Thursday’s Music

Alejandro Escovedo.

Giving you the music a day early:

According to Alejandro Escovedo, his gem “Castanets” is an ode to Ian Hunter’s songwriting with Mott the Hoople and based on a ripped-off Chuck Berry riff. Expect it and other roots-rocking gems and quieter folkish tunes from critically acclaimed albums such as Real Animal, a 2008 release that traces Escovedo musical career from punk to country punk to alt country, and his June 2010 release Street Songs of Love when Escovedo visits Juanita’s. Hailed by No Depression magazine as its Artist of the Decade for the ’90s, Escovedo is an American icon not to be missed. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door.

Dallas-bred blues rock outfit Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights is returning to Little Rock and Stickyz with their mixture of the heavy rock of Led Zeppelin hanging out with the bluesier side of The Rolling Stones with a touch of Southern soul and gospel. It’s swaggering rock ‘n’ roll that is best turned up with the windows turned down — a little blues-soaked, sex-driven rock ‘n’ roll balanced with the save-your-soul howl of gospel music. The band’s newest album is Pardon Me, the five piece’s major label debut. The music starts at 9 p.m. with an to-be-announced opening band, and tickets are $10 for the 21-and-up show.

The great David Fricke of Rolling Stone has this to say about the music of Malcolm Holcombe: “Not quite country, somewhere beyond folk, Holcombe’s music is a kind of blues in motion, mapping backwoods corners of the heart.” Raised in the foothills of Appalachian North Carolina, Holcombe was first introduced to music through a pocket transistor radio and music shows such as The Flatt and Scruggs Show. The influences have led Holcombe to create a rustic grass-roots sound that includes his Appalachia background with a dose of the Mississippi Delta blues. Holcombe’s eighth full-length release To Drink The Rain, and he brings those new tunes and others to White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m.

KUAR FM 89 is bringing their fifth annual Arkansas Flyer live variety show to Wildwood Park for the Arts, highlighting Arkansas culture and music. The night includes host Arkansas singer-songwriter Amy Garland with musical appearances from Little Rock’s own honky-tonk heroes The Salty Dogs and Fayetteville folk duo Still on the Hill. The event also includes Civil War-era Arkansas tales from Gwendolyn Twillie and radio humor from the Invisible Radio Theater. It all starts at 6 p.m. with a barbecue dinner catered by Capitol Smokehouse & Grill, which is worth the price of admission alone. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for ages 12 and younger.

Live at Laman returns to North Little Rock’s William F. Laman Public Library as the country-folk singer/songwriter Kate Campbell appears at 7 p.m. for a free show. Campbell first appeared on the scene in 1995 with her Songs From the Levee and has continued to produce honest works of folk music in the vein of Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, working with Harris, Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Buddy Miller along the way.

Here’s Alejandro Escovedo running through a live rendition of his “Castanets”: