Thursday’s Music

The Hold Steady.

Giving you the music a day early:

Perhaps it’s the fat power chords or tales of women, drinking, hood rats and bars, but the Brooklyn group The Hold Steady is saddled with the label of bar band. But the band is too literary for simple bar rock. Take “She said the theme of this party is the Industrial Age/And you came in dressed like a train wreck” from the 2010 release Heaven is Whenever. See? Anyway, the literary bar rockers return to Little Rock, headlining a show at Revolution Music Room with openers Canadian indie rockers Wintersleep and pop-flavored folkies Cotton Jones. The music starts around 8:30 p.m. It’s an 18-and-up show with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and tickets are $18 in advance.

The Dallas Observer‘s Best Hard Rock Band for 2010 — The Backsliders — pay a visit to Juanita’s to showcase their rock ‘n’ roll ear candy music. The band is led by Kim Bonner, a three-time winner and multiple nominee for Best Female Vocalist by the Dallas Observer, and a lead singer described as a female version of Mick Jagger. The opener at 9 p.m. is local folk rock artist Rena Wren. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the all-ages show.

The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative has moved from Rodney Parham Road to a new headquarters located at 608 Main St. in downtown Little Rock, and to celebrate the grand opening the nonprofit is throwing a fundraiser called Dining With The Stars. The night includes a three-course meal with a celebrity artist at each table, a silent auction of memorabilia and front row seats to after-dinner performances. The stars of the night include local designer Korto Momolu, Broadway singer Lawrence Hamilton and more. The event is begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $75. Dress is semi-formal.

The Oxford American is helping the Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival celebrate its 25th anniversary by presenting a blues concert at White Water Tavern to raise funds for the festival. The night starts at 6:30 p.m., and the performers include Sterling Billingsley Band, Joe Pitts Band and Interstate Buffalo, all of which will be featured acts at this year’s Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival. Admission is a $10 donation to the festival. The 25th Arkansas Blues & Heritage Festival will take place in Helena on Oct. 7-9, and will include performances by B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Dr. John and more great blues musicians.

Here’s The Hold Steady with their “Your Little Hood Rat Friend”: