Giving you the music a day early:
Whitehorse‘s Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland made a name for themselves as individual roots-oriented singer-songwriters in Canada, but the married couple decided it was time for their own project. So Whitehorse? It’s rowdy-yet-beautiful Canadian roots rock or maybe indie country, if there is such a thing: electric guitar and all, along with pedal steel, piano and B3 Hammond plus killer harmonies from the pair. And the two perform a grand version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.” Whitehorse comes to Juanita’s, and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of show. The-well-known-around-these-parts-even-though-she-now-lives-in-Tennessee Elise Davis kicks off the show with her take on Americana.
Just in case one thinks SXSW is all indie rock or pop, North Carolina heavy metal gods Corrosion of Conformity is playing a festival showcase or two along with their touring partners Miami-based Southern metal band Torche and New York City band A Storm of Light, who pack in sludge, doom and post-metal into an ambient yet raging sound. (COC and A Storm of Light both play the SXSW ToneDeaf Touring Showcase with North Little Rock’s metal outfit Rwake at Dirty Dog Bar next Wednesday.) For this pre-SXSW stop at Downtown Music, stoner rock band Valient Thorr joins Corrosion of Conformity, Torche and A Storm of Light. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Here’s a little-known fact: Outside of the city of Tahlequah, Okla., is a public use area titled No Head Hollow Public Use Area. No lie. The city is also the capital of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Now, why are we discussing Tahlequah here? It’s the hometown of Turnpike Troubadours, a quintet of roots-rock playing musicians. This isn’t Red Dirt country like many bands from Oklahoma, but music that throws in a little bit of everything, including folk, Cajun and bluegrass. The band comes to Stickyz. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show.
Central Arkansas loves Texas country music, and one of the newer Texas country bands that the area has fallen in love with is the Casey Donahew Band. The country band based out of Burleson dropped its newest album Double-Wide Dream in late October and the album hit No. 2 on the iTunes country albums chart and No. 10 on the Billboard country albums chart. The band’s constant touring has made it a country rock force to be reckoned with. Casey Donahew Band comes to Rev Room. The opening act is Conway’s own Matt Stell & the Crashers, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their country music that also touches upon rock ‘n’ roll, blues, soul, folk and even a little of gospel. Cover is $15 for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 9 p.m.
Here’s what Canadian folk artist Lauren Mann has to say about her group, Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk: The band “captures the attention of their listeners with extraordinary indie pop melodies and an authentic performance.” The outfit’s new album will be Over Land and Sea, being released in May. Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk come to Vino’s. The music starts at 8 p.m. No word on cover.
A few years ago, Zac Brown Band played locally and it cost $5 to get in. This was right around the time that the rocking, good-timing country band’s “Chicken Fried” was being released. The tune hit No. 1 on the country charts by the end of the year. By the fall of 2009, Zac Brown Band was headlining Verizon Arena. A few years later, and following a string of No. 1 country hits and new single in “No Hurry” climbing the charts, Zac Brown Band returns to Verizon Arena. Tickets are $43.65, $56.20, $71.10 and $76.20 through Ticketmaster, and that price includes all those nasty little fees and extra charges. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. The opening act is Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with a sound that captures New Orleans perfectly: a mixture of jazz, funk, rock and hip-hop.
Here’s Whitehorse with their version of “I’m on Fire”: