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Kris Allen visits South on Main for a holiday concert

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette file photo

South on Main presents a holiday concert with one of Arkansas’ most recent musical exports, Kris Allen, on Saturday. The American Idol winner and Conway native released his first independent album, Horizons, in August. The album follows 2012’s Thank You Camellia, released with RCA.

South on Main’s website promises “seasonal songs” at this show, so we’re thinking you can expect Christmas favorites with a poppy, Allen twist. The show begins at 8 p.m., and cover is $10 (which must be paid in cash at the door on the night of the show). Call the venue at (501) 244-9660 for reservations.… Read more >

This Week’s Music

Slaid Cleaves.

Slaid Cleaves.

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

WEDNESDAY
When Vince Neil departed Motley Crue in the early ’90s, the rest of the Crue turned to heavy metal and hard rock singer John Corabi for a replacement. 1994’s self-titled album was the result, but Corabi only spent a few years with the band before Neil returned. Corabi, who has also played in Union with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, visits Juanita’s. The music start at 9 p.m. with supporting acts to be announced. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of with the music starting at 9 p.m.

THURSDAY
Writing for Grantland, Steven Hyden described Natural Child‘s Dancin’ with Wolves as “a Flying Burrito Brothers record with the production of Goats Head Soup, and damn if they don’t pull it off.” R&B, blues and country — those are the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, and what this Nashville, Tennessee, band throws into their sound when they visit White Water Tavern. Local singer-songwriter Adam Faucett opens the show with his part-folk, part-rock ‘n’ roll music. Blind Water Finds Blind Water is his newest album. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with … Read more >

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Kevin Gordon.

Kevin Gordon.

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

WEDNESDAY
Riot in the Rock at Juanita’s presents a number of Arkansas hip-hop and metal acts coming together for a night of bouncing, head-banging music. Acts include hip-hop duo 540, Pine Bluff rap collective 870 Underground and iWrek, a Little Rock-based group of rap and pop artists, meeting up with Little Rock heavy rock group At War’s End and Russellville modern rock act Dark from Day One. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.

THURSDAY
Back in early March, Texas country band Micky and The Motorcars launched a Kickstarter campaign so they could raise money to record their follow-up album to 2011’s Raise My Glass. Twenty days and 856 backers later, the band — headed by the brother team of Micky and Gary Braun, brothers of Reckless Kelly’s Willy and Cody Braun — had raised more than $45,800, meaning fans of the act can expect a new Micky and the Motorcars album in the summer. Before all that though, check out Micky and The Motorcars at Stickyz. The … Read more >

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Bobby Bare Jr.

Bobby Bare Jr.

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

WEDNESDAY
Chris Jericho, Renaissance man? Maybe. He’s a championship professional wrestler. He’s appeared on Dancing with the Stars. He’s appeared in movies such as MacGruber. And Jericho is also the lead singer of Fozzy, a heavy metal group that has released five albums since 2000. And, as Fozzy prepare for the release of their new album, the group are on tour, including a Juanita’s stop. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. with Little Rock metal act Minerva. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.

Ces Cru, part of Tech N9ne’s Strange Music record label, visit Rev Room as the hip-hop duo of rappers Godemis and Ubiquitous tour behind their 2013 release Constant Energy Struggles. The Kansas City, Missouri, group’s fourth album hit No. 98 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Openers include a number of local artists, including Stephan James, iWrek, 5:40, Big Piph, Julius Czr, 870 Underground and Rozay Thrower. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up … Read more >

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Casey Donahew Band.

Casey Donahew Band.

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

WEDNESDAY
American roots artist Moot Davis brings his music to Stickyz just a couple of weeks after the release of his new album, Goin’ in Hot. The Jersey-based musician recorded the album in Nashville, Tenn., and Davis wrote the album following a break up. So while the heartbreak of his earlier music is still present, Davis uses less of a Hank Williams Sr. and Dwight Yoakam sound, and more of a roadhouse rock sound on the new record. Oh, and Keith Richards was also an influence on the album. There’s a $6 cover for the all-ages show with the music starting at 8 p.m.

THURSDAY
Casey Donahew started playing his Texas country music professionally almost a dozen years ago (his first gig was at Fort Worth’s Thirsty Armadillo), forming his eponymous band along the way and releasing albums such as 2009’s Moving On, 2011’s Double-Wide Dream and last April’s StandOff, which hit the Top 10 of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart without the benefit of a country radio single. Casey Donahew Band play Rev Room. No word on the opening … Read more >

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Future Islands.

Future Islands.

