Friday’s Music

Johnny Cooper.

Giving you the music a day early:

Johnny Cooper is a Texas musician that combines soul, blues, rock and pop into his musical mix, going a little beyond the confines of Red Dirt country. After opening for Brantley Gilbert at a summer Revolution Music Room show, Cooper returns to Little Rock, headlining a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is the Culpepper Mountain Band, kicking off the music at 9:30 p.m. with their country rock influenced by Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Red Dirt country acts such as Cross Canadian Ragweed and country outlaws such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $7.

The band that could have brought Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston back together in The Break-Up is coming to Little Rock as the Old 97’s play at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is Fort Worth, Texas, folk rockers Whiskey Folk Ramblers, kicking off the 18-and-up show at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $16 in advance, and cover day of show will be $18. Of course, music fans realize the Old 97’s are famous because the Dallas-based band is a legendary alt-country outfit with an electrifying presence on stage. Or, as Rev co-owner Chris King says, “The alt-country landscape of the past 20 years was defined by bands such as [the] Old 97’s … with Old 97’s being the poppiest of the bunch.” The quartet’s newest album is The Grand Theatre Volume One.

Although they formed early in the 21st century, it wasn’t until “Angels on the Moon” started climbing the charts in 2008 that California alternative rock band Thriving Ivory was introduced to the masses through their re-released, self-titled debut album. The tune ended up cracking the Top 100 of the Billboard charts, and Thriving Ivory started playing to bigger crowds. Two years later, the band is on the road again, this time in support of their sophomore release Through Yourself & Back Again. Thriving Ivory visits Juanita’s, and the all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $12.50 in advance or $15 day of show.

Vino’s presents a quartet of local acts, including Malvern hardcore metal band Veridium, Little Rock experimental rock band Hourglass, Jacksonville modern rock outfit Blind Mary (formerly known as Paradigm) and Livid, a Benton band whose heavy rock borders on heavy metal. The music starts at 8 p.m. with cover $7.

White Water Tavern will be home to two nights of the best in American music as Last Chance Records presents Glossary, Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage and Kevin Kerby each playing a full set of music each night. Tickets are available at for $12 and will be available at the door if any remain at show time. Glossary is 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. Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and Slobberbone is known for their white-knuckled, freewheeling, catchy rock ‘n’ roll with roots reaching into country. Kevin Kerby is a Little Rock rock ‘n’ roller.

Here’s Johnny Cooper with his “Texas to You”: