This weekend's best bets in Bay area music: Obituary, Trombone Shorty, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa, Seth Walker, Ottmar Liebert and more


Trombone Shorty [pictured] w/Elliott Cohn’s Cosmic Sweat Society He brings a fresh and super-charged hip-hop approach to his New Orleans funk rock and as his name suggests, 23-year-old Shorty plays a mean trombone. He’s also well-versed on trumpet and leads his seven-piece band with sung-shouted vocals. WMNF has been bringing Trombone Shorty to town regularly for the past few years and his fiery shows always draw a nice healthy crowd. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $17 in advance/$20 dos.

Not Tonight Josephine w/Hydrosonic/Drew Street Mary/New Violation/Zanesville Well-dressed alt rockin’ five-piece Not Tonight Josephine enjoyed a rather successful first year – from December 2008 to the present, the Tampa band played support slots for Framing Hanley, Skindred, Mute Math and The Airborne Toxic Event, were invited to perform several acoustic in-store sets at Hot Topic locations in Florida, released their This Orphan Heart EP to a sold-out crowd at State Theatre in August, and even snagged a CL Best of the Bay award in September. NTJ has been writing new songs and you can expect to see a few at their first headlining gig of 2010. 7 p.m. doors, State Theatre, St. Petersburg, $7 in advance/$10 dos.

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa w/Shak Nasti (Royal Room post-show) Frank Zappa was the most prolific, innovative progressive rock artist of the 20th century, a guitarist and composer with serious chops who brought a level of seriousness to his craft while keeping his sense of humor firmly intact. Son Dweezil got the gift of guitar in his genes, and has been paying tribute to his late father’s musical legacy with his Grammy-winning Zappa Plays Zappa since 2006. For 2010, Dweezil has updated his band's name to better reflect its true star (himself), and the current lineup features multi-instrumentalist Scheila Gonzalez (sax, flute, keys, vox), bassist Pete Griffin, percussionist/marimba player Billy Hulting, guitarist Jamie Kime, drummer/vocalist Joe Travers, and the latest addition, new lead vocalist Ben Thomas. Recent setlists have included selections ranging from his classic 1970 instrumental composition, "Peaches En Regalia," to 1974's popular Roxy & Elsewhere trio, "Village Of The Sun," "Echidna's Arf (Of You)" and "Don't You Ever Wash That Thing?" to "Willie The Pimp" from 1969’s Hot Rats. Orlando's Shak Nasti brings their funky jazz rock to the aftershow. 7:30 p.m. doors, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $26 in advance/$28 dos.

[image-2] [pictured] Austin blues soul crooner/guitarist Seth Walker has a husky rich tenor that’s radiates a warm and golden Frank Sinatra glow in melancholy string-embellished odes like “I Got a Song,” which was featured on NPR last February. The rest of the numbers from his 2009 album, Leap of Faith, are more easy rolling roots with a swingin’ smoky bar feel, Walker’s backing band rounding out his vintage sound with keys, bass and drums. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $10.


Zach Deputy A one-man band who does the Keller Williams jammy style of live looping, but with a more Southern soul, hip-hop, and funky R&B feel. 5 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $7 in advane/$10 dos.

Ryan Montbleau Band 6 p.m., Craftsmen House Gallery, St. Petersburg, $15-$20.

Anchor & Braille w/Marksmen Anberlin lead singer Stephen Christian formed his acoustic side project, Anchor & Braille, when he decided to do something with the abundance of songs he’d written that were unsuitable for his harder quintet. The music is a distinctive departure from Anberlin’s alt rock, with pop whimsical textures, piano-driven melodies, and gentle, unexpected moments of pretty. Anchor & Braille’s first full-length release, Felt, debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart this past August. 7 p.m. doors, Orpheum, Ybor City, $10.50 (all ages).

[image-3] German-born, New Mexico-based “Nouveau Flamenco” finger-picking guitarist and composer Ottmar Liebert [pictured] draws from his cultural background and extensive global travels to create a sound that synthesizes elements of new age, jazz, rumba, merengue, rock and bossa nova. He’s led his ensemble group Luna Negra since 1990, and the incarnation that stops in Clearwater features Liebert on Flamenco guitar, Jon Gagan on fretless bass and keys, and Michael Chavez on drums and percussion. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, $33 and $50.

Cadillac Bombers 4 p.m., Ella’s Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, free admission (all ages).

Sleepy Vikings / Red Room Cinema 8 p.m., The Hub, Tampa, free admission.

A quick breakdown of this weekend’s most worthy concerts. For a more comprehensive schedule, check out our Upcoming Concerts page.


[pictured] Tampa’s own purveyors and pioneers of death metal have been blasting and shredding since 1985, and enjoyed some minor commercial success (along with two other seminal Florida hardcore acts, Morbid Angel and Deicide) until their break-up in 1997. Obituary re-formed mostly intact in 2003 and has released three albums since then; their eighth and most recent, Darkest Day, hit shelves in June. 8 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $15.

Clock Hands Strangle w/Palantine/Alexander & the Grapes The vocals of lead singer Todd Portnowitz have been likened to those of Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock, though the Southern-fried psyche folk, prog rock and dissonant pop jazz of Clock Hands Strangle makes such pleasant harmony that it more than makes up for any lack of novelty. Guitar, bass and trombone notes twist and tumble over and around each other with slow ease, or are propelled by a fast-driving stomp. The Melbourne, Fla. fivesome dropped their second full-length, Distaccati, in June, had already released another three-song EP, Thou Crusty Batch of Nature, by August, and laid down four live tracks for a “Daytrotter Session” that appeared on the Daytrotter indie music site in November. This is a band on the rise; check them out while they’re still playing small venues. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

The 9 Music Series & Competition: The Finals w/Mogul Street Reserve/The Trio/Male Order Brides Preliminary rounds in October, November and December determined the bands that perform in this final face-off: prog rockers Mogul Street Reserve, funk rock three-piece The Trio, and bluesy garage rock foursome Male Order Brides. A panel of music-savvy locals (yours truly included) pick the winning band based on various criteria (material, performance, presentation, etc.). Morrissound awards $2,500 in total studio time to the top ranking winners – 10 hours for first place, five hours for second. A fan of one of these bands? Go out and support your favorite. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $5.

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