Giving you the music a day early:
Legendary New Orleans roots rock band The Iguanas is getting a little Treme love, with their Super Ball “Is This Love?” tune being featured in the David Simon-penned HBO drama’s “All On a Mardi Gras Day.” In fact, John Goodman’s character even quotes from it (and generally sum up love): “Sad but it’s pretty like New Orleans/I hate to see it come apart at the seams.” Formed in 1989, the act bears witness to New Orleans’ diverse musical happenings, blending blues, R&B, zydeco, Cajun and Chicano into their grooving roots rock sound. The quartet, and two-time Offbeat Magazine Best Country/Folk/Roots Rock Performer, visits Sticky Fingerz. There’s no confirmed opening act at this time, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for the 21-and-up show.
Main Street institution Juanita’s will host a trio of central Arkansas bands with appearances by Afternoon Delight, Siversa and Underclaire. It’s an all-ages show with cover $5 and the music starting at 10 p.m. Russellville’s Afternoon Delight’s name recalls the Starland Vocal Band’s 1976 No. 1 hit, but the quartet kicks out some seriously heavy, blues-soaked hard rock. Underclaire is known for their minimalist alternative rock, and Siversa is a relatively new local alternative rock band that includes former members of After The Tragedy, creating punchy, technically proficient rock. It’ll be the farewell show for Siversa’s drummer Derrick Price as the band unveils a new drummer.
The Peabody Little Rock continues to worship the power and the glory of a Friday night under the stars with their weekly RiverTop Party on the hotel’s back patio overlooking the Arkansas River. This week it’s a twin dose of DJs with DJ Kookieman and DJ Tre’ Day. By day, Telly Noel is a marketing expert, but by night he is DJ Kookieman, drawing upon his more than 10-year career as a radio DJ at hip-hop stations Power 92.3 and the former Hot 96.5. Travis “Tre’ Day” Rowan is a current favorite afternoon DJ on Power 92.3. The 21-and-up party starts at 8 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. with admission $5.
Mojo Depot, the Little Rock group consisting of Tyndall Jackson on guitar, Rob Moore on vocals and guitar, Jason Adams on drums and John Wright on bass, is marking 25 years of creating music with an anniversary show at White Water Tavern. Formed as The Loose Change, White Water is one of the first clubs the band ever played before heading to California and releasing a debut album, Phantom Train, and following it up with Crazy to Believe before returning to Little Rock. Expect a dose of original jammy blues rock from the outfit, along with selections from The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Robert Earl Keen and others.
Downtown Music welcomes a trio of central Arkansas heavy rock bands. Russellville’s Dirtyfinger is an oddity: a three-piece heavy metal band. But even with three members, the band kicks out a furious sound on tunes such as the double-bass drum filled “Contamination” and the atmospheric, jabbing rock of “Shadow Government.” Also on the bill are Southern-flavored metal band Sychosys with their workingman’s metal influenced by bands such as Pantera, Black Label Society and Black Sabbath, and Tull’s Livid, a band whose heavy rock borders on heavy metal: throbbing, melodic bass lines intertwined with a pacing drum beat and flashy yet economically employed fills, and stabbing power chords and bluesy but technical solos. The music is at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Cybertribe presents Wicked 3 at The Village with headliners Datsik and Reid Speed. It’ll be Canadian dubstep artist Datsik’s first visit to Little Rock while female DJ Reid Speed will be returning to create her hype-y, dubstep anthems. Joining the out of towners will be local DJs Justin Sane, Sleek, Sleepy Genius, Ewell, Rucker, Digital Love, Blake Taylor, Haze, Paul Grass, P-Malpractice and T-Rea. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door.
Here’s The Iguanas in action with their “Boom Boom Boom”: