legacy, while nurturing creative voices and propelling the company forward.
 Friday, April 19, 2024 7:30 PM Ailey II  [buy tickets]
 Saturday, April 20, 2024 1:00 PM Ailey II  [buy tickets]
Alex Cuba 

Alex Cuba is a GRAMMY, Latin GRAMMY, and Juno winning singer-songwriter/producer and musician, born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba. He was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father’s (guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes) group of 24 guitarists. Alex went on to study electric and upright bass, touring and recording nationally and internationally. His sound is the unique confluence of tradition and global influences in articulate arrangements that convey emotions through melody and lyric. In 2022 he won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop for Mendó as producer, artist, and engineer.

In 1999, Alex moved to Victoria, Canada, where he recorded an album, Morumba Cubana, alongside his twin brother Adonis, as The Puentes Brothers. Alex went on to record his solo debut album Humo De Tobaco in which earned him a Juno award for “World Music Album of the Year” in 2006. Followed by Agua Del Pozo, in 2007 which also earned him another Juno award for “World Music Album of the Year” in 2008. From there, Alex released his third album, a self-titled project Alex Cuba in 2009. The album features his first ever English track titled “If You Give Me Love”. In 2010, Alex took home the award for “Best New Artist” at the 2010 Latin GRAMMY Awards.

In 2012, Alex released his fourth album Ruido En El Sistema, a year which Alex received his second Socan Hagood Hardy Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz and World Music. He also won his second Latin GRAMMY Award – this time as a songwriter, alongside co- writer Yoel Henriquez received the award for Best Tropical Song for the Milly Quezada’s single, “Toma Mi Vida” feat. Juan Luis Guerra. In 2013, he again brought home a Latin GRAMMY for the video “Eres Tu.”

Alex Cuba’s 5th studio album, Healer, was also won a Latin GRAMMY for “Best Singer-Songwriter”. In 2017, Alex completed his 6th album, Lo Unico Constante. In 2019 Alex Cuba embarked on a completely self-produced collection of songs. In 2021, Alex began recording at home and added recording engineer to his credits along side musician, singer-songwriter, producer.

His musical evolution for years was all about searching for the simplicity and soul in Cuban music – taking apart the complex arrangements, mixing it with North American influences, adopting the melodic simplicity of pop music, looking to Cuban folk traditions for inspiration – he’s always exploring, always creating something fresh and new, and always, it seems, getting it just right.

 Saturday, April 27, 2024 8:00 PM Alex Cuba  [buy tickets]
My Shadow is Pink 

Celebrate what makes you unique in this joyful musical adaptation from the acclaimed story by Scott Stuart, “My Shadow Is Pink.” What color is your shadow? What do you love? Painting? Dancing? Race cars? Science? Whatever it is, it makes you special!

You and your shadow – no matter what color – will enjoy this delightful collaboration with GRAMMY-nominated composer, David Maddux and the Heartland Men’s Chorus, where everyone is reminded the best way to be happy and make friends is to be our authentic selves.

 Friday, May 3, 2024 7:00 PM My Shadow is Pink  [buy tickets]
Stardew Valley: Festival of Seasons 
 Friday, June 7, 2024 8:00 PM Stardew Valley: Festival of Seasons  [buy tickets]
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 Saturday, June 22, 2024 8:00 PM A.N.  [buy tickets]
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