This weekend's best bets in Bay area music: Rebecca Zapen, Alias Punch, Huey Lewis & the News, Rev. Horton Heat, Steve Connelly, Jukebox the Ghost, Carole King & James Taylor, and more

The following is a quick breakdown of the weekend's most worthy concerts (i.e., those ones you need to know about in order to get on with your live music life) beginning Thursday, ’cause that's when the weekend really starts... For a more comprehensive schedule of this weekend’s offerings and beyond, check out our Upcoming Concerts page.


Rebecca Zapen [pictured right] w/Tim Walker/Film at 11 Zapen is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter with a vocal range that allows her to go from a jazz-sultry croon to a dreamy, honey-sweet cry, and a classically-trained violinist who also plays ukulele and guitar. She infuses her sound with elements of acoustic folk, Americana, and gypsy jazz, and brings a warm swinging feel to her pretty melodies. Zapen lists her own quirky talent as “strong urge to turn T.V. show themes into bossa novas” and plans to release a fourth album, Grandfather’s Song, sometime later this year. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Tre Amici @ The Bunker, Ybor City, free admission.

ROCK THE PARK! w/Bird Street Players/10th Concession/Alex Harris This new and free first-Thursday-of-every-month music showcase spotlights local musicians in downtown Tampa’s re-designed Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Highlights of the inaugural Rock The Park! are 10th Concession, a fresh young radio-friendly pop rock foursome headed up by South Tampa guitarist/vocalist brothers Evan and Ian Koteles, and Bird Street Players, a funk and reggae five-piece that infuses their sound with horns, keys and Afro percussion. 6:30-9 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa, free.


Alias Punch w/Yogurt Smoothness & The Interventionists Orlando’s Alias Punch creates noisy garage rock with dissonant, off-kilter guitar riffs and basslines, and nonsensical lyricism delivered via wobbly vocals that sing in wild cries or talk in nasally near-yodels. Yogurt Smoothness, also from Orlando, mixes hard-edged and surf rock riffs with sprinting rhythms, a dash of reverb, and some afterthought sing-shouting. Tampa’s own Interventionists bring punkish rock to the bill. It’s kind of a mess, really, but in a fun, rockin’-out-and-drinking-beer-on-a-Friday-night kind of way. 9 p.m. doors, New World Brewery, Ybor City, $7.

[pictured left] w/An Introduction to Sunshine For their sophomore album, 2010's La La Land, Plants and Animals has expanded upon their pop-psyche rock by turning up the volume, incorporating more electric guitars and fuzz pedals, adding a certain earnest, energetic bounce to songs like the Arcade Fire-inspired “The Mama Papa,” and even inviting AF horn player Colin Stetson to add an over-the-top sax solo to another song, “American Idol.” This is a worth-the-drive show for indie rock lovers. 8 p.m., Back Booth, Orlando, $12.

Sarah Mac Band w/Jayne Kelli The Tallahassee trio is named for singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Mac, whose velvety soulful cry is laid down against blues-and-jazz drenched folk rock that moves at a steady rolling pace. 7:30 p.m., Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg, $15.

Skull & Bone Band CD Release Show w/COPE Genre-jumping is the hallmark of any good jam rock band and Tampa’s Skull & Bone Band does it well in their new album, The Happy Circus. The title track a surprisingly tasty reggae-flavored number with a tilt and bounce rhythm and guitarist/singer Troy Youngblood’s deep, coarse vocals opening and closing each verse with a catchy rumble of rabble-dabble-dee-bomb-dee-dow scatting; “1969” has a swinging, blues rock appeal, as does “Appalacian Swing,” although the latter moves at a a faster-paced, vintage-flavored shuffle; and “Soul Fish” showcases the band’s trademark Southern fried soul rock against a country slow amble. COPE kicks off things off at the release show with a set of their own energetic jam rock grooves. 8 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, Tampa, $7.