Giving you the music a day early:
When Samantha Allen took over the ownership of Downtown Music, there was one show in particular she pointed to as being groundbreaking: Bane. What’s so groundbreaking about it? It’s the first Little Rock show ever for the Massachusetts hardcore band. Since forming in the mid-1990s, the band has stayed true to three chords of hammering truth, lyrics about real life and a nonviolent dancefloor filled with moshers. Cover for the show will be $12 with the music starting at 7 p.m. with a trio of bands also touring with Bane: Baltimore hardcore band Trapped Under Ice, Maine hardcore act Cruel Hand and California hardcore group Alpha & Omega.
The indie rock of McAllen, Texas, act Dignan returns to Juanita’s. Dignan’s newest is Cheaters & Thieves, an album lead singer/guitarist Andy Pena said, “Sort of came together on their own. All of the themes in each of these songs are things that really tug at my heart: infidelity, the search for life’s answers, the struggle between right and wrong.” Sounds like the perfect thoughts to put to indie rock rhythms. Local bands Bear Colony, with their electronica-tinged indie rock sound, and Whale Fire, with their north of the Arkansas River indie rock, kick off the music at 8 p.m. Cover for the all-ages show is $8.
Rock Town Distillery is officially unveiling their Brandon’s Gin and Brandon’s Vodka at the Arkansas Arts Center with an event titled Taste History As It Happens — Brandon’s World Premiere from 6-9 p.m. It’ll be the first public tasting of Brandon’s Vodka and Gin from Arkansas’s first craft distillery. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Simply The Best Catering with an open bar with specialty drinks using Brandon’s Vodka and Gin, and music by Tragikly White. Admission is $30 per person in advance or $40 at the door with proceeds benefiting the Arkansas Arts Center.
Here’s Bane with their “Give Blood”: