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Local Entertainment: Sept. 1-8

TOP PICKS

1. Classical music lovers will enjoy the chance to hear Gustav Mahler's rarely heard Symphony No. 6, subtitled "Tragic," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts at Missouri State University. This is the piece that uses cowbells in the pastoral movement and percussion blows for the inescapable outreach of fate, a favorite of musicians but not often played. The rich orchestration indeed transports the audience to another world.

2. For music locally, the biggest show will be at the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, for its Country Music Festival, running Saturday and Sunday, with music starting at 6 p.m. both days. Josh Turner, Maddie and Tae and Clare Dunn play Saturday. Barrett Baber, Backroad Anthem, Thompson Square, Cowboy Troy and Big and Rich play on Sunday. Parking is not far. Take a lawn chair for options on the seating.

3. Festival goers will find one of the biggest over Labor Day weekend is the 21st annual Big Muddy Blues Festival runs Saturday and Sunday 3 p.m. to midnight at Laclede's Landing in downtown St. Louis, with performances on three stages. Among the performers are Pennsylvania Slim, Jason David Cooper, Renee Smith, Roland Johnson, the Bottlesnakes, Coco Rico, Rick McDonough, Dust Covers, Love Jones, Skeet Rodgers and Inner City Blues, Steve Pecaro, Jeremiah Johnson, Marsha Evans and the Coalition, Tom Hall, Jim McClaren, Delta Sol Duo, the Bottoms Up Blues Gang and Bob "Bubmle Bee" Kamoske.

CONCERTS

REEDS SPRING

Violet and the Undercurrents perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Rock House, 41 High St.

ROGERS, Ark

At the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, 5079 W. Northgate Rd., Goo Goo Dolls and Soul perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

At George's Majestic Lounge, 517 W. Dickson, playing this week are Brother Moses, Rock Eupora and Canopy Climbers on Thursday; Stoney LaRue, Big Uns and Flash Back on Friday; Randall Shreve and the DeVilles at a masquerade ball on Saturday; Shawn James and Ryan Pickup on Sunday; the Rescue, the Eric Chandler Band, Clover the Girl and No Render on Sept. 5; Motet and AttA on Sept. 8.

JOPLIN

At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, South Bound Saints play country rock on Friday. The Leslie Serrano Band and Rick Monroe plays Saturday.

TULSA, Okla.

Parker Millsap performs at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the River Spirit Casino outdoors, 11th Street and Atlantic Avenue, part of the Mother Road Revival Weekend.

The Dixie Chicks perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver.

Stars Go Dim, Consumed by Fire and Ben Kilgore perform at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main.

KANSAS CITY

The female quintet Fifth Harmony plus Victoria Monet perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park.

At the Power and Light District, 14th and Main, Transient Harmony play at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

At Crossroads at Grinders, 147 E. 18th St., a tribute concert to John Denver is offered at 8 p.m. on Friday. Delta Rae performs at 8 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Abbey Road, a Beatles tribute concert, is offered at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park, Kan.

Lyfe Jennings, LeVelle and other R&B artists perform at the 14th annual White Linen Party on Sunday at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino.

The Kansas City Symphony gives its free Labor Day concert at 6 .m. on Sept. 5 at Shawnee Mission Park, 7710 Renner Rd. in Shawnee, Kan., preceded by the KC Youth Symphony.

Pianists Stanislav Loudenritch, Behzod Abduraimov and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, violinists David Redzinsky and Bem Sayevich, and cellist Daniel Veis perform in a showcase of international artists at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Kauffman Center.

ROLLA

The St. Louis Symphony performs works by Beethoven, Wagner and Schumann at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Leach Theater at the Missouri Institute for Science and Technology.

ST. LOUIS

At the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, the female band Fifth Harmony performs at 5 p.m. on Friday. The Prophets of Rage performs at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4.

THEATER

SPRINGFIELD

The Missouri State University Opera Workshop will present music from "Rent" and "La Boheme," followed by dramatic readings from "Throwaway Youth," stories by homeless Springfield teens, at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Library Center, 4653 S. Campus Ave.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

TheatreSquared's production of Robert Schenkkan's play "All the Way," about the political machinations of LBJ, has shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8, with more shows through Sept. 18 at the Studio Theater, 505 W. Spring St.

TULSA, Okla.

At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St., Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the John H. Williams Theater. "The Will Rogers Follies," the 1991 Tony winner "Will Rogers Follies," with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is offered at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in the John H. Williams Theatre. "Heathers: the Musical" is presented at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more shows next weekend in the Liddy Doenges Theatre.

KANSAS CITY

Robert Askins' play "Hand to God" opens Sept. 7 and runs through Oct. 2 at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main.

