Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
Sometimes we forget about free stuff. Maybe take free for granted. Well, don’t you ever forget about free music, and that’s what South on Main offers each Wednesday evening with its Local Live concert. Up this week? Central Arkansas bluegrass group Interstate Thirty, the quintet of Derrick Ball on guitar, Ben Cardin on banjo, Paul DeWeber on fiddle, Peyton Murphy on mandolin and Chris Smith on upright bass. Think of them as a group of guys who play traditional bluegrass music but also a little gospel and modern bluegrass. The free music starts at 7:30 p.m.
Unlike the above listing, T-Pain performing at Juanita’s as part of his Drankin Patna Tour is not going to be free. But listen, this is T-Pain, the hip-hop artist who isn’t afraid of using a little auto-tune and who has also scored Top 10 hits such as “I’m Sprung” and “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” which hit No. 1 in 2007. And there’s no room to count his guest appearances and songwriting successes. So, T-Pain at Juanita’s. The show is 18-and-up, and tickets are $35 for general admission, $150 for a VIP meet and greet, and $250 for stage-access meet and greet. The music starts at 10 p.m. The show includes Memphis, Tennessee, hip-hop artist Snootie Wild and Atlanta R&B singer Bando Jonez.
Mark Chesnutt visits Juanita’s. Openers include Hot Springs native and country artist Blane Howard and Four West, a Searcy Americana group. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show.
Little Rock doom metal outfit Pallbearer released their Foundations of Burden album last week and hold a record release party at Rev Room. Here’s what Pitchfork said about the album: “Brilliant.” OK, that’s one word from the review, but really, the online music site gushes over the record. Opening is Paris black metal group Plebeian Grandstand, Wyoming-bred hardcore band Reproacher and Little Rock’s legendary doom metal act Napalm Christ. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $10 for the all-ages show.
Joe Buck comes to White Water Tavern, and by now local music fans should know the who and what of Buck. Buck plays fast, dangerous and kind of scary music, but man, it sounds so good as Buck gives country music a middle finger with his angry, vicious, country punk sound self-described as “hillbilly creep rock.” Opening is experimental, punk rock, roots band Viva Le Vox from Florida. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $7 cover.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
For two nights, Afterthought Bistro and Bar turns their stage over to Tyler Kinchen & the Right Pieces, the Louisiana band whose pieces include a little R&B, some soul, a touch of jazz, a dash of funk and a hint of the blues. The music starts at 9 p.m. each night with a $7 cover.
The Joint in Argenta hosts Jointstock, an all-day music and arts festival with proceeds benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Admission is $10. The event starts at 11 a.m. and features music from 5 Point Cove, Leta Joyner, TwiceSax, John Willis & The Misses, Zach Mckenzie, Brown Soul Shoes, The Alpha Ray, Collin vs. Adam, Rena Wren, The Dangerous Idiots and The Big Dam Horns. Plus, comedy by Will Ehrl and Jack Wilks, and The Joint Venture.
Vino’s presents Sons of Hippies and Mainland Divide. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. Here’s a little bit about each of these bands. Florida act Sons of Hippies play something they call “glitch psychedelic”; and Mainland Divide is a instrumental, progressive rock band from Little Rock.
The first week of school is underway for many local students, and the Step By Step Cancer Foundation presents a Back to School Bash at the First Security Amphitheater to mark school beginning. From 4-6 p.m., the event presents games, prizes, dancing, food and more. The community event is free. At 7 p.m., Disney star of Let It Shine and musician Coco Jones performs. Tickets are $20 for the lawn, $35 for seats and $50 for pit seats. Meet-and-greet tickets are $100.
Over in North Little at The Enjoy LifeStyle Center (543 Oak St.), headquarters of thEnjoyLife nonprofit community organization, three bands — Space Mother, Glittercore and The Casual Pleasures — play an all-ages, free admission show titled Hometown Hero 2014 with the music starting at 6 p.m.
Los Angeles musician Andy Frasco plays “party blues” — with a touch of something called “barefoot boogie.” You can hear this kind of music on Andy Frasco and the U.N.’s Half a Man album or at Stickyz. Why not Stickyz? Goodfoot opens at 8 p.m. There’s a $7 cover for the 18-and-up show.
West Monroe, Louisiana, Christian metalcore quintet They Will Fall visits Rev Room. The band plays heavy, melodic music, but their “main concern is to glorify God,” according to their band bio. Opening is Little Rock metal act More Than Sparrows, Louisiana’s Brother Wolf, who play what they call “loud music,” and Hot Springs metalcore outfit Soundcult. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Here is Mark Chesnutt: “Somebody Save the Honky Tonks”