WATCH THIS: Kids Fest
We'll remember 2015 for a great many Internettable reasons — Pizza Rat, Hotline Bling, #TheDress — but none cut such a wide demographic swath as Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), the unavoidable dance-pop single by 17-year-old Atlanta artist Silento, above. Watch Me's exuberant YouTube video is the reason your kid already knows how to whip, nae nae, duff, bop and Superman. These are all real words! Anyway, kick off 2016 by indulging your child's fascination with doing the stanky leg by carpooling down to the first-ever Kids Fest in Palmetto. Joining Silento are another pair of viral dance-poppers: Rapper ILoveMemphis, right, (formerly and confusingly known as iHeart Memphis), who went from Vine stardom to the Top 40 with Hit the Quan; and DLow, the social media-climbing creator of Bet You Can't Do It Like Me. There will, of course, be dance contests galore at this shindig at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. $25 and up via Ticketmaster. (941) 960-9698.
PICK UP YOUR TICKETS: Silversun Pickups
For their 15th annual Next Big Thing festival on Dec. 5, alt-rock station 97X delivered way more pianos, synthesizers, saxophones and big beats than traditional alt-rock guitars. If you somehow felt shortchanged by that, 97X has you covered with a free Humpday show Jan. 6 by L.A. buzzsaws Silversun Pickups at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. The group, known for jittery, Smashing Pumpkins-influenced singles Lazy Eye and Panic Switch, just dropped its fourth album, Better Nature, which blends dream-pop atmospherics (The Wild Kind) with industrial angst (Connection) and their signature fuzzed-out guitars (Pins and Needles). The show is 21 and up, but it's free with a ticket, which you can grab at a handful of station events between now and Jan. 6. Doors open at 7, and there's usually a pretty hefty line for these free shows, so you might want to get there early. For a list of ticket drop locations, see 97xonline.com.
TOP DOGS: Snarky Puppy
When Snarky Puppy won a 2014 Grammy for Best R&B Performance for its Lalah Hathaway collaboration Something — over a field that included names like Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Anthony Hamilton, Q-Tip and Tamar Braxton — it felt like a misprint. Who was this sprawling fusion ensemble from Denton, Texas, and just what are they doing to contemporary jazz? Two years later, Snarky Puppy is up for another Grammy, this time for Best Instrumental Album for Sylva. It'd be a worthy win: Sylva is at turns smooth, funky, jammy and futuristic. Expect a lot of big brass and even bigger musical ideas when doors open at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $30 and up. (813) 247-2555. theritzybor.com.
TROP LIFE: Thomas Jack
Still don't believe tropical house music is a thing? Let us refer you to OMI's Cheerleader and Justin Bieber's What Do You Mean? and Sorry — three huge pop hits from the past year that all embody elements of this airy, sun-kissed sub-sub-genre of dance music. Trop house has two reigning kings: Norwegian DJ Kygo, who played Ybor City's Amphitheatre last summer, and Australian DJ Thomas Jack, who performs there on Saturday. Jack is actually the one responsible for coining the phrase "tropical house" in the first place, though he's lately shown signs of backing away from the genre. "Tropical house was two years ago, y'know?" he recently told the music blog Noisey. "It became so annoying that I'm over it and I don't even wanna do it anymore." But he'll dip back into trop house's sparkling waters for Saturday's show at 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $15. amptampa.com.