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

Concerts, Jan. 2-8

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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)


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