Local Entertainment and Events Aug. 15-22
1. The 46th annual Ernte-Fest, the area’s biggest German heritage festival, runs Friday and Saturday evenings in Freistatt, north of Monett on Highway H. Polka dance music will be provided both nights by the Johnny Zibert Band and the Polka Misters from Tulsa. The second stage will feature the Big Smitty Band on Saturday. Authentic German food, games for kids and a beer garden will be available both nights, starting at 4:30 p.m.
2. Howdy Neighbor Days, the traditional Pierce City festival, runs Thursday through Saturday in the city’s south Park, west of Highways 37 and 97. Fun Time Shows provides a carnival. Live entertainment is offered nightly, plus a beer garden, with the band NRG closing Friday, and on Saturday, the Mark Chapman Band at 7 p.m. and Tri-County Hair Club for Men at 9 p.m.
3. The Missouri State Fair runs to Aug. 18 on the fairgrounds in Sedalia. Performing at the Pepsi Grandstand will be Foreigner and Night Ranger on Friday and Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde on Saturday. In the arena, the garden tractor and mini-rod and truck pull is offered on Thursday. Bill riding competition is Friday and Saturday. On the Budweiser Stage, Platinum Rock Legends and Retroactive plays on Thursday. Dirt Road Addiction and Little Dixie Revival play Friday. The Jeremiah Johnson band plays Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD: At the Complex, 307 Park Center East, Whitey Morgan and Alex Williams perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Skillet and Sevendust plus Pop Evil and Devour the Day play at 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 21.
At Krave Music Emporium, 1614 S. Glenstone, the M-Dock Band plays at 7 p.m. Friday, and JuiceBox at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Missouri Jazz Orchestra performs at 7 p.m. on Aug. 20.
EUREKA SPRINGS, ARK.: The Cate Brothers perform for free at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in Basin Spring Park.
ROGERS, Ark.: At the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, 5079 W. Northgate Rd., Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins play at 7 p.m. Thursday. Nelly, TLC and Flo-Rida perform at 7 p.m. on Aug. 20.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.: Baang and Jasper Logan perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: At George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are Bob Fest at 6 p.m. Sunday, and 1Hundred Proof at 7 p.m. Thursday; Jukebox at 9:30 p.m. Friday; a tribute concert by Testify to Rage Against the Machine at 9:30 p.m. Saturday; American Aquarium at 8:30 p.m. Sunday; Calliope Musicals and the Cosmic Farmer at 9 p.m. Aug. 21; and the kickoff concert of the Roots Fest with the Mighty Pines giving a free show at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22.
FORT SMITH: Blacktop Mojo plays at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at TempleLive, 200 N. 11th St.
POCOLA, Okla.: At the Choctaw Casino, west of Fort Smith, Ark., Heath Wright and the Hangman play at 9 p.m. on Friday. Grant Gilbert and UFC 241 play on Saturday.
WYANDOTTE, Okla.: At the Indigo Sky Casino, 70220 Highway 60, playing this week are Morgan Squared at 8 p.m. Thursday, Tim Amey at 9 p.m. Friday, Stonehorse at 9 p.m. Saturday, and the Bobby D Trio at 8 p.m. Aug. 22.
At Bordertown Casino, 129 Oneida, the Jason Boyd Band plays at 9 p.m. Friday. Splinter Middleton plays at 9 p.m. Saturday.
JOPLIN: At the Downstream Casino west of Joplin, House Party Band plays at 8 p.m. Friday. 90LB Wrench plays at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
TULSA, Okla.: At the River Spirit Events Center, 8330 Riverside Parkway, Nickelback plays at 8 p.m. Friday. Vince Gill performs at 8 p.m. Saturday. Chris Isaak performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 22.
At the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, the Back to School Bash featuring Why Don’t We, Ally Brooke, Bryce Vine and Jake Miller is offered at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with the indoor concert starting at 7 p.m.
At Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main, Flatland Cavalry performs on Friday. Senior Star Round Up with Cowboy Jones and the Round-Up Boys is offered Sunday. Joe Wentzel plays on Aug. 22.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: At Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 S. Hwy. 69 Country, Chase Bryant plays at 8 p.m. on Friday.
KANSAS CITY: At the Starlight Theatre in Swope Park, Ben Folds and Violent Femmes perform at 8 p.m. Friday. Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi and Tensile Townes perform at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22.
Vince Gill and Jedd Hughes perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main.
At the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Three Dog Night with Charlie Ferren performs at 8 p.m. Thursday. The Schwag and Nonstop Reggae play at 8 p.m. Saturday. Chris Isaak performs at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Polo G plays at 8 p.m. Aug. 22.
Tribute concerts to the Police and the Cars is offered at 8 p.m. Friday at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah’s Casino.
The Lalas performs at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the Ameristar Casino.
