Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
The Slackers hit Juanita’s and this is noteworthy because the New York City band might be the only band in the U.S. that plays “imaginary Jamaican rock ‘n’ roll.” Take Jamaican ska along with reggae and dub and throw in some American blues, soul, ’60 rock and even country, and then you’d have The Slackers. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show. The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, a Memphis-based group that plays a melting pot of reggae, dancehall, gospel and good ol’ Stax Records soul, joins The Slackers along with local support from soulful blues outfit Brown Soul Shoes.
Austin, Texas, based country band Josh Abbott Band visits Rev Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show. The Red Dirt-flavored band is touring in support of their Small Town Family Dream album, which was released in 2012 and includes the single “She Will Be Free.”
Cocktail hour comes to South on Main as local, pop-flavored, keyboard-playing singer-songwriter John Willis plays the venue’s weekly Local Live music series. The evening of free music starts at 7:30 p.m. Willis is a classically trained pianist who also plays pop music. Willis’ new release is titled King of the Cocktail Party, and the EP is a collection of piano-based pop, jazz and parlor music.
Tech N9ne arrives at Rev Room, bringing his Independent Grind Tour to the River Market. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $25 in advance and $30 day of. The tour includes appearances by Freddie Gibbs, Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton and Psych Ward Druggies with local support from 870 Underground.
G-Eazy brings his These Things Happen Tour to Juanita’s. The hip-hop artist released his The Endless Summer mixtape in 2011, and the album included the hit song “Runaround Sue.” Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez, who has released Conflicts of My Soul, opens the show. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $15.
Goatwhore comes to Little Rock for a show at Stickyz (originally scheduled at Vino’s.) The death metal band with one of the greatest band name’s ever brings its hard-hitting sound to town. Norwegian black metal band 1349 and Pennsylvania death metal outfit Black Crown Initiate open. There’s a $15 cover with the doors opening at 8 p.m. and the music starting at 9 p.m.
This show is sold out, according to Juanita’s.
Born in Liverpool, England, but living in Philadelphia now, soul artist Marsha Ambrosius comes to Juanita’s. The former Floetry member’s new single is “Without You” with Ne-Yo from an upcoming release, but her 2011 album Late Nights and Early Mornings contained the hits “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)” and “Far Away.” Opening the show is local trumpeter Rodney Block. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20.
Knoxville, Tenn., Americana-via-the-Appalachian-Mountains band The Black Lillies arrive in Little Rock for a Stickyz show. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of for the all-ages show. The music starts at 9 p.m. The band’s latest release is their 2013 album Runaway Freeway Blues, an album filled with lush harmonies and instrumental virtuosity that moves from Laurel Canyon folk rock to honky-tonk classic country to winding bluegrass-flavored jams.
Queen, Styx, Journey, Boston, Led Zeppelin, Elton John and more come to Juanita’s. OK, not really, but The Classic Rock Experience with Midnight Special plays Juanita’s and that means all of the great songs by these rock bands along with other ’70s rock anthems. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Oxford American magazine and South on Main present That Nashville Sound: A Tribute to Ray Price at 5 p.m. All tickets are $10. The doors open at 4 p.m. The evening spotlights the music of the Country Music Hall of Fame member, an artist responsible for such country hits as “Crazy Arms,” “For the Good Times,” “I Won’t Mention It Again” and more. A rotating cast of central Arkansas musicians, led by The Salty Dogs, play two sets of Price’s music. Guest performers include Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, Mark Currey and more.
Southern rap rock band Rehab, the outfit that mixes guitar with a DJ and two vocalists, creating tunes such as the infectious, acoustic sing-along track “Bartender Song (Sittin’ at a Bar),” is calling it quits and is on their 2014 Farewell Tour, including a stop at Juanita’s. The music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $15. Saginaw, Mich., hip-hop and pop act Redburn opens.
Here’s Tech N9ne: “O.G.”