Giving you the music a day early:
The Point 94.1 and the Little Rock Zoo are on a “Mission from God.” What does that mean besides the obvious The Blues Brothers connection? We’re not quite sure. We do know that “Joliet” Jake Blues or the rest of the Blues Brothers band will not be appearing at the Zoo at noon as Sister Deborah reveals Point DJs Mike Kennedy and Sharpe Dunaway’s particular mission from God. Beyond the big reveal, expect free ice cream from Coleman Dairy, although you got to pay the regular Zoo admission to enter.
Former Deadboy & the Elephantmen lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Dax Riggs has a new solo album, Say Goodnight to the World, scheduled for release on Fat Possum Records on Aug. 3. But three days before the release of the album Riggs, known for his blistering melodic blues rock with a punkish gallop, will visit Juanita’s. Expect neo-blues rock crossed with sludge metal. (Riggs fronted Louisiana sludge band Acid Bath.) Tickets for the July 31 show are $10 with the music starting at 9 p.m. with Little Rock’s Badhand, a newish trio consisting of Aaron Copeland and former members of An Orangutan.
Luster is the Little Rock rock quartet that has existed for quite a while. Like six years a while. But since the start of 2010, the trio of guitarist Chris Hemphill, drummer Mark Gorbet and bassist Jeff Teague have been fronted by Amie Jo Bishop and her siren-impressing lungs. Expect a shot of rock when the band visits the Town Pump, headlining a show featuring another Little Rock rock band in Flash LaRue. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $3 cover.
The Little Rock alternative rock act Kingsdown released their newest, self-titled album at Revolution Music Room in June. Now the band which delivers an energetic alternative rock sound built upon their faith and lyrics of love and hope, return, playing a show with progressive rockers The Unbearable Hand Fate Dealt and special guest Bobgoblin, a semi-legendary band formed in Denton, Texas, in 1993 who reform every once and awhile to play their version of punk meets New Wave. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $7 for 21 and over, and $10 for 20 and under for the all-ages show.
Ohio speed metal act Mobile Deathcamp brings their The Last Thrash Metal Fest to The Village along with Denver heavy metal group Iconocaust. Of note to local metalheads are the number of local band opening the show: Arkansas metal act A Trail of Sin, Conway melodic death metal outfit Poisonwood, Heber Springs death metal outfit ShadowVein, Arkansas doom and gloom black metal group Fallen Empire, Little Rock hardcore metal band A DarkEnd Era (formerly known as A Darkened Era) and Little Rock hardcore metal act Dying Breath. The doors open at 6 p.m. with headbanging at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance and $17 at the door.
Here’s Dax Riggs, doing his thing, acoustically: