Monday, Feb. 28, 2022

Ellen McDonald, Publicist
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
(816) 213-4335 |

Three New Performances Coming to the Kauffman Center
Snarky Puppy, Béla Fleck and Happy Together Tour

Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center Presents has added three diverse and exciting shows to the summer 2022 calendar. See Snarky Puppy perform on June 9, followed by Béla Fleck on June 14 and don’t miss the Happy Together Tour on August 21.

Tickets for Snarky Puppy, Béla Fleck and Happy Together range in price from $29 to $89 plus applicable fees. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. March 4, 2022. Tickets will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office at (816) 994-7222 or online at


Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. At its core, the band represents the convergence of a variety of American music cultures, with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

“Winner of three Grammys and numerous other distinctions, the instrumental mega-combo is also a globalist when it comes to musical styles, finding room to add a wide spectrum of world sounds to its jazz and funk foundations,” says the Associated Press.


Over the last four decades, Béla Fleck has made a point of going where no banjo player has gone before, a musical journey that has earned him 15 Grammys in nine different fields, including country, pop, jazz, instrumental, classical and world music. But his roots are in bluegrass, and that’s where he returns with his first bluegrass tour in 24 years, My Bluegrass Heart.  

My Bluegrass Heart spotlights a multi-generational gamut of the best of bluegrass players, all sporting a myriad of Grammy Awards and nominations, as well as IBMA awards for their instruments: fiddler Michael Cleveland, mandolinist Sierra Hull, multi-instrumentalist Justin Moses, bassist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton on guitar.

“As you can imagine, I’m very excited to play with these guys. We’ve all been locked up for so long and we’re dying to get out there and play some music.” Fleck says.


The Happy Together Tour 2022 takes the stage at the Kauffman Center to perform the greatest pop rock hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The touring sensation that has crisscrossed the nation delighting audiences for over a decade returns this summer with a show full of chart-topping hits from an undeniable 61 Billboard Top 40 smashes. The show features music legends, The Turtles, Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, The Vogues and The Cowsills. Don’t miss out on this show jam-packed with talent. 

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The Kauffman Center Presents series features extraordinary and diverse artists from a variety of musical genres and performance styles. Upcoming events include:

2021-2022 Kauffman Center Presents events:

  • Tuesday, March 15 – National Geographic Live: Askashinga: The Brave Ones: Damien Mander, Conservationist – 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Sunday, March 27 – It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” – 7 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Tuesday, April 5 – National Geographic Live: Nature Roars Back: Bob Poole, Wildlife Filmmaker – 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Sunday, April 10 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – 8 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Wednesday, April 27 – The Queen’s Cartoonists – 7 p.m., Helzberg Hall
  • Tuesday, May 3 – National Geographic Live: Wild Seas, Secret Shores: Thomas Peschak, Photographer – 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Thursday, June 9 – Snarky Puppy – 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart – 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Sunday, August 21 – Happy Together Tour 2022 – 7 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Friday, Sept. 2 – “Weird Al” Yankovic – 7:30 p.m., Muriel Kauffman Theatre
  • Monday, Oct. 3 – Diana Krall ­– 7 p.m., Helzberg Hall 

*Events announced to date. Additional performances will be announced throughout the 2021-2022 season. Updates are available at


The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – a major not-for-profit center for music, opera, theater and dance designed by Moshe Safdie – opened in 2011. Serving as a cultural cornerstone for Kansas City and the region, the Kauffman Center delivers extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences. Honored as one of the World’s 15 Most Beautiful Concert Halls, the Kauffman Center attracts some of the world’s most renowned performers and entertainers.

Through educational outreach programs and community enrichment, the Kauffman Center supports Kansas City as a cultural destination. More information on the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is available at

The Kauffman Center Presents series is made possible by the John N. and Marilyn P. McConnell Foundation. Additional support is provided by: Saint Luke’s Health System, Aristocrat Motors and Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City.

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