In the 1970s, Kansas City park hosted free Sunday hippie concerts. The shows are back

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Music fans who are old enough to remember when Theis Park was called, unofficially, Volker Park can take a step back in time this weekend.

A hippie hangout in the 1970s, the park was the venue of memorable free music events known as Sundays in the Park. They have returned this summer, and the next one will feature one of the area’s favorite acts of the 1970s — beloved folk singer Danny Cox. Also playing will be Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats and Noah & the Professor.

Music will begin at 1 p.m. June 26 at Theis Park, across from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. More information at facebook.com/groups/80171242711.

Another concert is expected sometime later this summer.

Longtime local musician Danny Cox will perform at the resurrected Sunday in the Park on June 26 at Theis Park.
Longtime local musician Danny Cox will perform at the resurrected Sunday in the Park on June 26 at Theis Park.

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More music

Kansas City Symphony, “Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth,” 7:30 p.m. June 23, 8 p.m. June 24-25, 2 p.m. June 26, Kauffman Center ($25-$115). kcsymphony.org.

Cody Johnson, 8 p.m. June 23, Azura Amphitheater ($44.50-$129.50). azuraamp.com.

Kansas City Baroque Consortium, “The Fashionable Chalumeau,” 7:30 p.m. June 24, Village Presbyterian Church ($25-$40). kcbaroque.org.

Glenn Miller Orchestra, 2:30 p.m. June 25, Kauffman Center ($59.50-$79.50). kauffmancenter.org.

Lights on the Lake featuring Sara Evans, 3 p.m. June 25, Osawatomie City Lake ($30-$165; under 12 free). cityofosawatomie.ticketspice.com/lights-on-the-lake.

Jazz on the Lawn, 5-8 p.m. June 25, National WWI Museum and Memorial North Lawn ($80-$175 per lawn space; $55-$150 for members). theworldwar.org.

Barenaked Ladies with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket, 7:30 p.m. June 29, Starlight ($25-$99.50). kcstarlight.com.

Country singer Sara Evans, a Missouri native, will perform June 25 at Osawatomie City Lake as part of Lights on the Lake.
Country singer Sara Evans, a Missouri native, will perform June 25 at Osawatomie City Lake as part of Lights on the Lake.

More entertainment

Excelsior Springs’ historic downtown will be filled with activities for Waterfest, 2-9 p.m. June 24, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. June 25 (free). visitexcelsior.com/waterfest.

Art, music and vendors will highlight the first Downtown Overland Park Art Fair, 5-9 p.m. June 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25 (free). downtownop.org.

Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner will return for Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, 5 p.m. June 24, 8 p.m. June 25, Kauffman Stadium and T-Mobile Center (celebrity softball game, $20-$103; Big Slick Party and Show, $75-$375). bigslickkc.org.

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Deon Cole stays plenty busy between commercials and TV shows, but he’ll find time for five shows at Kansas City Improv, 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. June 24, 7 and 9:45 p.m. June 25, 7 p.m. June 26 ($47-$57). improvkc.com.

Blue Man Group will bring its unique blend of music and comedy to Starlight, 8 p.m. June 24-26 ($15-$98). kcstarlight.com.

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo will take place at Bartle Hall, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 25 ($12-$15; under 12 free). odditiesandcuriositiesexpo.com.

Popular comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will perform at the Midland, 7 and 9:30 p.m. June 26 ($42.75-$148.75). midlandkc.com.

The Blue Man Group will come to Starlight for shows June 24-26.
The Blue Man Group will come to Starlight for shows June 24-26.
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