Friday’s Music

Colin Hay.

Giving you the music a day early:

Colin Hay might’ve contributed a tune to the Garden State soundtrack (“I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You”) but all people remember about that album is The Shins. And anyhow, Hay is probably better known as the lead singer of Australian new wave band Men at Work, a blast from the ’80s known for such tunes as “Who Can It Be Now?,” “Down Under” and the Cold War anthem “It’s a Mistake” (the band’s best song). So expect a bunch of solo tunes (His latest solo endeavor is Gathering Mercury.) from Hay plus hopefully a Men at Work classic or two when he visits Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show.

Blood, Sweat & Tears, and The Buckinghams at the University of Central Arkansas’ Reynolds Performance Hall is an unlikely pairing. But the ’60s American rock ‘n’ roll sound of The Buckinghams, known for hits such as “Kind of a Drag” and “Hey Baby, They’re Playing Our Song,” and the jazz rock with a touch of pop of Blood, Sweat & Tears, known for hits such as “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and “Spinning Wheel,” is a double shot of nostalgia for Baby Boomers. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with The Buckinghams opening and last till 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, $35 and $40.

For a band that’s been kicking around for more than 25 years, Mojo Depot still, well, kicks it, this week bringing their original jammy blues rock plus covers of The Rolling Stones, Robert Earl Keen and others to Stickyz. There’s no opening act with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 21-and-up show. The Little Rock group consists of Tyndall Jackson on guitar, Rob Moore on vocals and guitar, Jason Adams on drums and John Wright on bass, and was formed as The Loose Change before heading to California and releasing their debut album Phantom Train and following it up with Crazy to Believe before returning to Little Rock.

Jersey ska punk outfit Streetlight Manifesto is influenced in part by the Stand By Me soundtrack and Nirvana, and is coming to Downtown Music as part of their The Ship of Fools Tour. The band is self-described as “one part rock, one part ska, with influences from Latin, klezmer, folk, world, funk, jazz and classical thrown in.” The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. The opening acts are Terrible Things, a pop rock group consisting of ex-Taking Back Sunday veteran Fred Mascherino, Coheed and Cambria alumnus Josh Eppard, and Hot Rod Circuit guitarist Andy Jackson; Massachusetts pop rock band A Loss for Words, and Oregon punk country outfit Larry and His Flask.

The last time pop country duo Sugarland visited the metro, it was as the opening act on Keith Urban’s Escape Together World Tour appearance at Verizon Arena. Now, the Country Music Association’s 2010 Vocal Duo of the year returns to Verizon Arena as headliners on their The Incredible Machine Tour 2011. The Grammy winner’s October 2010 album The Incredible Machine has spawned two Top 20 single already. The pair’s fourth album and sound is sweet pop country, borrowing big classic rock hooks for tunes about heartland culture sung in a sweet Southern drawl. Joining Sugarland will be openers Little Big Town, a country music vocal group known for Top 10 hits such as “Little White Church,” and Casey James, a third-place finalist in American Idol season nine. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.75, $45.75 and $55.75, and available at the Verizon Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or on line at www.ticketmaster.com. (Expect to pay more through Ticketmaster.)

Here’s Colin Hay with a tune you might recognize: