Giving you the music a day early:
Austin, Texas, Americana outfit Band of Heathens‘ second album One Foot In the Ether featured the excellent ode to Hunter S. Thompson “L.A. County Blues,” a slow-burning country rocker with a bluesy guitar solo. The band’s latest is the spring release Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son, and it’s a collection of well-crafted tunes that show the band’s hand: Southern rock, swamp blues, stomping roots rock and dusty country ballads with soulful vocals and cowboy poetry. A hard-touring act, Band of Heathens comes to Stickyz. The opening act is Grace Askew, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with her Memphis urban folk with touches of jazz and soul. Cover is $10 for the 21-and-up show.
Since the release of his third solo album More Like A Temple earlier this year, Little Rock singer/songwriter Adam Faucett has been a mainstay of central Arkansas stages, playing his self-described “Southern soul swamp opera.” It’s a genre of music that covers Faucett’s influences, including the country folk of Townes Van Zandt, the art rock of the Velvet Underground and the fiery soul of Otis Redding. Faucett brings his “Southern soul swamp opera” to The Afterthought, including such tunes as the darkness-on-the-horizon march of “Gator” and the stumbling power pop of “Sweet Maureen.” The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Philander Smith College is getting this particular Saturday started right with a jazz brunch that honors a well-loved Philanderian in Dr. Jill Trice and features the music of saxophonist Marquis Hunt and trumpeter Rodney Block. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Nugent Hall inside the Kendall Center. Trice, a noted pediatric neurologist, died in December 2010 at the age of 60 from lupus. She graduated from Philander Smith College in 1972. Her family established the Jill Trice Endowment Scholarship Fund in her honor. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door, and all proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.
Downtown Music is the place to be for fans of hard rock, heavy metal and alternative rock as the venue presents the sixth version of Synfest. Titled Synfest: Music for Maddie, the two-night concert is a benefit for Madison “Maddie” Lanway, a young girl from Jefferson battling a rare form of cancer. Friday night’s lineup was DirtyFinger, Demeritrious 2.0 (In Ground Zero), Land of Mines, Rollo Tumasi, Rusty Hook, Gemini and At War’s End. But have no fear if you missed it because Saturday’s lineup includes Suffocating Hatred, Driven to Madness, Attack the Mind, Tha Mutha Load, Drop Dead Syndicate, The Midnight Ghost Train, and Eddie and the Defiantz. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 7 p.m., and the doors opening at 6 p.m. Each act will perform an approximately 30-minute set. Cover is $8.
Here’s Band of Heathens with their “L.A. County Blues”: