Saturday’s Music

John Michael Montgomery.

Giving you the music a day early:

It has been almost 20 years since John Michael Montgomery hit the top of the country charts with his smash “I Love the Way You Love Me.” What did he do next? Well, he hit No. 1 again with his “I Swear.” Then throughout the ’90s Montgomery hit No. 1 again and again. His star might have faded a little since then, but Montgomery is still a masterful country singer/songwriter, most recently hitting the Top 40 with his 2008 hit “Forever.” And it’s those two decades of hits that Montgomery will bring to Juanita’s for a show presented by KSSN 96. The opening acts are to be announced, but expect the music at 8 p.m. with tickets $25 in advance and $30 day of show.

Best event name of the week goes to Alzheimer’s Arkansas and their Amp Out Alz at Rev Room, a Memory Keepers presents event that will use rock ‘n’ roll as a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Amp Out Alz: Think about it. Awesome, right? It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 7 p.m., and tickets are $25. Reserve tables are available, and door prizes will be awarded all night long. And what does one get for $25 besides throwing a right (or left) punch at Alzheimer’s? The classic rock of Geezer, playing a collection of rocking tunes from The Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to U2 to new rock acts such as The Foo Fighters. And then after Geezer there will be a DJ.

It’s time for the return of The Youth Rock Orchestra at Robinson Center Music Hall. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20 or $26.20 if you order them through a Ticketmaster outlet. What it is is classical takes on artists from Led Zeppelin to Aretha Franklin and even some more as 94.1 The Point’s Youth Rock Orchestra (made up of band students from local high schools) teams up with the Mark Wood Experience for a night of student orchestra with rock band reworkings of rock, pop, metal and soul standards. The Beatles, Metallica and others are some of the other artists covered by the two bands.

This Dallas hip-hop guy but Hot Springs native named Wide Frame AKA Freddie Dolls is coming to Little Rock and the Clear Channel Metroplex. Co-headlining the show is Who It Be RP, and the two are bringing along such hip-hop artists as Lil Spade, T-Scott and others for the show. It’s all being hosted by Pimpin’ Leonard, and tickets are $10 in advance through local stores Ugly Mike’s and Uncle T’s, $15 at the door and $25 for VIP. So what does it all mean? Well, it’s being billed as March Madness, and Wide Frame will play his hit songs “Mr. Hit That” and “Magnum,” and Who It Be RP will play “Bam.” That’s for sure. Beyond that? Who knows, but it’ll be a large party. Get ready.

Here’s John Michael Montgomery with his “If You Ever Went Away”:

If You Ever Went Away