Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
Get a load of this band name: Kentucky Knife Fight, a band coming to White Water Tavern. That’s right: Kentucky Knife Fight. But the band is actually a St. Louis-based, six-piece punk blues wrecking crew that readers of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis have named Best Rock Band in St. Louis four times. And Kentucky Knife Fight is coming off a successful run of July shows opening for the Old 97’s. Kentucky Knife Fight’s latest album is Hush Hush. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Finger Food — the instrumental guitar trio of Danny Dozier, Steve Davison and Micky Rigby — comes to The Joint for a guitar concert of acoustic music. There’s a $10 cover with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. The three musicians perform in the round and trade stories, songs and guitar insights during the show. The music from the trio includes folk, jazz, Celtic, classical and blues.
The Vans Warped Tour ended its 2014 run with a Denver show Aug. 3, and Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Acidic performed nine dates on the tour in June. And earlier this year, Acidic completed their first headlining tour. So, 2014 has already been pretty heady for the band, who released their Copper Man album in 2013, and Acidic is still on the road, including a Juanita’s stop. The openers are to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the all-ages show.
This much is true: The world can’t have too many New Orleans brass bands. Although they have been around since 1996 (Trombone Shorty was an early member), the Stooges Brass Band is still one of the “newer” New Orleans brass bands around, and the group takes a fresher approach to the traditional brass band sound, incorporating contemporary jazz, funk and hip-hop into their sound. The Stooges Brass Band brings their music to Stickyz. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 18-and-up show.
White County-raised, honky-tonk-powered Americana singer-songwriter Bonnie Montgomery released her debut, full-length album last week, and here’s what we said about it: “Finally, with the July 29th release of Bonnie Montgomery on Fast Weapons records, the classically trained singer, who wields her operatic voice on honky-tonk flavored tales, delivers a full shot of her Americana music. The results are stunning.” Seriously, get this album. Montgomery celebrates the release of Bonnie Montgomery with a record release party at White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.
No longer billed as Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Jonathan Tyler visits Rev Room. So, the name changed, but the song remains the same: a shot of rock ‘n’ roll from Texas with sides of blues and country in the vein of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show. And arrive early because the opening act is The Soft White Sixties, a San Francisco group known for their “working class soul” — a gritty pop sound that is found on their March 2014 release Get Right.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and five-time Grammy winner James Taylor returns to North Little Rock and Verizon Arena. The folk singer-songwriter last visited central Arkansas in April 2011, playing hits such as “Fire and Rain,” “Shower the People” and “Up on the Roof” from his 40-plus year career for more than 6,800 fans. The show is penultimate concert of Taylor’s 2014 U.S. Tour: 40 shows in 34 cities in 24 states. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets, if available, are $78 and $99.50 via all Ticketmaster outlets and include no additional fees.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Celebrate the Word at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park as the Hot Springs attraction presents Christian rock and electronic dance music artist Plumb on Friday and alternative Christian rockers Switchfoot on Saturday. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater and feature opening acts at 7 p.m. A season pass or general admission ticket is required for entry to the concert. Lawn seating is included with the price of admission. Limited $5 and $10 reserved seats are available as well.
BJ Barham, frontman for North Carolina, Americana-powered rock ‘n’ roll band American Aquarium, is on a solo tour, including a White Water Tavern stop. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. While the whole band reforms next week for a long tour that continues into November, including two weeks of European dates. Barham’s solo shows are an annual acoustic thing, and you can expect a night of Barham’s tales of women, trouble with women, women named Savannah, regret, love, beer, bars, living hard and living free, and more. Burn.Flicker.Die. is American Aquarium’s latest, but the band is working on new tunes for an album titled Wolves, which is out in 2015.
What’s the best music for a Saturday night in the River Market? How about some Texas honky-tonk music and country ballads? Texas musician Bart Crow pulls into the Rev Room for a night of blue-collar Texas country. Crow released Dandelion in September 2012, but his newest song is “If I’m Go I’m Goin'” featuring Macy Maloy. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 18-and-up show.
Canadian modern rock band Era 9 visits Juanita’s. According to press materials, the band’s Turn Day EP is a “six-song collection [that] showcases the band’s ability to weave aggressive hard rock with poignant lyrics,” and “their guitar-focused sound unifies a hard-edged foundation while accents of subtle sensitivities of alternative rock lie underneath.” OK. So, that’s what Era 9 brings to town. The openers are to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the all-ages show.
Here is Kentucky Knife Fight: “Love the Lonely”