Details: Friday 9 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. $40-$50. (727) 367-4511.
Move over 'N Sync because another pre-MySpace boy band is making a comeback. They've actually got a tour to go with it, too. We swear, by the moon and the stars in the sky, that this show is really happening, and while All-4-One's latest full-length, 2009's No Regrets, is, well, regrettable at best, there isn't denying the staying power of hits like I Can Love You Like That and I Swear. This particular show also happens to benefit the venue's community partner (All Children's Hospital), so paying a pretty penny to turn back the clock will make you feel warm and fuzzy forever no matter what is weighing on your mind. We swear.
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The Whiskey Gentry CD release show
With Have Gun, Will Travel
Details: Friday 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 248-4969.
Atlanta's deliverers of unabashed, foot-stomping bluegrass have made New World Brewery their favorite Tampa venue over the past three years, and that doesn't look like it'll change if the capacity crowds that pack the Ybor City watering hole for this annual tour stop have anything to do with it. Singer Lauren Stanley and her simultaneously seductive and chest-shaking croon are the main attraction, but her band - with all their washboard-slapping, banjo-pickin' and sassy twang - make this show a must-see for anyone even remotely biased toward authentic, heartbreaking, honest American music. The Gentry is celebrating the release of a new LP, and the addition of local favorites Have Gun, Will Travel, who are also touring behind a new album, make this a no-brainer.
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With Becky G, Midnight Red, W3 the Future
Details: Saturday 6 p.m. Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $29.50 and up. (727) 565-0550.
A lot of things happened in 1996. The first episode of Third Rock From the Sun debuted, the United States helped Russia invade Bosnia, and Cheryl Depew brought the Miss Hawaiian Tropic title back to the Sunshine State. YouTube sensation Austin Mahone was also born in that year, and while his signing to the Young Money Entertainment label is head-scratching (Drake and Nicki Minaj also call the Lil Wayne-helmed imprint home), it hasn't stopped him from touring with Taylor Swift, sampling Biz Markie and leaving hordes of fans breathless in the wake of backward cap-wearing, pure-pop offerings like What About Love, Heart In My Hand and Say Somethin'. Mahone, 17, might not be as appealing once he hits legal drinking age, so catch the boy at his prime in one of the 'Burg's most beautiful outdoor courtyards. You'll wish you could get so close when he returns in December for the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
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Club Cirque Festival
With Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, Autoerotique, Crizzly, Torro Torro, Schoolboy, Nerd Rage, John Anthony, Mr. Saturn
Details: Saturday 6 p.m. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $39-$100. (813) 350-6500.
EDM superstar Deadmau5 is set to play Raymond James Stadium after Christmas, and the relatively new Sunset Music Festival already has its claws clenched firmly on bay area dance music fans, but that hasn't stopped promoters from booking one of the genre's most notorious party maestros, Steve Aoki, for a party in the stadium's south parking lot. Dubbed "Club Cirque," but really just part of Aoki's expansive U.S. tour, this particular date also includes heavy hitters like Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, Autoerotique, Schoolboy and Crizzly in an exhaustive and entertaining reprieve to keep dance music fans satiated during the autumn's relatively quiet months. (After the show, DJ Carnage will lead an official after-party at Amphitheatre in Ybor City; tickets are $25.)
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Details: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39-$49. (727) 892-5767.
Sometimes it feels like Spanish-language hunks come a dime a dozen, and while offerings from hombres like Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Juanes can exhaust even the most steadfast pop fan, Cristian Castro kind of bucks the trend. Unlike his contemporaries, the 38-year-old Mexico City native hasn't shied away from tabloid scrutiny. That transparency has allowed fans an almost uncomfortable look into his love life's failures, giving his followers painfully candid insight into the events that fuel his extremely passionate, often tear-jerking, ballads. Kudos are in order for those who understand the lyrics, but don't be surprised if all the melancholy transcends the language barrier at this one.
Times correspondent Ray Roa can be reached at SuburbanApologist.com.