Beginning with the release of his 1999 debut album, “Who Needs Pictures,” Brad Paisley’s music has been suffused with insight, humor, and honky-tonk twang. An exceptional guitarist, songwriter and performer, Paisley belongs to a select few (Vince Gill and Kix Brooks, among them) of today’s all-around country music entertainers. Popular with both fans and industry insiders, Paisley has earned 18 No. 1 singles and was voted 2010’s Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. “Wheelhouse,” the eighth studio album from the 40-year-old Paisley, has generated controversy with the singles “Accidental Racist” (with LL Cool J) and “Those Crazy Christians.” Expect those songs in the setlist Saturday at 7 p.m. when Paisley brings his Beat this Summer Tour to Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. Chris Young and Lee Brice will open. www.livenation.com
• Also Saturday, Hawaiian ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro brings his amazing talent to Durham’s Carolina Theatre, and Italian guitarist Beppe Bambetta play the ArtsCenter. Sparky and Rhonda Rucker bring their folk tunes to the NC Museum of History Sunday for a free, PineCone-sponsored concert.