Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

For king & Country will play at 9 p.m. Friday at Amplify Fest in Benton.

For king & Country will play at 9 p.m. Friday at Amplify Fest in Benton.

Amplify Fest a 2-day celebration of Christian music

Amplify Fest a two-day Christian-music festival located in Benton is gearing for its 2015 celebration with bigger artists, more fun and a mission to spread its message throughout central Arkansas.

The event, which takes place on Holland Chapel Baptist Churchs property, features some of the biggest names in Christian contemporary music today, including a few local artists. This years lineup includes For King & Country, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Plumb, The Digital Age, Unspoken, Dan Bremnes, The Millennial Tour, Alex Edmonds and We the Union.

Many of these artists are up-and-coming musicians in the Christian-music scene, and two of the groups Alex Edmonds and We The Union are Arkansans. According to its website, the festivals mission is to glorify God by removing barriers between the Church and the world, exposing the people to the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The event takes place on a 20-acre grass field behind the church, and the festival directors encourage attendees to bring certain items, such as lawn chairs, blankets, sunscreen and … Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Techno-squid Eats Parliament will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at White Water Tavern.

Techno-squid Eats Parliament will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday at White Water Tavern.

90s band Techno-Squid Eats Parliament reunion show set

Get ready, Little Rock, because here comes a blast from your angsty 90s past.

Beloved local alt-rockers Techno-Squid Eats Parliament are back from the dead and ready to blast your pants off with lo-fi rocking goodness one more time. After taking a more than 20-year break from the music scene, the band will play a reunion show at White Water Tavern at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Despite the fact that the band members lived in completely separate parts of the U.S., founding member Aaron Sarlo managed to round them up for a much-needed reunion show. Sarlo has said they are still really close friends, and when he popped the question of a reunion to the bros in his band, they answered back with a resounding Yes! much to his surprise.

This will also be the band members release show for their second album, Were Back, What Did We Miss? The new album will feature the bands demos and unreleased tracks that never made it onto their first and only album, a 1994 self-titled release.… Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Trapt will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at Rev Room.

Trapt will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at Rev Room.

Headstrong band Trapt to play Rev Room show

Since 2002, the go-to song for amping up the adrenaline in locker rooms, stadium crowds, weight-lifting competitions and college frat parties has been Los Gatos, California, group Trapts hit single, Headstrong. Its full of raucous energy, pure adrenaline and lyrics that motivate even the laziest of meaty couch spuds.

But Headstrong isnt the only song members of Trapt want to be remembered by; theyve got a whole repertoire of albums, dating all the way back to 1999. Formed in 1995, Trapt consists of lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown, bassist Peter Charell, drummer Dylan Howard and guitarist Ty Fury; Brown and Charell are the only members from that original 95 lineup.

Theyve released a total of five studio albums, including their most successful release, 2002s self-titled album. That album achieved a peak position of No. 42 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and Headstrong charted at No. 16 on the U.S. Hot 100 chart. The band recently re-released their first two albums, Amalgamation and Glimpse EP, which were released independently in the Los Gatos area before the Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Corey Smith performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rev Room.

Corey Smith performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Rev Room.

Singer-songwriter Corey Smith to play Rev Room

Growing up in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, Americana singer-songwriter Corey Smith takes a lot of the inspiration used in his songs from that simple, quiet upbringing.

In his early years, Smith played music for fun in front of friends and family. He attended Gainesville State College in Gainesville, Georgia, but later transferred to the University of West Georgia to be closer to his current wife. He spent time as a high school social studies teacher at a small school in Gwinnett County, Georgia. It was during this time that Smith decided to drop everything, at 28 years old, to become a full-time touring musician.

Hes known by fans and people in the music industry for his steadfast dedication to a DIY mindset and the accessibility he shows his fans after finishing a set. Hes not shy about visiting with fans after a concert to give them some much-requested face time.

His first album, Undertones, was released in 2003 on label Razor & Tie and features the song Twenty-One, which reached No. 50 on Billboards Hot Country Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Lee DeWyze, winner of Season nine of American Idol, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Juanitas.

Lee DeWyze, winner of Season nine of American Idol, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Juanitas.

American Idol winner Lee DeWyze to play Juanitas

In 2010, Illinois singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze won the ninth season of the popular singing competition American Idol. Although DeWyze got his big break in the music industry thanks to the show, he started his music career long before performing in front of millions watching television weekly.

Before making it through the auditions for the show, DeWyze had a solo career and a band, the Lee DeWyze Band. The band members saw success in Chicago and the surrounding areas and were signed to WuLi Records, an independent Chicago label. With the band, DeWyze released two albums, So Im Told and Slumberland.

DeWyze spent his days working as a paint salesman in a Mount Pleasant, Illinois, paint store but decided to audition for the ninth season of American Idol after some encouragement from friends. The judges loved his rendition of Aint No Sunshine, and from there it was a steady climb to the top.

After being crowned the winner, DeWyze went to work recording his debut album on his new record label, Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Folk group Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Park.

Folk group Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Park.

Clinton Presidential Park welcomes Old Crow Medicine Show

If youve been to a party, wedding, club or bar anytime in the past decade, perhaps youve heard the boot-stomping, hand-clapping, feel-good song of the South known as Wagon Wheel.

