Giving you the music a day early:
“Over You” is the latest single from country firecracker Miranda Lambert to hit the Top 40 of country radio. It’s a streak of hits, including No. 1s “The House That Built Me” and “Heart Like Mine,” so yeah, the Grammy-winning Lambert is hot. Perhaps that’s why she named her current tour the On Fire Tour, a tour which pays a visit to Verizon Arena for a show presented by KSSN 96. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available in the upper bowl for $51.75 and $36.75 through the Verizon Arena Box Office. Ticketmaster will cost you more. The opening acts are Chris Young, whose five country No. 1s includes “You,” and Jerrod Niemann, the man known for “Lover, Lover.”
Having spent time in south Louisiana (Lafayette actually), I can tell you that some zydeco music can get a little … well, redundant. Not boring, but after a few tunes you might feel as though you’re hearing the same melodies and such all over again. That’s some zydeco; not all, and especially not the zydeco music of Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, led by Church Point’s Troy Carrier, who happens to be Dikki Du. The reason? Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe keep their version of zydeco fresh, throwing in a little funk and grooving on some hypnotic rhythms. See what good zydeco is supposed to sound like when Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe visit White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover.
So chopped and screwed? Yes, that’s what Michael “5000″ Watts is known for as the head of Swisha House, a Houston media company and record label that introduced to the world Mike Jones and Paul Wall. But Michael “5000″ Watts is not just a record label CEO. He’s also a DJ and musician himself, and it’s Watts making an appearance at Rev Room as part of Decadence. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for 21 and over, and $15 for 18 to 20. Also on the bill is DJ Deja Blu and VJ G-Force, two locals kicking off the night with a little bit of their sick sounds.
Athens, La’s Ronnie Simmons Band consists of the remaining members of north Louisiana rock trio Militia. It’s a new band, but the trio of Rusty White on lead vocals and guitar, Brian Flynn on bass and backing vocals, and Jamie Dixon on drums are still mining that Southern rock ‘n’ roll sound. Think of Drive-By Truckers, The Allman Brothers Band, Zac Brown Band and others. Just good ’70s rock mixed with a little Americana, Southern rock and blues. That’s what the Ronnie Simmons Band brings to Little Rock this weekend with two shows: a 9 p.m. Friday show at Thirst N Howl Bar & Grill, and a 9 p.m. Saturday show at Markham Street Grill and Pub. There’s no cover for either show. The Thirst N Howl show is all ages until 11 p.m., and then 21 and up, and the Markham Street Grill show is 21 and up.
Here’s Miranda Lambert with her “The House That Built Me”: