There will be plenty to see and hear this month at Starlight! A line-up of seven concerts in July ensures entertainment and fun for all audiences throughout the summer.
Kicking the month off is two-time Grammy Award-winning rock band Evanescence and Billboard Award-winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling. They premiere their co-headlining 2018 North American tour at Starlight on Friday, July 6 as the first stop on a 31-city summer amphitheater tour. Evanescence and Stirling recently collaborated on the “Hi-Lo” single from Evanescence’s latest album, “Synthesis.”
Saturday, July 7 Grammy Award-winning rock band Paramore will be joined by Foster the People on the 26-city “After Laughter Summer Tour (Tour 5),” under the stars. With hit singles including “Hard Times,” “Told You So” and “Rose-Colored Boy,” Paramore’s “After Laughter” album made its way onto many Best Album of the Year lists. Foster The People most recently wrapped up a world tour in support of their third studio album, “Sacred Hearts Club.” They also played a number of summer and fall festivals in 2017 including Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne visits Starlight Theatre on Sunday, July 8 during his 31-city summer tour. LaMontagne released his seventh studio album, “Part Of The Light,” on May 18 via RCA Records and features singles “Such A Simple Thing” and “Paper Man.” Since launching his career 13 years ago, LaMontagne has released six studio albums, five of which have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Digital Albums charts.
Next, American rock favorites STYX and Joan Jett take the stage for their 2018 summer tour on Tuesday, July 10 at Starlight. Formed in Chicago in 1972, STYX rose to rock music fame with mega-hit albums throughout the 1970s and early ‘80s and in June 2017, they released their 16th studio album. Joining STYX on tour is acclaimed singer-songwriter Joan Jett, known for her hits “Cherry Bomb,” “Heartbeat,” and the No. 28 song of all time, “I Love Rock n’ Roll.”
Four members of comedy royalty will bring the laughs to Starlight Theatre on Friday, July 13. The Comedy Get Down national tour features four comedians with impressive resumes. Cedric “The Entertainer” stars in his own hit comedy series and is known for his crowd-pleasing performances. Eddie Griffin has received worldwide recognition for his work and has been named by Comedy Central as one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time. D.L. Hughley is an accomplished stand-up comedian, actor, talk show host and author and starred in his namesake TV show, “The Hughley’s.” George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer from film, stand-up comedy and late-night TV who currently stars in the hit TV Land comedy “Lopez.”
Legendary rock group Foreigner will be joined by special guests Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience as part of the Juke Box Heroes tour on Thursday, July 17. Since the 1977 release of their first hit single, “Feels Like the First Time,” and self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, Foreigner has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock bands with enduring hits as “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent” and many more. Joining Foreigner on tour is Whitesnake, currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 1987 self-titled multi-platinum album, as well as Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, celebrating one of music’s most iconic bands.
Wrapping up July’s concerts at Starlight is the family-friendly KIDZ BOP Live on Friday, July 20. The KIDZ BOP Kids – Billboard Magazine’s #1 Kids’ Artist for eight consecutive years – will headline the new show, performing some of today’s biggest hit songs. Four KIDZ BOP Kids will take the stage for each performance, which will include innovative stage design, special effects, fan interaction and even a parent lip-sync battle to 90’s hits.
Tickets for all concerts are available online at kcstarlight.com, by calling 816-363-STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64132.