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Folly Theater


address  300 W. 12th St.
 Kansas City, MO  64105
neighborhood Downtown
phone (816) 474-4444
hours Daily 10am to 5pm
parking Validated Parking is available in the garage at 12th and Broadway
www.follytheater.com/

Upcoming Events

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas

Pop, Holiday, Holiday Music
Be part of the holiday concert tradition of the season with Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman as he celebrates "A Joyful Christmas." Jim Brickman delivers the sounds and spirit of the season with carols, classics and original songs on his 22nd holiday tour. Holiday music brings yuletide memories to life as Brickman helps you escape from the holiday hustle-bustle and keeps your days merry and bright. Bring your family, friends or that special someone and make Jim Brickman your new holiday tradition. Celebrate the faith, love and togetherness that we value most this time of year and share in the celebration of "A Joyful Christmas."
Concert;piano;holiday;Christmas;Brickman;
www.jimbrickman.com
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Price: $35.00-$75.00
Event Website: www.jimbrickman.com/Tour
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 • Mon 12/10/18 at 7:30pm 

Yellowjackets

Jazz, R&B/Soul
The masters of jazz fusion, The Yellowjackets, are bringing their collective experience and unique sound to the Folly stage on January 18th! The band, originally formed in 1977 as the Robben Ford Group, have always stayed true to a growing sound that incorporated instruments to electric sound. Over the years the Yellowjackets have been applauded for being one of the only true jazz fusion bands, successfully crossing jazz genres including blues, R&B, and electric. Their most recent album released is Cohearance.
rhythm and jazz;Mint Jam;Grammy Award;Lifecycle;fusion;acoustic jazz
www.yellowjackets.com
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Price: $25, $35, $45
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/yellowjackets/
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 • Fri 1/18/19 at 8pm-10pm 

Meet Dr. King

Children's Theatre
A wonderful introduction to the life and work of one of America’s most influential men, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This show is perfect for younger audiences and serves to introduce students to major concepts of Black History like freedom, integration, and equality.
Kids Show;Folly Theater;Youth Show;
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: Recommended for grades Kindergarten to 5th
Price: $6
Event Website: http://follytheater.org/drking-showtimes/
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 • Tue 1/29/19 at 9:45am till 10:45am, 11:30am till 12:30pm 

Kandace Springs

R&B/Soul, Pop
This year’s awaited Spotlight artist is Kandace Springs! The 27-year-old, Nashville born singer, songwriter, and pianist counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone as her heroes, but mimics none of them. Springs prefers to allow her comely alto to become a conduit that touches upon soul, jazz, and pop while transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly. Her 2014 self-titled debut EP, with a decidedly contemporary R&B/Hip-hop feel, was well received, placing the artist on TV performances including the Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. As she began work on her next album, she felt she wasn’t singing her true self. So after some time of reflection and soul-searching, Springs began work on Soul Eyes. This album drew out her soul and jazz sounds that she resonated with and that her voice was built for.
live music;jazz;
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Price: $25, $35, $45
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/kandace-springs/
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 • Fri 2/15/19 at 8pm-10pm 

Kurt Elling Quartet

Jazz
Named by the New York Times as “the standout male vocalist of our time.”, Kurt Elling performs at the historic Folly Theater on March 9th. A GRAMMY winner and 12-time GRAMMY nominee, Elling has been awarded two German Echo Awards, two Prix Billie Holiday from the Academie du Jazz in Paris, the Dutch Edison and the Edison Oeuvreprijs. He has been named Jazz Ambassador by the nation of Poland. Within the United States, Kurt was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and by The Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. The Washington Post confirmed the acclaim declaring, ”Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.”. A new recording from Kurt Elling entitled THE QUESTIONS was released in March of 2018.
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Price: $25, $35, $45
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/kurt-elling/
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 • Sat 3/9/19 at 8pm-10pm 

Pete the Cat

Children's Theatre
When Pete the Cat is caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners –– and boy are they square! Nevertheless, for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second-grade approaches, Jimmy has many tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. However, when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second-grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!
Music;Children's Theater;Folly Theater
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: Recommended for grades Pre-K to 2nd Grade
Price: $6
Event Website: follytheater.org/pete-the-cat-showtimes/
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 • Fri 3/29/19 at 9:45am till 10:45am, 11:30am till 12:30pm 

Joshua Redman Quartet

Jazz
Winner of the 1991 Thelonius Monk International Saxophone Competition, Joshua Redman, makes his way to the Folly to perform with his quartet on Thursday, April 11th at 8 PM. Joshua Redman is the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman and dancer Renee Shedroff. After Joshua’s graduation from Harvard in 1991, he took a year off before his plan to attend Yale Law. During that year, Joshua was swept up in the New York jazz scene! Redman released his first self-titled album in 1993. After several more successful albums, he was appointed the Artistic Director of SFJAZZ in 2000. With that appointment, the SFJAZZ Collective was created. Joshua’s most recent album, Still Dreaming, was released in May of 2018. Redman is joined by drummer Brian Blade, Bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles. Still Dreaming was inspired by his father, Dewey Redman’s 1967 band.
www.joshuaredman.com
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Price: $25, $35, $45
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/joshua-redman-trio/
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 • Thu 4/11/19 at 8pm-10pm 

The Magic School Bus

Children's Theatre
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system.
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Ages: Recommended for grades Pre-K to 4th Grade
Price: $6
Event Website: follytheater.org/the-magic-school-bus-showtimes/
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 • Mon 4/22/19 at 9:45am till 10:45am, 11:30am till 12:30pm 

Arturo Sandoval

Jazz, Latin/Salsa, Classical
To close out the Folly’s 36th Annual Jazz Series, we’re excited to bring Arturo Sandoval to the C. Stephen Metzler Hall at the Folly Theater. The 10-time Grammy-award winning artist, Arturo Sandoval, was born outside Havana, Cuba and began studying trumpet at the age of twelve. Sandoval has performed at the Grammys, Oscars, and Billboard Awards. This iconic artist has performed with a variety of artists including Alicia Keys, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. Arturo Sandoval’s most recent release is Ultimate Duets! under Universal Music. This album features Sandoval performing with artists like Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, and Josh Groban!
Cuba;trumpet;Grammy;Afro-Cuban;Latin Grammy winner;classical
www.arturosandoval.com/
Event Info: (816) 474-4444
Price: $20, $30, $40, & $55
Event Website: follytheater.org/events/arturo-sandoval/
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 • Sat 4/27/19 at 8pm-10pm