Giving you the music a day early:
It’s the return of John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives to White Water Tavern: Keith with his Memphis-bred rock ‘n’ roll backed by drummer John Argroves, bassist Mark Stuart and keyboard player Al Gamble. Gather around for a night of power pop, garage, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, country and blues rock all rolled into the explosive musical blast that is Keith’s music. Keith’s sophomore record is The Man That Time Forgot, released last year on Big Legal Mess via Fat Possum Records. The music starts at 10 p.m. with Kentucky Knife Fight, a St. Louis band that is twang-y and dirty with their collection of bluegrass, blues, rock and punk.
Most music fans probably don’t remember The Bellamy Brothers’ “Country Rap.” The country music duo probably likes it that way because the eponymous single from their 1986 album was terrible. Fortunately, Colt Ford does country rap right — not as a novelty but as mostly country music tunes about country living with a tough of rap. Ford comes to Shooter’s Sports Bar and Grill, and the music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 day of for the 21-and-up show. Ford’s latest album is the 2011 release Every Chance I Get, which included guest appearances by Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Charlie Daniels, Eric Church (on the hit “Country Thang”) and even the Nappy Roots.
Little Rock’s own jamming, rock ‘n’ roll extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes chase spontaneous creativity, going down several rabbit holes, scampering after blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk to brew their infectious sound. The band, influenced by the Grateful Dead, The Band, blues, jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis comes to The Afterthought. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. Every show is different with these guys, and it’s always a good time. And you can dance to it.
It’s Friday night and time for a dance party with the return of Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic to Stickyz. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show. The opening act is Indie Bullsh*t, a joyous rock ‘n’ roll act comprised of members from bands such as Siversa, After the Tragedy and other local acts. Boom Kinetic’s first, full-length album Part Gray/Part Bright Light was released in 2010. Expect a night of up-tempo dance rock originals, heavy on the synths and guitars, and a collection of the best of the ’80s pop rock and synth pop.
Here’s John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives with their “Honky Tonk Blues”: