Giving you the music a day early:
It’s hard to find a genuine soul band in today’s world, but luckily The Revelations feat. Tre Williams realize soul isn’t created; it’s lived, and hard times is something both Williams and co-singer Rell Gaddis have survived. Williams first appeared on singles by artists such as Petey Pablo and was signed to Nas’ Ill Will Records. But his 2007 debut, The Depths of My Soul, was never released. Gaddis was the first R&B male singer signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, but an album never materialized. A solo project by Williams grew into The Revelations, a band that reignites classic ’60s and ’70s soul sound with a modern touch, blending the gritty, Southern soul of Stax with the dazzling, urban flash of Motown, and tossing in R&B rhythms, and bluesy guitar and organ. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams visit Juanita’s, and tickets for the 10 p.m., 18-and-up show are $12 advance and $15 day of show.
The spicy, Latin-flavored rock of Austin, Texas, outfit Vallejo is no stranger to Little Rock, and the quartet revisits central Arkansas with a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is Badhand, kicking the music off at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover for the 21-and-up show. Vallejo — known for their fiery blend of hard rock guitars with Latin percussion, soulful vocals and a sweltering funk sound — released a 12-track collection of tunes titled Acousta, featuring unplugged variations of their tunes “Snake In The Grass,” “Forever (Is A Long Time),” “Into The New,” “Beautiful Life” and more, on Jan. 19.
The third album from central Arkansas minimalist alternative rock act Underclaire is Making Sky, a 12-track album of smart, muscular rock such as the start-stop rush of “Belladonna” and the bass-powered swing of “Las Muertas,” created by the quartet of Mike Mullins on guitar and vocals, Edison DeLeon on guitar, Rob Brackett on bass and Bryan Baker on drums. It’s guitar rock, incorporating minimal lyrics, and avoiding the traditional verse-chorus/verse-chorus song structure, and utilizing the soft/loud dynamic to lend the tunes sonic texture and weight. A month after an initial CD release party, the band will hold another CD release party for Making Sky at White Water Tavern with Hot Springs experimental indie rock act White Glove Test and Little Rock rock band The Dangerous Idiots, a band comprised of Techno-Squid Eats Parliament founding members Aaron Sarlo and Shayne Gray, and Trusty founding member Paul Bowling, also on the bill.
For one night only the world-famous Chippendales return to Little Rock, presenting a show at the Peabody Hotel Ballroom, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. A 21-and-up show, tickets are $25 advance and $35 day of show for great seats, $35 advance and $45 day of show for excellent seats, and $45 advance and $55 day of show for limited, front-row seats. Everyone will have a seat though for the act that includes a selection of the world’s hunkiest men and the “world’s most recognized ladies’ entertainment crew.” Matt Joyce will open the show with his Elvis Presley tribute. It’s the perfect night for bachelorette parties or birthday parties for the ladies.
Since first picking up the guitar as a freshman in high school, Nick Flora has concentrated on making music that makes people happy, such as he does with Nick Flora & Film at Eleven on the handclapping indie pop of the title track from his latest album, Great Escape, or the slow, shuffling folk rock of “Summersong.” The Nashville, Tenn., artist is on tour with fellow Music City USA artist The Kicks, with their melodic, harmony-filled rock music influenced by such artists as Pete Yorn and Tom Petty. The two bands visit Revolution Music Room with a bill that includes Arkadelphia band The Running Back with their folk-flavored rock, Little Rock indie act Falcon Scott and experimental Little Rock hip-hop collective Futuro Boots. The 18-and-up show gets going at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $7 for over 21, and $9 for 20 and under.
Here’s a shot of The Revelations feat. Tre Williams with their tune “Heavy Metal Blues”: