BUILDING INTEREST: Robb Bank$
Earlier this spring, Robb Bank$ dropped a video campaigning for the fan-voted 10th slot in XXL magazine's coveted Freshman Class issue. He lost out to fellow South Floridian and onetime collaborator XXXTentacion. The thoughtful and treasured Bank$ has pursued success through more conventional means, including signing to Cash Money. XXX carries himself like a (very troubled) outsider, rising swiftly through the DIY world of SoundCloud Rap, and generating much more heat as a result. What this says about Bank$'s chances of breaking big in 2018 isn't as clear, though on Twitter he has blamed a "label war" for stalling his career. He's still young enough for a breakthrough, so maybe the 2018 Freshman Class isn't out of the question — he's just got to release his new album Falconia first. Until then, he'll perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. Kid Trunks opens. $20 and up. ticketfly.com.
FUNK MASTER: John 'Papa' Gros
In the recent documentary Do U Want It?, Papa Grows Funk is hailed as "one of the great New Orleans bands," which is pretty high praise, especially for a group that hasn't been together since 2013. But if you ever caught one of the funk fusion group's legendary jam sessions at the Maple Leaf, you might buy into the hype. Namesake frontman John "Papa" Gros is doing his part to keep the band's legacy alive, not only through the documentary, but on the road. He'll perform alongside pedal steel hero Roosevelt Collier at 8 p.m. Saturday at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12 and up. (813) 971-0666. skipperssmokehouse.com.
BEAM HIM UP: Herobust
Downtown St. Petersburg residents are used to the noise rattling out of Jannus Live on weekends. But are they ready for an eye-searing light display, too? Atlanta bass producer Herobust leads a show dubbed "Destroy With Lazers," featuring sets by Skellism, Nitti Gritti, Kyushu and Donya. Whatever trippy laser display goes down might end up being a pleasant disturbance from all the squelching, thudding, vertebrae-disintegrating bass up on stage. 5 p.m. Saturday. Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25 and up. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.
WISHING HE WAS HERE: Peter Cetera
It's a bit of a hike to see Peter Cetera this weekend. But you'd do it all for the glory of love, wouldn't you? The former Chicago frontman was the voice behind some of their biggest hits, including Hard to Say I'm Sorry and If You Leave Me Now. They've long since gone their separate ways — not even a 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction could bring them together — and Cetera is rolling on solo. Touring is a hard habit to break, is it not? Look for Cetera at 8 p.m. Friday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $71 and up. (941) 953-3368. vanwezel.org. Also 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the RP Funding Center, 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. $50 and up. (863) 834-8100. rpfundingcenter.com.
PETTY THEFT: Free Fallin'
There are many good reasons to be glad 2017 is in the rearview, but one of the biggest is that it's the year we lost Tom Petty. The rock icon's death in October sparked a new appreciation around the world for his work. Since Petty's passing, a slew of tribute shows have popped up. Here's a good one: Free Fallin', which has been at it for more than 10 years, playing Petty songs all over the country. If that's not enough faux-rock for you, get there early for Swingtown, a tribute to the Steve Miller Band. 8 p.m. Friday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. $19.50 and up. (727) 587-6793. largo.com.