Friday’s Music

Kenny Chesney.

Giving you the music a day early:

Get your Corona in hand as the beer presents a visit to Verizon Arena from Kenny Chesney, that country music superstar who enjoys easy-going music and beach-going themes. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26.50, $44.50 and $75 at the Verizon Arena Box Office, or at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or on line at for an additional cost. Chesney’s Goin’ Coastal Tour 2011 is sure to present such summer-sounding country hits as “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” and “Summertime,” and new tracks from Chesney’s 2010 release Hemingway’s Whiskey. The opening acts are Billy Currington, the country musician who is “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” and Uncle Kracker, the rap rocker turned country star.

Want to know what Arkansas rock sounds like? Go see Kevin Kerby + Battery at White Water Tavern. Fronted by the aforementioned and former Mulehead member Kerby on guitar, the band delivers brass-knuckle tough rock ‘n’ roll with a soul of gold. The band’s 2009 Beautiful & Bright, released in high-quality vinyl by Last Chance Records and in other formats by Max Recordings, is a roaring, meat and potatoes rock ‘n’ roll ride with chunky riffs chugging along with lumbering rhythms, but the music also includes stunning organ work and gorgeous harmonies. The music starts at 10 p.m. Also on hand is another excellent Arkansas rock act, Chris Michaels and the Cranks, a local outfit known for their rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of soul.

For a different take on Arkansas rock — a heavier, howling take — Downtown Music has lined up a number of bands who like their rock with a heaping side of hardcore. The acts include Pearcy hardcore metal band Our Friends Fall Silent, central Arkansas post-hardcore band My Hands to War, Perryville experimental electronica band Medic Red, Little Rock Christian hardcore band Words Within, Mountain Home hardcore act Words Like Waves, Arkansas Christian screamo act The Front Line and Heber Springs screamo outfit On Hollowed Ground. The doors open at 6 p.m. with a $7 cover.

Following Kenny Chesney’s triumphant return to Verizon Arena, head back across the river to Rev Room where Arkansas country rockers Riverbilly kick off their 2011 tour with a Kenny Chesney after party. It’s an all-ages show with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and admission is $7 for 21 and up, and $10 for 20 and under. Also on the bill are Arkansas country music up-and-comers Matthew Huff and The Luke Williams Band, opening the show. Riverbilly’s spring tour includes headlining dates and opening slots with artists such as Charlie Daniels and Kris Allen.

Here’s Kenny Chesney with his “Somewhere With You”: