'Best local band' to play

Seven Years Past (7 p.m., Mr. Beery’s, Sarasota)

The winner of Creative Loafing’s 2010 Best of the Suncoast Readers Poll award for best local band, Seven Years Past has developed a solid name for itself as an energetic, in-your-face rock band with skillful musicianship and engaging crowd interaction. Indeed, front woman Lisa Larkin boasts an impressive set of pipes that can belt out vocals ranging from the most primal of rebel yells to the subtlest of heartfelt whimpers. Guitarist Mark Medeiros and bassist Bret Calltharp offer precision accompaniment with their masterful navigation of the fretboard, while drummer Brett Jones lays the foundation with heavy chops and rapid machine gun rolls. Better make it out to Mr. Beery’s early for this one, as the county entertainment ordinance forces the venue to cut off live music at 10 p.m.

FRIDAY 2.4

WSLR Night with Melissa Greener (The Blue Owl, Sarasota)

Sarasota’s purveyors of local community radio bliss, 96.5 WSLR is throwing a little concert at The Blue Owl featuring a highly sought- after artist. Detroit native and Austin resident Melissa Greener will head into town for a intimate showing of her acoustic flatpicking blues-tinged folk ditties. Her lyrics tend to create pictures in the mind, transporting listeners back to their childhood by summoning the sensations of young love and the search for identity. With vocal inflections running the gamut of colors, her music is known for inciting a broad range of emotions. Sarasota songwriter Completely From Mountains will open the show with his ethereal, reverb-laden vocals and softly strummed indie riffs. Tickets: $10 advance/$12 door

SATURDAY 2.5

Whole Wheat Bread, Ammo Nation, Lemon Law (9 p.m., Pastimes Pub, Sarasota)

Jacksonville-based punk outfit Whole Wheat Bread has made several appearances at Pastimes over the past few years and they’ll be offering up another slice of their raucous originals and “crunk classics gone punk.” The boys have seen quite an uptick in notoriety since the release of their 2006 EP “Punk Life,” which was produced by Travis Huff (Fall Out Boy, Pharcyde) and included three “crunk rock” covers of popular rap songs. They must have punked them out just right, as Lil Jon himself contacted the group just days after they had posted their version of his hit “I Don’t Give a F***.” They went on to work with the rapper collaborating on a number of sessions, and released their second album, “Hearts of Hoodlums,” in 2009. Joining them in this punk rock trifecta will be Ocala’s Ammo Nation and Punta Gorda’s Lemon Law.

Fancy Rat, Clarke Nordhauser, The Free Jacks (10 p.m., Growler’s Pub, Sarasota)

Newly established North Trail hotspot Growler’s must not have gotten enough of their indie kicks last weekend when they hosted the after party for ZIGZAG zine’s 5th issue release party. But they should be able to get their happy dance fill over the course of this Saturday’s lineup. Fancy Rat has been blowing up within local circles these days as one of the most fun acts you can catch if you’re looking to get goofy, which is basically what their live shows are all about. A mixture of speedy head-bobbing acoustic guitar riffs and silly lyrics, courtesy of front man Brian Yoder, is accentuated by the beat-box stylings of Dan Demerin and the intriguingly placed electric licks of guitarist Toby Norton. Sadly, the band has suffered from sudden band member departures over the past few months, and with the upcoming leave of bassist Adam Marret, it doesn’t look like things are getting any easier for them.