Here’s what’s on tap for live music this weekend in and around Little Rock:
Fiddle-powered Texas country with a touch of banjo. Gentle acoustic country ballads with rip-roaring choruses. Red Dirt-flavored country rock that kicks up a little dust. These are just a few of the sounds one will find on the Josh Abbott Band‘s April 2012 album Small Town Family Dream, including the soaring pop chorus of “Touch.” And all this and more is what one will hear when seeing Josh Abbott Band at Rev Room. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show. Texas country rock band Tyler & The Tribe opens.
Dirty Alabama rock ‘n’ roll is what Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires will deliver when stopping in at White Water Tavern. The sound is Southern rock ‘n’ roll, but there’s something awfully raw about it. A little brawny Muscle Shoals R&B and gritty Memphis soul with a sweaty dose of 1970s Detroit punk. But the band can connect Walker Percy with the Ramones. And the outfit is working on a follow-up album to their There Is a Bomb in Gilead and road testing some of these new songs. Austin Lucas, a punk-rocker-turned-folk-rocking-Americana troubadour, opens as he tours in support of his new album, Stay Reckless. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Chris Tomlin plays Verizon Arena, and this contemporary Christian artist brings his Burning Lights Tour to North Little Rock along with pastor and speaker Louie Giglio. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $24.50, $31.50, $35.50 and $42.50. Over his Christian contemporary music career, Tomlin has won a number of awards, including a Grammy in 2012 for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and 20 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. His newest 12 tracks on Burning Lights looks to continue Tomlin’s award-winning ways, with “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)” already a hit on the Hot Christian Songs chart.
Chris Knight comes to Rev Room on Saturday night. The show starts at 9 p.m. with Ben Knight, Chris Knight’s nephew, with his Americana music. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show. Read about Chris Knight in this week’s Sync Weekly.
Explosive thats about right when describing The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The blues do burst violently and noisily when the band plays, but its a pissed-off celebration of the blues, too, under the guiding hands of Judah Bauer, Russell Simins and Jon Spencer. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion plays Stickyz. Theres a $15 cover with the music starting at 9 p.m. Memphis musician Jack Oblivian opens with his New Orleans R&B-, Rolling Stones-inspired rock roll.
Magic Mouth at White Water Tavern. This show, teaming Portland, Ore., punk/soul/funk band Magic Mouth with local singer-songwriter Bonnie Montgomery, is presented by the Fast Weapons record label, run by Arkansas native Nathan Howdeshell. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Both acts were openers for Gossip during its American tour last fall.
Wildwood Park for the Arts presents DennyWest, the park’s outdoor Americana acoustic music festival. Children and family entertainment is from 1-5 pm., and the evening’s music gets going at 6:30 p.m. and includes Posey Hill, The Mulligan Brothers and BettySoo and Doug Cox with Across the Borderline. Afternoon tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 12 and under, and free for 5 and under. Evening tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for teens, $5 for 12 and under. Gates for the event open at 11 a.m. For a complete schedule, check wildwoodpark.org.