[image-1]SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
Trombone Shorty [pictured] w/Elliott Cohns 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. Hes 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 fathers 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 1969s 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 thats 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, Walkers backing band rounding out his vintage sound with keys, bass and drums. 9 p.m., New World Brewery, Ybor City, $10.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 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 hed written that were unsuitable for his harder quintet. The music is a distinctive departure from Anberlins alt rock, with pop whimsical textures, piano-driven melodies, and gentle, unexpected moments of pretty. Anchor & Brailles 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. Hes 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., Ellas Folk Art Cafe, Tampa, free admission (all ages).
Sleepy Vikings / Red Room Cinema 8 p.m., The Hub, Tampa, free admission.