Kris Allen visits South on Main for a holiday concert

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

South on Main presents a holiday concert with one of Arkansas’ most recent musical exports, Kris Allen, on Saturday. The American Idol winner and Conway native released his first independent album, Horizons, in August. The album follows 2012’s Thank You Camellia, released with RCA.

South on Main’s website promises “seasonal songs” at this show, so we’re thinking you can expect Christmas favorites with a poppy, Allen twist. The show begins at 8 p.m., and cover is $10 (which must be paid in cash at the door on the night of the show). Call the venue at (501) 244-9660 for reservations.… Read more >

Music round-up: Jimbo Mathus, Booyah! Dad and more

FRIDAY

Americana and roots rock artist William Clark Green makes his way to Stickyz for a 9:30 p.m. show. Green, born and raised in Texas, already has two critically acclaimed albums under his belt, and his third album, Rose Queen, promises to put “everything on the line and make absolutely no apologies.” Green has been touring extensively across Texas but is making a stop in The Natural State to give Arkansans a taste of his grounded Americana. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.

Hailing from the small town of Taylor, Mississippi, Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition plans a rowdy, rocking show at White Water Tavern. With a blend of rock, blues and country, Mathus and his crew have been described by the late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson as “the singing voice of Huck Finn.” Tickets for the show are $10, and the music kicks off at 10 p.m.

The Muddlestuds, a four-piece punk-rock outfit from Conway, will appear at TC’s Midtown Grill in Conway for a 21-and-up show. The band brings the brash and bold sound of fast punk-rock music to their shows and, in typical punk rock … Read more >

Take Note: Framing Hanley set to take stage at Juanita’s

Framing Henley // photo via Facebook

Framing Hanley // photo via Facebook

Coming straight out of the blossoming Nashville, Tennessee, rock scene of the mid-2000s, Framing Hanley is an alt-rock outfit with a lot of heart.

The band first formed under the name Embers Fade in 2005. After posting their demos to Myspace, they attracted the attention of former Creed bassist Brett Hestla in 2006, who agreed to help them record a two-song demo at his recording studio in Florida.

After making their rounds in Nashville and growing a significant fan base, the group released their first album, The Moment, in 2007.

The album reached a peak U.S. Billboard chart position of 169, and Framing Hanley’s single “Lollipop” reached a peak position of 82 on the U.S. charts. “Lollipop,” a cover of the Lil Wayne song of the same name, also went on to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The band’s sophomore album, A Promise To Burn, received critical acclaim, as well, and in 2009, Framing Hanley won “Best Modern Rock Band” at the Top In Rock Awards.

Their latest album, The Sum Of Who We Are, was released in April. The band plays Saturday at 9 p.m. … Read more >

War’m Chief concert collects funds, coats, more for The Van

When is good music for a good cause ever not a good idea? Stickyz presents the third annual War’m Chief Benefit for The Van featuring local rock ‘n’ roll band War Chief on Friday. Cover admission is $5 or a donation of a men’s coat, blanket, sleeping bag, new socks, new underwear, gloves or other item from The Van’s list of most-urgent needs (found on the organization’s Facebook page).

The show begins at 8 p.m. and also includes music from the Trey Hawkins Band and American Lions.… Read more >

Take Note: Legendary Shack Shakers, Tragikly White in LR this week

The legendary shack shakers return to little rock for a show at white water tavern on Saturday.

The legendary shack shakers return to little rock for a show at white water tavern on Saturday.

WEDNESDAY

For years, Woody Pines cruised through the summer-fest circuit and was a regular on the New Orleans busking scene with his band The Kitchen Syncopators. Now and since 2008, Pines has been performing and recording with a band that has taken on his name. This is the band that brings its blend of ragtime, blues, roots and jazz to White Water Tavern for a midweek show. Admission for the 9 p.m. show is $6. Opening is Arkansas bluegrass group Big Steel River, the quartet of Reed Balentine, Daniel Bennett, Matthew McFarlin and Jason Throneberry.

YouTube singer-songwriter sensation and youngin’ Jacob Whitesides (he’s only 16) appears at Juanita’s. Although Whitesides plays mostly covers live, he’s currently working on original material for an album, according to press matierals. Opening for Whitesides are Dylan Holland and Zach Matari, also teen sensations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. Regular admission tickets are $25, with the additional option of a $90 sound-check party ticket.

