Friday’s Music

Guitar Shorty.

Giving you the music a day early:

Guitar Shorty didn’t learn blues the old way (he had a teacher), but the result is still some of the best blues a person will ever hear — white-hot slices of contemporary blues. A one-time member of Ray Charles backing band and Sam Cooke’s backing band, Guitar Shorty visits Stickyz for a night of his blistering guitar theatrics and soulful vocals. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 21-and-up show.

Way back about five year ago, Ryan Cabrera was known for dating Ashlee Simpson, appearing in an episode of MTV’s Super Sweet Sixteen and scoring a string of pop hits including “On the Way Down” and “True.” Years later, Cabrera still moves in celebrity circles, tours and plays his acoustic-powered pop rock music, including a stop at Juanita’s. The opening act is fellow pop rock singer/songwriter Jerad Finck with the music starting at 9 p.m., and tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show.

Langston “TaylorMade” Carr, the owner and CEO of and TaylorMade Events, is turning 30 and throwing quite the party. Presented by TaylorMade Events (Who else?), Sketches of a Man is more than a birthday party though. Held at Rev Room, the night includes performances by local artists Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers, Epiphany, Bijoux and Sutter Kaine along with a performance by soul singer Dwele. There’s also a complimentary sushi bar and music from DJ Mike Blaze. Admission is $15 with VIP tables going for $150. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. Dress to be admired.

That dapper dresser, soul/R&B singer and really great rapper SeanFresh is hosting an event at Mediums Art Lounge simply titled Stronger. Presented by Conduit/, the night includes performances by some of the best soul/R&B/jazz/hip-hop performers in the area in SeanFresh, J White, Jeron Marshall, BWare, The Bully Gang, Southwest Boaz, Zii and more. The doors open at 9 p.m. with a $10 admission (women get in for $5 before 11 p.m.) for the 21-and-up show.

Christian music star Chris Tomlin last visited North Little Rock in June 2010 on the Hello Tonight Summer Tour with fellow Christian music superstar TobyMac. This time around Tomlin, an artist known for Christian chart hits such as his latest “I Lift My Hands,” returns to Verizon Arena on his And If Our God Is For Us … Tour with speaker and author Louie Giglio, and Christian singer/songwriter Christy Nockels, a former member of Christian contemporary music group Watermark. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.50, $26.50 and $35.50 at the Verizon Arena Box Office with tickets going up $5 day of show.

This Arkansas State Fair isn’t going anywhere until Sunday night so that means a weekend of rides, food, games, and, of course, music. Friday is a night of back-to-back classic rock performances with Foghat and Jefferson Starship. All shows are on the Wendy’s Main Stage and free with a paid fair admission. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and senior adults ages 60 and over, and free to children ages 5 and under. Parking at the fairgrounds is $5 per vehicle.

And just because this song is so darn cool, here’s Foghat with “Slow Ride”:

Slow Ride