Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
Riot in the Rock at Juanita’s presents a number of Arkansas hip-hop and metal acts coming together for a night of bouncing, head-banging music. Acts include hip-hop duo 540, Pine Bluff rap collective 870 Underground and iWrek, a Little Rock-based group of rap and pop artists, meeting up with Little Rock heavy rock group At War’s End and Russellville modern rock act Dark from Day One. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.
Back in early March, Texas country band Micky and The Motorcars launched a Kickstarter campaign so they could raise money to record their follow-up album to 2011’s Raise My Glass. Twenty days and 856 backers later, the band — headed by the brother team of Micky and Gary Braun, brothers of Reckless Kelly’s Willy and Cody Braun — had raised more than $45,800, meaning fans of the act can expect a new Micky and the Motorcars album in the summer. Before all that though, check out Micky and The Motorcars at Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show.
Rolling Stone has called singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon “a juke-joint professor emeritus,” which is high praise, and the professor part isn’t far off: Gordon’s a University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate. The Louisiana-raised, Nashville, Tennessee-based Americana artist has written tunes for the likes of Keith Richards, Levon Helm and Irma Thomas, and The New York Times had this to say about Gordon’s 2012 Gloryland: “Mr. Gordon’s music is both a distinctive slice of the Nashville scene far from the country mainstream and a window onto the DIY paths that increasingly come with a music career.” Gordon says on his Facebook that he’ll start on a new album in July with a release date set for later this year or early 2015. First, Gordon visits White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $6 cover. Also on the bill is Isaac Alexander, the Little Rock advertising executive, concert poster designer and singer-songwriter.
So, these Mulehead reunions are becoming more frequent. One of Arkansas’ most beloved bands just played a reunion show at Riverfest. And they’ve played locally a few times in the last year. Maybe Mulehead playing a concert can’t be called a “reunion” show at all considering they are happening with greater frequency. But here’s one more Mulehead “reunion” show with an appearance at White Water Tavern. The country-flavored rock ‘n’ roll band takes the stage at 10 p.m.
Over at Vino’s, there’s a triple bill of local music with appearances by Bombay Harambee, Duckstronaut and Dead Anchors. The doors open at 9 p.m. with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. There’s a $6 cover. Duckstronaut is one of Dangerous Idiots leader Aaron Sarlo’s projects, and Dead Anchors is a Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll group featuring Dirty Sean Causey, Jesse Flatte, Mikey Hayes and Kelly Kish. And Bombay Harambee? They are a Little Rock based, bash-and-pop band influenced by bands from Queens of the Stone Age to Spoon to the Pixies.
The Little Rock Folk Club ends its winter and spring season with an appearance by Ben Bedford, an artist known for portraitlike folk tunes that portray conditions, historical events and people, from homelessness to the Civil War to Jack London to the murder of Emmett Till to John the Baptist and more. 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.
At the height of their rock powers, such as their 1972 North American tour, Led Zeppelin didn’t need any stinking opening act. Such it is with Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso at Rev Room. Zoso start at 9:30 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the all-ages show. No filler or opening bands. And Zoso recreate the hammer of the gods rock and the blues and folk majesty of the late, great Led Zeppelin. The music. The passion. The look. The skill. It’s all there with Zoso.
Glittercore hold their record release show at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m., and also on the bill is Mad Nomad, the Little Rock, high-octane punk ‘n’ roll group. Admission is a donation at the door. Glittercore is available at Been Around Records and CDs in Little Rock and Arkansas CD and Record Exchange in North Little Rock, and via online outlets.
Long Island, New York, alternative rock band Blameshift make an early-week appearance at Juanita’s. The female-fronted rock band played more than 200 shows in 2013, fine tuning their live show, and released Secrets in November. Rock Revolt Magazine said, “Secrets is the weapon needed to launch them to the next level.” Providing local support is At War’s End, a Little Rock band known for their heavy rock sound. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.
Pop star Bruno Mars brings his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to Verizon Arena along with opener Aloe Blacc. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m. Upper bowl tickets — if available — are $66 and $79 via all Ticketmaster outlets (with no extra fees) or the Verizon Arena box office. Mars is known for his worldwide smash hits such as “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.” Aloe Bacc is known for his Top 10 hit “The Man.”
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