Thursday’s Music

The Big Cats.

Giving you the music a day early:

It’s Christmas time again, and to mark the occasion, pop-flavored, indie rock act The Big Cats will play their usual once-a-year, end-of-year, holiday reunion gig at White Water Tavern. Of course, when your band features Green Day touring guitarist Jason White along with Colin Brooks, who has played drums with The Stills and Dan Zanes, it’s hard to get the band back together. Rounding out the band is Max Recordings Burt Taggart along with Josh Bentley, and, since local music fans can’t get enough of The Big Cats, the band is playing two shows in one night: An all-ages show will be held at 7 p.m. followed by a 21-and-up show at 9:30 p.m. Opening act for the first show is It.Won’t.Die, and Velvet Kente opens the second show. Tickets are $6 per show or $10 for both shows. P.S. The Big Cats also have, for the first time ever, T-shirts available for sale through Max Recordings.

Introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads come together with a visit from Fayetteville act Matt Stell & the Crashers at Revolution Music Room. The band, led by central Arkansas native Stell, is as much Lynyrd Skynyrd as Willie Nelson on their debut album, The Sound & the Story. Opening the show will be Chris Alan Craig, the leader of the Arkansas/New York City outfit Chris Alan Craig Band, with a night of acoustic rock ‘n’ roll. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $5 for the 21-and-up show which is part of the Rev Room’s ongoing “Southern Nights” concert series, showcasing the best in all styles of country music.

Play It Again Arkansas, an initiative allowing Arkansans to donate their used musical instruments to schools across the state, is holding its annual Hornucopia fundraiser at Juanita’s. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 donation at the door or the gift of a school band instrument (trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, etc.). The music will be provided by Shannon Boshears Band, CRISIS, Taylor Made and Nevertrain. Boshears is known for cranking out a serious dose of guitar-powered blues rock, rocking out at festivals such as the Arkansas River Blues Festival and the King Biscuit Blues Festival. CRISIS is a Little Rock cover act that plays the best rock music of the ’70s and ’80s, and Nevertrain is a North Little Rock country rock act.

Here’s The Big Cats with their “Little Windows”: