Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
Here’s a pretty good claim to fame for a band: The Seattle acoustic duo Science! was named High Times magazine’s Unsigned Band of the Month in January 2013. But don’t think the music of guitarist and vocalist Justin Stang and multi-instrumentalist Jim Elenteny is stoner music. No, these guys crank out some roots-powered acoustic rock, and Science! comes to Stickyz. Little Rock Americana singer-songwriter Michael Lee Collins opens. There’s a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m.
When you hear an artist by the name of Billy Jones Bluez plays the William F. Laman Public Library’s Live at Laman at the Main Library’s lecture hall at 7 p.m., you got to think you are in for a night of the blues if you attend. And you would be right: The North Little Rock musician delivers the blues, but with a little funk thrown in, too. Call it nu-blues. This is what Billy Jones Bluez and band bring to Laman. And the show is free.
Lincoln Durham visits Stickyz. What does that mean? Let’s go straight to his Facebook page: “Lincoln Durham is a obnoxious, Southern-gothic-gospel-revival punk, one-man band with a heavy-amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music.” Openers are to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $8 in advance and $10 day of.
Several friends of Gerald Johnson, a saxophone player well known around the metro music scene who died earlier this month, gather at Rev Room for a Gerald Johnson Memorial Concert. Besides being a musician, Johnson was also a substitute teacher in the Little Rock School District and hosted a jazz program on KABF 88.3. Bands playing include First Impressions, Carl Mouton & the Big Timerz Band, Ramona Smith and more. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show. All proceeds go toward Johnson’s family.
Whiskey Myers visits Rev Room with tickets for the 18-and-up show $15. Opening the concert at 9 p.m. is Glen Rose rock ‘n’ roll outfit Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts, who released their Southern Truth album in May.
Bombay Harambee is a Little Rock-based, bash-and-pop group influenced by bands from Queens of the Stone Age to Spoon to the Pixies, and the band plays White Water Tavern. Check out their You Know Better EP released earlier this year, and know that the band is recording new material now. The music starts at 10 p.m. Joining Bombay Harambee is Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll band Swampbird, who is preparing to record a new EP, and High Magic, a Fayetteville band that plays experimental, noise-pop.
Elvis Presley impersonator Dave Hoover visits the Argenta Community Theater. The show starts at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $15, and VIP tickets are $25. It’s pretty simple what that means: Hoover recreates the moves and music of Presley during a one-man show. A portion of all proceeds benefit Arkansas Down Syndrome Society.
Fans of ’90s alternative rock remember such songs as “Possum Kingdom,” “Away” and “Tyler.” Those three tracks are all songs by The Toadies, the Texas alternative rock band who hit it big with 1994’s platinum-selling breakthrough debut Rubberneck, a record recently re-released by the band to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The Toadies bring those songs and more to Juanita’s. Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band Black Pistol Fire opens the show at 10 p.m. with the doors opening at 9 p.m. There’s a $20 cover.
Christian-themed, metalcore band Demon Hunter visits Rev Room along with Veridia, a Nashville, Tennessee, electronic-fueled alternative rock group. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets for the all-ages show $12 in advance and $15 day of.
The Tragic Thrills visit Rev Room, and the quintet from San Diego is a folk-and-pop influenced alternative rock band who released their self-titled album in October 2013. Joining them is Air Traffic Controller, who, according to their band bio, possess a “modern-day, indie rock sound that infuses unforgettable electro-pop sensibilities with orchestral prowess compositions.” The show starts at 7 p.m. with tickets for the all-ages show $10 in advance and $12 day of.
Here is Whiskey Myers: “Ballad of a Southern Man”