Giving you the music a day early:
KABF 88.3 FM program Shoog Radio is throwing a party at White Water Tavern, and it promises to be a doozy: It’s The Grunge Party with 11 local acts covering grunge and alternative rock bands from the ’80s and ’90s. Cover is only a donation at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with acts Big Silver, Dangerous Idiots, The Evelyns, Bryan Frazier, Glittercore, Iron Tongue, Mandy McBryde and more. And the music they are covering? The night will include nods to grunge stalwarts such as Mudhoney, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees, and other non-grunge, but still alternative rock bands such as The Breeders, Belly, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Stone Temple Pilots and Toadies. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m., and guests are encouraged to dress grunge.
Pop Evil call themselves the best thing to come out of Michigan since the automobile and Kid Rock. (What about Motown? Or Bob Seger? MC5? The Stooges? The White Stripes?) Anyway, the post-grunge act, whose debut album Lipstick on the Mirror spawned two Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Track hits, has released their sophomore album War of Angels, and is touring in support of it, including a stop at Juanita’s. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door with the opening acts to be announced.
There are six more days of the Arkansas State Fair and all that entails: food, rides, fun, games and, of course, the music on the Wendy’s Main Stage. A night of Arkansas rock starts at 7 p.m. with Fayetteville’s Spoken and their mixture of hard-hitting metal and soaring alternative-rock flavored music. Taking the stage next at 8:30 p.m. is Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll act Kingsdown, who released their self-titled debut album last summer — an energetic alternative rock album built upon their faith and lyrics of hope.
Here’s Pearl Jam with their “Immortality”: