The fall party really heats up this weekend, with big-time shows all over Tampa Bay, In addition to huge festival-like atmospheres at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (home to two shows by Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square), Raymond James Stadium (the Club Cirque Festival, with Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka Flame and Borgore) and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday (with Brandi Carlile, Chicago and Tower of Power; click here for our preview) you've got concerts by the Lumineers, Austin Mahone (above), Cristian Castro, All-4-One, Jessie Ware, Aaron Lewis, The Whiskey Gentry, Dr. Dog, Baths, Mikky Ekko, The Duhks, Mushroomhead, Scott MacIntyre, Soulfly and more.Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa...
FRIDAY 9 p.m. The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway, Treasure Island. $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.
The Whiskey Gentry CD release show
With Have Gun, Will Travel
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 last 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 is 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 towards 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.
Dynasty album release
With DJ Sandman, Jinx, Faona Strong
FRIDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $8-$10. (813) 248-9500.
Tampa MC Dynasty has been refining her brand of throwback, no-holds-barred, in-your-face rap for more than a decade now. Her journey has gone relatively unnoticed to the masses, but don't tell that to Talib Kweli or DJ Premier. Those two hip-hop luminaries are both contributors to Dynasty's new album, A Star In Life's Clothing, and all 115 lbs. of Dynasty (known warmly as "Ya Girl Dy" to the local community) come home from a pair or European tours to celebrate the release of the LP alongside a pair of other revered MCs, Jinx and Faona Strong, who will showcase why west central Florida hip hop is healthy, fertile and worth supporting.
With Becky G, Midnight Red, W3 The Future
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 backwards 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.
With Mikky Ekko
WEDNESDAY 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $19.50. (727) 895-3045.
Despite collaborations with Miguel and A$ap Rocky, Jessie Ware may not be well known to U.S. fans just yet — but that could change soon. The charming Londoner, who turned 29 this week, has won acclaim around the world for her seductive debut album Devotion, a smart and stylish blend of indie pop, electronic flourishes and '80s- and '90s-influenced R&B. Ware has found herself among a class of singers (Miguel, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd) who are redefining modern make-out music for the Millennial generation, her breathy voice earning comparisons to Sade, Annie Lennox and Feist. Her first tour in Florida will feature opener Mikky Ekko, a similarly silky-voiced singer best known for his appearance on Rihanna's hit single Stay. -- Jay Cridlin
With Dr. Dog, Nathaniel Rateliff
SATURDAY 7:15 p.m. USF Sun Dome, 4202 Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25-$45. sundomearena.com.
Has it been a few months since you've been able to get The Lumineers' Ho Hey out of your head? Then allow us to put it right back in there. The foot-stomping barroom singalong was one of the most unlikely (and inescapable) hits of 2012, and it transformed the Colorado group into the biggest retro-Americana act this side of the Mumfords and Avetts, with a pair of Grammy nominations and a Saturday Night Live guest spot under their belt. It may be the simplest song ever to lead to an arena tour, but you should still dust off your suspenders and tweed for this one, as there ain't no party like a Prohibition-style party. -- Jay Cridlin
Club Cirque Festival
With Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, Autoérotique, Grizzly, Torro Torro, Schoolboy, Nerd Rage, John Anthony, Mr. Saturn
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, Autoérotique, 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.)
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 Antony and even 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.
With Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square
THURSDAY and FRIDAY 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $29.50 and up. (813) 740-2446.
What happens when a little county singer named Thomas Luther Bryan outgrows smaller venues like the Dallas Bull in the wake of hits like That's My Kind Of Night and Crash My Party? He books two consecutive nights at Tampa's premier concert shed, duh. The 37-year-old Georgia boy affectionately known as "Luke" has long graduated from that Highway 301 line-dancing club, and tickets for an initial tour stop sold so fast that it compelled his handlers to book a second show. There is no doubt that a Country Girl can shake it two times in a row (the fellas probably will too), so expect a lot of folks to be drunk on Mr. Bryan, kissing the next day goodbye on both nights. Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line play support for each show, so be prepared to say Here's To The Good Times all night long.
Baths Fri. With Groundislava, Time Wharp. 8p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 241-8600.
The Duhks Fri. With Deadstring Brothers. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Mushroomhead Fri. With One Eyed Doll, XFactor1, Ionia, Psykotribe, Forgiving Silence. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16-$18. (727) 895-3045.
Aaron Lewis Fri. 7 p.m. Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 987-2855.
Scott MacIntyre Friday. 8 p.m. USF Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave, Tampa. $15 and up. (813) 974-3180.
John McEuen and David Amram (Jack Kerouac tribute) Fri. 8 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $30-$50. (727) 822-3590.
Wester Joseph's Stereo Vudu Sat. 9 p.m. The Ale and The Witch, 111 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-2533.
Acrassicauda Sat. With Break This Curse, Deadlift, Beautiful Mourning, Foreshadow, At Shovels End. 7 p.m. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $8-$10. (727) 843-0686.
Izzy and the Catastrophics Sat. 10 p.m. The Hub, 519 N Franklin St., Tampa. Free. (813) 229-1553.
Daikaiju Sat. With Auto? Automatic??, Kid Aids. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $8. (813) 248-4969.
Alex Meixner Sun. 1 p.m. Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. $5 (free for kids 12 and under). (813) 885-4401.
The Statesmen Of Jazz Sun. With Nate Najar Trio. 4 p.m. Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25-$40. (727) 822-3590.
Stuble Creek Station Sun. 6:30 p.m. The Independent, 5020 N Florida Ave., Tampa, Free. (813) 341-4883.
Shai Hulud Wed. With Octaves, The Overseer, Actions Speak Louder, Upholder. 7 p.m. Epic Problem, 4215 E Columbus Dr., Tampa. $10. (813) 382-3477.
The Casualties Thu. With Peelander-Z, Negative Approach, Wolf-Face, Feral Babies. 6 p.m. Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $9-$18. (813) 248-9500.
Soulfly Thurs. With The Defiant, Progressive Chemistry, Hang Em High. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $16. (727) 895-3045.
-- Ray Roa, tbt*