Steve Martin's comic play "Picasso at the Lapine Agile" opens Sept. 8 and runs through Sept. 24 at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, 3614 Main.

COLUMBIA

The Columbia Entertainment Company presents "Disney's The Little Mermaid" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 with more shows through next weekend at 1800 Nelwood.

Maplewood Barn Theater presents Ken Ludwig's play "Moon Over Buffalo" at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 with more shows through next weekend at 2900 E. Nifong Blvd.

ST. LOUIS

St. Louis Repertory Theatre opens its season with Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" with preview shows at 8 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 8, and more performances through Oct. 2 at the Loretto Hilton Performing Arts Center at Webster University in Webster Groves.

Black Repertory Theater opens its season with Mark Clayton Southers' play "Miss Julie, Clarissa and John," with shows Sept. 7-25 at the Edison Theater at Washington University.

Stray Dog Theater opens its season with Stephen Peirick's comedy thriller "Monsters" on Sept. 8 at the Tower Grove Abbey Theater, 2336 Tennessee Ave.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SPRINGFIELD

The Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show runs Saturday and Sunday at the Shrine Mosque, 601 St. Louis.

A large poster sale is offered through Friday in the Plaster Student Union at Missouri State University.

The Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Sept. 8 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex.

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.

Jazz Weekend opens Sept. 8 and runs through next weekend. On Thursday, live music will be offered in a lawn party at the Crescent Hotel at 7 p.m. with the Crescent City Combo.

GROVE, Okla.

The Jana Jae Fiddle Camp and Music Festival runs Friday through Sunday at the Grove Civic Center, 1800 S. Main.

TULSA, Okla.

At Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.,

the Tulsa Reining Classic runs through Sunday at the livestock complex. The American Miniature Horse Registry opens Sept. 8 and runs through Sept. 18 in the livestock complex.

KANSAS CITY

The Kauffman Center celebrates its fifth anniversary with musical performances by Hembree, Jessica Paige, the Grisly Hand, Calvin Arsenia, the Phastastics, the KC Ballet Second Company, Lyric Opera's resident and young artists, the KC Symphony and the Kansas City Conservatory of Music Jazz Studies. Events start at 5 p.m. and close with fireworks.

The WWE professional wrestling company presents its Raw show at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd.

Fireworks are offered at 9 p.m. on Saturday at Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. Highway 50 in Kingsville.

ST. LOUIS

The Universoul Circus performs through Sept. 5 downtown at 1111 N. Broadway.

The Fall Art Fair runs Friday through Sunday at the Greensfelder Recreation Center at Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd.

FESTIVALS

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.

The 42nd annual Banjo Rally runs through next weekend at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center. Ron Hinkle is the 2016 headliner. Banquets are planned Friday and Saturday might.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.

The 64th annual Cherokee National Holiday runs Friday through Sunday, including a downtown parade, the Cherokee National Holiday Intertribal Powwow for two nights, sports exhibits, gospel and bluegrass music, a fiddler's contest, and a crafts show.

PITTSBURG, Kan.

Little Balkans Days runs Thursday through Sunday in Kansas. The event includes a quilt show at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine; an arts, crafts and food fair downtown; a Civil War reenactment camp at the Crawford County Historical Museum, 651 S. Hwy. 69; and a concert by the Johnnie Ziebert Band at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Meadowbrook Mall.

KANSAS CITY

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival opens Saturday and runs weekends through Oct. 16 at the city park, 628 N. 126th St. in Bonner Springs, Kan.

The 43rd annual Santa-Cali-Gon Days runs Friday through Sept. 5 in the square in Independence.

The KC Irish Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd.

COLUMBIA

The Show 'Em Comedy Festival has shows at 8 p.m. Friday and shows Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., at the Broadway Hotel, 1111 E. Broadway, the Eastside Tavern, 1016 Broadway; Shakespeare's Pizza, 225 S. Ninth; the Talking Horse, 210 St. James; and the TRYPS Theater at Stephens College.

ST. LOUIS

The fourth annual Gateway Jazz Festival runs Sunday and Sept. 5 at the Doubletree Hotel, 1973 Craigshire Rd. Traditional jazz performers include Michael Lacey's Dixie Swing Band, the St Louis Stompers, the Liberty Jazz Band, Cornet Chop Suey, Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers, Pat Joyce and Scott Alberici. Music begins at 11 a.m. both days.

The 99th annual St. Louis Greek Festival runs Friday through Sept. 5 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 4967 Forest Park Ave. Live music, Greek folk dancing, authentic ethnic food and church tours are offered.

The 40th annual Japanese Festival runs Saturday through Sept. 5 at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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