Jimmie Allen

Rising country star Jimmie Allen kicked off his first-ever headlining tour throughout North America earlier this month. He was recently nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy, and he currently holds the Academy of Country Music’s New Male Artist of the Year award.

Calling all concertgoers! With the easing of pandemic restrictions, live music is steadily returning as artists and venues are scheduling tours around the globe.

Vox writer Marisa Whitaker has made a list of upcoming concerts to see this spring in or around Columbia, including shows in Kansas City and St. Louis. From Glass Animals to Leon Bridges to Snail Mail, numerous hit performers are touching down in the Show-Me State to provide their raw artistry and sound that we’ve missed oh-so dearly (during all those late nights in the middle of June).

Lauren Alaina

As the runner-up of American Idol’s 10th season, Lauren Alaina didn’t let her loss stop her passion for music. The country sweetheart is stopping in Columbia to show us what her “Top Of The World Tour” is all about.

Even though COVID-19 restrictions have lessened overall, most (if not all) venues still have COVID requirements for attendees. If you have or want tickets to a show, make sure to check the venue's website for its COVID guidelines so that you, other fans and the artists can have a safe yet rockin’ concert experience. “We're working harder than ever before to bring the very best bands to Columbia that we can,” Blue Note concert booker Pat Kay says.

Whether you prefer the intensity of Tool, Olivia Rodrigo’s all-too-relatable teen-heartbreak ballads, Yola’s striking country soul or the revamped classic rock of Spoon, our list spans genres and generations so that everyone can find a show best suited for their live music desires.

Concerts in or around Columbia

K.Flay, March 1 at The Truman in Kansas City

Ty Segall, March 6 at Off Broadway in St. Louis

Parquet Courts, March 7 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS

Lauren Alaina, March 11 at The Blue Note in Columbia

Radkey, March 12 at Rose Music Hall in Columbia

Marbin

The progressive jazz-rock, Chicago-based band Marbin regularly performs in jam and jazz festivals around the world. Columbia’s own jazzy roots should make them feel right at home.

Colbie Caillat, March 14 at The Pageant in St. Louis

alt-J and Portugal. The Man, March 15 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis

Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros featuring the Wolfpack, March 15 at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City

Journey with Toto, March 16 at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City

Darius Rucker, March 17 at Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis

Tool, March 18 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis

Glass Animals, March 23 at The Factory in Chesterfield

girl in red, March 29 at The Truman in Kansas City

Spoon

Spoon is on tour supporting its 10th studio record, Lucifer On The Sofa. The album was recorded over the last two years, and the band is bringing its new classic rock-rooted sounds to The Blue Note. 

Yola, March 29 at Uptown Theater in Kansas City

Elton John, March 30 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis

Marbin, April 3 at Rose Music Hall in Columbia

Snail Mail, April 16 at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas

Olivia Rodrigo, April 20 at The Factory in Chesterfield

Spoon, April 25 at The Blue Note in Columbia

Jimmie Allen, April 29 at The Blue Note in Columbia

Leon Bridges, April 30 at Uptown Theatre in Kansas City

What venues have to say about the upcoming concerts

Nowadays, even though more shows are being booked, Kay says he feels “no more comfortable” today than he did around this time two years ago. “A decision you make today, (and) the factors that guide that decision making may be wildly different next week,” Kay says about booking decisions at Rose Music Hall. “On the plus side, we are open. We are putting on concerts, and that’s what we’re here to do. And it feels good to be doing that again.”

Prior to the pandemic, if a show was canceled or postponed at the The Blue Note or Rose Music Hall, all hell would break loose at the venue. The fans, venue and artist(s) would miss an incredible experience. The Blue Note director Mike Nolan says those feelings have shifted completely. 

Radkey

Radkey is a punk rock band of brothers consisting of Dee, Isaiah and Solomon Radke. Born not too far away in Saint Joseph, the brothers have opened for major rock acts including Jack White, Foo Fighters and Rise Against.

“Basically a few years ago, if a show would get canceled or postponed, it would have been a pretty big deal,” Nolan says. “Now, if that happens, we’re like, ‘We all know the drill here; kick this one into the fall or whatever.’”

The Factory is a venue in Chesterfield that opened its doors last July. Talent buyer Dan Merker is most looking forward to seeing Olivia Rodrigo (whose concert sold out in minutes), pop-rock band Wallows and electro-indie kings Glass Animals at The Factory this spring. Even though Merker says the staff is feeling more optimistic about hosting shows this year, he wonders when a kind of normalcy will return with attending concerts.

“I always wonder, are people buying a ticket because they feel safer going into a show with the vax mandate or proof of a negative test?” Merker says. “Or do ticket buyers view it as an inconvenience?”

Kay, Nolan and Merker alike continue to be excited in their roles and look forward to hosting shows for music fans, artists and the great state of Missouri.

“Most people are just happy to have a job in this business right now after what we all went through,” Merker says. “There's definitely a sense that there's light at the end of the tunnel — that we at least hope we're working toward normal times.”

Not sure who to see? With so many incredible shows, we made the decision-making a bit easier for you. Take the quiz below to find out which concert Vox thinks you should snag a ticket to based on your personality and musical likes.

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