Thursday’s Music

Jim Mize.

Giving you the music a day early:

Jim Mize‘s website contains a Billboard magazine article from 2002 about the Conway native’s musical beginnings. So why did Mize start playing? “I was tryin’ to get in this girl’s pants, and you have to use all the keys you can.” That was Mize in 2002. Eight years later it’s unknown if that particular girl is happy Mize started playing, but the rest of the music world is happy Mize takes time out from his day job as a insurance adjuster to play his self-described “rural grinder sausage” music: a mingling of rock ‘n’ roll, country honky tonk and dirty Delta blues with Mize’s gravelly but honest voice. Mize returns to his Little Rock second home at White Water Tavern with the bluesy roots music of Steve Howell also on the bill.

The last time St. Louis post-grunge quartet Cavo visited central Arkansas, it was opening for Daughtry at Verizon Arena in December. The band returns, this time on their first headlining tour with a show presented by 100.3 The Edge at Juanita’s. Formed in 2001, Cavo finally hit the big time with their major-label debut Bright Nights Dark Days in 2009, an album that spawned the mainstream rock hits “Champagne,” “Crash” and the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen track “Let It Go.” Joining Cavo will be California hard rockers Black Sunshine, St. Louis alternative metal band Brookroyal and Florida rock band Atom Smash. Tickets are $13 advance and $15 day of show.

Bluesboy Jag is no longer only doing the one-man hill country blues show. He’s got a band, too: Jeff Clanton on bass and Paul Peterson on drums. Perfectly titled Bluesboy Jag & the Slack-Jawed Yokels, the outfit will perform at Town Pump from 10 p.m. to midnight with a $5 cover. The night will also feature special guests Mike Dollins on guitar and Jawbone Kenyon on harp on a couple of tunes.

Justin Bieber is currently the king of the pop world. (Lady GaGa is the queen. What an odd pair that would make.) And he comes to Verizon Arena for the hottest non-country ticket of the summer for his My World Tour along with Mr. Pop Reggae Sean Kingston, the “Fire Burning” artist who also sang “Eenie Meenie” with Bieber on My World 2.0. Tickets are $31.50, $41.50 and $51.50 at the Verizon Arena Box Office. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Joining Bieber and Kingston will be an emerging pop star, Iyaz, singer of “Replay,” a No. 1 hit the British Virgin Islands native states is Island Pop — a collection of rap, reggae, pop and island vibes popularized by Kingston.

Apparently. there’s no YouTube of Jim Mize out there doing his thing, so you got to settle for Cavo: