With Firebird Ensemble
D. J. Sparr, guitar (as member of the ensemble)

“MEAT THE COMPOSER” It’s a show for those with both a healthy appetite for new music as well as just a healthy appetite, as the freewheeling Firebird Ensemble returns to Redbones barbecue restaurant in Somerville. While you dine on ribs and hush puppies, they perform hard-driving new music and edgy crossover. This year’s program includes a set of Frank Zappa tunes as well as music by Curtis Hughes, percussionist Aaron Trant, and Weird Al. There will also be a piece by DJ Sparr called “The Glam Seduction.” Feb. 16 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. $20-$33 (includes dinner). Redbones, 55 Chester Street, Somerville. 617-480-5112,