Giving you the music a day early:
She came up short in the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist for 2010, but Elise Davis is an artist who will long be considered for the award and perhaps even bigger trophies, mixing folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll with her band members Jordan Trotter, Trevor Ware and Joshua Tate. Davis and crew visit Cajun’s Wharf for a night of her angelic vocals mixed with acoustic-powered rhythms. Cover is $5 after 8:30 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m.
Proving that Finding Jimmy Hoffa isn’t the only musical jewel out of Osceola, winner of the USA Network’s first ever Nashville Star and country musician Buddy Jewell returns to Arkansas and Juanita’s for a headlining show. Jewell’s “Somebody Who Would Die For You” is currently in the top tier of the Christian country music charts. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
It’s funk meets zydeco as Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe bring their musical party to Sticky Fingerz. Born Troy Carrier in Church Point, La., Dikki Du has been creating grooving, funky and hypnotizing zydeco music since the age of 9, creating dancing days from south Louisiana and points northward. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $6 for the 21-and-up show.
It might be the weirdest night the West End has every witnessed, but acoustic emo rocker Rookie of the Year is touring in support of their The Most Beautiful, including a stop at the west Little Rock nightspot. The North Carolina band is really the one-man acoustic pop rock of Ryan Dunson, an artist who stopped playing in hardcore/metal bands on the advice of a girl. Joining Rookie of the Year will be another band known for pumping out catchy-as-heck pop rock tunes: Kansas pop rockers The After Party. Once again, it’s at West End. Beyond weird.
Gospel singer Donald Lawrence, the Grammy-winning producer, composer and recording artist and true modern gospel, plays Robinson Center Music Hall and will be joined by a 10-plus member backing ensemble, The Co. (a group that backed him on his Grammy nominated 2004 I Speak Life solo CD debut). The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets $28.70 and $36.90.
Here’s Elise Davis in action with “Cold World Hot Love”: