Local Entertainment and Events Sept. 21-28
1. The Wonders of Wildlife Museum, 500 W. Sunshine in Springfield, holds its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. This long-awaited attraction will feature exhibits, and a very large aquarium, expected to be a major attraction for the city for decades to come.
2. Hit makers Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows tour through Missouri this week. Those in the Kansas City area can hear the bands perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Starlight Theater in Swope Park. Those in the St. Louis area can see them at 6:45 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights. Both are outdoor venues. Swope Park is probably easier to navigate.
3. For an event with many performances and venues, consider the 18th annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ, a national and regional motorcycle rally, will run Thursday through Saturday in several locations. Concerts are planned each afternoon and evening on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, with five consecutive bands Friday and Saturday. The car show will be held at the Arvest Ballpark in Springdale on Saturday. The KC Barbecue Society and Arkansas State Barbecue Championship is planned for Friday at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 2537 N. McConnell Ave. in Fayetteville.
SPRINGFIELD: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd band plays at 8 p.m. Friday at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East.
Missouri State University hosts ChoralFest at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
Local bands Elwood Crossing, Canto 17, Patrick Mureithi and Friends and the Creek Rocks play at part of the second annual Concert at the Cave from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Doling Park at Giboney Cave, 301 E. Talmage St.
The Outland Ballroom, 324 South Ave., will have a tribute concert to Blind Melon by Paper Scratcher and to Morphine by the band Painkillers and Ecstasy at 9 p.m. on Sept. 25.
ROGERS, Ark.: Kiss performs at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, 5079 W. Northgate Rd.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. At George’s Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson St., playing this week are the Boss Tweeds on Friday, and Drive By Truckers on Sept. 27.
Hot Club of Cowtown plays at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson.
A chamber music concert of works by Brahms, Izarra and jazz works will be offered by University of Arkansas music faculty at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, 453 N. Garland.
The Jake Hertzog Jazz Trio plays at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center, 340 N. Garland Ave.
JOPLIN: The Pro Musica concert series opens its season with the Verona String Quartet playing at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St.
At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, playing this week are Big C's Rock N Roll Review on Thursday, Donnie Miller on Friday, and Honeyjack on Saturday.
TULSA, Okla.: At the River Spirit Casino Events Center, 8330 Riverside Parkway, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts play on Saturday. Country music star Jennifer Nettles plays on Sept. 28.
At the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, Cole Swindell performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Boz Scaggs plays at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27.
Chris Botti performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St.
At the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady, Wilco and Creamer play at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
At Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week are Lettuce and Maddy O'Neal on Thursday; Rev. Horton Heat, Fishbone, Strung Out and Los Kung Fu Monkeys on Saturday; Two Door Cinema Club and Circa Waves on Sept. 25.
The David Osborne Trio plays music from Broadway to contemporary pop hits at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis.
Black Joe Lewis, Ninet Tayeb and Lightnin' Malcolm play at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Guthrie Green, 111 E. Brady St.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla.: The Bartlesville Community Concert Association presents the David Osborne Trio at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Bartlesville Community Center, 300 S.E. Adams.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: The Pittsburg State University Wind Ensemble plays at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Bicknell Family Center, 1711 S. Homer.
KANSAS CITY: At the Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Gorillaz play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Brandy Clark perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Weeknd, Gucci Mane and NAV perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26.
At the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, the duo Black Violin performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Kenny Rogers gives his farewell tour at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24. The KU Wind Ensemble plays at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. The KU Symphony Orchestra plays the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with violinist Simone Porter at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28.
Melissa Ethridge performs with the Kansas City Symphony at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
At the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Wilco and Creamer perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Stone Sour, Steel Panther and Cherry Bombs perform at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26.
Classical pianist Charlie Albright performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St.
The Kansas City Symphony plays works by contemporary American composers at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Kauffman Center.
ST. LOUIS: Billy Joel performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Busch Stadium.
At the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Brad Paisley plays at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The St. Louis Symphony plays two Mozart piano concertos, No. 19 and 27 with pianist Emmanual Ax, and Mozart's Symphony No. 41 at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar. The orchestra plays a concert at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Washington University South 40 Campus, North Big Bend Blvd. and Wydown Blvd. in Clayton.
Father John Misty performs at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market.
Song stylist and singer songwriter Sturgill Cimpson performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Fox Theater, 527 N. Grand.
The 70th annual U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America's Concert Band performs at 6 p.m. on Friday at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., east of St. Louis.
Soul artist Brian Owens presents Michael Jackson's album "Off the Wall" at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.
Black Violin plays at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd.
Contemporary world music band Pangea performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, the Revivalists and the Lonely Biscuits play at 8 p.m. on Saturday; Broken Social Scene and Frightened Rabbit play on Sunday; Rhiannon Giddens performs Sept. 25; Two Door Cinema Club plays on Sept. 26; Hard Working Americans play on Sept. 27.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar, Haken. Sithu Aye and Mammoth perform at 8 p.m. on Friday; Modern Day Zero plays on Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD: A stage version of “The Diary of Anne Frank” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday with more shows through the next two weekends at the Craig Hall Balcony Theater at Missouri State University, Grand and National.
Springfield Little Theater presents the Abba musical “Mamma Mia!” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 with more shows for the next three weekends at the Landers Theater, 311 E. Walnut.
David Lindsay-Abraie's play "Good People" is offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and again for the next two weekends at the Springfield Contemporary Theater, 302 E. Pershing.
OZARK: Ron Boutwell's play "Seeds of Joy" runs through Oct. 14 at the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 Evangel.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.: Trike Theatre Little Trike series for kids presents “There is a Cowboy in the Kitchen” at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Thursday through Saturday with more shows next weekend at Art Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main.
ROGERS, Ark.: Arkansas Public Theater presents “The Rocky Horror Show” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Sept. 21 with more shows through next weekend at 116 S. Second St.
JOPLIN: Jean Anouilh's translation of Sophocles' play "Antigone" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28, with more shows through next weekend, in the Bud Walton Theatre at Missouri Southern State University.
Midwest Regional Ballet presents "Alice in Wonderland" at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Jefferson High School Concert Hall, 3401 Newman Rd.
TULSA, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St., Doug Wright's play "I Am My Own Wife," the true story of Charlotte van Mahlsdorf, Berlin's famous transvestite, is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Charles Norman Theatre. Green Day's show "American Idiot" is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with more shows next weekend. A stage version of the Whitney Houston film "The Bodyguard" with Canadian R&B star Deborah Cox is offered at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-28, with more shows next weekend, in the Chapman Music Hall.
KANSAS CITY: Jaclyn Backhaus's play "Men on Boats" runs through Oct. 1 at the Unicorn Theater, 3828 Main.
A stage version of the book "Between the Lines" is presented by Kansas City Repertory Theater Wednesday through Saturdays, running through Oct. 1 at the Spencer Theater, 4949 Cherry.
Ed Simpson's play "We Shall Not Be Moved: Student Sit-Ins of 1960" runs through Oct. 22 at the Coterie Theater at Crown Center, Grand Blvd. and Pershing Road.
COLUMBIA: Lynn Nottage's play "Intimate Apparel" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stephens College Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.
ST. LOUIS: Black Repertory Theater opens its season at the Edison Theater, 6445 Forsyth Blvd. at Washington University with Colman Domingto's "Dot" at 8 p.m., running through Sunday.
St. Louis Repertory Theater opens its season with Simon Stephens' "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" with shows running through Oct. 1.
Stages St. Louis presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" at 8 p.m. Friday, with shows running through Oct. 8 at the Robert Reim Theatre in the Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd.
"Church Basement Ladies: the Musical" runs through Oct. 1 at the Westport Plaza Playhouse, 635 West Port Plaza.
Decades Rewind, a national touring concert and dance party covering music from the 1960s to 1980s, is presented at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
SPRINGFIELD: The 29th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Nationals runs 9 a..m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
The Iron Chef of the Ozarks competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Farmers Market of the Ozarks, 2144 E. Republic Rd.
The Ozarks Model Railroad Association holds it annual Fall Train Show with 150 dealers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Springfield Exposition Center, 635 E. St. Louis St.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark.: The third annual Ozarks Slingshot Invasion, with group rides planned on the three-wheeled vehicles, runs Sept. 27 through next weekend, with activities based out of the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks.
FORT SMITH: The Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair runs through next weekend at Kay Rodgers Park at 4400 Midland Blvd.
JOPLIN: Hypnotist Chris Jones performs at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Taylor Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University.
TULSA, Okla.: The Tulsa State Fair opens Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 8 at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.
KANSAS CITY: The Invitational Youth Rodeo runs Sept. 26-29 at the Royal American complex, 1701 American Royal Ct. near downtown.
An American Indian Cultural Celebration is planned for Sunday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
SPRINGFIELD: The Heart of America Country Music Festival runs Saturday at Harrison Stadium, 900 N. Benton Ave. at Drury University, beginning at 2 p.m. Performers include Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, the Statesboro Revue, the Mark Chapman Band, Lyal Strickland and the Justice Adams Band.
BRANSON: Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts and Cowboy Festival runs Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 28.
FAIR GROVE: The Fair Grove Heritage Reunion is offered Saturday and Sunday with more than 300 arts and crafts vendors as well as food vendors, live music and dancing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.
WALNUT GROVE: The seventh annual Meadfest runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the 7C’s Winery and Vineyard, 502 E. 560th Rd. Live music, concessions and demonstrations by birds of prey from the Dickerson Park Zoo and the Shire of Oakheart will be offered.
BRANSON: Silver Dollar City’s National Crafts and Cowboy Festival runs Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 28.
STOCKTON: The Black Walnut Festival opens Sept 27 and runs through next weekend at the city park on North Street. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment and contests will be offered.
CARL JUNCTION: The 20th annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Center Creek Park,201 Valley Lane. Workman Bluegrass, Fiddle and Banjo, SpringStreet, Berry Wyn and Fly By Nite, That Dalton Gang, Borderline, Lonesome Road and Kentucky 31 will play.
WAGONER, Okla: The second annual Switch Monkey Music Festival, featuring 22 regional bands, concessions and a beer garden runs Friday and Saturday on North Main Street.
BONNER SPRINGS, Kan.: The Kansas City Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the 16-acres village in city park, 628 N. 126th St., west of KC, through Oct. 15.
LIBERTY: The annual Liberty Fall Festival runs Friday through Sunday at 1170 W. Kansas St.
KANSAS CITY: The 86th annual Plaza Art Fair runs Friday through Saturday in the Country Club Plaza Area, 4750 Broadway Blvd.
Worlds of Fun amusement park opens its Great Pumpkin Fest Saturday, which runs through Oct. 29
ST. LOUIS: The Strange Folk Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Carondelet Park, 3900 Holly Hills Dr., with goods from 200 indie makers, designers and artists.
The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival runs Friday through Sunday in the Soulard Market Park, 730 Carroll St.
The St. Louis Renaissance Faire runs Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 15 in Rotary Park, 2577 W. Meyer Rd. in Wentzville.