Friday’s Music (And Toys)

Mountain Sprout.

Giving you the music a day early:

Mountain Sprout is one of those bands making a name for itself through its live shows and for good reason. The four guys from the Arkansas band describe their band as a “highly energetic hillbilly music machine, spitting original tunes and blowing minds with witty lyrics and face-melting musicianship.” Live, the band is on fire, spitting out white-hot slices of music that’s probably best titled insurgent Americana with equal parts psychobilly and hillbilly, and a touch of class with bluegrass. So it’s that sound Mountain Sprout bring to Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $6 for the 21-and-up show.

For more than 30 years, Toy Hill has helped gather toys for Toys for Tots, a charity program from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that donates new toys to children whose parents can’t afford Christmas presents. And so it does again this year as KSSN 96 and on-air personality and legend Bob Robbins return with Toys For Tots 2011 at Toy Hill at War Memorial Park starting at 5 p.m. Friday and going right through to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bring new, unopened toys to the drop off at War Memorial Park and also take part in the festivities, including the third annual Fire & EMS Toy Run with parades, and live music from three Arkansas country acts Saturday in Victoria Taylor, Ryan Couron and Luke Williams Band. You can also drop toys off at USA Drug stores and AT&T locations in central Arkansas, or Jester’s Tattoo in Cabot, Black Angus Steakhouse in Little Rock or the Clear Channel Studios.

The world needs more just straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll. It’s just a fact. And so Little Rock record label Last Chance Records is delivering two nights of it Friday and Saturday with Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage and Glossary at White Water Tavern. Tickets are $12.50 per a night or $20 for both nights. The music starts at 9 p.m. each night. Ohio outfit Two Cow Garage is rough-hewn rock ‘n’ roll with punk overtones; Slobberbone is white-knuckled, freewheeling, catchy alt country; and Glossary is known for their bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll tunes torched by country and R&B. On Friday night all three bands will play individual sets, and on Saturday night the three bands will team up for a “This Is American Music” style revue show with band members rotating on and off stage playing each other’s songs and covers, and delivering surprises.

Bohemian Sauce is the name that Henderson State University professor Marck Beggs gives to his work away from his folk-rock band dog gods, and it’s Bohemian Sauce that will make an appearance at Reno’s Argenta Cafe. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $5 cover. Of course, Beggs is more than a professor and songwriter; he’s also a published poet with a number of poetry books out, a Ph.D. holder in English and a cat whisperer. Yes, you read that right. One has to believe that all of that somehow finds its way into the music of Beggs and Bohemian Sauce.

A couple of months after holding the release party for their extended play EPic at Cornerstone Pub, Se7en Sharp returns to the Argenta club for a night of music benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. Se7en Sharp is an act known for their modern rock sound with tunes such as “Let It Go” and “Bone Against the Knife,” but the band also has the country rock of “Give Me a Chance.” There’s no cover charge, but music lovers are asked to bring three canned goods, a gently worn coat, a new toy or a $7 donation. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club, and Se7en Sharp will donate $1 from every purchase of merchandise. Santa will be on hand, and door prizes will be given away as well. The show is a 21-and-up affair with the music starting around 8 p.m.

A musical tour of Brazil is coming to North Little Rock for one night with a visit from Nilson Matta & the Brazilian Voyage at Argenta Community Theater. Tickets are $35 with the show starting at 7 p.m. Matta is a bassist who has played with a number of American and global musicians, and is joined by flutist Anne Drummond and guitarist Vic Juris. The music of Nilson Matta & the Brazilian Voyage explores the music of each of Brazil’s distinct regions and their music, which blends the early blues roots of jazz with the tropical swing of Brazil.

Rev Room‘s monthly Zodiac dance party returns with Sagittarius edition, featuring the music of Wakarusa Music Festival favorite Zoogma, a Mississippi quintet that plays music that combines a fully operational rock band with the sonic colors of a DJed electronica band in creating their candy-coated and light-show enhanced take on electronica, rock, jazz and world music with a show built on improvisation. Oh, and there is an amazing light show, too. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show. The first 50 people to arrive who were born under the Sagittarius zodiac sign get in free with proper ID.

Here’s Mountain Sprout with their “Dry Counties”:

Dry Counties