Giving you the music a day early:
Artists from country icon Kris Kristofferson to American rock ‘n’ roll poet Bob Dylan have all sung the praises of Texas country musician Billy Joe Shaver, the man responsible for writing most of the tunes on Waylon Jennings’ classic 1973 outlaw country album Honky Tonk Heroes, including the title track, “You Asked Me To” and “Ain’t No God in Mexico.” Shaver, the original honky tonk hero and one of the founders of the outlaw country movement, visits Rev Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of for the 18-and-up show. Expect a show unveiling the roots of country rock as Shaver sings about going to “Georgia on a Fast Train,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” “Old Five and Dimers Like Me” and other gems.
It’s a little over two months till Halloween, but Macabre brings their Grim Scary Tour to Downtown Music. Why the Halloween mention? Because the Chicago band is known for creating what they like to call murder metal, a genre the trio created by crossing extreme heavy metal with a dose of tales of psychopaths and serial killers, including Jeffrey Dahmer, nursery rhymes (Yes, nursery rhymes), jazz, punk and more. It’s head-bangingly heavy, but also shocking and a little satirical. Joining Macabre at Downtown Music is Georgia metal act Withered. Two local bands are also on the bill: Little Rock hard rock/metal act Iron Tongue, who use brutish rhythms influenced by grunge and old-school bluesy rock to create their heavy rock sound, and Conway hardcore metal outfit Crankbait. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 day of show with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and the music starting at 8 p.m.
Here’s Billy Joe Shaver with his “Honky Tonk Heroes”: