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by Ryan Snyder

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What’s your #AaronCarterHornyLevel?

Donald Rumsfeld called them the “unknown unknowns”: that principle that, no matter how well orchestrated an undertaking, there are events that cannot be accounted for. Aaron Carter thought he had this whole social-media game figured out when a tide of oddly similar tweets started coming in requesting to know his horny level, more specifically, the #AaronCarterHornyLevel. The internet hivemind — with the help of comedian and pro troll Jon Hendren — had turned a penchant of the Backstreet brother to produce vaguely erotic tweets (see: “I’m feeling extremely sexual right now,” or “I love to get nasty at night.”) into a hilarious hashtag with which he was bombarded so frequently by inquisitive fans that the tag trended nationally earlier this year. Here he was one minute thirstily tweeting Demi Lovato, and the next he had acquired something that will follow him around for the rest of his life, with the smarmiest taunting through his suggestively titled body of work, i.e.

Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) or even “That’s How I Beat Shaq.” You can ask him how horny he is in person because Carter is touring for the first time in 10 years and he’s coming to Greene Street Club on Wednesday. Tickets are $20 and the doors open at 7 p.m.

Free music, great food and a chance to win tickets to Bonnaroo, Passion Pit or the Drive-By Truckers

For the fourth year in a row, the Mosaic Festival (presented by local refugee resettlement and immigration nonprofit CWS Greensboro) is going to turn downtown Greensboro’s Festival Park into a Choose Your Own Adventure of ethnic eats, eclectic amateur artists from all over the world, and main-stage music worth braving the June heat. It’s gotten a little bigger each year and in addition to the 20 food vendors from more than a dozen countries, the Saturday festival will welcome back local Afro-laced, jazz-funk outfit the Brand New Life for the third time, Ethio-roots group Dub Addis and Tropicalia big band Ricardo Diquez & the Tropic Orchestra (both from the Triangle) for the first time and feature its first national touring band in Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang. The music doesn’t end when the festival ends at 8 p.m., however. Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang and Dub Addis will both perform additional sets at the Blind Tiger that night, where winners of raffles for two GA passes to Bonnaroo will be announced, along with tickets to Passion Pit and Cult’s Koka Booth show on Tuesday, and both nights of the Drive- By Truckers at Ziggy’s later this month. Because of the timing, all winners must be present at the Blind Tiger to win, and all raffle proceeds and admission to the after-show will go to benefit CWS Greensboro and in keeping the Mosaic Festival a free, community supported event. Tickets to the Blind Tiger show are $12 at the door and $10 at the Mosaic Festival, which runs from 12 to 8 p.m.

Earth, Wind & Fire with Now, Then & Forever at the White Oak Amphitheatre.

There’s no time like the present for an Earth, Wind & Fire revival.

The discography of the 90-million-plus-selling funk group goes far deeper than hits “Shining Star” and “September” and if you check out mixtapes by DJ Kraz and Zero 7, you’ll find that the deep cuts are what make EWF everlasting. There won’t be any of Phillip Bailey’s highly underrated Chinese Wall (and sadly, no “Easy Lover”), but they play all of the hits in their two-plus hours, powered by one of the best funk bassists alive in Verdine White. The band is currently enjoying a prolonged promotion of their definitive anthology Now, Then & Forever which affirms that they can still throw down with the best of them. They’re coming to the White Oak Amphitheatre on Saturday with a set list made up primarily of the classics, though there are a few B-side gems and instrumental freakouts in there for the hardcore fans. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $29.50.

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