THURSDAY

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Take Note: Aaron Carter, Holiday Hangout, Rev Room’s Toys for Tots this week

WEDNESDAY

Alt-folk and indie-rock trio King Washington released their most recent EP, The Overload, in 2013, and now they bring those 11 tunes and more to Little Rock for a midweek show. Their sound has been compared to Radiohead, The Beatles, REM and Bon Iver, and all of those influences can be heard on The Overload. The swirling harmonies of Tyson Kelly, George Krikes and Billy Lee come to Juanita’s. Opening are Hot Springs alt-rockers The Federalis. Doors open at 8 p.m., music begins at 9 p.m. and there’s an $8 cover.

THURSDAY

Aaron Carter performs at Juanita's in Little Rock.

Aaron Carter performs at Juanita’s in Little Rock.

Whose party is it? It’s Aaron’s party! At least, that’s the case at Juanita’s on Thursday when Aaron Carter makes a trip to Little Rock. Since his peak fame at the turn of the millennium, Carter’s been busy competing on Dancing with the Stars and filing for bankruptcy. But Carter is still touring and regaling fans with the story of how he beat Shaq (with “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” of course). Opening for Carter is Dyllan Murray, known for his hit “Boom Boom” featuring Sean Kingston. Cover is $15 in advance and $20 day … Read more >

This Week’s Music

Joshua James.

Joshua James.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
For roughly a decade, Nathan James Dohse was the frontman for Arizona alternative Americana band Fight the Quiet, but after the release of the band’s The City Below in 2013, Dohse decided it was time for a change. He moved to East Nashville, Tennessee, and started focusing on his solo music that mixes emo-flavored alternative with Americana. The singer-songwriter released his debut EP, Old Roads, earlier this month, and Dohse brings his music to Juanita’s. There’s a $5 cover with the music starting at 8 p.m. and the doors opening at 7 p.m.

Never think of Nashville, Tennessee, band The Apache Relay as just folk rockers. Sure, gentle balladry is in the band’s music, but so is some bluegrass, R&B and ferocious indie rock. And then there’s a little soul with Phil Spector strings that the band explores on their new record, a self-titled album that follows their debut, 2011’s American Nomad. The Apache Relay brings their sound to Stickyz. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show. The music starts at 8 p.m.

Ready for … Read more >

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The Green Seed.

The Green Seed.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
Country singer Shane Lee was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Georgia and Florida, and those country roots come through in his music. But there’s also a touch of rock guitars in his sound, and this country rock sound is what one hears on Lee’s EPs Kissin’ In the Tail Lights and the August-released Joyride. Now living in north Georgia, but loving artists from Garth Brooks to Led Zeppelin, Lee visits Stickyz. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8 p.m.

The Oxford American magazine’s restaurant and cultural experience spot South on Main offers some free music — as the venue does every Wednesday evening — with its free Local Live concert series. This week: Singer-songwriter Chris Michaels, a musician who has played in bands such as the Boondogs, toured with Mississippi jamband group Beanland and performed with musicians such as Jim Dickinson, Isaac Alexander and Kevin Gordon. Michaels has also released two solo albums, including 2009’s Morning & Night and 2013’s Hallowed Ground. Chris Michaels & the CranksRead more >

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Cory Branan.

Cory Branan.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
The Cordovas come to Juanita’s, and the Nashville, Tennessee, band features Joe Firstman, the former band leader of Last Call with Carson Daly, and the group plays a blend of rock ‘n’ roll and country. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 day of show. The Alpha Ray, the art and pop rock music of Little Rock’s Bryan Frazier, opens the show.

Still playing the rockabilly music he pioneered, 85-year-old Arkansas music legend Sonny Burgess visits Stickyz. There’s no opening act, and Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers at Stickyz start at 7:30 p.m. There’s a $10 cover for the all-ages show. The group creates some of the wildest rockabilly music around, and the members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame band still do it every time they take the stage.

The hottest part of the summer is behind us (let’s hope), so Jazz in the Park is back for its second half of the 2014 season, offering a free, family-friendly event with hot jazz from local … Read more >

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Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

THURSDAY
Shinyribs, began in 2007 as a side project by Gourds co-founder Kevin Russell, is now a full-time gig with the indefinite hiatus of The Gourds, and Russell brings his Shinyribs to White Water Tavern. But while The Gourds were more bluegrass-powered alt country, Shinyribs is an alt-country, soul folk outfit that includes Gourds drummer Keith Langford and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. And soul folk? Well, think Al Green meets Townes Van Zandt. No, seriously. Think that. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $10 cover.

Folk singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell‘s 2012 album is titled Young Man in America, and the record is a work that modern-folk fans should be familiar with. The music of Mitchell is emotive, whether the music is sparse or reinforced with mandolin and drums. And the tunes of Mitchell are stories, whether she’s creating a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth like she did with 2010’s Hadestown or reworking English and Scottish traditional songs like she did on 2013’s Child Ballads. Mitchell appears at South on Main. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with … Read more >