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Five Best Music Events in South Florida This Week

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Van Halen

Brace yourself for a total Van Halen bacchanal and watch the greatest rock 'n' roll band to ever exist "Light Up the Sky" in West Palm Beach. Joined by 24-year-old Wofgang Van Halen — who replaced longtime bassist Michael Anthony back in 2006 when he was just 16 — the Pasadena, California, rock crew will decimate the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre this week.

With the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Tuesday, September 15, 7:30 p.m. Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $18 to $143 plus fees via livenation.com

Night Owl Market Street Festival

The early bird may get the worm, but the night owl gets free beer... Along with tasty food truck grub, artisan goods, trinkets from local vendors, live tuneage, art, and free trees, to name a few other perks. And at the Night Owl Market Street Festival, that's exactly what you'll get. So head on over to Fort Lauderdale's Flagler Village and reap the benefits of, well, being a night owl this weekend.

Saturday, September 19, 5 to 11 p.m. Flagler Village, Third Avenue between Fifth Street and Seventh Street, Fort Lauderdale; 954-294-0707; flaglervillage.org. Admission is free. All ages.

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan may be the hunk of country music, but the platinum-selling artist is more than just a teasing smile with perfect stubble and a perpetual glimmer in his eye — homeboy's an effing boss. Within the past year alone, the bro-country superstar has won the Academy of Country Music awards for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for his duet with duo Florida Georgia Line, "This Is How We Roll," a CMT award for Male Video of the Year for his vid, "Play It Again," and has racked up several more nominations at the CMT, iHeartRadio, People's Choice, and Teen Choice awards. 

Kick the Dust Up Tour 2015 with Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch. Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 7 p.m.  Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $25.50 to $65.50 plus fees via livenation.com

Blues Traveler

From losing founding bassist Bobby Sheehan to a drug overdose to frontman John Popper's struggle with obesity and being dropped by major label A&M in the early 2000s, Blues Traveler has been through its fair share of drama throughout the years. But instead of calling it quits, the Jersey jam band emerged from the turbulence recharged and reconnected to the joy of playing. Now, the guys are touring North America in celebration of their 12th studio album (and first collaborative effort), Blow Up the Moon, which will bring Popper and the rest of the troupe to the 954 this week.

With Lawrence. Sunday, September 20, 7 p.m. Revolution Live, 100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $25.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson is an unbreakable force. So much so, it's the name of her upcoming album, Unbreakable, which will be released through BMG and her new label, Rhythm Nation — making Janet the first female African-American recording artist to form her own record label. Sure, you'll have to drive all the way to the Magic City to see the younger Jackson live in concert, but given that it's been 11 years since her infamous nip slip wardrobe malfunction with Justin Timberlake during their Superbowl XXXVIII halftime performance, Janet will definitely entertain.

Unbreakable World Tour. Sunday, September 20, 8 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $35 to $126.50 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.

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