Friday’s Music

Wade Bowen.

Giving you the music a day early:

Wade Bowen is Texas country, but closer to the vein of Red Dirt country rock rather than dusty, Texas troubadour country. Him and his four-piece band, including a twin guitar howl, appreciate the high-powered rock of Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith (the drug years; not the MTV video years). Following the success of 2008’s If We Ever Make It Home, which hit No. 29 on the country album charts, Bowen and gang are preparing for the release of Live at Billy Bob’s Texas on April 27, a live album that captures the band’s passionate and intense live shows. Watch the band’s emotional live set up close and personal during a show at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 ticket price for the 18-and-up show.

It’s certain that Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes never foresaw his quote, “Eloquence may set fire to reason,” being used to name a band, especially a hardcore rock band such as Conway’s Fire To Reason. But 75 years after the death of Holmes, the quartet is the hardest-touring band in Arkansas, hitting the 79,000 mile mark in less than five years with their recent Lead or Silver Tour. Yet, amazingly, the band has no dates scheduled until a June jaunt with Give Em Hell titled Band Your Head. But the dynamite-going-off sound of Fire To Reason is not silent, with the energetic band who create rapid-fire, brutal slices of music playing Soundstage on a bill that includes two fellow Conway hardcore acts in Dead Beat (formerly known as JohnnyCage) and Hollywood Homicide. Joining the local bands is Gainesville, Fla., hardcore punk band Battle! The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $6 cover.

So Axl Rose delivered the newest Guns N’ Roses album, the long-awaited Chinese Democracy … and it was a dud. (Really. We waited 15 years for that load?) But luckily for fans of Guns N’ Roses (And they are out there, slapping the ceiling of their car in time to “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and whistling the melody of “Patience” during board meetings.), the Guns N’ Roses tribute band Paradise City will deliver the music of GN’R during a visit to Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $8 early admission price for the 21-and-up show. Expect the hits: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “You Could Be Mine,” “Civil War,” “Used to Love Her” and more. (What! No “14 Years”?)

The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative is hosting an interactive painting and art event titled The Art Party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is $5 for the all-ages party including an art show and sale, and live music with guests being asked to engage in the art, whether it be by painting pictures, molding clay or photography. Models will be available for drawing and photography, and art supplies will be available. Other events scheduled include dance performances, glowing body art and an event simply titled “Collaborative Art Piece.

Here’s Wade Bowen with his “God Bless This Town”: