By Caleb Hennington
American Idol winner Lee DeWyze to play Juanitas
In 2010, Illinois singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze won the ninth season of the popular singing competition American Idol. Although DeWyze got his big break in the music industry thanks to the show, he started his music career long before performing in front of millions watching television weekly.
Before making it through the auditions for the show, DeWyze had a solo career and a band, the Lee DeWyze Band. The band members saw success in Chicago and the surrounding areas and were signed to WuLi Records, an independent Chicago label. With the band, DeWyze released two albums, So Im Told and Slumberland.
DeWyze spent his days working as a paint salesman in a Mount Pleasant, Illinois, paint store but decided to audition for the ninth season of American Idol after some encouragement from friends. The judges loved his rendition of Aint No Sunshine, and from there it was a steady climb to the top.
After being crowned the winner, DeWyze went to work recording his debut album on his new record label, RCA Records. The album, titled Live It Up, peaked at No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and No. 10 on the U.S. Billboard Digital Albums chart. DeWyze also won favorite Male Reality/Variety Star at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.
He later cut ties with RCA Records and signed with Vanguard Records, on which he released his 2013 album, Frames.
Leslie DiNicola, a pop artist from New York City, opens for DeWyze at Juanitas at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the show are $17, and a VIP package is available for $50. The VIP option includes early entry, a meet and greet, and a two-song sound check performance.
THIS WEEK’S MUSIC
Rapper and social activist Mickey Avalon had a tough life growing up. Throughout most of his early days, he struggled with drug abuse. But these struggles also gave him the perfect subject matter for his songs, which routinely feature themes that explore his hardships. His titular first album was released on Myspace Records in 2006, and since then, he has produced one full length and one EP. You can catch Avalon at Rev Room at 9 p.m. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are available for $10, $12 and $15.
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, native Jacob Powell gave up medical school to pursue a career in country music, despite his parents reluctance. But the move might have worked out for the best for the young singer-songwriter. His self-titled EP was released in 2013 and featured the songs Koozie and Somethin Somethin. Powell performs at Juanitas at 9 p.m., and tickets for the show are $10.
Although the four members of the country-rock group Tyler and the Tribe come from towns with more cows than people, the young members of the band havent let the intimidation of big-city crowds stop them from performing their upbeat country tunes. The four best friends have released two full-length albums, the latest being 2013s Born. The band performs at Stickyz at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $7.
EDM music has hit the peak of popularity, thanks to DJs such as Skrillex, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki and Avicii. The Nadis Warriors, an electronica band from Austin, Texas, are trying to make their own name in the scene and have done so by playing through the festival circuit yearly. Theyve performed at Electric Forest, Sonic Bloom and Arkansas own Wakarusa Festival. The Nadis Warriors play at 9 p.m. at Stickyz, and tickets for the show are $8 in advance, $10 day of show.
Lo-fi Little Rock band Collin Vs. Adam play upbeat and dancey indie-rock music. The four-piece band with a two-dude name released their first full-length album, titled Bloodsucker, last year. Theyll perform alongside Shreveport, Louisiana, rock band the Seratones at White Water Tavern. The show starts at 9:30 p.m., and tickets are TBA.
In 1995, New Orleans-born rapper Mystikal released his debut self-titled album. Since then, hes released six more albums, including the popular 2000 album, Lets Get Ready. The album featured the hit songs Danger (Been So Long) and Shake Ya Ass. His follow-up album, Tarantula, was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2003 Grammy Awards. Mystikal performs at Rev Room at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, and a $50 VIP meet-and-greet option is available.
Austin, Texas, country singer-songwriter Kyle Park performs at Rev Room at 9 p.m. He released his debut album, Big Time, in 2005, and his latest album, Beggin for More, in 2013. Beggin for More is Parks most commercially successful album to date, charting at a peak position of No. 24 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.