Giving you the music a day early:
Texas-born saxophonist Bobby Keys has worked with everyone from Ace (A British ‘70s rock band known for their soulful, soft rocking “How Long?” … “has this been going on.”) to Warren Zevon on the amazing storyteller’s debut album, including session work with B.B. King, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Faces and Joe Cocker. He got his start as a sax player with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee, and was a regular session player at Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama. But Keys is probably most well-known as teaming with fellow American and trumpet player Jim Price on The Rolling Stones’ classic late ‘60s and ‘70s albums such as Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers and Goats Head Soup, and as a long-time touring companion of The Stones. The extended sax solo working over the mesmerizing guitar work of Keith Richards and Mick Taylor on Sticky Fingers “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”? That’s Keys. Long a presence at any live Stones concert, Keys — sans Keith, Mick and company — visits Sticky Fingerz to deliver his version of horn-powered rock ‘n’ roll. There is no opening act for the 21-and-up show that starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Nashville Christian hardcore metal band A Plea for Purging has a song titled “Sons of Vipers, How Will You Escape the Judgment of Hell.” While it’s hard to distinguish what Andy, the band’s vocalist, is roaring about (There’s something about “Raise your glasses high!” over a galloping beat.) it certainly sounds like bad news for The Old Serpent — kind of like a giant bulldozer on steroids ripping through the urban sprawl of hell. The five-piece band’s latest album is Depravity, a furious, skull-crushing collection of God-praising anthems filled with razor-sharp guitar shredding and carpet-bombing drumming. A Plea for Purging visits The Village as headliners on a bill that includes Little Rock death metal band Tomorrow Brings The Agony, Star City hardcore metal band The New Season, Fayetteville death metal band The Battle Within and Star City death metal act Kingdom Under Siege. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music beginning at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 advance and $12 at the door.
Here’s a glimpse of Keys doing his thing with The Stones as they run through “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” Skip ahead to the 3:15 mark for Keys: