Giving you the music a day early:
Bluegrass singer, guitarist and mandolin player Dan Tyminski has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1994, providing his strong instrumental work and soulful tenor. But in 2008, with Krauss off with former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, he formed the Dan Tyminski Band to keep the bluegrass flame burning. And it’s Tyminski that visits Juanita’s for a night of bluegrass. Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter Ronnie Bowman, a man who writes hit songs for country superstars such as Kenny Chesney while recording his own music, is the opener, with the music starting at 8 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the 18-and-up show. Bowman is also a former member of The Lonesome River Band, the band Tyminski belonged to before Union Station. Of course, Tyminski is also responsible for updating “Man of Constant Sorrow” for the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a tune that won a Grammy Award for best Country Collaboration with Vocal.
Riverfest was the reason behind the two-man blues wrecking crew of Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm last coming to Little Rock in May. Following their festival appearance, the duo rocked White Water Tavern with their primal, juke-joint blues with traces of funk and rock. The juke joint duo return to White Water. Expect the duo’s modern take on the North Mississippi hill country blues, a rhythmic shake of country blues with the electrified boogie of hill blues, shaking it on down with hypnotic, hip-shaking beats. No word on the start time, but it should be late enough for Hog fans to celebrate their win over Louisiana-Monroe at War Memorial Stadium.
Memphis-based but Arkansas-loved rockers Lucero are returning to Little Rock with a show at The Village. Fronted by Arkansas native Ben Nichols, Lucero is known for their brand of punk-infused country and rock ‘n’ roll tattooed tunes of girls, guitars, love and drinking. The band released their latest album, 1372 Overton Park, on Universal Republic in October 2009. General admission tickets are on sale now for $18 in advance or $22 day of show. Joining the band will be Glossary, a fellow Tennessee-based outfit known for their bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll that leaves blood on the knobs with tunes torched by country and R&B. The band’s newest album is Feral Fire.
Here’s the latest update from the mysterious musician known as Little Rockin Rikki “D.” Rikki “D” will make his second trip into the Little Rock area with a show at the Town Pump. Or as Rikki “D”‘s e-mail said: “Rikki ‘D’ and his hard-charging band is set to rock your soul.” Joining Rikki will be Rikki Jr. on saxophone and keyboards, Clint Marl on drums, and Dynasty on bass and congas. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park presents its Pinnacle of Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with four performers during the day: Needle St., a blues rock band consisting of a group of friends who played together back in the ’60s and ’70s, and recently reformed; acclaimed Arkansas blues guitarist Michael “Ironman” Burks; Gerald Johnson, a KABF DJ and musician who fronts a band that plays blues and jazz to reggae and R&B; and Rodney Block, a trumpeter known for an unique blend of traditional jazz, gospel, hip hop, bebop, funk and soul. Admission is $10 per person with free parking. Chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome.
Here’s Dan Tyminski with “Man of Constant Sorrow”: