Merriam’s 2017 Summer Playlist

One quick Google search for “music in Kansas City,” and you’ll discover hundreds of little shows, headliner concerts, special event performances and more across the region. From local musicians performing regularly in the tiniest of watering holes to top acts selling out the largest venues in KC, there is never a shortage of live, good music in the metro, and summer is the perfect time to make a list of all the shows you want to take in.

Here in Merriam, the same applies! There are 92 days of summer and we’ve got a ton of local performances for you to enjoy—25 to be exact. That’s 25 times out of 92 days you can tune in and feel the music! While we don’t have a massive outdoor arena to seat thousands of people, we do have a laid back vibe to our community’s musical offerings, and we invite you to check them out. After all, music is what feelings sound like, no matter the stage. So, get out there, take in a concert and dance. Dance, I said!

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Introducing Merriam’s 2017 Summer Playlist…


  • 7th — Tracy Allison & The Drive / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 11th — Summer Sunday featuring The Collective / Merriam Marketplace / 4:30-7:30 pm
  • 16th — Rockin’ Party in Your Park featuring Harbour / Brown Park, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • 17th — American Legion Band of KC (wind ensemble) / Merriam Marketplace, 10-11 am
  • 21st — Mark Montgomery / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 28th — Merriam Acoustic Railroad / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm


  • 1st — Bo Claxton / Merriam Marketplace, 10-11 am
  • 5th — Julie Major Trio / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 12th — Rhythm Room Trio / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 15th — David Smart / Merriam Marketplace, 10-11 am
  • 19th — Dan Bliss / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 21st — Rockin’ Party in Your Park featuring Pastense / Quail Creek Park, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • 26th — Roanoke Road / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 29th — Yakety Sax / Merriam Marketplace, 10-11 am


  • 2nd — Shawn McNown / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 9th — Gadjos Chapeaux / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 12th — The Happy Wanderers / Merriam Marketplace, 10-11 am
  • 12th — Cruise Night featuring the Julie Major Trio / Merriam Marketplace, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • 16th — Saxes Plus / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 18th — Rockin’ Party in Your Park featuring Valentine & The Ones / Campbell Park, 6-8 pm
  • 19th — Peggy Chilson / Merriam Marketplace, 10-11 am
  • 23rd — Good Sam Club / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 29th — Prairie Country Band / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm


  • 2nd — Up Past 9 / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm
  • 16th — Exit 13 / Merriam Marketplace, 6-7 pm

>>Looking for more to do than music? Click here to learn all about 33 Things…KC Destinations’ Summer Bucket List and enter to win!

To market, to market–10 tips to make the most of your farmers’ market experience!

10 tips to make the most of your farmers' market experience
While summer is indeed winding down, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy those last moments spent outdoors before the snow and muck sets in. Although I personally enjoy the fall and winter months, I do cherish the final bits and pieces of summer’s offering and especially like to stock up at the local farmers’ market before the vendors close up shop for the season. Merriam offers a fantastic farmers’ market (5740 Merriam Drive) throughout the summer with vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods and handcrafted items every Saturday morning from May to mid-October. In fact, the Merriam Marketplace, on average, greets 16,500 market shoppers throughout the season. There are only seven weeks left until the final market Saturday (October 10), so the Visitors Bureau has rounded up 10 tips to make the most of your farmers’ market visit to Merriam.

  1. Come early to find the best selection or come late to find better deals on what items remain.  Merriam’s market runs from 7:00am-1:00pm each Saturday and most vendors offer tasty samples of their goods. Don’t forget to bring cash in small bills.
  2. Bring your own market bag. Many vendors will offer you a plastic grocery bags, but for an eco-friendly option that lets your veggies breathe, invest in a mesh or cloth bag, but be sure to wash them regularly.
  3. Your mama told you…you better shop around.  While I definitely like to stick with certain farmers or shop from the booths I love, it’s a good idea to make the trek around the market comparing prices, flavors and selection.
  4. Pack a cooler to store items that won’t make it home immediately.  Often times, Saturday morning is errand day for many of us, so remember to ice down a small cooler to keep your market buys cool and fresh.  On the other hand, some things don’t prefer the cold, so keep them at room temp (tomatoes tend to become mushy and acidic in the fridge).  Once you arrive back home, it’s time to wash everything and prep for storage or Saturday night dinner!
  5. Take a peek at what’s fresh each month with a seasonal produce calendar so you can be sure to buy your favorite selections when they’re the ripest and most delicious.  I like this one from Muddle a Mint Sprig.
  6. Make a meal plan for the week so you know exactly what items you’ll need.  Here’s a favorite Eggplant Parmesan recipe which makes an appearance on our menu at least 3-4 times throughout the season and it always tastes better with fresh eggplant straight from the market.
  7. Create a list of freezer-friendly foods and stock up on those fruits and vegetables to use in smoothies and soups during the non-market months.  Be sure to label items with a date–no one likes yucky freezer burn taste.
  8. Think outside of the fruit and veggie box.  Even though it’s summertime, farmers markets are a great place to shop for gifts.  With tons of local products (soaps, honey, bread mix, etc.) you can find lots of ideas for an upcoming birthday or other occasion.
  9. Slightly damaged melons need love too.  If you find a bruised item, try offering the vendor a lower price. It’s likely they would rather sell it than throw it out at the end of the day.
  10. Find out what else is going on near the market.  Many regional markets also offer entertainment, cooking demonstrations and other activities. In Merriam, we offer all of that and more.  From chef demos to live, weekly bands and even a great walking trail behind the marketplace, there’s more to do than just sample produce and shop.  Check out Merriam’s line-up of market activity here.

Merriam Marketplace upcoming events | 5740 Merriam Drive

Pianos on Parade | on display under the pavilion through October 10

Farmer’s Market | Saturdays through October 10 | 7:00am-1:00pm

Turkey Creek Car & Motorcycle Show | Saturday, September 12 | 10:00am-4:00pm

Funday Sunday | Sunday, October 11 | 4:00-7:00pm

Halloween Happenings | Saturday, October 24 | 2:00-4:30pm


Mobile food—have spork will travel!


Few things will slow my roll like a food truck.  Just seeing one driving along the Interstate to its lunchtime destination makes me wonder who will be the lucky beneficiary of the yummy chow about to be served.  I don’t discriminate—truck, car, airstream, hot dog cart—whatever mobile method, I’m happy to sample. The only thing better than finding a food truck by accident is to one day find a truck in the parking lot at my office (which btw, boasts nice traffic counts and convenience along I-35 in Merriam).  I will not eat leftovers on this day—whenever it may be.

Food trucks are a booming business and numbers indicate that people like the idea of eating from these rolling restaurants.  According to the National Restaurant Association, food trucks generate $650 million in annual revenue and Intuit projects this industry to hit $27 billion by 2017.  Food fad?  I think not—and, coastal cities are not the only destinations grabbing the fork by the tines.  One metro area search on Yelp will prove that this “trend” is likely here to stay.  And, of course, there’s a free app for that…it’s called Truckily and you should totally download it.  If you use that app a lot, perhaps you should also download a gym finder app–just a suggestion.

Food truck fanatics enjoy noshing on fresh ingredients, discovering the city, connecting with other foodies and supporting local business owners who are clearly passionate about what they do.  From funnel cakes to fish tacos, cupcakes to coneys, gyros to gourmet coffees, there’s always a reservation open for you—and part of the fun is following your favorites to see where they’ll turn up each week.

food truck border warLuckily for you (and me….and, lots of other people who need to eat—this Sunday in particular), Merriam Marketplace will host the 2013 Cowtown Throwdown on Sunday, September 22 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.  12 area food trucks from both sides of the State Line will be competing to see who will become the “border war champ”.  Wear your stretchy pants and bring a hearty appetite so you too can say, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”  No cost to attend, you only pay for what you order and eat!  Sunday dinner just went mobile—hope to see you there!

Plan it:  Cowtown Throwdown – KS/MO food truck border war – Sunday, September 22 from 5;00-9:00 p.m. at Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive.

Like it:  Food Truck Border War

  App it:  Truckily  truckily

  Bonus:  Proceeds from this event will benefit Merriam’s Flags 4 Freedom event!