Saturday’s Music

Chris Knight.

Giving you the music a day early:

You want to hear great Americana/country/folk songs of the 21st century? You get down to the Rev Room and hear Chris Knight, a singer/songwriter who grew up in Slaughters, Ky., and sings about despair, bad luck, sorrow and the rural struggle to survive. During his visit, Knight will hook his emotionally devastating lyrics delivered with a ravaged, raspy voice to twang-y roots rock — following in the footsteps of early Steve Earle and Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Country act Eli Young Band are playing Riverfest Amphitheatre as an opener on Dierks Bentley‘s Country & Cold Cans Tour. That’s enough reason to get down there. Need more? Bentley is touring in support of his February release Home, which has produced two country No. 1 hits: “Am I the Only One” and the title track. Also on the bill is The Cadillac Black, a Nashville, Tenn., trio who play “country fuzz,” a whiskey-fueled mix of country and rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a rain or shine event with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets up to the day of show. Tickets will also be available at Riverfest Amphitheatre starting at 10 a.m. day of show. Pit tickets are sold out. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for the show presented by KSSN 96.

Here’s how Kansas City, Mo., indie rock band we are voices describe their music: “Music that will make your heart stop and your ears bleed.” Post rock, dreamy pop melodies and atmospheric textures — those are some of we are voices’ favorite things, and a few of the things the band brings to Vino’s. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. Little Rock dance-y indie rock outfit Knox Hamilton is one of two opening bands. The other is Great Forest, a Little Rock indie rock outfit that released their debut EP in March and appreciate the music of The Rocketboys and Sleeping at Last.

The Enjoy LifeStyle Center in North Little Rock will play host to a free, day-long music festival that will use donations collected to benefit homeless outreach efforts and youth enrichment programs in the metro. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include nine bands performing in three genres of music: rock, hip-hop and folk. All bands are competing for individual prizes including recording time, professional photography and radio play from KABF 88.3 FM. The primary beneficiary of this event will be the SOAR Outreach Network.

Here’s Chris Knight with his “North Dakota”:

North Dakota