This Week’s Music

Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
How about a little free music on a Wednesday? That’s what South on Main‘s Local Live concert series features each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and this week’s musical artist is Amasa Hines, the Little Rock seven piece that plays what they call “psychedelic Afro-futurism.” So what does that mean? Think a melting pot of sounds from genres such as Afrobeat (of course), soul, psychedelic music, indie rock and more. The group, formed in 2010, released their All The World There Is album earlier this year.

Merle Haggard comes to the Robinson Center Music Hall. The concert starts at 7 p.m. with all-in tickets $50.50 and $61 with no additional fees or service charges. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets.

Jazz in the Park returns to the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock for more free, weekly music from 6-8 p.m. The April slate of jazz shows features Dizzy 7 up first. Other bands include The Johnny Burnette Band on April 9, TwiceSax on April 16, That Arkansas Weather on April 23 and the Art Deco Trio on April 30. No coolers but beer, wine, soft drinks and water are available for sale, with some proceeds benefiting Sculpture at the River Market.

THURSDAY
Featuring co-lead vocalists/guitarists John Steel and Clay Grubbs along with Matthew Steel on backing vocals/bass guitar and Will Vick on drums/percussion, North Little Rock band Whale Fire comes to Afterthought Bistro and Bar. The group released their Before You Run album in early 2013, and the record is a hazy, melodic take on indie rock with a touch of dream pop. Joing Whale Fire is Collin vs. Adam with there electro-powered indie pop. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Self-described as “Louisiana’s own dark star and Orpheus of the underground,” former deadboy and the Elephantmen lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Dax Riggs (he also fronted Louisiana sludge band Acid Bath before that) comes to Stickyz. Opening acts are to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show. Riggs plays blues rock, albeit experimental, or, as he calls it, a collection of “roots music, doom metal and glam-punk poetry.” Say Goodnight to the World is the newest solo release from Riggs.

Victor El Valiente, Lightin’ Lou, Daredevil Dave and Frontier Dan — you know them as the psycho-Western band The Frontier Circus — play their first show of 2014 at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover. The outfit, which has released the Sideshow EP and A Little Bit Psycho … A Little Bit Western album, is joined by Riverbottom Debutante, the Little Rock group known for their “1950s country garage rock” sound that channels artists from Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash to Social Distortion. As Frontier Dan says, “[Riverbottom Debutante is] a lot fun and will close the show. We like to open.”

FRIDAY
Kevin Russell, the head of Austin, Texas, band The Gourds, who are on indefinite hiatus, makes an appearance at White Water Tavern as the head of Shinyribs, a folk-rocking swamp band with a case of the blues and a shot of country soul that includes Gourds drummer Keith Langord and other top-notch Austin musicians. Or, as Russell says on his website, Shinyribs is “Burl Ives meets Al Green, Hank Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass and Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry.” The music starts at 10 p.m.

Good Time Ramblers, the rowdy, good-timing, country-rock band out of Little Rock whose newest album is Bigelow Strange, hit Rev Room for a night of music. No word on the opening act, but the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show. The eight tracks of Bigelow Strange are filled with stories of teens stealing dad’s whiskey, dying mom-and-pop stores and girls breaking hearts. The band’s sound is genuine music, not polished country rock.

SATURDAY
Influenced by bands from Queens of the Stone Age to Spoon to the Pixies, Little Rock outfit Bombay Harambee plays White Water Tavern and joining the quartet is two Fayetteville acts: surf-rock flavored lo-fi trio Teenagers and Pagiins, a garage rock-powered indie outfit. Or, as Bombay Harambee guitarist and vocalist Alexander Jones says, “Both excellent bands from Fayetteville.” Both Teeangers and Pagiins played South by Southwest recently, and Pagiins is hitting the road with Sleeper Agent and Holychild early next week.

Amp Out Alz 3: A Rock and Roll Event to benefit Alzheimer’s Arkansas comes to the Rev Room. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of for the all-ages show. The show features classic rock by Geezer, DJ Music 4 UR Generation and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Arkansas, a nonprofit organization that provides programming and outreach to Arkansas families affected by dementia.

Who is this Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown coming to Stickyz? Simply a rock ‘n’ roll band based in Nashville, Tenn. Founded in early 2009, the group is led by Bryant, a guitarist influenced by the blues of Muddy Waters and the rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and the band includes the son of Aerosmith member Brad Whitford, Graham Whitford, on guitar. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 18-and-up show. Opening acts are to be announced.

Illinois-based maritime folk artist Lee Murdock, known as “the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes,” visits the Little Rock Folk Club. Murdock sings about sailors, fishermen, lighthouse keepers, ghosts, shipwrecks, outlaws and everyday heroes. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock’s Thomson Hall. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students with valid ID. Accompanied children 12 and under get in free.

TUESDAY
Charlotte, N.C., experimental indie rock band HRVRD comes to Conway’s Greenwood Studio. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at door. Local support is provided by progressive-flavored indie rockers Motion in Color and alternative rockers Consumers. According to HRVRD vocalist Jesse Clasen, the band’s upcoming, untitled sophomore album is lyrically about “the tension between positive and negative perspectives on relationships, progression, religion and science.” The music? “Haunting sound blends intricate and cinematic guitar riffs with … powerful, driving rhythms.”

Lacuna Coil, the Italian gothic metal band known for such mainstream rock hits as “Our Truth,” visits Juanita’s as they tour in support of their Broken Crown Halo album. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 day of show. Joining Lacuna Coil is Los Angeles hard rock trio Kyng, New York City rock band Cilver and Eve to Adam, a guitar-driven, anthemic-rock band from New York City.

Here’s Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown: “Say a Prayer”