This Week’s Music

Joshua James.

Joshua James.

Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week and weekend:

WEDNESDAY
For roughly a decade, Nathan James Dohse was the frontman for Arizona alternative Americana band Fight the Quiet, but after the release of the band’s The City Below in 2013, Dohse decided it was time for a change. He moved to East Nashville, Tennessee, and started focusing on his solo music that mixes emo-flavored alternative with Americana. The singer-songwriter released his debut EP, Old Roads, earlier this month, and Dohse brings his music to Juanita’s. There’s a $5 cover with the music starting at 8 p.m. and the doors opening at 7 p.m.

Never think of Nashville, Tennessee, band The Apache Relay as just folk rockers. Sure, gentle balladry is in the band’s music, but so is some bluegrass, R&B and ferocious indie rock. And then there’s a little soul with Phil Spector strings that the band explores on their new record, a self-titled album that follows their debut, 2011’s American Nomad. The Apache Relay brings their sound to Stickyz. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show. The music starts at 8 p.m.

Ready for some guitar wizardry? Get down to Rev Room for Andy McKee‘s show as he tours in support of his April-released EP, Mythmaker, which follows his 2010 album Joyland. Guitar World has some words to say about McKee, namely that “perhaps no musician better represents the new progressive acoustic guitar movement than Andy McKee.” Perhaps you’ve seen the YouTube video for his “Drifting”? The video has been viewed almost 50 million times since its 2006 debut. Mythmaker is a four-song EP that features McKee on electric guitar and piano along with his acclaimed acoustic guitar playing. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of for the all-ages show. The music starts at 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY
The University of Central Arkansas kicks off the 15th season of its Public Appearances performing arts programming with a show from country artists Steve Azar and Deana Carter at Reynolds Performance Hall on the university’s campus. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $27, $35 and $40. Tickets are free for UCA students with a current student ID. Azar is a Mississippi artist with a little bit of Delta soul in him known for country hits such as “I Don’t Have to Be Me (’til Monday),” “Waitin’ on Joe” and “Sunshine (Everybody Needs a Little).” Carter’s debut album, Did I Shave My Legs for This?, contained No. 1 country hits such as “Strawberry Wine,” “We Danced Anyway” and “How Do I Get There.” Her other hits include “There’s No Limit.”

The boys are back, and we mean The Dirty River Boys, an El Paso, Texas, band known for their acoustic rock ‘n’ roll and folksy, bluegrass Americana laced with harmonica, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. This is not rock ‘n’ roll stripped down and played acoustically, but energetic and infectious rock ‘n’ roll that just so happens to be played on mostly acoustic instruments. The band brings their outlaw folk sound to Stickyz. There’s a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Guitar lovers unite as the Rev Room presents Guitar Rippers Series 2014, a concert that brings together some of the best local guitar players around. Like who? Check out these names: Steve Struthers, Charles Woods, Ted Ludwig, Tyndall Jackson, Eric Struthers, Steve Hudelson, Stephen Neeper, Drew Defrance, Lucas Murray and Andrew Poe. The night includes music from R&B to blues to hard rock to Americana and more. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

FRIDAY
The inaugural Acansa Arts Festival continues through Sunday with a number of events, and you can find a full schedule at acansaartsfestival.org, but of note is the Acansa Late Night show at Vino’s featuring Kalo. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $20 cover. According to press materials, Kalo is “a blues- and R&B-tinged rock band fronted by firecracker singer and guitarist Bat-Or Kalo with bassist Mack McKinney and drummer Erick Worrell.” Kalo’s newest album, Dear John, was released in October 2013.

New Orleans death metal band Goatwhore roars into Little Rock for a Rev Room show. The band, which released their sixth studio album, Constricting Rage of the Merciless, in July, headlines a show that includes Little Rock doom metal band Napalm Christ, Little Rock and Memphis-based metal outfit Ash of Cedars and Little Rock black metal band Ozark Shaman. The show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $13 day of for the all-ages show.

SATURDAY
First, props on the name to Dallas band American Werewolf Academy. So, who are these guys? According to their band bio, American Werewolf Academy plays “jangly, distorted rock anthem,” and you can hear this music on the band’s 2013 record, Out off Place All the Time, or when the band visits White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Mac Powell is the lead singer of Christian rock band Third Day, a winner of four Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Gospel Album of the Year in 2002 and 2005, and Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album of the Year in 2010. But it’s a solo, country-playing Powell who visits Juanita’s as he tours in support of his 2012, self-titled country release. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

The Little Rock Folk Club returns with French-born singer and guitarist Claude Bourbon, who plays what his online bio describes as “an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock’s Thomson Hall. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students with valid ID. Accompanied children 12 and under get in free.

Country singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss visits the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater for an Arkansas Sounds music series show. Tickets are $25 for general admission and available online at arkansassounds.org or from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The show starts at 7 p.m. The Grammy nominee is known for such country hits as “Drive South” and “Hey Cinderella,” and released Lucky, a Merle Haggard tribute record, earlier this year.

SUNDAY
Juanita’s hosts folk rocker Joshua James, whose newest record is the 2013 release Well, Then, I’ll Go to Hell. The music starts at 8 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. British culture website The Upcoming said this about a James concert in 2012: “Sentimentality is a key component of his music — songs about kidnappings, the difficulty of communication to distant relatives, substance abuse and other of difficult life challenges feature in his songs, making him comparable to folk legends Bob Dylan or Neil Young.”

TUESDAY
An Evening with Terry Bozzio at Juanita’s. Now, before you think this is just some two-hour drum solo from the famed drummer who has played with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Duran Duran and more, think again. Bozzio’s current tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson with shows featuring solo drumming and compositions from throughout his career, playing music from hard rock to jazz and classical. Tickets are $25 with the music starting at 9 p.m. The doors open at 8 p.m.

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