Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
American roots artist Moot Davis brings his music to Stickyz just a couple of weeks after the release of his new album, Goin’ in Hot. The Jersey-based musician recorded the album in Nashville, Tenn., and Davis wrote the album following a break up. So while the heartbreak of his earlier music is still present, Davis uses less of a Hank Williams Sr. and Dwight Yoakam sound, and more of a roadhouse rock sound on the new record. Oh, and Keith Richards was also an influence on the album. There’s a $6 cover for the all-ages show with the music starting at 8 p.m.
Casey Donahew started playing his Texas country music professionally almost a dozen years ago (his first gig was at Fort Worth’s Thirsty Armadillo), forming his eponymous band along the way and releasing albums such as 2009’s Moving On, 2011’s Double-Wide Dream and last April’s StandOff, which hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart without the benefit of a country radio single. Casey Donahew Band play Rev Room. No word on the opening act, but the music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 for the 18-and-up show.
KSSN 96’s New Faces of Country show at Juanita’s benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a portion of ticket sales going toward the Memphis, Tenn., hospital. And who are these new faces? Country musician Frankie Ballard, who released his Sunshine & Whiskey album in February and who has scored Top 40 country hits such as “A Buncha Girls” and “Helluva Life.” Also on the bill is Oklahoma-raised country duo The Swon Brothers, who placed third on the fourth season of NBC’s The Voice and scored the Top 40 country hit “Later On.” The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m. There’s a $10 cover.
Athens, Ga.-based outfit of Montreal are squarely in the pop music world, but after that the band’s sound gets strangely tangled. There are angles, textures, layers, transformations and more to explore when it comes to the music of the band fronted by Kevin Barnes and part of the indie music collective Elephant 6 that includes such acts as The Apples in Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power and more. of Montreal’s latest release is 2013’s Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and Barnes and company bring their pop- and psychedelic-flavored experimental rock to Rev Room. Opening is local electro-pop rock outfit Collin vs. Adam at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show.
The Cedric Burnside Project make a return visit to Little Rock, bringing their primal, juke-joint blues with traces of funk and soul to Vino’s. The doors open at 9 p.m. with the music starting at 10 p.m. There’s an $8 cover. This project sees Cedric Burnside (yes, he is the grandson of North Mississippi hill country blues legend R.L. Burnside) on vocals, guitar and drums, and his childhood friend Trenton Ayers on guitar and bass. Ayers’ guitar playing is mesmerizing, incorporating traces of jazz into the band’s sound, which is raw, hypnotic and hip shaking. Their newest album is titled Hear Me When I Say.
By now, most people are familiar with the Scott Weiland story. Original lead singer of oft-maligned (by music critics) but oft-beloved (by fans) grunge-flavored, hard rock outfit Stone Temple Pilots. Following the band’s dissolution in 2002, Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, which consisted of former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum along with guitarist Dave Kushner. But Velvet Revolver imploded as well. Now, Weiland is a solo artist, fronting rock ‘n’ roll outfit the Wildabouts, and playing several of his Stone Temple Pilots tunes in concert, and Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts come to Juanita’s. The Raskins open the show at 10 p.m. with their retro rock from twins Logan and Roger Raskin. The doors open at 9 p.m. with tickets $37 in advance and $40 day of show.
Blues on the River at First Security Amphitheater — this all-afternoon and evening festival features Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Tawanna Campbell, Billy “Soul” Bonds, Willie P. and more. The gates open at noon. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 day of. Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, which included Teddy Pendergrass at one time, are known for their Philadelphia soul sound and early ’70s hit soul songs such as “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” and “The Love I Lost (Part 1).”
Dennis Stroughmatt et L’esprit Creole make an appearance at the Little Rock Folk Club. Featuring the Cajun fiddle of Stroughmatt, the group’s music is a blend of Celtic, Canadian and old-time sounds, and a bridge “between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles.” 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.
Black Star Riders come to Juanita’s. Who are these guys? Only a hard rock band that includes members of the legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, including American guitarist Scott Gorham. The group released their debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, in 2013. Opening are two Arkansas acts: Jessica Seven with their funk- and industrial-powered hard rock sound, and 9 Miles Ahead with their modern-take on alternative rock. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $15 cover.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, a New Jersey band known for pummeling, smart, progressive mathcore music, come to Juanita’s as they continue their tour in support of last year’s One of Us Is the Killer. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets $14 in advance and $16 day of show. Tera Melos, a California band with a sound that incorporates experimental rock and ambient electronica, open along with New Hampshire metal act Vattnet Viskar. Local support is provided by Fear The Aftermath, a central Arkansas progressive metal band.
Aqua Nebula Oscillator, the celebrated French underground psych rock trio, visit Stickyz as they tour in support of their new album Spiritus Mundi, which Decibel magazine called a “blend of psychedelic rock, space rock, garage rock and even a little Donovan-derived folk.” Formed in 2000 by David Sphaeros, the group is inspired by things such as parallel dimensions, horror and cult movies (from the 1920s to the 1960s), Salvador Dali, aliens, Jimi Hendrix and more. Local support is provided by Little Rock’s Mainland Divide, an instrumental post-rock group that layers their sound with dream pop. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the all-ages show.
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