Giving you the music a day early:
Here’s a little-known fact: Outside of the city of Tahlequah, Okla., is a public use area titled No Head Hollow Public Use Area. No lie. The city is also the capital of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Now, why are we discussing Tahlequah here? It’s the hometown of Turnpike Troubadours, a quintet of roots-rock playing musicians. This isn’t Red Dirt country like many bands from Oklahoma, but music that throws in a little bit of everything, including folk, Cajun and bluegrass. Turnpike Troubadours revisit Little Rock for a show at Stickyz. The John D. Hale Band kicks off the show with their alternative country sound that blends country, Americana, Southern rock and even bluegrass, and expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show.
That rhythmically tight, fast-paced rock trio known as The Tricks will play Town Pump. The show starts at 10 p.m. with a $3 cover. Also on the bill is 607 — and you know 607, don’t you? Only one of the best rappers/hip-hop artists/musicians around the area. The Tricks and 607 will share the stage so for $3 this might be the best $3 you can spend. Look for a CD release party from The Tricks on July 5 at White Water Tavern.
Conway hard rock outfit Bombay Black released their new album Bullets And Booze back in May, and now the melodic rock band is holding a CD release party at Shooter’s Bar & Grill. It’s a rowdy and raunchy album filled with rock solid … well, modern rock. Cover is $5 with the music starting at 9 p.m. It’s a 21-and-up event. If you can’t make it to Shooter’s, catch the band a night earlier when they play Cregeen’s Irish Pub on Friday night. The music starts around 8:30 p.m
Interstate Buffalo‘s full-length debut One Step Away is blues rock. Really, really, really good blues rock. Blues rock with nasty guitar riffs, and even some funky grooves. The album’s kickoff is “Down in a Bad Way,” a tune that possesses a steamroller of a riff. “Camera” is a stone-cold funk groove. And there’s more great stuff on the album. Interstate Buffalo will celebrate the release of its One Step Away with a CD release party at The Afterthought. The music will begin at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Here are the Turnpike Troubadours with their “Gin, Smoke, Lies”: