Rousing country rocker Stoney LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — returns to Little Rock, this time with a show at Revolution Music Room, to run through a collection of tunes that are a blend of Red Dirt country (Think Cross Canadian Ragweed and the like.) and pure American music. (Consider legends such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead and Kris Kristofferson.) In the end, LaRue creates music that mixes and matches country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The Midnight River Choir — with their Texas country rock — is the opening band, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10 in advance and $12 day of.
Once again the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative presents their night of local bands covering legendary bands with the ACAC Halloween Cover-Up VIII at Vino’s, this time with The Flameing Daeth Fearies playing the part of KISS, Mad Trucker and Jen Shaw from Stella Fancy as Portishead, (Clap) Kidz Pop! as Belle and Sebastian, Osyrus as Common and Mandy McBryde as Loretta Lynn. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, … Read more >
The Entrance Band — the power trio psych rock band fronted by Guy Blakeslee — visits Juanita’s to showcase their explosive mixture of a tight rhythm section with Blakeslee’s guitar shredding. The all-ages show starts at 9:30 p.m. with cover $10.
The duo of Zion Godchaux and Russ Randolph return to Little Rock as Boombox play Revolution Music Room, with the pair combining guitar and turntables to create their pulsating, soulful blend of rock and house music. Imagine Prince on rhythm guitar shaking loose some funky chords over a disco beat. Arkansas DJ Jason Sterling is the opening act, with the music starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show for the 18-and-up show.
Calling for the death of the abused, overused and stretched out word swagger, Bolly Moments and I Am The Life are teaming up to present Rest In Peace Swagger at the new Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative space in downtown Little Rock. The night will include poetry and musical performances by Rodney Block, J. White, Rigsby, SeanFresh, Chris “Scorpio Poet” James, Osyrus Bolly, FW Love and The Little Rock Blind9 … Read more >
Perhaps it’s the fat power chords or tales of women, drinking, hood rats and bars, but the Brooklyn group The Hold Steady is saddled with the label of bar band. But the band is too literary for simple bar rock. Take “She said the theme of this party is the Industrial Age/And you came in dressed like a train wreck” from the 2010 release Heaven is Whenever. See? Anyway, the literary bar rockers return to Little Rock, headlining a show at Revolution Music Room with openers Canadian indie rockers Wintersleep and pop-flavored folkies Cotton Jones. The music starts around 8:30 p.m. It’s an 18-and-up show with the doors opening at 7 p.m., and tickets are $18 in advance.
The Dallas Observer‘s Best Hard Rock Band for 2010 — The Backsliders — pay a visit to Juanita’s to showcase their rock ‘n’ roll ear candy music. The band is led by Kim Bonner, a three-time winner and multiple nominee for Best Female Vocalist by the Dallas Observer, and a lead singer described as a female version of Mick Jagger. The opener at 9 p.m. is local folk … Read more >
Cincinnati piano-pounding alternative rock quartet Seabird visits Revolution Music Room, headlining a show that includes House of Heroes with their Columbus-bred and Bruce Springsteen/Muse/Silverchair inspired rock. The all-ages show starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $6 for the over-21 crowd and $8 for the 20-and-under crowd.
Lightning Bolt, the Providence, R.I., duo of Brian Chippendale and Brian Gibson, headline a show at the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative with their loud and aggressive noise rock that is usually played in the middle of their crowds. Joining the duo will be the Austin, Texas, trio Transmography with their electro rock; the garage-flavored, experimental, drum and bass music of Jacksonville’s Androids of Ex Lovers; and Chapel Hill, N.C., experimental jazz/metal outfit Cracker Creeptacular. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 day of show with the all-ages show starting at 8 p.m.
The pop-melody injected rock ‘n’ roll sound of Los Angeles outfit Rooney returns to Juanita’s. The band, known for their love of Beatles pop, Tom Petty rock, Queen bombastic operatic rock and Beach Boys harmonies, released their third album Eureka on June 8. Joining the group will be The Young Veins, a California rock band consisting of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, the former lead guitarist and bassist, respectively, of Panic! at the Disco; and Brooklyn dance rock duo Black Gold. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $13 advance and $15 day of show.
Onestone Productions is joining forces with Big Brown and Big Wink Entertainment to present The Ultimate Old School Party at Revolution Music Room, an event being headlined by the hip-hop group Whodini. Known for their ground-breaking rap anthems “Friends,” ‘Freaks Come Out at Night” and “Five Minutes of Funk” from their 1984 album Escape, Whodini is old-school rap at its best. Joining the hip-hop act will be a who’s who of Little Rock talent, including Little Rock trumpeter extraordinaire Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers featuring Jeron, … Read more >
Knoxville, Tenn., hard rock band 10 Years began recording their third album Feeding The Wolves in February, working with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf, Seether). Now the finished album is being mixed, and the outfit is on the road, playing new tunes and mainstream rock hits such as “Wasteland” and “Beautiful.” The tour includes a stop at Juanita’s with openers Fayetteville alternative rock band Silverstone and Osceola heavy rock-flavored, Southern grunge act Finding Jimmy Hoffa. Presented by 100.3 The Edge, the music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 advance and $15 day of show for the 18-and-up gig.
River Market mainstay Sticky Fingerz is turning 10 years old, and the birthday celebration is stretching over two days. Up first is Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic. Formed in 2006, the band formerly known as Molten Lava, is a high-energy dance rock band that has been named Best Party Band Ever by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards two years in a row. The band mixes in pop rock originals along with some of the ’80s greatest pop tunes. No word on ticket price, but the music … Read more >
Barbecue and music returns to the North Little Rock RV Park with 103.7 The Buzz’s annual Buzz-B-Q, an all-day barbecue and music festival benefiting the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund. Barbecue teams will be competing for $5,000 in cash and prizes, and the music will be provided by Ty Herndon, a country music star known for his hits “What Mattered Most” and “It Must Be Love.” DJ Debbi T will have karaoke at Buzzaritaville, and the live music begins at 10 a.m. with local act Adam Hambrick, followed throughout the day by The Steve Shankles Band, Sharpe Dunaway and The Blue Meanies, Canvas, Taylor Made Rocks, and Jeff Coleman and the Feeders. Herndon takes the stage at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $5, with day of show tickets $7 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. Children 12 and under free. Individuals with valid military ID get $2 off ticket price.
A number of local bands will join forces at Juanita’s to raise money for American Princes bass player Luke Hunsicker as him and his wife, Sydney, continue to battle back from Hunsicker’s 2008 diagnosis of brain cancer, and the … Read more >
Edgefest — the annual new rock festival presented by 100.3 The Edge — returns for its sixth rendition to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds with co-headliners and Edgefest veterans Rob Zombie and Godsmack. Other Edgefest veterans on the all-day affair bill are Five Finger Death Punch (2008 Edgefest) and Drowning Pool (2009 Edgefest). The newbies include California hard rockers Papa Roach, heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah (members of Pantera and Mudvayne among others), British heavy metal group Bullet for My Valentine and Italian heavy metal band Lacuna Coil. The gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 advance and $40 at the gate, with tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Late additions to the bill are Seether, The Veer Union and Shaman Harvest along with local support from Dark From Day One and The Vail.
Hosted by Power 92.3 and Stack 3, and presented by The Fam Ent., the Big Apple Reunion Party at The Village is a night of hip hop and R&B with Lil Keke (a Houston southern rapper) and Mista Mayhemm (a Little Rock hip hop heavyweight) headlining, … Read more >
Wade Bowen is Texas country, but closer to the vein of Red Dirt country rock rather than dusty, Texas troubadour country. Him and his four-piece band, including a twin guitar howl, appreciate the high-powered rock of Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith (the drug years; not the MTV video years). Following the success of 2008’s If We Ever Make It Home, which hit No. 29 on the country album charts, Bowen and gang are preparing for the release of Live at Billy Bob’s Texas on April 27, a live album that captures the band’s passionate and intense live shows. