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WEEKEND WROCK | Spittin' Cobras and Spazmatics

The Spazmatics are back at Slip 45. - Courtesy Photo/Perfect World Entertainment
The Spazmatics are back at Slip 45.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo/Perfect World Entertainment

A local six-string master and Seattle bands The Spittin Cobras and the Spazmatics make up this week's docket of wrock.

FRIDAY

Jim Bybee, rock/pop/blues at the Bean

Jim Bybee could quietly be one of the best guitarists in the county.

He keeps a low profile with a cryptic Web site and periodic gigs at local coffee shops and art galleries both on his own and as part of a trio of North Kitsap maestros called The Eclectics. He’ll bring the coffeeshop-friendly electric blues rock back to the Global Bean this Friday to kick off the weekend.

8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Global Bean, 2021 NW Myhre Road in Silverdale. Info: All ages, cup of coffee for the cover, www.theglobalbean.com.

SATURDAY

Spittin’ Cobras come to Winterland

Bremerton’s a fitting place for a band like The Spittin’ Cobras.

Their good old-fashioned, guitar, bass and drums party rock is fueled by energy, insanity and beer, fronted by a trucker-hat-wearing, fist-pumping stage-diving madman with a Brian Johnson-meets-Vince Neil, Chris Cornell-meets-the-guy-from-Buckcherry wail. And it actually does sound a bit like a venom-spitting snake.

The Cobras come to Winterland following their “We Almost Made Rock History” tour in support of the new album “Year of the Cobra.”

9:30 p.m., Feb. 21 w/ All Bets on Death and guests at Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. Info: 21+, $5 cover, myspace.com/winterlandrocks, myspace.com/thespittincobrasrock.

The Spazmatics are back at Slip 45

The Shipwreck Lounge is re-living the 80s again this weekend, through a pack of nerds who bring out the best of the worst the decade, and its dance hits, had to offer.

The Spazmatics — a corporate entertainment group which doubles as the disco-fabulous Aphrodisiacs — bring a vast playlist of horrible retro songs along with their best horn-rimmed glasses, suspenders, pocket protectors, argyle sweaters and bicycle helmets.

The zany, “Revenge of the Nerds”-reminiscent four-piece brings back the retro groove from Rick James to “YMCA,” Gloria Gaynor to Kool and the Gang. Earth Wind And Fire. Bee Gees. KC and the Sunshine Band. Should be a good night for nostalgia on the dance floor.

If you happen to miss out that night, see the Spazmatics Feb. 27 at the Clearwater Casino.

Or you can catch the same act, different dudes, in eight cities across the nation, organized by a entertainment company called Perfect World Entertainment — an industry leader in musical-era tributes, cover bands and party bands.

9 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Shipwreck Lounge at Slip 45, 714 Bay St. in Port Orchard. Info: 21+, $8 cover, myspace.com/slip45music, www.afrospaz.com, www.perfectworldentertainment.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Dreadful Children w/ Y.I.A and more Feb. 20 at the AFU, 318 Callow in Bremerton: all ages, $5; followed by a Pet Food Drive for PAWS w/ Running Circles and more at the AFU, Feb. 21: $5 ($4 w/ one can of dog/cat food, $2 w/ two cans) free w/ 10 lbs. of dry food. Info: www.myspace.com/artfreeunity.

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