This week in Tampa Bay area live music: The Pine Hollows, Greensky Bluegrass, B.B. King and more 

Concerts, Jan. 3-9.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3
Rock the Park w/Have Gun Will Travel/Florida Night Heat/Mountain Holler
Some of CL’s favorite artists are slated to perform at the first Rock the Park of 2013. All three took home Best of the Bay award wins last year: Americana purveyors Have Gun, Will Travel (Best Local Roots/Alt-Country Act), psych-prog-grimetronic trio Florida Night Heat (Best Rock Band), and acoustic guitar-wielding solo artist Mountain Holler, the stage alias of set and setting/RedFeather musician Mark Etherington (Best MVP). (Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4
Guiltmaker Album Release w/Zulu Wave/The Future Now
A nine-year tenure playing the local music scene ends this Friday when Guiltmaker simultaneously issues a new five-song EP of post punk-vibing alt rock, Hidden Affinity, and stages their final show, ever. Former drummer and long-time friend John Hayes visits from NYC to sit in on a few old songs, and a few high-quality indie rock acts — Tampa’s propulsive post rock outfit Zulu Wave and Gainesville-based fuzz-grunge seethers The Future Now — provide support. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

Pops Series: Jump, Jive An' Wail The Florida Orchestra launches the second half of its 2012-13 season with a swingin’ presentation featuring LA dancers Minn Vo and Stefanie Klausman jump-jiving and lindy hopping to a mix of Charleston swing, big band, boogie-woogie, blues and other styles by American masters like Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Glenn Miller and Louis Prima. Victor Vanacore — whose resume includes stints with the likes of Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow — presides as guest conductor for the three TFO pops concerts. (Friday at Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa; Saturday at Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg; and Sunday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

A2BAY B.A.S.E. Inc. Music and HeadNOKKA Media Group have teamed up to host an ongoing Tampa Bay-Atlanta hip hop artist showcase series fueled and funded by the artists themselves, and organized to create a more open channel of exchange and support between the two local scenes. The first installment of A2BAY features performances by Tampa-area rhyme-slingers Headnokka, Infinite Skillz, Waystid Talent, Hagan Lee and White Roux, and emerging Atlanta talent Shred TVT, BIGREC, and Sham Tha Insomniac. A similar showcase hits Atlanta later this year. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

Cassie and Maggie From the Cape Breton reels and Antigonish polkas of their Nova Scotia homeland, to Scottish jigs and original Celtic-inspired numbers, multi-instrumentalist sisters Cassie and Maggie MacDonald breathe fresh youthful energy into centuries of tradition, their 2011 debut LP, Fresh Heirs, earning a few nominations at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Cassie plays fiddle to Maggie's piano and delivers sweet piping harmonies behind her younger sister’s soaring lead vocals. Cassie is also a talented (award-winning) highland and step dancer who executes moves amid the instrumentals, while Maggie plays guitar, banjo and accordion in addition to keys, and joins her sister in fancy footwork during their performances. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)

Marcia Ball w/Betty Fox The piano blues songstress whose sound is heavily dosed in Louisiana swamp and Texas boogie hits town on another round of dates backing her Grammy-nominated 15th studio album, Roadside Attractions. Best of the Bay-winning blues howler Betty Fox opens. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5
Greensky Bluegrass w/Grandpa's Cough Medicine
Rising amid the surge of indie bluegrass revival acts is Michigan-bred quintet Greensky Bluegrass, their pleasant collision of banjo, guitar, dobro, upright bass and mandolin marked by multi-part vocal harmonies and tuneful songwriting. New EP Handguns was laid down in between tours and straight-to-tape, with the same analog console used to record Lynyrd Skynyrd’s "Free Bird” decades earlier. For fans of The Hackensaw Boys, Avett Brothers, and Yonder Mountain String Band. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

Gold-Bears w/Rec Center/Nervous Systems Crash-bang garage fuzzy scorchers, dreamy droney shoegazy ballads, jangly noise pop boppers — Atlanta indie outfit Gold-Bears dispenses a mix of all three on Are You Falling In Love?. The foursome’s full-length debut dropped in 2011 via Slumberland Records, home to The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Dum Dum Girls among others, and earned high marks from Pitchfork.com. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

BB King w/Shaun Hopper The highly regarded bluesman who’s reigned over his genre for more than six decades plays fewer shows at age 87 and does so mostly seated, but BB King still averages 100 dates a year, singing his booming soulful verses and serving up fluid solos and vibrato shimmer from his center-stage throne amid the musicians of his tight horn-suffused backing band. And even when he’s not recording new material, he’s releasing it — B.B. King: Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2011 dropped in March — or he’s the subject of it, as with BB King: The Life of Riley Movie, a feature-length doc about King narrated by Morgan Freeman and made available on DVD in October. His return to Ruth Eckerd Hall kicks off the venue’s 2013 season; fingerstyle guitarist Shaun Hopper warms up the stage. (Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater)

Chief Keef Last year was a rollercoaster ride of headlines for 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef (aka Keith Cozart). His video for mixtape single “I Don’t Like” went viral with more than 20 million views on YouTube, charted on multiple Billboard charts with only his own Glory Boys Entertainment to back it, and landed him a major distribution deal with Interscope after a rumored bidding war. But somewhere along the way, between the signing and dropping his debut full-length, Finally Rich, in December, things took a definite downturn. Keef posted Tweets mocking the death of 16-year-old rapper Joseph 'Lil JoJo' Coleman (Keef claims his Twitter account was hacked), traded words with Lupe Fiasco (and threatened to smack him via his Twitter ), missed a video shoot with 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa for Finally Rich single "Hate Being Sober," Instagram'd a photo of himself getting head, and violated the rules of his probation shooting guns with Pitchfork.com (the video was taken down from the site but confiscated by authorities). So, what about his music? Sing-song catchy rhymes slurred, snarled and stuttered over so-so production, with a marked cynicism to the lyricism. Rumors online at the time of this writing claim the Finally Rich tour might not happen, so don’t be surprised if this show gets mysteriously canceled. State Theatre, St. Petersburg)

Flat Stanley w/Therapeutic Chokehold/Raguckus/No Loves Deep howling and droning Flat Stanley frontman Buck Sands earned a Best of the Bay award last year for his wild ways (and specifically, his mic stand devastation), and the punk-kicking rock band brings their muscular damage to Crowbar for a bill that also features sets by grungy ‘90s-inspired outfit Therapeutic Chokehold and No Loves, which issued a fresh LP of energetic, garage dirty but depthy rock songs, Fully Loaded, last year. (Crowbar, Ybor City)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6
Cody Wise Elvis Tribute
Do you have clinical, pronounced Elvis-mania? Or are you perhaps just a fan of The King’s many hit songs, legendary vibrato-infused crooning, and maddeningly sultry Ed Sullivan Show hip thrusts? If you haven’t experienced top-notch impersonation yet, and you’ve been waiting for a recession-friendly door charge, it’s now or never. Celebrate Presley’s would-be 78th birthday in style at a free performance by up-and-coming Elvis tribute artist Cody Wise. Wise started his career as an ETA (that’s ‘Elvis Tribute Artist’ for the uninitiated) in 2011 and won the Elvii Horizon Award at the Elvis Extravaganza Impersonator Contest in February 2012. Be forewarned that this birthday concert might hook you just in time for the 2013 Elvis Extravaganza and Fan Convention, to be held at the Florida State Fair this February. (Hard Rock Café, Tampa) —Kent Roberts

The New Christy Minstrels Now in its 52nd year, nine-piece AC folk group The New Christy Minstrels was originally founded by singer-guitarist Randy Sparks and has seen a range of artists cycle through the ranks, among them, Kenny Rogers and Barry McGuire. Debut album Presenting the New Christy Minstrels featured a pop-charting cover of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," and it earned the ensemble a Grammy win for Best Performance by a Chorus. Sparks returned to direct several years back and currently joining him from Minstrels’ early lineup are guitarist Dolan Ellis and upright bass player Pete Henderson. (Carrollwood Cultural Center, Carrollwood)

Orquesta Infinidad Ybor City-bred 11-piece Orquesta Infinidad has been dishing out brass-spiked, percussion-infused servings of salsa, merengue, cumbia, mambo, bachata and other music of Latin persuasion for more than two decades. In fact, this performance at the Skipperdome serves as the ensemble’s 23-year Anniversary Party, appropriately themed “Fuego en el 23” after the Arsenio Rodriguez/Sonora Ponceña song. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
BBQ Wednesday Acoustic Series w/The Pine Hollows
A NYU student and singer-songwriter, Gianni Napolitano is the visionary bandleader of The Pine Hollows, his sweet russet vocals piped over vintage-imbued Beatlesque psych-pop melodies, skuzzy Stones-inspired rock n’ roll swagger, and ‘90s-style indie rock fuzz and bouncy Pavement-approved drive. Forthcoming sophomore record Something My Heart Understands (out Feb. 26 via BMI) is infectious and appealing, from the buoyant horn-dazzled romp of “She’s Gonna Break Your Heart” and hopeful bleeding crunch of the title track, to the dark trippy ooze of “After Dark” and winding-and-warping riffage of hopeful set closer “Everything Is Gonna Be All Right.” Napolitano is joined by bassist Mike Haldeman, keys player Aviv Goldgeier and drummer Ray Belli on this date, a free show courtesy of the weekly BBQ series. (New World Brewery, Ybor City)

The Almost w/All Get Out/Makeshift Prodigy Though they haven't yet released third full-length Fear Inside Our Bones nor confirmed a more specific release date than sometime early this year via Tooth & Nail Records, The Almost is already offering merch for the album — recorded over the summer and finished in November — and headlining this January tour. The Clearwater-based Christian emo-alt rock quintet started and fronted by Underoath former Aaron Gillespie (on vocals and rhythm guitar) will likely try out some new tracks on the road. Support sets by All Get Out from Charleston, S.C., their propulsive melody-kissed mix of prog-pop and alt rock marked by the poignant high-toned vocals of frontman Nathan Hussey; and Chicago’s Makeshift Prodigy, which rounds out the bill with optimistic keys-driven pop rock. (Orpheum, Ybor City)

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