Giving you the music a day early:
Back in 2001, Texas country artist Pat Green recorded an album with fellow Texas country artist Cory Morrow titled Songs We Wish We’d Written, a collection of tunes from famous songwriters such as Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” Billy Joe Shaver “Live Forever” and John Prine’s “Paradise.” Both Morrow and Green have gone on to bigger careers since then, but Green, who has scored a number of Top 40 country hits since 2001, is returning to some of his favorite tunes with the February release Songs We Wish We’d Written II, featuring Green covering tunes by Tom Petty and others. The Texas music icon will bring those tunes and others such as “Carry On” and “Wave on Wave” to Rev Room for a night of country music presented by KSSN 96. The opening acts are up-and-coming country music singer/songwriter Brent Cobb along with The Lost Trailers, the country band that last visited the metro as an opening act for Tim McGraw at Verizon Arena. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 for the 18-and-up show.
There has probably been about three dozen members in Black Oak Arkansas over the years, give a dozen or two, but the one constant of the band has been the original wild man Jim “Dandy” Mangrum with his hot and nasty stage persona. And it has been more than 40 years since Black Oak Arkansas’ debut album hit rock ‘n’ roll radio with tunes such as “When Electricity Came to Arkansas” celebrating the band’s home, and more than 35 years since the band’s Southern rock cover of the R&B hit “Jim Dandy” introduced the primitive, raw rockers to a larger audience. But Mangrum and crew are still going strong, including a stop at Juanita’s. Who knows if the walls of Juanita’s can withstand the onslaught of the Southern boogie rockers. Tickets will be $12 at the door and $10 in advance. The opening acts are Hot Springs classic rock cover band Blind Opie, and Hot Springs-based Arkansas soul folk rockers Ben Franks and the Bible Belt Boys with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m.
Bolly Moments and My Art Is … present Teen Open Mic in the Rock, a night of poetry and spoken word at Vino’s featuring Drekkia Writes and Jay-E. Admission is $5 and the words start flowing at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Also included in the night are Chris James, APOLLO, Osyrus, Ron MC, Tru Poet and more. The Little Rock-area spoken word and poetry scene is one of the best around, and the night will showcase some of the wordsmiths who call central Arkansas home.
You ready for three days of some seriously heavy music? If you’re answering no, don’t head over to Downtown Music. If yes, head over to Downtown Music for their Friday through Sunday Knuck Fest: three days of punk, hardcore, metal … heavy, heavy music. Three day passes for the 2012 version are $25 in advance or at the door, and Friday single night tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and Saturday and Sunday single tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. And the bands? Friday night’s lineup includes Fire to Reason, Crankbait, The Muddlestuds, Kill Crazies and more; Saturday’s lineup is Fallen Empire, Legions Await, Mainland Divide, A Darkend Era and others; and Sunday’s lineup includes Stray From the Path, Cruel Hand, Struc/tures and lots of other acts. There’s only a 50/50 shot that Downtown Music will be standing after all these bands spend a weekend shaking its rafters.
Here’s Pat Green with his “Wave on Wave”: