Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:
Night two of a special two-night The Secret Sisters engagement at White Water Tavern arrives with the Muscle Shoals, Ala.-based country-folk duo of Lydia and Laura Rogers returning for more of their effortless harmonies over rural rhythms that match an indie coolness with traditional arrangements. The Sisters released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and a new album — titled Put Your Needle Down — is promised in 2014. Attendees can expect a mixture of the first album and the new album at the show. All proceeds from the show go toward the band’s tour manager, Jay Calhoun, who suffered a severely broken leg in a dirt bike accident in early December. Calhoun’s leg requires an expensive surgery and proceeds from the shows will help Calhoun and his wife, Kimberly, with medical bills. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Bombay Harambee holds its record release show for You Know Better at White Water Tavern. Supporting the band is Whale Fire with their hazy indie rock and Collin vs. Adam with their electro-powered pop rock. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Bombay Harambee’s debut EP is available via bombayharambee.bandcamp.com.
The Laman Library System‘s Main Library hosts its monthly Live at Laman music series with an appearance by singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde. The free concert starts at 7 p.m. in the library’s lecture hall. A Nashville, Tenn., based country singer-songwriter, McBryde released her Elsebound album in June 2011, and the record is an 11-track collection of Americana-flavored tracks filled with heartache and loss on tunes such as “Marlboro Man.” McBryde also performs at 10 p.m. Friday at Reno’s in North Little Rock.
What kind of music does the Northwest Arkansas foursome of Mountain Sprout play? How about something called psychobilly, hillbilly, bluegrass-abilly insurgent Americana? Think of it as highly energetic music created by fiddle, guitar, banjo and stand-up bass that creates crowded dance floors. Mountain Sprout comes to Stickyz. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $8 in advance and $10 day of. Also on the bill is Banditos, a Nashville, Tenn., band that mixes honky-tonk country into their rock ‘n’ roll sound.
Rev Room‘s monthly dance party arrives with its Capricorn edition, and this month’s Zodiac at Rev Room is subtitled Brownie’s Luv Edition, where local promoter Michael Brown launches his nonprofit organization focusing on helping others in the local community and also as a way to honor the legacy of Jeffrey “Bushy” Hudnall, a local concert promoter and pillar of the electronic dance music scene. The music includes performances by DJ Titan, Wolf-E-Wolf, Ewell, Mr. Napalm and Jordan Get’Em. The show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $10 for 21 and over, and $15 for 18 to 20 for the 18-and-up party.
Need a shot of local rock ‘n’ roll? Get down to White Water Tavern where Mad Nomad plays along with Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts. The former is best described as a punk ‘n’ roll band in the vein of Lucero (pre-horns). The latter plays rock ‘n’ roll music with influences from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Led Zeppelin to Pearl Jam. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.
High-energy — that’s one way to describe Bowling Green, Ky., pop-fueled, alternative rock band Sleeper Agent. Fronted by Alex Kandel, the band visits Rev Room for a night of ebullient music. The group is promising a new album in early 2014 but first hit the road playing some of those new songs, including “Waves.” 2011’s Celabrasion is the outfit’s last album. No word on the opening act, but the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets for the all-ages show $10 in advance and $12 day of.
Joe Nemeth visits Stickyz. So. So? if you dig the blues of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker, you’ll love the harmonica player that even the great Charlie Musselwhite says “can really belt it out.” Nemeth was nominated for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award, Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, Best Instrumentalist — Harmonica, Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and more at the 34th annual Blues Music Awards last year. Tickets for the all-ages show are $6 in advance and $8 day of.
First, know this: Little Rock country band The Salty Dogs are releasing new music in 2014. The four-piece band who play both kinds of honky-tonk country music — honk and tonk — are set to release their six-song EP Too Old to Fight in March and, according to an email from the band, the EP doesn’t contain songs about “trucks, tailgates, Saturday night bonfires or Taylor Swift’s love life.” Just great traditional country music. Hear new songs and oldies, including tracks from Dogs’ Brand New Reason (their last album), during a White Water Tavern show that features The Amy Garland Band, the full band (containing husband and Dogs drummer Bart Angel) of local Americana singer-songwriter Amy Garland. The music starts at 9 p.m.
Here’s Sleeper Agent: “Get It Daddy”