Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:
The Cordovas come to Juanita’s, and the Nashville, Tennessee, band features Joe Firstman, the former band leader of Last Call with Carson Daly, and the group plays a blend of rock ‘n’ roll and country. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 day of show. The Alpha Ray, the art and pop rock music of Little Rock’s Bryan Frazier, opens the show.
Still playing the rockabilly music he pioneered, 85-year-old Arkansas music legend Sonny Burgess visits Stickyz. There’s no opening act, and Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers at Stickyz start at 7:30 p.m. There’s a $10 cover for the all-ages show. The group creates some of the wildest rockabilly music around, and the members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame band still do it every time they take the stage.
The hottest part of the summer is behind us (let’s hope), so Jazz in the Park is back for its second half of the 2014 season, offering a free, family-friendly event with hot jazz from local groups each Wednesday evening. Up first at 6 p.m. at the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock is Rodney Block. The event is free, but coolers are not allowed. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water are for sale. Jazz in the Park continues Wednesdays through Sept. 24.
Cory Branan plays White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the show. Branan’s newest record is The No-Hit Wonder, released on Bloodshot Records in mid-August, and the 11-track collection is another great album by Branan that is jammed with smart lyrical phrases, melodies that hang around the next morning and Branan’s roots-flavored folk ‘n’ roll with a punk’s sneer.
Four Arkansas-bred rock bands hit Rev Room: Burning Addison, Vail, Enchiridion and Legions Await. Burning Addison is a Little Rock, modern-rock flavored, heavy rock band; Vail is a Hot Springs industrial rock group; Enchiridion is a Little Rock progressive-powered Southern rock quartet; and Legions Await is a death and thrash metal act from Little Rock. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover for the 18-and-up show.
White Water Tavern welcomes Middle Twin, a Lawrence, Kansas, electronic rock quartet to Little Rock, and the band plays self-described “well-crafted songs on top of bombastic beats.” The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Joining the visitors from Kansas is North Little Rock’s Whale Fire, a group who released their Before You Run album in early 2013, and the record is a hazy, melodic take on indie rock with a touch of dream pop. There’s a $5 cover.
Anthony David is a R&B artist known for such hits as “Words,” which includes fellow R&B artist India.Arie, and “4Evermore.” David is working on a new album called Simple Man, which he plans releasing in 2015, but first he is on the road and his A Simple Man Tour visits Club Trois. The doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $20 and $40. Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers open the show. David’s appearance is a one-man acoustic show.
Bobby Bare Jr. has said his new release Undefeated is his “breakup album,” but don’t think of the record as a downer. Listen to “My Baby Took My Baby Away,” featuring Hayes Carll, and you’ll find a pop-flavored-with-horns, Americana number with a wicked sense of humor. And then there’s the power-pop, rock ‘n’ roll glee of “The Big Time.” So, Bare is a pop- and rock-powered Americana artist of the highest caliber, and he visits White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m.
The Big Dam Horns at Stickyz: This Little Rock outfit — seriously, there are 12 of them in the funk-, jazz-, R&B- and rock-powered cover band — might bust out “Happy” by Pharrell Williams during their set. They’ll definitely play “Pony” by Ginuwune, and you’ll definitely have a good time with this party music. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show.
Delta Spirit, a Southern California-bred, Brooklyn, New York-based indie rock group with pop and soul influences, releases their Into the Wide album Tuesday, and Esquire says the 12-track album “may have yielded some of the most stunning songs of their career to date.” Delta Spirit visits Juanita’s. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 day of show. Opening the show is local indie rock and pop band Knox Hamilton.
Here is Cory Branan: “The No-Hit Wonder”