Roll down the windows, and jam to these artists as you make your way to a show outside of CoMo. The summer season means concerts and festivals are abundant. Although Columbia is a major music hub that has plenty of shows to keep concertgoers busy, it can be easy to forget about the music moments happening not too far away. How about taking a trip outside of Columbia to catch some great performances? These are the shows and a music festival worth the two- to three-hour drive to St. Louis, Kansas City or Springfield.
This all-day blues festival raises money for organizations focused on the prevention of homelessness. Some of the bands invited are Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish and Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal. Food from local vendors plus wine and beer will be available.
Time: May 19, noon–10:30 p.m.
Location: Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, 220 W. Plainview Road
Richard Barker, aka Machine Gun Kelly, is an American rapper who earned his title thanks to his rapid-fire rap style. His song “Bad Things,” a collaboration with Camila Cabello, reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Time: May 26, 7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show
Location: Shrine Mosque, 601 E. St. Louis St.
Folk music fans, especially those who might have missed this group when it was in Columbia last fall, can see the band in Kansas City. The six members are touring with their latest album, Signs of Light.
Time: May 29, 6 p.m., doors; 7 p.m., show
Location: Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road
Described by Rolling Stone as “a voice that evokes Neil Young on nitrous oxide,” The Flaming Lips’ lead singer, Wayne Coyne, takes the moniker of frontman to an entirely new level. After releasing its first studio album in the ’80s, this band is no stranger to the wonderful world of weird.
Time: June 28, 7 p.m., doors; 8 p.m., show
Location: Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway
This April, the Australian singer released a new electronic-infused album, Graffiti U, and a single about empowering women called “Female,” which was inspired by the #MeToo movement.
Time: June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 14141 Riverport Drive
Influenced by soul music, contemporary jazz and ’70s folk artists like James Taylor, Amos Lee released his sixth full-length album, Spirit, in 2016. Lee combines R&B and pop with his longstanding knack for earnest, folk-infused melodies.
Time: June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Symphony Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd.