For years, Woody Pines cruised through the summer-fest circuit and was a regular on the New Orleans busking scene with his band The Kitchen Syncopators. Now and since 2008, Pines has been performing and recording with a band that has taken on his name. This is the band that brings its blend of ragtime, blues, roots and jazz to White Water Tavern for a midweek show. Admission for the 9 p.m. show is $6. Opening is Arkansas bluegrass group Big Steel River, the quartet of Reed Balentine, Daniel Bennett, Matthew McFarlin and Jason Throneberry.
YouTube singer-songwriter sensation and youngin’ Jacob Whitesides (he’s only 16) appears at Juanita’s. Although Whitesides plays mostly covers live, he’s currently working on original material for an album, according to press matierals. Opening for Whitesides are Dylan Holland and Zach Matari, also teen sensations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. Regular admission tickets are $25, with the additional option of a $90 sound-check party ticket.
Check out this lineup of local indie-rock favorites: First up is My Brother, My Friend, an experimental indie-rock outfit from Conway, followed by indie pop-rock of North Little Rock’s Whale Fire. Lastly, there’s Open Fields, the Little Rock band who, according to their Facebook page, has a deep, collective appreciation for The Beatles. Where can you see these three in one night? Head to The Joint in Argenta. The music begins at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Singer-guitarist Paul Benjaman and his Paul Benjaman Band bring what is called the “new Tulsa sound” to Little Rock for a show at Vino’s. In addition to Benjaman, the group consists of Jesse Aycock on steel guitar and guitar, Jeff Newsome on electric piano, Andrew Bones on drumset and Bo Hallford on electric bass. Opening for the ’70s-style rock band are The Casual Pleasures and Christ Michaels and Friends. Music starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Conway’s Frontier Ruckus released their fourth LP, Sitcom Afterlife. According to press materials, the album narrative of Sitcom Afterlife “unfolds across each song cohesively — reconstructing a relationship and its demise, its tender and nightmarish poles.” Frontier Ruckus, along with Justin Kinkiel-Schuster of Water Liars, appears at Stickyz for an 18-and-up show. Cover for the 8:30 p.m. show is $7.
Tragikly White — quite possibly the metro’s most well-known cover band — treats Little Rock to all of its favorite covers, from hip-hop to disco. The quartet is made up of Rick Martin on guitar and lead vocals, Alan Hash on lead guitar, Byron Hayes on drums and Jimmy Tomlinson on bass. Come see what all the talk is about with this party band at 9:30 p.m. at Rev Room. Tickets are $10, and the show is 18-and-up.
Two years is two years too many for fans of the Legendary Shack Shakers. That’s how long the Grammy-nominated group, whose sound is notable for its blues harp, harmonica and wild stage presence, has taken a break from the music scene. Openers for the show at White Water Tavern are Listen Sister — a new band with Sulac, Liz Johnson, Drew Wilkerson and Zach Hunter involved — and the power pop-rock of Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. Cover for the 9 p.m. show is $12.
Ready for a record release party? Head to Stickyz for the release of Bryant outfit Fitra‘s latest, In This Refulgent Summer. The band, together since 2012, plays complex, experimental folk and rock inspired by guitarist Matt Johnson’s songwriting. In addition to Johnson, Fitra is made up of Logan Dooly on bass and Craig Wynn on drums. Opening are Collin vs. Adam and The Whole Famn Damily. Cover for the 18-and-up show is $7.