Friday’s Music

Patrick Sweany.

Giving you the music a day early:

Patrick Sweany creates bluesy roots rock straight from the Rust Belt, vintage-sounding rock ‘n’ roll crammed with blues, folk, soul and even punk, and swaggering and swaying under the weight of dirty guitar and Sweany’s soulful howl. As Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys says, “Patrick speaks the truth in his songs.” His newest release is 2011’s That Old Southern Drag, and it’s more of Sweany’s roots-meets-blues sound. Sweany comes to White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $6 with Bonnie Montgomery kicking off the show with her honky-tonk Arkansas folk/country music.

2011’s Paper Airplane was the first album by Alison Krauss & Union Station since 2004, so of course the bluegrass outfit toured behind it throughout last year. The band took a small break from touring in the new year, and picked up a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, but now Alison Krauss & Union Station are back on the road, including a stop at Robinson Center Music Hall, playing tunes from Paper Airplane and other bluegrass numbers from their extensive back catalogue that have hints of roots and pop. Tickets are $59.05 for balcony, and $69.35 for mezzanine- and orchestra-level tickets, and that’s with those Ticketmaster fees tacked on. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Coming back from a SXSW visit, the Memphis group Star & Micey makes a return trip to central Arkansas with an appearance at Downtown Music to crank out sparkly slices of self-described soulful folk pop: shimmering guitar rhythms with heart-on-the-sleeves lyrics and infectious, playful pop melodies … complete with handclaps on “So Much Pain.” Joining them will be local “gospel/blues/rock” singer/songwriter Sean Michel, and the husband-and-wife duo of Ben and Emily Roberts as Carolina Story playing their gorgeous Americana tunes. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Cover is only $7.

100.3 The Edge welcomes Oklahoma hard rock band Aranda back to Little Rock with a show at Juanita’s. The band, led by Dameon and Gabe Aranda, is holding a CD release party for its January release Stop the World, a collection of post-grunge flavored tunes that includes the mainstream rock hit “Undone.” Three local rock ‘n’ roll bands are slated to open the show: Nevertrain, Se7en Sharp and Jessica Seven. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $7 in advance and $10 day of show.

Here’s Patrick Sweany with his “Shoestring”: