Giving you the music a day early:
Perhaps the best part of David Simon’s Treme is the HBO drama’s use of the music of New Orleans — big and funky, and full of the Crescent City’s brassy mingling of jazz and soul. Well-known New Orleans musicians and bands such as Kermit Ruffins, Galactic and Allen Toussaint have already appeared in the show, but people searching for the sound of New Orleans up close and personal should check out the Dirty Dozen Brass Band when the New Orleans outfit visits Sticky Fingerz. Expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $15 for the 21-and-up show. Dirty Dozen been kicking out their blend of Crescent City brass band peppered with funk, jazz, bebop and soul since 1977, releasing albums such as their 1984 debut My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now. Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes are the openers, with their spontaneous creativity going down several rabbit holes, chasing blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk.
The musical list of bands having eponymous titled tunes is a rather short one in the grand scheme of things (Bad Company and Black Sabbath come to mind.), but the Arkansas, Southern-rock flavored country act Steepbanks isn’t afraid to title their crunching guitar tale of drinking whiskey and smoking their mind “Steepbanks.” And speaking of whiskey, the act also has a gently lazy, bluesy number about drinking whiskey behind a barn titled “Whiskey Ways.” The five-piece, two-guitar outfit visits Juanita’s. Chris Stillman, former lead singer of HWY 5, kicks off the music at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show.
The four members of Life Size Pizza create rock in the Rock, and claim to be influenced by acts such as Led Zeppelin and Hank Williams Jr. The band has captured their sound on CD and are prepared for a CD release show at White Water Tavern. Joining Life Size Pizza will be the scratchy, raggedy rock exhilaration of Frown Pow’r and the garage-flavored, experimental music created solely with bass, drums and howling, bluesy vocals from Androids of Ex Lovers.
The musical night at Downtown Music is twofold: It’s owner Alan Wells’ retirement party (He sold the business recently, but it’ll stay open under new management.), and he claims, “We’re gonna get wasted all night, and I ain’t leaving until someone cleans my puke up for once.” So be prepared for that. The night will also serve as a CD release show for Little Rock experimental metal act Sh*tfire‘s A Weary Warrior Never Rests His Head. The band will have new T-shirts available, and a 12-inch split vinyl with Conway down-tempo metal act Crankbait and Arkansas grime metal act Seahag, two bands also playing the show. Rounding out the bill is Furlow band Knee Deep with their marching Southern metal and Conway death metal band Fathom Down. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $6 cover.
Here’s the Dirty Dozen Brass Band getting funky in New Orleans: