Giving you the music a day early:
I once told “Robert Plant” of Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso that he and Zoso were “freaking” amazing. I meant it. Some tribute bands are simply awful. Some are merely good. Few are extraordinary. Zoso falls into that latter category. Zoso is as close to the real thing a Zep fan will see outside of Led Zeppelin reforming. The music. The passion. The look. The skill. It’s all there. The Led Zeppelin tribute band, named after Jimmy Page’s famous symbol from Led Zeppelin IV, formed in 1995, and the group has toured excessively since, currently playing about 150 gigs a year. The quartet will bring the look and feel of the great Zep to Rev Room, and, in keeping with the Led Zeppelin tours of the mid-1970s, it will be all Zep. No filler or opening bands. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
DeRay Davis usually just goes by the name DeRay — at least when performing his stand-up comedian. (Usually in his films, he is billed with his full name, such as in 2008’s Semi-Pro or in the upcoming 21 Jump Street). Here’s what DeRay says about himself: “A born hustler from Chicago’s South Side, DeRay began his career in the comedy clubs. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, DeRay won the Comedy Central Laugh Riots Competition and was a standout on the Cedric the Entertainer Tour.” DeRay brings his New Year’s Comedy Explosion to Robinson Center Music Hall. The laughs start at 8 p.m. with tickets available through Ticketmaster for $35.40, $58.55 and $68.80 — and that includes all those nasty little Ticketmaster fees.
Conway’s Matt Stell & the Crashers are coming down Interstate 40 for a Little Rock show at Stickyz. For fans of the band, that means a night of good times, with the band — Matt Stell on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Eric Williams on bass, Darren Barry on lead guitar and harmony vocals, and Cliff Aaron on drums — running through their country music that also touches upon rock ‘n’ roll, blues, soul, folk and even a little of gospel. And after reading what the band brings, shouldn’t you be a fan, too? Seemingly always touring, Matt Stell & the Crashers bring their introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads to the River Market. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 21-and-up show.
It’s gonna get a little weird at The Afterthought as the Mockingbird Hillbilly Band visits. Proving that birds of the weird flock together, the five members of the band are equally influenced by Ozark folk music and inspired by “flying saucers and little green men, dirigibles, country cooking and country living, lightening bugs, J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs” and other weird things in creating their hillbilly psychedelia. But don’t let all that scare you. It might be a little strange, but it’ll be a whole lot of fun. And you can dance to it! The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Here’s Zoso with their take on the classic Zep tune “Whole Lotta Love”: