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.
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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.
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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 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 is the main attraction, but her band - with all its washboard-slapping, banjo-pickin' and sassy twang - make this show a must-see for anyone even remotely biased towards authentic, heartbreaking, honest American music.
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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 pounds 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 an LP that showcases why West-Central Florida hip hop is healthy, fertile and worth supporting.
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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.
While YouTube sensation Austin Mahone'ssigning 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 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.
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Club Cirque Festival
With Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, Autoerotique, 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, 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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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 passionate, often tear-jerking ballads. Don't be surprised if all the melancholy transcends the language barrier at this one.