Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:
Texas musician Bart Crow pulls into the Rev Room for a show and that means one thing: a midweek night of Texas honky-tonk music from this blue-collar artist. Crow released Dandelion in September 2012, and the 14-track record produced several Texas Music Chart hits, including the No. 1 “Saying Goodbye.” The opening act is Benton country rockers Dry County with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show.
“St. Louis, 5-piece, punk-blues wrecking crew Kentucky Knife Fight” visits Stickyz. That’s the word from the band’s publicist, and let’s lean on the band’s publicist for more about Kentucky Knife Fight: “If there is a jukebox at the end of the universe, you will find Kentucky Knife Fight between The Stooges and Tom Waits. The electric Americana band specializes in telling stories about desperate people doing desperate things in places they shouldn’t be.” The opening acts are local bands Catskill Kids and post-rock, instrumental band Mainland Divide. There’s a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m.
White Water Tavern hosts a Let It Bleed: A Benefit for KABF 88.3 FM, a fundraiser for the Little Rock listener-supported, nonprofit radio station known as “The Voice of the People.” The night features local musicians and bands such as Amy Garland, Greg Spradlin, Bonnie Montgomery, Mark Currey, Mandy McBryde, Big Silver, Jeff Coleman, Rena Wren and more performing songs from the classic 1969 Rolling Stones album Let It Bleed, including “Gimme Shelter” and “Monkey Man.” The music starts at 9 p.m.
Epitaph Records’ The Menzingers storm into Stickyz for a night of hell-raising punk rock music, including tunes from the band’s 2012 release On The Impossible Past and possibly new songs from the band’s upcoming album. Joining the Menzingers on tour is Minnesota punk rock band Off with Their Heads, who released their Home album in 2013. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of.
Dugan’s Pub delvers a night of free music with an appearance by Stephen Compton, formerly with Interstate Buffalo, and a new band he’s in called Stephen Compton and the GDC. Compton says he’s changed things around a little from Interstate Buffalo. “It’s a three piece and the guys backing me have degrees in jazz performance,” he says. “We’re still playing some blues, but we’re focusing on more rock ‘n’ soul, [like] Warren Haynes and Gary Clark Jr.” The music starts at 9 p.m.
Good Time Ramblers return to Afterthought Bistro and Bar for a night of their country rock. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. Expect a night of rowdy, good-timing music with some broken-heart ballads as the guys play some new tunes along with songs from their back catalog, including their newest album, Bigelow Strange.
Turquoise Jeep Records hits Rev Room, and what that means is a night of music from the hip-hop/R&B collective that includes Flynt Flossy, Whatchyamacallit, Pretty Raheem, Yung Humma, Slick Mahony and Tummiscratch. You might know them for Yung Humma’s tune “Lemme Smang It” featuring Flynt Fossy, a most unlikely of hit hip-hop tunes. But it’s one of those tunes that gets stuck in a person’s mind and never lets go. That’s what Turquoise Jeep Records offers. Athens, Ga., duo Yip Deceiver opens the show with their electro-powered R&B and rock sound. The show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.
The Green Forest brother team of Riley and Kelly Ellis come comes back to Little Rock as RK Ellis bring their “all-genre” music to Prost. Formerly known as Ancient Device, RK Ellis’ album Louder Than Words was produced by bassist Victor Wooten, and the duo is working on a new album. So what’s “all-genre” music? The sound of an iPod on shuffle. But know this, the brothers’ choices of instruments include bass and cello and their songs go from originals to works by Men Without Hats, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and more. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. There’s a $5 cover.
Michael Chavez creates experimental electronic music under the Mildroit moniker (look for a debut album titled Fought Songs coming soon), and Mildroit pays a visit to Town Pump for a live show. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $3 cover. Mildriot is best described — straight from its Facebook site — as “The guitars came first. Then the drums. The machine and the friend fought over what happened next.”
Bonerama visits the Oxford American‘s cultural experience spot South on Main. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. General admission tickets — if still available — are $17. Seating is general admission for the all-ages show.
Here’s Bonerama: “Ocean”