Giving you the music a day early:
Roger Lewis plays baritone saxophone for the legendary New Orleans act Dirty Dozen Brass Band. This is a piece of advice he once handed out to me: “Want to look good. Always got to look good on stage,” You don’t argue with advice like that, and you don’t argue with the sound of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Since 1977, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a collection of New Orleans musicians originally formed as the Original Sixth Ward Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has been playing a jubilant brass band sound of second line jazz mixed with New Orleans R&B, funk, soul, modern jazz and bebop to create their innovative romps and high-energy performances. It moves the body and soul. The outfit’s new album is the May 1 release Twenty Dozen, and the band visits Rev Room to celebrate. FreeVerse kicks off the music at 9 p.m. with their free-spirited rock ‘n’ roll of tightly focused jams infused with funk and jazz. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $12 in advance and $15 day of.
Know why The Hangover Part II wasn’t very good? Besides basically being a repeat of The Hangover except set in Bangkok? No Black Doug, played by comedian Mike Epps. That’s an interesting theory at least because Epps does bring the funny, in roles from Next Friday to … well, The Hangover. But it’s the stand-up comedian Epps who is visiting Robinson Center Music Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $59.05 and $64.20 through all Ticketmaster outlets, which means there is almost $9 tacked on to each ticket for “fees.”
Harding University is bringing two days of music and fun to Searcy this Friday and Saturday with its second annual First Thaw, hosted by the Harding University Campus Activities Board. The first night on Friday features soulful, pop rocker Sara Bareilles, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter behind such tunes as “Love Song” and “King of Anything,” as headliner on the Benson Auditorium stage with her piano-fueled music. The concert kicks off at 8 p.m. with Katie Herzig, a Colorado-based folk rock singer/songwriter. Tickets are $25 for the general public, and $20 for Harding students, faculty and staff, and can be purchased through www.firstthaw.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday’s day includes a bazaar with Harding students selling their goods and art, and five bands and artists — Brett Vanderzee, The Shindiggers, Brianna Gaither, The Sheriffs of Nottingham and The Coasts — playing music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day ends at 8 p.m. with a documentary chosen by the student body in the Administration Auditorium. Saturday’s events are free for all.
Here’s Dirty Dozen Brass Band with their “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Party”: