Giving you the music a day early:
Rhode Island’s Deer Tick is a rock ‘n’ roll band. Loud. Boisterous. Road tested. And since the release of 2007’s War Elephant, this quintet has released some of rock ‘n’ roll’s best music with traces of folk and country. The band’s winning streak continues with the new release Divine Providence — 12 more tracks of grand 21st century rock ‘n’ roll — and Deer Tick is touring in support, including a stop at Stickyz. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 21-and-up show with the music starting around 9 p.m. with Brooklyn rock ‘n’ roll band Virgin Forest (featuring four members of Phosphorescent) as well as Dead People.
Back in the early ’90s, Interscope Records signed Helmet — the New York City band Page Hamilton founded in 1989 — and released the group’s Meantime in 1992, 37 minutes of mesmerizing guitar riffs, jazz-influenced solos and spartan rhythms with a seething vocal delivery. In a world being introduced to grunge and saying goodbye to hair metal, it was intelligent music, a break from traditional heavy metal by a band comfortable in shorts, T-shirts and short haircuts. Nineteen years later and reunited (after disbanding in the late ’90s), Hamilton and his gang still play smart, muscular metal influenced by jazz. The band’s latest is 2010’s Seeing Eye Dog, and Helmet plays Juanita’s. The opening acts are local bands Iron Tongue with their Little Rock-bred rock thunder, and Zucura with their North Little Rock grinding metal sound. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $16 in advance and $20 day of show.
It’s the last day of the Arkansas State Fair so that means the last day of rides, food, games, and, of course, music, and the last day features the state final of the nationwide country music talent search the Texaco Country Showdown. 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.
Here’s Deer Tick with their “Easy”: