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Concerts in KC: Toni Braxton, Brad Paisley, Fed Up Fest and Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson performs Sunday, Oct. 16, at Uptown Theater.
Ingrid Michaelson performs Sunday, Oct. 16, at Uptown Theater. Invision/AP


Friday, Oct. 14, at the Sprint Center

Viewers of the reality TV show “Braxton Family Values” are reminded that while the sisters in the Braxton family possess powerful voices, each is susceptible to commonplace human frailties. Toni Braxton’s commercial success occasionally foments jealousy among her siblings. She has embarked on a series of performances billed as “The Hits Tour,” in which she wraps her lustrous voice around 1990s chart-toppers including the ballad “Un-Break My Heart” and the sultry jam “You’re Makin’ Me High.” With After 7 and Ro James.

▪ 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. $45-$85 in advance.


Friday, Oct. 14, in the parking lot of Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas

Brad Paisley, 43, is old enough to have children in college. In spite of his relatively advanced age, most of sprightly music created by the genial country artist reflects his boyish charm. His duet with pop star Demi Lovato on the recent single “Without a Fight” exemplifies Paisley’s youthful sensibility. That’s why Paisley’s annual fall tour of college campuses makes perfect sense. The set list of Friday’s free concert is likely to include fun-loving hits like “Mud on the Tires” and “Alcohol.” With Brett Young.

▪ 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. The parking lot of Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas. 785-864-2700. Free.


Friday, Oct. 14, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The glitchy, trippy and futuristic side of indie-pop will be celebrated at the annual Halloweenie Roast concert at the Midland theater. Radio station 96.5 the Buzz has assembled an impressive lineup of beat-oriented ensembles. Phantogram, a fashionable New York-based duo, is responsible for one of the most crucial hits of 2016 in the nihilistic “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.” The Range and Bishop Briggs craft stylish variations on the form. Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type, the most conventional band on the bill, is a promising young Kansas City collective.

▪ 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $25 in advance.


Friday, Oct. 14, at the Uptown Theater

Until he became the first man to have an independently released album debut at the top of Billboard magazine’s country chart last year, Aaron Watson was considered just another red dirt artist from Texas. The success of “The Underdog,” his 12th studio album, has allowed Watson to make the transition from roadhouses to theaters. He’ll perform substantive new material like “Bluebonnets (Julie’s Song),” an ode dedicated to a daughter who died hours after her birth, for longtime fans and recent converts on Friday. With Alyssa Micaela.

▪ 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $20 in advance.


Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Sprint Center

Florida Georgia Line has refashioned the sound of country radio stations in recent years. The flashy bro-country duo’s massive hits like “Stay” bridge the divide between Kenny Chesney and Def Leppard. “Dig Your Roots,” Florida Georgia Line’s most recent album, includes a collaboration with reggae star Ziggy Marley on “Life Is a Honeymoon” and harmonies from the venerable boy band the Backstreet Boys on “God, Your Mama, and Me.” With Cole Swindell, the Cadillac Three and Kane Brown.

▪ 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. $34.75-$54.75 in advance.


Saturday, Oct. 15, at Crossroads KC

Seven ensembles ranging from bohemian marching band MarchFourth to hypnotic electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso will apply their talents to a worthy cause at Crossroads KC on Saturday. The benefit event for regional food bank Harvesters is an expansive festival that includes games, beer tastings and food trucks. Bluegrass rebels Split Lip Rayfield, funky psychedelic rock group Various Blonde and Talking Heads tribute band Found a Job are among the additional acts sharing two stages. With Hippo Campus and the Phantastics.

▪ 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $15-$50 in advance.


Saturday, Oct. 15, at Music Hall

Fred Hammond recently ventured into the realm of sin and decadence to spread his message of love and redemption. The black gospel titan leads a fervent prayer on “Ultralight Beam,” the complex song that opens Kanye West’s latest album. Chance the Rapper, another hip-hop star from Chicago, references Hammond’s rapturous “Let the Praise Begin” on his new chart-topping release. Hammond’s unconventional outreach campaign may attract new fans to Saturday’s star-studded Festival of Praise concert. With Donnie McClurkin, Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle and Casey J.

▪ 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Music Hall. 800-653-8000. $41.50-$61.50 in advance.


Saturday, Oct. 15, at RecordBar

The venerable Japanese cuddlecore band Shonen Knife headlines the initial installment of a fledgling series of miniature music festivals at RecordBar. Sound Machine, an offshoot of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest that’s organized by Nathan Reusch of Kansas City label the Record Machine, will be a monthly event that provides a forum for “up-and-coming area talent” and “bands from all around the globe.” With the Philistines, Westerners, Leggy, Darsombra, Psychic Heat, Drop a Grand, Weyward Sister and Macemouth.

▪ 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.


Sunday, Oct. 16, at Kauffman Center

George Winston was unfairly pigeonholed as a sentimental sap in the early 1980s. His solo piano recordings set a tranquil mood at countless family gatherings during the height of the new age music fad. Winston has since proven that he’s capable of much more than inducing contemplative stupors. Brilliant interpretations of material associated with the Doors and his mastery of the vibrant New Orleans sound of pianists like Professor Longhair demonstrate Winston’s expansive range.

▪ 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7200. $27-$57 in advance.


Sunday, Oct. 16, at Uptown Theater

Ingrid Michaelson is occasionally typecast as Katy Perry with glasses or as a snarky alternative to Taylor Swift. In addition to being partly responsible for initiating the ukulele revival, Michaelson is one the shrewdest and funniest singer/songwriters of the new millennium. She traded pensive ukulele-powered odes for bold pop on her new album, “It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense.” The format may be different, but Michaelson has retained her playfully sarcastic wit. With AJR.

▪ 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $30 in advance.


Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Knuckleheads

Celebrity judges Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams vied to work with Sarah Potenza after she belted out a driving version of “Stay With Me” on NBC’s “The Voice” last year. Potenza was eventually eliminated from the contest, but her rugged new album, “Monster,” is a winner. She insists that “I am a monster, I am big and I am strong” on the metallic blues of the title track.

▪ 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $10 in advance.


Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Bonnie Raitt is among a handful of elite musicians who have remained in top form decades into their storied careers. Like Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen, Raitt, 66, continues to issue solid albums and give powerful performances. She’s touring in support of the soulful new “Dig in Deep,” an album that applies Raitt’s soulful vocals and bluesy slide guitar playing to bracing pop songs. She has opened recent concerts with her sexy interpretation of the INXS hit “Need You Tonight.” With the California Honeydrops.

▪ 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $36-$100 in advance.