The Hot Country Nights concert series concludes in the Power and Light District, Main and Central. Aaron Watson performs at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
ST. LOUIS: At the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindle and Jon Langston perform at 7 p.m. Friday. Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth play at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson and Deniece Williams perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Stifel Theatre, 1400 Market.
Six headliners from the Turtles, Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the Buckinghams and the Cowslips play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
Members of 1970s regional bands Mesa and Nickels offer a tribute concert to Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Band and others of the period at 8 p.m. Friday at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square across from Powell Hall.
The Jacques Thibaud String Trip and pianist Tao Lin play chamber works by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave.
At the Pageant, 6100 Delmar, playing this week are Jenny Lewis on Sunday, plus Josh Ritter, the Royal City Band and Beth Bombara on Aug. 22.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar, the Bouncing Souls, the Bronx, Swingin' Utters, and the Bar Stool Preachers play on Friday. Tonina, Loose Loose and the Knuckles play Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD: Ventriloquist Terry Factor performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 Hammons Parkway.
OZARK: Stained Glass Theater, 1996 W. Evangel, presents final performances of “Elijah: the Musical” Thursday through Saturday.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Theatre Squared, 477 W. Spring St., presents a stage version of “Shakespeare in Love” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22, with more shows through Sept. 8.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St., the musical “Mamma Mia!” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday with more weekend shows through Sept. 1 in the John H. Williams Theatre. “Hamilton” opens with shows at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20-22, with more shows through Sept. 8 in the Chapman Music Hall.
KANSAS CITY: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In The Heights” is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 at the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center, Grand Blvd. at Pershing Rd., with more shows through Aug. 25.
The “First Ladies of Country Music” revue, with performances by Samantha Agron, Val Fagan and Julie Shaw, has shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22, with more shows through Aug. 25, not on Mondays and Tuesdays, at the Chestnut Fine Arts Center, 234 N. Chestnut St. in Olathe, Kan.
ARROW ROCK: The Lyceum Theater presents Becky Mode’s comic play “Fully Committed” at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, with more shows through next weekend.
ST LOUIS: Tom Cipullo’s new opera “Glory Denied” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again next weekend at Union Avenue Opera, 733 N. Union Blvd.
“Captain Underpants” author Dav Pilkey offers a show with a presentation at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Chaifetz Arena, Lindell and Market.
The musical “A Man of No Importance” by Terrence McNally and Stephen Flaherty is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and more weekend shows through Aug. 25 at the Marcelle, 3310 Sam Shepard Dr.
Stages St. Louis continues its season with a stage version of “Grease” at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Robert Reim Theatre, 111 S. Geyer Rd.
Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls” is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 by Stray Dog Theater at the Tower Grove Abbey Theater, 2336 Tennessee Ave., with more shows through Aug. 24.
SPRINGFIELD: Comic Jim Gaffigan performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the JQ Hammons Arena, 685 Hammons Parkway.
The Ozark Antique Auto Club Swap Meet runs Friday through Sunday in the E*Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
Springfield Regional Opera celebrates its 40th anniversary with live music and some “greatest hits” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East.
Springfield Art Museum presents the 58th annual Watercolor USA exhibit through Sept. 1 at 1111 Brookside Dr.
TULSA, Okla.: The National Snaffle Bit Association World Championship Show and Breeders Championship Futurity runs through Sunday in the Ford Truck Arena.
The annual convention of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica runs through Saturday at the Hyatt Regency, 100 E. Second St.
KANSAS CITY: The American Jazz Museum, 18th and Vine, offers a birthday tribute to sax giant Charlie Parker with a variety of activities from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday.
ST. LOUIS: “Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention,” an exhibit with 90 paintings, wood carvings, ceramics and prints, runs through Sept. 15 at the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.
ROGERS, Ark.: The 35th annual Frisco Festival kicks off for a weekend run on Aug. 22 in downtown, 301 W. Chestnut, with the Good Life Experience activities.
MUSKOGEE, Okla.: The Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning runs 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday an 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Hotbox Field, 4000 Border Ave.
TULSA, Okla.: The inaugural Salsa Festival is offered 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Dr.
KANSAS CITY: The Ethnic Enrichment Festival runs Friday through Sunday in Swope Park, with 60 different cultures selling food, crafts and performing.
ST. LOUIS: The St. Louis Fringe Festival runs through Sunday, focusing on independent performing arts. shows are offered at .Zack, 3224 Locust.
The St. Louis World’s Fare Heritage Festival runs Friday through Sunday in Forest Park, with live jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, rap and gospel music, a world business expo, beer garden and an artist village.
The Rise Up Festival, a one-day street festival celebrating revitalization, is offered from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday at 1627 Washington Ave., with live music, street entertainers and interactive mission-driven arts activities.