This week in Tampa Bay area live music: Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, Gregg Allman, Victor Wooten & more 

Concerts, Jan. 2-8

Rock the Park w/Beartoe/Little Sheeba & The Shamans/The Brand New Opiates
As Beartoe, Deland-based guitar-playing singer-songwriter Roberto Aguilar crafts a warm blend of soulful blues and folk rock smeared in Florida swamp muck. The lo-fi R&B garage shuffle of Little Sheeba & the Shamans is piloted by the grit-flecked vocals of frontwoman Ari Little. And Brand New Opiates doles out a particularly dynamic blend of swampy gypsy rock and dark rootsy grooves. All three are featured at the first Rock the Park of 2014; as usual, the music kicks off at 6:30 p.m., pets and kids are welcome, and admission is free. (Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa)

B.B. King The second (non-NYE) concert featuring the legendary guitar-slinging bluesman at the Capitol Theatre; fingerstyle guitarist Shaun Hopper opens this date as well. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)

WAHH! Featuring Sri Rajib Karmakar
A special listening room concert of exotic tones and textures to benefit WMNF Community Radio. Sitar master Sri Rajib Karmakar brings light modern fusion techniques to Indian classical music sounds, his deft plucking and note manipulation leading an ensemble of players on this night — Shankh Lahiri on tabla and vocals, guitarist Peter Mongaya, drummer/percussionist Mike Washington, and bassist Ray Villadonga. (Hideaway Café & Recording Studio, St. Petersburg)

Goodnight Neverland w/The Music Box/Dropin Pickup/Let's Make Forts/Lions After Dark Acoustic The atmospheric alt rock of local outfit Goodnight Neverland is driven by the high-toned, delicately lovely vocal serenades of frontman/guitarist Kerry Courtney, his acoustic and electric axe melodies — textured strums and clear picked notes — boosted by sturdy rhythm section support of brothers/bandmates Jeremy and Jordan Tellone (on drums and bass respectively). The local trio headlines this bill of Bay area talent. (Local 662, St. Petersburg)

Victor Wooten w/Stu Hamm “I don’t become the music when I pick up my bass: I live the music,” Victor Wooten revealed during a clinic he gave before his last Bay area concert. The comment sheds much light on the prolific, well-regarded bass ace, who’s listed among Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Bassists of All Time and has more than 25 recordings to his credit, including 14 albums as a long-standing member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (five of those were Grammy winners), and a bunch more as a solo artist, not to mention the odd side project output. Wooten returns to town for the first time since 2011 supporting a pair of full-lengths he issued in 2012: Words and Tones, original Wooten tunes featuring female vocalists who bring a neo-soulful/R&B hue to Wooten’s jazz fused sound, and Sword and Stone, which finds Wooten re-interpreting the tunes as strictly instrumentals and showcasing his diverse style on a range of lowend vibration makers — from standard fretted bass to upright, mando piccolo, fretless and bassimer models. (Largo Cultural Center, Largo)

Wayne Sharp & The SharpShooter Band Mississippi blues rock vet Sharp is versed on piano and Hammond B3 organ. He spent several years of his career playing sideman to Michael Burks and appeared on four of the late blues musician’s albums, including 2012 Blues Music Award-winning posthumous release Show of Strength. His keys skills propel the instrumentals of the SharpShooter band, which is rounded out by sons Grayson and Sean on guitar and drums respectively, guitarist Jon Woodhead and bass player Terrance Grayson, the latter also a one-time player in Burks’ band. This show falls after the release of the quintet’s debut full-length, Living with the Blues. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Qristina & Quinn Bachand
A Side Door presentation featuring two rising stars of the international Celtic folk circuit: Canadian siblings Qristina and Quinn Bachand. She plays a mean fiddle and sings in soaring dulcet tones, while younger brother/acoustic guitar prodigy Quinn delivers strumming accompaniment to her spirited bowing and backs her vocals with strong sweet harmonies. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

D.R.E.A.M. Producer Showcase This presentation dubbed D.R.E.A.M. (for “Drums rule everything around me”) shines the spotlight on some noteworthy Bay area producers — OP Supa, Wally Clark, Rude, Persyce, Khep and Ranmecca. Also of note: guest sets by the Three-Headed Monster production team and live performances by hip hop artists Don Mack, The Villanz and Jinx. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Barefeet, Black-Tie & Boardies Ball w/Resinated/Tribal Style/Freelow/Mountain Holler/TNA The Suncoast Surfrider Foundation— an activist network that promotes the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches — stages its annual holiday party and concert, with live sounds ranging from the bumpin’ roots reggae of Tribal Style to the funky island rock jams of Resinated to the acoustic guitar-driven post-folk imaginings of Mountain Holler. Prizes for the Best Dressed evening/beachwear combos. (Caddy’s on the Beach, Treasure Island)

WhiteGold w/Michael Parallax/Tetromino/Luuls WhiteGold has committed all the blunders that relegate a typical band to basic listing territory — a name that’s virtually impossible to Google (type ‘whitegold band’ into a search and get bombarded with more than a million results for wedding rings, 13+ million when you take off the ‘band’), no music or video on their Facebook page, an Tumblr page that’s M.I.A., and a bio that might as well be blank. To make matters more confusing, the number of people in pics of WhiteGold (2) doesn’t match the number of band members listed on their FB (3). But the first Saturday of the New Year is a slow one, and the minimal info I’ve gleaned about WhiteGold has me intrigued; a run-on but seemingly apt description dubbed their music “crush pop rave brutal drone performance art projection crazy lights bff dance party.” The band’s primaries (frontgal Emily Kempf and best friend/bandmate Billy Mitchell) are rather adorable, too, and I hear they know how to make the kidz get down. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

10th Concession w/Dropin Pickup/Brendan Ciccone Acoustic-guitar playing and harmonizing brothers Ian and Evan Koteles are separated by five years but brought together by the music they write as 10th Concession, and they’ve grown much over a decade of collaborating. The locally-based pop rock outfit plays their first headlining club gig in a while, right as they’ve reached the top six of Cozi TV’s Next Great Family Band competition series. To tune in and root them on, visit (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Kettle of Fish w/Joel Tatangelo Band A blast of sounds from the South-of-Tampa-Bay regions — Sarasota quintet Kettle of Fish, which laces their grooving jam rock sound in Southern and Latin-tinged electric blues hues, sometimes both in one song ala “Merry Go Round”; and Bradenton-based Joel Tatangelo Band, their aesthetic leaning to more soulful blues rock marked by the moaning and wailing slide guitar work of its namesake leader. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Infinite Skillz Album Release Party w/Joe Stu/Simon Roofless Full disclosure: Infinite Skillz aka Jeremy Writt does a little writing for CL. But we’ve always been a fan of his old school soulful hip hop, which isn’t always serious but is generally pretty smart and conscious. In sum, we can’t let his occasional contributions keep us from paying him a little due. He just released a new 18-track album and his third collab with producer Mr. J, Late to the Party, and this is its official release party. Show up early enough and catch a set by dynamic Atlanta rapper, Joe Stu. (Fubar, St. Petersburg)

Neil Sedaka
Nothing like getting your AC pop schmaltz going on a Sunday afternoon with Neil Sedaka, whose more than five-decade career encompasses upwards of 500 songwriting credits (including Connie Francis’ signature track, “Where the Boys Are” with frequent collaborator Howard Greenfield). He only charted three of his own No. 1 hits, 1962 doo-wopper “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” the ooey gooey “Laughter in the Rain” in 1974 and 1975’s grooving Elton John-backed (and uncredited) “Bad Blood” in 1975. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

Wesley Stace w/Joe Pernice
and UK-born, Philly-based singer, songwriter, NPR host and author Wesley Stace finally shed his stage name after 25 years (you might remember him as John Wesley Harding), and he’s touring in support of new 16-track full-length Self-Titled. In addition to playing select tracks from the album, Stace has adapted his Cabinet of Wonders NPR variety show for the road, and features other artists in music, literature and comedy in addition to his own performances. This date spotlights Joe Pernice, an alt country/indie rock musician and frontman of Scud Mountain Boys and Pernice Brothers. (Falk Theatre at University of Tampa, Tampa)

Save Us from the Archon w/The Comrades/Hovering Humanoids A Monday night bill of instrumental intensity and complexity as headed up by Pennsylvania’s Save Us from the Archon, two shredding guitars drawing out knotty solos, shreds and riffs amid crushing math, prog and hardcore aesthetics. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

Gregg Allman
The man needs no introduction — he is Florida’s own smoky-voiced keys-playing Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a Southern rock icon. Gregg underwent a liver transplant in 2010, and bounced right back onto the road with Allman Brothers Band and solo gigs like his recent stop at Colbert Report to do a duet of “Silver Bells” with The National, or this concert exactly two years after his last sold-out solo appearance at the same venue. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

Barefoot Movement The rustic country-folk and crunchy newgrass aesthetic of Tennessee-based Barefoot Movement evokes warm bucolic imagery — winding woods-shaded roads and wind-blown wildflowers bobbing to and fro. The quartet’s buoyant instrumentals on upright bass, fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar carry the dual piping songbird vocals of Noah Wall and Hasee Ciaccio with a little masculine infusion by Alex Conerly. This tour follows the release of 2013 sophomore full-length, Figures of the Year. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Les Claypool's Duo De Twang w/Reformed Whores
Another bass master of the nth degree making his way through the Pinellas byways, Les Claypool speaks to alternative rock tastes and his idiosyncratic style has been planted amid a range of genres, outrageously nasally vocals and warped, twisted, elastic bass grooves always fitting but never quit conforming to whatever sonic context they might be in and most famously leading the pack of Primus. He and Frog Brigade guitarist/compadre Bryan Kehoe are Duo De Twang. Together, they dish out hillbilly romping, moonshine-brained Americana that includes re-imaginings of select covers (“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Man in the Box” by Alice in Chains) and Claypool/Primus fare (like a lively rendition of “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”). The rhythm-propelled yet drums-free interplay is showcased on debut recording Four Foot Shack, due out via ATO Records on Feb. 4. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

No Statik w/Asshole Parade/Ex Friends/Permanent Makeup 7” Release/Science This DIY showcase features sets by touring acts like hardcore punk n’ roar spewers No Statik from California and Pennsylvania’s more pop catchy punk outfit Ex Friends. Local avant garage/post-punk trio Permanent Makeup celebrates a new three-song Gibbering 7” vinyl release with shows on either side of the Bay; this is the Tampa date, while Planet Retro hosts the St. Pete party on Jan. 14. Stay tuned for more info. (Epic Problem, Tampa)

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