Giving you the music a day early:
Holly Cole, Jana Misener and Krista Wroten are the core of The Memphis Dawls, a band that includes Jonathan McLaren on vibraphone and drums, and Nahshon Benford on trumpet, and a group plays a mingling of folk and traditional country music that also finds time for a little R&B. The Memphis Dawls are the headliners for a show at Stickyz, but let’s talk a little about the openers, fellow Memphis act Star & Micey, a soulful, folk pop trio who are releasing their I Can’t Wait EP later this summer. It’s an EP recorded by the famed Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Buddy Guy) at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, Miss. You dig The Avett Brothers? You’ll dig Star & Micey. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show.
I don’t know Ginger Baker, the famous drummer in bands such as Cream and Blind Faith. He’s apparently a pretty cantankerous fellow from what I’ve read and heard: Check out a 2009 Rolling Stone profile, and his biography is titled Hellraiser. But man, he’s a talented drummer. And he has a son who is also a pretty talented drummer. That son has started his own Cream tribute band, Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience, an outfit that “captures the mood and energy of the late ’60s and early ’70s; adding their own distinctive styles.” The Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience plays Rev Room. No word on the opening act, but the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.
The newest release from Little Rock’s Thick Syrup Records is the 22-track debut of Ezra Lbs. It’s a self-titled debut featuring the music of Daniel Craig on guitar, bass and vocals; Nathan Houser on bass, guitar and vocals; and Daniel Olah on drums. The trio’s debut is a collection of tunes that is DIY rock ‘n’ roll — a little grimy punk, a little slacker lo-fi rock and a little college rock. A record release party is being held at White Water Tavern for the band’s debut. The show starts at 10 p.m. with a $5 cover. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth is the opening band with their atomic-bomb-powered “white trash power pop.”
Here are Star & Micey with their “Back to the Night”: