American Jazz Museum’s annual Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival is a one-day music extravaganza that colludes the talents of soulful singers, strummers, horn blowers, and string twangers across three performance stages. Headlining the event, the seven-member band War (10 p.m.–11:30 p.m.) blasts its funk melodies into the air. Before War takes the stage, Bobby “Blue” Bland (7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.) serenades the audience with sultry favorites, such as his rendition of Bill Withers' “Ain’t No Sunshine,” after Christian McBride with Inside Straight (5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.) cues the miniature musician living inside his standup bass to play a euphony of soul. Throughout the day, patrons can indulge in fare from local food vendors (not included with this Groupon) such as City Bar-B-Q, snacking until their fingers are covered with enough sauce to ensure easy snapping.
House of Hope helps restore relationships between troubled teens and their families, as well as their communities, through parent-involved treatment, education, and counseling. Runners, walkers, and competitive tiptoers can race to aid the nonprofit's mission by entering the Hope Challenge, which includes slightly more than 3 miles of scenic, high-energy fun. The race route takes entrants from Frank A. Theis Park through Country Club Plaza and past the Kauffman Gardens in their full summer bloom. Afterward, celebrate a personal best by rejoining friends and fans for postrace refreshments and family activities such as a Tot Fun Run. All entrants receive a T-shirt to broadcast their achievement to the world and avoid the sticky residue that comes from taping a racing bib to bare skin.
The performance begins with Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern leading the ensemble through Maurice Ravel's 1919 Le Tombeau de Couperin, a four-movement orchestral homage to baroque composer François Couperin. Next, the evocative melody of Samuel Barber's 1947 lyric rhapsody for orchestra and voice, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, fills the air as Ms. Murphy narrates scenes from author James Agee's dreamlike childhood memoir. After a brief intermission for flutes of champagne and handfuls of de-sloppied sloppy joes (also known as Dapper Dans), Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 sneaks into the concert hall with the jingle of two sleigh bells, then erupts into a ghostly scherzo that builds to a solemn march before finally reaching a gentle conclusion with the soprano's bucolic, childlike warbling.
The Main Street Mile is a fun event in which pavement-traversing mettle can be tested without pulling a semi-truck with one’s teeth. As the most significant street in the City of Fountains, Main Street sees its share of trampling flip-flops and skipping running shoes; the Main Street Mile race focuses on raising awareness of the street’s changing face and helps not-for-profit organizations work toward improving the renowned corridor. There is a family run and walk at 9 a.m. as well as a competitive heat at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, prizes (you'll receive a free T-shirt), food and drinks, and children’s activities will be available at race's end to ensure the whole family and lost Vikings are entertained. Build community awareness with a brisk run thanks to today’s side deal.
This hootin’ and occasionally hollerin’ rock 'n' roll bar honors traditional cattle wranglers and two-wheeled easy riders alike with a hearty menu of American classics, including thick burgers and big, down-home meals. Everything is made fresh from scratch, putting it miles of open trail away from typical frozen bar food. Saddle up for a satisfying lunch such as a “twin shaft basket bonanza” of Angus butter burger smothered in steak butter ($4.49), KC cheesesteak or chicken ($6.49), fat boy buffalo chicken strips ($5.99), or several other finger-seasoning delights—all paired with a nest of golden fries.
The Kansas City T-Bones swing, throw, catch, and cartwheel on the groomed verdant expanse of their 4,800-seat home at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The park, which boasts free parking (available on a first-come, first-served basis), ample restrooms, and a children's concession stand, plays a dashing host to the team's scheduled clashes with the Grand Prairie AirHogs, Wichita Wingnuts, and other club-wielding nemeses. Guests will park themselves inside select seating (up to a $9.50 value per ticket) along left field. The most remote areas rest only about 50 feet from the field of play, allowing a clear vantage point and a chance to yell penny stock tips to outfielders.