Friday, Feb. 16, at the Sprint Center
Almost 20 years after he first topped the country charts with the twang-steeped sentimental ballad “He Didn’t Have to Be,” Brad Paisley has become the face of the Nashville establishment. The affable star is a persuasive vocalist, dazzling guitarist, accomplished songwriter and unflappable TV awards show host. Paisley is showcasing his many talents as he revives hits including “Mud on the Tires” and “Alcohol” on his Weekend Warrior Tour. With Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell.
7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $30-$130 through sprintcenter.com.
Ben Miller Band
Friday, Feb. 16, at Knuckleheads
Long known for its take-no-prisoners performances, the Ben Miller Band makes a convincing case for the title of Missouri’s best rock band on its ambitious new album, “Choke Cherry Tree.” Rooted in the seminal rock of St. Louis’ Chuck Berry, marinated in the earthy sound of Ozarks string bands and leavened with a smidgen of Kansas City swing, defiant songs like “One More Time” and “Life of Crime” are distinctly representative of the Show-Me State. With Ray Bonneville.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Knuckleheads. 816-483-6407. Tickets are $14.50 through knuckleheadskc.com.
Friday, Feb. 16, at VooDoo
Demetria McKinney croons that “I ain’t no stuck-up chick, I ain’t picky, I just want what’s best for me” on her breakout hit “Easy.” The Atlanta-based star also knows what’s best for fans of sultry R&B who intend to celebrate Valentine’s Day all week. McKinney’s rapturous songs like “Happy” will imbue the VooDoo with a romantic glow. The multitalented McKinney rose to prominence as a member of the cast of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and currently appears on the Syfy network’s “Superstition.” With London Savoy.
10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. VooDoo. 816-472-7777. Tickets are $27.50-$37.50 through voodookc.com.
Sunday, Feb. 18, at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
The most dramatic portion of the documentary “Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago” chronicles the hard feelings triggered by the divisive 1982 single “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” While the soft rock hit co-written and voiced by Peter Cetera revived the flagging fortunes of Chicago, it represented a dramatic shift in the style and temperament of the longstanding band. Cetera subsequently pursued a lucrative solo career marked by creamy hits like “One Good Woman” and “Glory of Love.”
7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-994-7200. Tickets are $45.50-$115.50 through kauffmancenter.org.
Kansas City Folk Festival
Sunday, Feb. 18, at Westin Crown Center Hotel
The Kansas City Folk Festival is the sole public showcase of this year’s Folk Alliance Conference. The seven-hour event features more than 20 performances on four stages. Country luminary Mary Chapin Carpenter is the biggest attraction, but the rare area appearance of Flaco Jiménez is the festival’s most consequential booking. The conjunto pioneer is an American treasure. He was a member of party band the Texas Tornados and has worked as a sideman for the likes of the Rolling Stones.
10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Westin Crown Center Hotel. 816-221-3655. Tickets are $30 through kansascityfolkfestival.org.
Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Uptown Theater
Nathan Feuerstein topped the Billboard 200 albums chart with his fourth release, “Perception,” four months ago. Yet even many people who consider themselves rap aficionados might not be familiar with the Michigan man who works as NF. His influences are much less obscure. Feuerstein’s flow resembles the angry fire of Eminem, his production often evokes the dramatic sound employed by Tech N9ne and his lyrical concerns occasionally echo the raps of Christian artist Toby Mac. With Nightly.
8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets to the sold-out show were $25 through uptowntheater.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Madrid Theatre
Neil Portnow, the president of the organization that oversees the Grammy Awards, was roundly rebuked after he responded to criticism of the underrepresentation of women at this year’s ceremony by imploring female artists to “step up.” Ani DiFranco stepped up a long time ago. Since founding Righteous Babe Records while still a teenager, the singular singer/songwriter, resolute business owner and inspiring role model has blazed a notable path that Portnow has managed to overlook. With Gracie and Rachel.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. Madrid Theatre. 816-753-8880. Tickets are $35 through madridtheatre.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Truman
Kevin Abstract, the founder of the chaotic rap collective Brockhampton, insists on “Boogie” that his group is the “best boy band since One Direction.” The flammable song is the opening track of “Saturation III,” the third album Brockhampton released in 2017. The stellar triptych is just one of many ways Brockhampton is breaking rules and ignoring convention. Since bonding on an internet forum for fans of Kanye West, the members of Brockhampton have challenged assumptions about sexuality, race and genre limitations.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $28.50 through thetrumankc.com.