Giving you the music a day early:
It’s Cinco de Mayo and Denton’s Back Porch is celebrating in style with a Cinco de Mayo party presented by 100.3 The Buzz and featuring Jason D. Williams. Williams is best called the Jerry Lee Lewis of the 21st century with his reckless rock ‘n’ roll piano pounding that encompasses musical genres stretching from rockabilly to country to jazz to pure-bred Memphis rock. Or, as Williams himself says, “It’s Jerry Lee Lewis meets Jackson Pollock, and Jerry Lee Lewis meets Joe Namath.” Who knows what that means. Let’s just say this: Fans of live-wire, Sun Records rock ‘n’ roll will not be disappointed. Williams is a showman of the highest degree. Tickets are $20.
Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers are throwing a Cinco de Mayo celebration at The Afterthought that is also serving as a birthday party for band member Oliver “O.T.” Thomas. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. Block and band will run through a collection of jazz, neo-soul and R&B tunes with help from songstress Dee Davis and other guests. Seats are limited so arrive early for the celebration.
Get down to downtown Conway for two more days of family fun, food, sporting events, arts and crafts, magicians and more, including two days and nights of free, live music as Toad Suck Daze continues. Saturday’s music kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and includes a lineup of local — Luke Williams and Ryan Couron — and national country acts, including Randy Houser at 8:15 p.m. and Jamey Johnson at 9:30 p.m. Sunday’s music kicks off at noon and includes Magnolia, faith-inspired alternative rockers belair. at 1:15 p.m., and inspirational singers Jonny Diaz and Todd Agnew. And a reminder: The music is totally free.
Here’s Jason D. Williams with his “I’m On Fire”: