Concert Craze

by Katie McCombs

This summer, Kansas City hosted a number of concerts ranging from various genres, prices and venues. STA attendees recollected the most memorable moments and best features from a handful of these concerts.


Mumford & Sons

What: Buzz Under the Stars Tour

Date: June 3

Venue: City Market

Lineup: Cake

Popular song: The Cave

If you liked this concert, you’ll like: Death Cab for Cutie (City Market, October 3)

Best feature:

“Definitely the atmosphere and not being restricted to a seat. Everyone was involved in the songs, jumping up and down and singing. It was exciting to be a part of it.” -junior Dana Bailey


Matt & Kim

What: Sidewalks Tour

Date: June 22

Venue: The Beaumont Club

Lineup: The Thermals and Autobot of Flosstradamus

Popular song: Daylight

If you liked this concert, you’ll like: Journey (Starlight Theatre, September 28)

Best feature:

“It was at the perfect place. It was small and it felt more like an exclusive concert. On the last song, [Matt & Kim] were crowd surfing and throwing water on all of us.” -junior Grace Dominique


Kenney Chesney

What: Goin’ Coastal Tour

Date: July 30

Venue: Arrowhead Stadium

Lineup: Uncle Kraker, Billy Currington and Zac Brown Band

Popular song: Summertime

If you liked this concert, you’ll like: Taylor Swift (Arrowhead Stadium, September 24)

Memorable moment:

“The encore. Zac Brown Band came back out to sing with Kenney. It was Zac’s birthday too, so that made it pretty special.” -freshman Anne Nulton



What: Kansas City’s first annual two-day music festival

Date: August 5-6

Venue: Kansas Speedway

Lineup: Over 30 different artists including Eminem, Muse, Kid Cudi and Bassnectar

If you liked this concert, you’ll like: Lollapalooza (Chicago, Aug. 5-7)

Best feature:

“It was a great opportunity to see so many [artists] at the same venue. It was like experiencing six concerts in one. Also, being outside was nice because you could freely walk from one stage to the next and really soak in the whole atmosphere.” -senior Marianna Messerli


Katy Perry

What: The California Dreams Tour

Date: August 17

Venue: Sprint Center

Lineup: Janelle Monáe

Popular song: Firework

If you liked this concert, you’ll like: Enrique Inglesias (Sprint Center, October 3)

Memorable moment:

“I remember dancing to ‘Last Friday Night’ with my friends standing next to the stage, when a security guard pulled my friend and I over to ask if we wanted to go onstage. We ran up there and Katy started singing ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody.’ The backup dancers led us to the front of the stage where we danced with Katy till the end of the song. It was definitely the best night of my life.” -junior Lauren Goode