Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
Shinyribs, began in 2007 as a side project by Gourds co-founder Kevin Russell, is now a full-time gig with the indefinite hiatus of The Gourds, and Russell brings his Shinyribs to White Water Tavern. But while The Gourds were more bluegrass-powered alt country, Shinyribs is an alt-country, soul folk outfit that includes Gourds drummer Keith Langford and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. And soul folk? Well, think Al Green meets Townes Van Zandt. No, seriously. Think that. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Folk singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell‘s 2012 album is titled Young Man in America, and the record is a work that modern-folk fans should be familiar with. The music of Mitchell is emotive, whether the music is sparse or reinforced with mandolin and drums. And the tunes of Mitchell are stories, whether she’s creating a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth like she did with 2010’s Hadestown or reworking English and Scottish traditional songs like she did on 2013’s Child Ballads. Mitchell appears at South on Main. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for reserved tables and $10 for general admission. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based guitarist and singer-songwriter Jesse Aycock opens.
Jon Barrington from Little Rock energetic rock band Siversa emailed a couple of weeks ago to let us know that Siversa, Move Orchestra, The Found and Chasing Pictures were all playing a Rev Room show. “This is an exciting show because of how well-known the old band titles are, and how long it has been since we have all performed together,” he wrote. And it’s true. All of these bands are well-known. Electronic-powered rock band Move Orchestra is three former members of PMtoday, Siversa is formerly After the Tragedy, Chasing Pictures is a Fayetteville alternative rock band and The Found is a Conway rock act. There’s a $7 cover with the music starting at 9 p.m. for the 18-and-up show.
The Last Action Heroes mixtape is a collaboration between Rodney Block and Demarcus Pettus. But let’s say it this way: The Last Action Heroes mixtape is a collaboration between the funky jazz trumpet of Black Superman (Black) and hip-hop artist and producer Thememusiq (Pettus). And the album is a collection of jazz, hip-hop, rock and R&B. There’s a CD release party at The Studio Theatre with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for VIP, $15 for reserve and $10 for general admission.
Speaking of release parties, White Water Tavern is where The Canehill Engagement, the rock ‘n’ roll outfit of Jeremy Brasher, Jay Calhoun, Kevin Kerby, Brian Rodgers and Burt Taggart, holds an EP release party. The band released a 7-inch single earlier this year. The music starts at 10 p.m.
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and the Little Rock Marriott says goodbye to summer with Little Rock’s End of the Summer Rivertop Party. The event is 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and features music from Big Piph. Poolboy from Alice 107.7, DJ Petey Beats, Tre Day from Power 92 Jams and more. General admission tickets are $15, and the night also includes food and drinks in the two separate party areas — one inside and one outside. There are also several VIP seating options available.
A former member of ’90s alternative rock darlings Radish, Ben Kweller is now a solo artist known for his power-pop flavored indie rock. And that’s what Kweller promises when he visits Stickyz. There’s a $15 cover with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. for the 18-and-up show. Following the end of Radish in 1999, Kweller started a solo career and has released a number of albums since, including 2004’s On My Way, 2009’s Changing Horses and 2012’s Go Fly a Kite.
“Hey Jealously,” “Found Out About You,” “Until I Fall Away,” “Allison Road,” “Til I Hear It from You” and “Follow You Down” — yes, those are all jangling rock ‘n’ roll hits from the Gin Blossoms, and the Gin Blossoms arrive at Juanita’s. Supporting acts are to be announced, but the doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of for the all-ages show.
Ben Nichols, the Little Rock native and leader of Lucero, that Memphis, Tennessee-based rock ‘n’ roll act with a taste for horns, pedal steel and raising hell, celebrating whiskey and breaking hearts, visits home for a solo show. Nichols plays the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater for a show presented by Arkansas Sounds, a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The music starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20.
Fayetteville band Sw/mm/ng, known for their layers of hazy indie rock with a surging backbeat that sounds like the best way for surviving the dog days of summer, released their brilliantly catchy debut album Feel Not Bad recently on Old Flame Records. And Sw/mm/ng visits Stickyz. Local singer-songwriter and artist Isaac Alexander along with experimental indie rock outfit Sea Nanners open. There’s a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 9 p.m.
Celtic Thunder is the Irish singing group that is a big hit on stage and on PBS concert specials, and it’s Celtic Thunder members Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly who pay a visit to Juanita’s as the duo Byrne and Kelly as part of their Acoustic By Candlelight Tour. The pair released Acoustically Irish in 2013. Tickets are $35 in advance and $55 for a VIP meet and greet. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for VIPs and 7:15 p.m. for general admission. The music starts at 8 p.m.
Here is Sw/mm/ng: “Some Dreams Come True”