The song was recorded and released on Harrisonburg, Virginia, Americana-folk band Old Crow Medicine Shows 2004 album, O.C.M.S., but the song actually has much older roots. The song was presented to band member Ketch Secor after Critter Fuqua, another member of the band, brought him an old bootleg tape recording of Bob Dylan. The tape featured a rough outtake of a song called Rock Me, Mama, which was never officially recorded or released by Dylan.

After years of humming the song to himself while traveling around the country, Secor decided to research the tune and found that the song actually dates back more than 85 years to bluesman Arthur Big Boy Crudup. Secor and Dylan agreed to split the rights to the song 50-50, and the rest is history. The song went gold, then platinum, and is the bands most famous … Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Sebastian Bach, former frontman of Skid Row, performs at Juanitas on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Sebastian Bach, former frontman of Skid Row, performs at Juanitas on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Sebastian Bach makes solo stop at Juanitas

Canada is known for many things: free health care, hockey, maple syrup, and overwhelming and genuine friendliness. But producing the lead singer for a heavy metal band? Maybe not so much. But that didnt stop Peterborough, Ontario, native Sebastian Bach from pursuing the hard and heavy sounds of metal music during the genres initiation into mainstream music.
Bach was lead singer of heavy metal band Skid Row from 1987-96. He was kicked out of the band in the mid-90s after a disagreement with band member Rachel Bolan.
After leaving, Bach formed the super group The Last Hard Men, which featured members of The Frogs, The Breeders and The Smashing Pumpkins. The band only lasted for one album before Bach moved on to another entertainment medium: television.
Bach has appeared in a number of productions and television shows as himself, including Supergroup, Trailer Park Boys and Gone Country. He even appeared on the popular show Gilmore Girls for 13 episodes as the character Gil. Bach has also appeared on Broadway, in shows such as … Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

Geto boys will play Juanitas on Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Geto boys will play Juanitas on Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Hip-hop group Geto Boys to stop at Juanitas

If you try to explain who exactly is in the influential hip-hop group Geto Boys, you might find yourself backtracking, pausing, contemplating and just feeling overall unsure of yourself.
The band has gone through many members throughout its two-decade-plus career but has consistently featured three main rappers: Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill. Originally started as Ghetto Boys in 1986, the first lineup was made up of Raheem, The Sire Jukebox and Sir Rap-A-Lot. Their first single, Car Freak, came out in 1986, but it wasnt until 1988 that the group released their first album, titled Making Trouble.
Numerous lineup changes affected the group as well as disagreements with their record label at the time, Def American Recordings, now American Recordings but the group consistently released albums on a regular schedule. Because of the groups hardcore, controversial gangsta-rap lyrics, members faced opposition from the mainstream media numerous times, including American politicians who tried to start a metaphorical war on gangsta rap in the early 90s.
Their most successful album was 1991s We Cant Be Stopped, which featured a graphic … Read more >

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By Caleb Hennington

JB and the Moonshine Band will play Rev Room on Thursday.

JB and the Moonshine Band will play Rev Room on Thursday.

JB and the Moonshine Band mixes outlaw country, honky-tonk

Country music comes in lots of different shapes, forms and flavors. In the case of JB Patterson and his band, that flavor is the bite of home-brewed moonshine, straight from East Texas.

JB and the Moonshine Band formed in 2009 after Patterson, a former advertising agent, hosted an open casting call for local musicians. As the story goes, only three people answered the call, but that was enough for Patterson. Soon after, Gabe Guevara, Hayden McMullen and Chris Flores joined the band, and thus, the Moonshine Band formed.

The band plays country music in the same vein as the Casey Donahew Band and Granger Smith outlaw country with a little bit of honky-tonk. They attracted the eyes of Average Joes Entertainment artist Colt Ford and soon after were signed to the label in 2010. Their first album, Aint Goin Back to Jail, was released in 2010 and earned the band a few chart-topping singles, including Whiskey Days, Missin You Again and Perfect Girl.

Their sophomore release, 2012s Beer for Breakfast, was a success on the … Read more >

Take note: Live music in the metro this week

By Caleb Hennington

Ian Moore (right) will play Juanitas on Wednesday.

Ian Moore (right) will play Juanitas on Wednesday.

Singer-songwriter Ian Moore makes stop at Juanitas

Ian Moore first stepped into the limelight as a musical performer in the early 90s. Getting his start in the musically diverse city of Austin, Texas, Moore incorporated many different styles into his musical repertoire, including folk, blues, and, of course, rock n roll.

His first album came in 1993 through Capricorn Records, an independent label that launched the careers of many famous Southern rock bands in the 70s and 80s. After a number of mediocre years in the early 90s, Moore attempted to kill himself in 1996 but was thwarted by none other than his loyal fans outside his apartment who called the police before Moore could do the deed.

Fiercely loyal to making great music and great art, Moore says, I will starve to get something across. I mean that. Ive never settled for second-best in my life. If it doesnt work, Ill give it all up, according to his website. This sense of determination helped Moore continue to make music, despite his inward and outward struggles. Hes released 11 albums since his self-titled debut, with his last release … Read more >