Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
The Salty Dogs roll out their Too Old to Fight EP with a couple of events this week. The Salty Dogs play South on Main‘s Local Live series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event is free. Then on Friday, the band holds an EP release party at White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. No word on a cover.
Hunter Beard, the Little Rock-raised, Los Angeles-based rap artist and co-owner/CEO of Lion Pride Music Group, comes back home for a show at the Rev Room along with fellow Lion Pride artist and Little Rock hip-hop musician also living in Los Angeles, Keddy Mac. The 18-and-up show starts at 8 p.m. with cover $8 for 21 and up, and $12 for 18 to 20. The show includes Dirty Guap Gang, Shauna C, Autumatick, JMZ Dean, Grasshopper, 5:40, Budd Webb and more.
AfroZep — Yes, the band name means pretty much what you think: Afrobeat and Afropop versions of Led Zeppelin songs with African horns and percussion. Some AfroZep tunes are mashups between legendary African musician Fela Kuti and Zeppelin. The Chicago group that formed in 2009 arrives in Little Rock with a show at Stickyz. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. Expect “Fool in the Rain,” “Immigrant Song,” “When the Levee Breaks” and other Zeppelin classics like you’ve never heard them.
What’s one of the hardest-hitting and loudest duos out there? Jucifer, with Gazelle Amber Valentine on guitar and vocals, and Edgar Livengood on drums. The hellacious, one-two punch rides the wall of sound created by Valentine’s grinding guitar and Livengood’s thunderbolt drumming, creating a blast of music that is self-described “blackened doom/sludge/grindgaze/brutal folk.” Jucifer comes to Vino’s along with local support from Little Rock heavy rock band Iron Tongue and down-tempo metal quartet Crankbait. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover.
Austin, Texas-based, rootsy folk rocker Graham Wilkinson comes to White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. But expect a little more than just roots rock and folk. Wilkinson adds in a little ska and honky-tonk to to his genre-bending music. Joining Wilkinson is singer-songwriter Sarah Hughes, a Fayetteville folk rock artist who digs Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Widespread Panic and more.
Oxford American magazine’s cultural experience spot and restaurant South on Main presents No Place In Particular: A Celebration of Southern Poetry and Music. The general admission event, with a $7 cover at the door for first-come, first-served seating, starts with poetry readings at 6 p.m. The music by Mississippi singer-songwriter Jimbo Mathus starts at 7:45 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m. Poets reading include Carter Monroe, Justin Booth, Verless Doran, R.J. Looney and Ayara Stein.
The Youth Rock Camp with Rachel Barton Pine is Friday through Sunday at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, and the public is invited to a 3 p.m. Sunday concert at Wildwood that is a culmination of the camp. Presented by The Point 94.1 and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the concert features the ASO Youth Orchestra performing classical, classic rock and heavy metal songs with Pine. Adult tickets are $20; student tickets are $10. Visit arkansassymphony.org for tickets.
Kissing Candice, the Long Island, N.Y., band that mixes metal, hardcore, industrial and electronic into one combustible blend, comes to Juanita’s. Opening the show is Southern California-based The Hollowed, a band that brings passion and emotion back to hardcore music. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m.
Here’s AfroZep: “Immigrant Song”