Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
Chris Jericho, Renaissance man? Maybe. He’s a championship professional wrestler. He’s appeared on Dancing with the Stars. He’s appeared in movies such as MacGruber. And Jericho is also the lead singer of Fozzy, a heavy metal group that has released five albums since 2000. And, as Fozzy prepare for the release of their new album, the group are on tour, including a Juanita’s stop. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. with Little Rock metal act Minerva. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.
Ces Cru, part of Tech N9ne’s Strange Music record label, visit Rev Room as the hip-hop duo of rappers Godemis and Ubiquitous tour behind their 2013 release Constant Energy Struggles. The Kansas City, Missouri, group’s fourth album hit No. 98 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Openers include a number of local artists, including Stephan James, iWrek, 5:40, Big Piph, Julius Czr, 870 Underground and Rozay Thrower. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.
Remember Taylor Momsen? Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl and little Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Well, now Momsen is the lead singer and frontwoman of hard rock band The Pretty Reckless, who are on their Going To Hell 2014 North American tour and stop at Rev Room. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. with Heaven’s Basement, a British hard rock band. The Pretty Reckless released their sophomore album, Going to Hell, in March.
Bobby Bare Jr. visits White Water Tavern with the music starting at 10 p.m. Also on the bill is The Memphis Dawls, a folk group fronted by the trio of Holly Cole, Krista Wroten and Jana Misener.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
Yes, Riverfest is this weekend. It’s the 37th edition of Riverfest, which, depending on where you look, touts itself as Arkansas’ largest music festival or Arkansas’ premier music and arts festival, and the fest returns this Memorial Day weekend for three days and nights of music, arts, food, fireworks and more. Headliners this year include Chicago, CeeLo Green, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Brice, Buckcherry, Salt-N-Pepa, The Wallflowers, Robert Randolph and The Family Band and more. There will also be a ton of local music. The festival is located in downtown Little Rock from Julius Breckling Riverfront Park to the Clinton Presidential Center and Park. Festival hours are 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1-11 p.m. Sunday. Tickets in advance are $35 for a three-day admission or $40 at the gate. Children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Half-price tickets ($20) went on sale at participating Walgreens in early April, and half-price tickets might still be available. Head to riverfestarkansas.com for ticket purchasing and more information.
Piano Kraft presents its Last Tuesday Concert Series with concert violinist Oksana accompanied by Piano Kraft instructor Brian Hamby, a jazz and gospel pianist. Oksana is known for effortlessly moving from a heart-rending song by Sergei Rachmaninoff to a lilting waltz by Strauss to a Ozark-inspired fiddle tune. The music starts at 7 p.m., and the event is free but only 50 seats are available. Piano Kraft’s Last Tuesday Concert Series is a monthly free concert of local musicians. Call the store at (501) 372-1446 for more information.
Here’s Bobby Bare Jr.: “The Big Time”