Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:
Motion in Color — First, what a great name for this Conway-based band which formed in early 2013. You hear that name and immediately think: This group bridges “the gap between modern, progressive, indie rock, and post-hardcore [and is] influenced strongly by well-known acts such as Circa Survive, The Mars Volta, Dance Gavin Dance.” Right? Well, that’s what the band’s online bio states, and you can see what that all means when the band visits Stickyz. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for 18 to 20 and $3 for 21 and up. Also on the bill is Magnolia alternative rockers Sound Survival and Without Reason, a power rock trio from Little Rock.
Juanita’s welcomes some artist named Jamie Lynn Spears to town. Yes, this is the younger sister of Britney and former Zoey 101 star. Now, Jamie Lynn Spears is a fledgling country star. Her first country single, the ballad “How Could I Want More,” hit the Top 40 of the country charts last year. And her country music has earned comparisons to Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves. The supporting acts are to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.
Sometimes you just need to start the weekend off with some Mid-South rock. Some heavy rock. Fortunately, if you are into local and regional heavy rock, Arkansas Rocks Entertainment has you covered with a show at Rev Room featuring Sychosys, This Tragic Day, The Vail and Playing with Karma. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets for the all-ages show $10 for 21 and up, and $12 for 20 and under. Here’s the rundown on the bands: Sychosys is a high-energy, hard rocking quartet from Little Rock; This Tragic Day is a Memphis-based, metal-influenced band with roots in Little Rock; The Vail is industrial rock from Hot Springs; and Playing with Karma is a grunge-influenced rock band from Malvern.
Fayetteville-based outfit Don’t Stop Please play “pop” music, but not that variety of pop that winds up in the Top 40. This is challenging pop music, a mixture of experimental jazz, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, and the band covers a kaleidoscopic range of musical territory on their full-length, self-titled debut album that was released last year. Don’t Stop Please visits White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. with a $6 cover. Also on the bill is Joe Sundell, an Arkansas native now based in Fayetteville who is known for his folk music — folk music that includes nods to bluegrass, country blues and ragtime. His second solo album, The Hat Thief, is coming soon.
Discovery promises The Big Weekend with Southern hip-hop artist Big Mike, who was a member of the Geto Boys during the early ’90s, in the theater. The doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The opening acts are Trapper the Rapper, Billy Gene Smith and 1504, and the night is hosted by DJ Cain of Power 92. The show is scheduled for a 2:30 a.m. start time. Elsewhere, VJ G Force is in the lobby, and Crawley, Joel Allenbaugh and Sleepy Genius are in the disco tech.
Eddie Money brings his Unplug It In Again Tour to Juanita’s. Presented by The Point 94.1, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of. The opening acts are two local acts: the folk ‘n’ roll of Searcy quartet The Fable and The Fury, and Rodge Arnold, vocalist for Little Rock country rockers Rodge and The Dirt Road Republic.
The Dirty Streets come to White Water Tavern, and the music starts at 10 p.m. with admission a donation at the door. Here’s why this news is important: The trio sounds like some back-alley character covered in the grime of skid-row life. Dangerous, messy and sweaty for sure, but also possessing some street smarts, a poetic soul and the swagger of a tarnished prophet. Think of a band influenced by equal parts Iggy Pop, Led Zeppelin, Cream, New York Dolls and even a little bit of The Byrds. The Dirty Streets’ new album is Blades of Grass, a collection of Memphis-stamped rock ‘n’ roll.
Here’s Eddie Money: “Take Me Home Tonight”