FRIDAY 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 895-3045. (And MONDAY with Van Halen; see Page 25.)
Perhaps the least known of the Marley brothers, Bob's second-youngest son Ky-Mani describes himself as the "wild one" of the family. Even still, how Van Halen came to choose him as their tour opener is anyone's guess. Marley, who currently stars in BET J's reality series Livin' The Life of Marley, performs a mixed bag of hip-hop, R&B, and reggae. But where David Lee Roth and Marley may identify most with eachother is that they share the kind of swagger and bravado that stimulates a big crowd. When asked about diverting from his dad's low-key nature and sweet tunes to embrace a more raw and rough style, Marley told Miami's New Times, "The only thing I can do is carry on the legacy by making good music."
WMNF'S fifth annual Rockabilly Ruckus
With Wanda Jackson, Unknown Hinson, Rocket 88, Midnight Bowlers League, Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho DeVilles, Downshifters, HoDaddys, Johnny Zoom Cheerlead Squad
SATURDAY 4 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $20-$25. (813) 971-0666.
At 17 and fresh out of high school, Wanda Jackson shared the stage (and apparently some smooches) with the king himself, Elvis Presley. By the late '50s, Jackson had become one of America's first female country-rockabilly stars. So, why didn't Jackson quite make it to household-name status? Some say she was just too racy, sexy and radical for her time. But this "nice lady with the nasty voice" has praise from Bruce Springsteen, Rosie Flores and Elvis Costello, and enough adoring fans to keep her touring. Unknown Hinson brings raucous, over-the-top "psychobilly" to the stage. His theatrical brand of honky-tonk has made him a favorite of Billy Bob Thornton and Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons.
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $18-$22. (727) 895-3045.
Bass hero Victor Wooten will showcase more than his slap skills when he performs his blend of funk, soul, bluegrass, worldbeat, pop and jazz Sunday. Wooten, who's most recognized for his work with bluegrass-banjo ace Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, has gone on to receive his own praises as a solo artist, songwriter and funnyman. Wooten is at his most fun when he sounds like old soul man Sly Stone. The double-thumping innovator has performed with Prince, Dave Matthews, Chick Corea and Gov't Mule and is the only three-time winner of Bass Player magazine's Bass Player of the Year award.
Summerbirds in the Cellar
With Mouse Fire, DJs Maynard & Ryan
THURSDAY 8 p.m. Push Ultra Lounge, 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. $7. (727) 895-6400.
It's easy to become entranced by Orlando's Summerbirds in the Cellar. There's a lot to get caught up in: moody guitars, dark synths, ghostly overtones, telling vocals and psychedelic effects. So how do Summerbirds' songs sound so pleasant? Whatever the secret, this band has the makings to take off from just being a Southeast standout. A finalist in the I'm From Rolling Stone writing competition wrote of Summerbirds: "Enough to make me scream, cry, and bellow into the night, thanking God, Jah, Allah, and Yahweh for the opportunity to bear witness." Indie up-and-comers Mouse Fire have a sugary rock sound and recently scored an opening gig for Matt Pond PA in March at New World Brewery.
No Use for a Name
With the Flatliners
THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. State Theater, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $12. (727) 895-3045.
With more than 20 years under its belt, pop-punk outfit No Use for a Name has become a mainstay of its genre. The San Jose four-piece brings a brighter, more melodic sound than many of its label mates on Fat Wreck Chords. In its finest moments, NUFAN incorporates Bad Religion-type chords and hooks that are easy to sing along to. NUFAN will play new and old songs from its large catalogue and give fans a sneak peek of its newest album, The Feel Good Record of the Year, due April 1. The Flatliners have a style similar to NUFAN, but will add extra bounce to the show with some jittery reggae and grime.
Legendary JC's, at left, Fri. With Nervous Turkey. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Oscar G Fri. 10 p.m. Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 247-2664.
Trisha Yearwood Fri. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $42-$75. (727) 791-7400.
Casiotone For the Painfully Alone Sun. With The Aloha Model, Ophelia, John Gold and DJ Scott Imrich. 7 p.m. Transitions Art Gallery, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. $7. (813) 3820-3477.
Sara Evans Sun. Busch Gardens, Tampa. Free with park admission. 1-888-800-5447 or www.buschgardens.com.
Van Halen Mon. 7:30 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $46.75-$122.25. (813) 301-6600. See Page 25.
Fort Pastor Wed. 4 p.m. University Of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus; 140 7th Avenue S, St. Pete. Free. (727) 873-4873.
Poison the Well Wed. 7 p.m. State Theater, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 895-3045.
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Thurs. 8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $49-$90. (727) 791-7400.
Sherwood Thurs. With We Shot The Moon, Houston Calls, The Higher, Soulfound and Geri X. 7 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $10-$12. (813) 248-9500.