Saturday’s Music

Rascal Flatts.

Giving you the music a day early:

Celebrate the arrival of spring a month early with a visit from Rascal Flatts, a pop country band on their Thaw Out 2012 tour visiting Verizon Arena. Rascal Flatts is a new member of the Grand Ole Opry and currently readying a new release for April titled Changed so expect the band’s newest single “Banjo” along with the outfit’s other hits, including smashes such as “What Hurts the Most.” The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m., and fellow country acts Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes open the show. Tickets are $25.50, $40.25 and $60.25 at the Verizon Arena Box Office or available through all Ticketmaster outlets with all those nasty little Ticketmaster charges extra.

Crunk music returns to Argenta and Cornerstone Pub with Crunkfest Two, a night of Southern rap and hip-hop featuring Memphis rapper Haystak; J Bo Cracker Swagger, a North Little Rock rapper known for mixing Southern hip-hop with gangsta; and a ton of other artists, including Atlanta rapper Yard Call, Young Hart, Lil Blaze and more. Advance tickets are $20 and available during business hours at Cornerstone, or $30 at the door.

Red Dirt rockers Reckless Kelly released their newest album Good Luck & True Love back in September 2011. It hit the Top 20 of the country charts with little or no radio play. How does that work? Well, Reckless Kelly bypasses the suits in shiny offices and takes their sound, which includes a mingling of rock ‘n’ roll with country and a taste of roots rock, straight to the people, creating electrifying nights that people remember. So look for Reckless Kelly at Rev Room creating another night to remember. Nashville, Tenn.-based Humming House is the opening act, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their “Irish porch stomp” that includes a mix of folk, blues and bluegrass with a touch of pop. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson put out his first collection of music way back in the early ’90s. But it was 2008’s “Come On Get Higher” that finally broke the folk rocker. Since then, Nathanson has released last June’s Modern Love, a 11-track collection that included a guest spot from Sugerland. So, Nathanson is more acoustic pop rather than folk rock now, and it’s that refined sound that Nathanson brings to Juanita’s. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $18 in advance and $20 day of show. The opening act is singer/songwriter Rachel Platten, whose debut album of infectious soulful pop Be Here includes the hit single “1000 Ships.”

Here’s Rascal Flatts with their “What Hurts the Most”:

What Hurts the Most