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

WEDNESDAY
Wichita, Kan., quartet The Travel Guide hits Stickyz for a midweek show, bringing what they call their “catchy indie rock songs that meander and make some weird noises every once in a while.” Their music might be a little challenging — sometimes loud and sometimes hard to classify — but the music is also totally accessible, the band likes to point out. Joining them will be local indie rockers The See and Twelve Tone Elevator, the noisy, garage rock of Daniel Craig and friends. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show.

Last week, we profiled Adam Faucett in Sync so let’s return to that profile as we promote his show at White Water Tavern. “Faucett’s new record is Blind Water Finds Blind Water and is more of Faucett’s masterful electric folk music with his soulful, nearly operatic vocals, with the singer-songwriter’s powerful voice piercing through the sometimes darkly colored tracks.” That’s Faucett. Joining him is singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth’s Wooden Wand, who releases Farmer’s Corner on May 6. The album, in the words of his … Read more >

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Adam Carroll.

Adam Carroll.

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

WEDNESDAY
Team, the Dallas indie rock duo of Caleb Turman and Rico Andradi, visit Juanita’s as they tour in support of their Good Morning Bad Day EP, which is out May 6. Formed in May 2013, Team is the new project of Turman, a member of Forever the Sickest Kids, and who knows what this new project means for Forever the Sickest Kids. Joining Team is San Antonio alternative rockers Hydra Melody. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of.

THURSDAY
Paul Wall, the Houston hip-hop artist known for his rap hits such as “Girl” and “I’m Throwed,” arrives in Little Rock at Rev Room with Alabama hip-hop artist Triggaman, and Young Jose and The Corner Kingz. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $20 in advance and $30 for VIP. Wall was nominated for a Grammy (Best Rap Performance as a Duo or Group for Nelly’s “Grillz”), and has worked with fellow hip-hop stars such as Juvenile, Mike Jones and Bun … Read more >

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Tech N9ne.

Tech N9ne.

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

WEDNESDAY
The Slackers hit Juanita’s and this is noteworthy because the New York City band might be the only band in the U.S. that plays “imaginary Jamaican rock ‘n’ roll.” Take Jamaican ska along with reggae and dub and throw in some American blues, soul, ’60 rock and even country, and then you’d have The Slackers. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show. The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, a Memphis-based group that plays a melting pot of reggae, dancehall, gospel and good ol’ Stax Records soul, joins The Slackers along with local support from soulful blues outfit Brown Soul Shoes.

Austin, Texas, based country band Josh Abbott Band visits Rev Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of for the 18-and-up show. The Red Dirt-flavored band is touring in support of their Small Town Family Dream album, which was released in 2012 and includes the single “She Will Be Free.”

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Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.

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

WEDNESDAY
How about a little free music on a Wednesday? That’s what South on Main‘s Local Live concert series features each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and this week’s musical artist is Amasa Hines, the Little Rock seven piece that plays what they call “psychedelic Afro-futurism.” So what does that mean? Think a melting pot of sounds from genres such as Afrobeat (of course), soul, psychedelic music, indie rock and more. The group, formed in 2010, released their All The World There Is album earlier this year.

Merle Haggard comes to the Robinson Center Music Hall. The concert starts at 7 p.m. with all-in tickets $50.50 and $61 with no additional fees or service charges. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets.

Jazz in the Park returns to the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock for more free, weekly music from 6-8 p.m. The April slate of jazz shows features Dizzy 7 up first. Other bands include The Johnny Burnette Band on April 9, TwiceSax on April 16, That Arkansas Weather on April 23 and the Art Deco … Read more >

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The Salty Dogs.

The Salty Dogs.

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

WEDNESDAY
The Salty Dogs roll out their Too Old to Fight EP with a couple of events this week. The Salty Dogs play South on Main‘s Local Live series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event is free. Then on Friday, the band holds an EP release party at White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. No word on a cover.

Hunter Beard, the Little Rock-raised, Los Angeles-based rap artist and co-owner/CEO of Lion Pride Music Group, comes back home for a show at the Rev Room along with fellow Lion Pride artist and Little Rock hip-hop musician also living in Los Angeles, Keddy Mac. The 18-and-up show starts at 8 p.m. with cover $8 for 21 and up, and $12 for 18 to 20. The show includes Dirty Guap Gang, Shauna C, Autumatick, JMZ Dean, Grasshopper, 5:40, Budd Webb and more.

THURSDAY
AfroZep — Yes, the band name means pretty much what you think: Afrobeat and Afropop versions of Led Zeppelin songs with African horns and percussion. Some AfroZep tunes are mashups between legendary African musician Fela Kuti and … Read more >