Friday’s Music

Michael Burks.

Giving you the music a day early:

This is what the Chicago Sun-Times had to say about Arkansas’ “Iron Man” of the blues Michael Burks: “Michael Burks is a flamethrower guitarist. He is the complete bluesman: songwriter, singer, riff-master, bandleader, and showman … Savage fury and heartfelt tenderness.” Burks, who uses his guitar to split the sky and make it cry with piercing, soulful, electric Delta blues, comes to Stickyz. A guitar player since the age of 2, Burks was a member of the house band at the Bradley Ferry Country Club juke joint on the outskirts of Camden before releasing his debut album in 1997 and has remained a prominent contemporary blues figure since, earning multiple Handy Awards nominations in the last 14 years. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for the 21-and-up show.

Charlie Robison‘s 2009 release Beautiful Day didn’t produce any country hits, but then Robison isn’t your typical country artist. He’s Texas country, and Beautiful Day displayed his sound with rocking country such as “She’s So Fine,” slower-paced ballads such as “Reconsider” and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Racing in the Streets.” And Robison isn’t afraid to mix in a classic rock cover or two when playing live, which the Lone Star singer/songwriter and Little Rock favorite will when visiting Rev Room. Rowdy country act The Dirt Drifters are the opening act, with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

Real Rap continues as local hip-hop performer and entrepreneur Epiphany brings his The O.D. to Cornerstone Pub with the tenth performance of the rap and hip-hop showcase. Aptly titled The O.D. Dime, the event will be hosted by Piph and feature DJ Silky Slim on the turntables. And the night of music features a wealth of local and regional hip-hop artists: Da Saw Squad, Goines, SJ (of 4X4 Crew), J-Fuego, Duke Stigall, Juke Joint, Heavy Hustlin’ and Joe Average. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the cover $10 for the 21-and-up show. Ladies get in free until 11 p.m.

Here’s Michael Burks with his “Empty Promises”:

Empty Promises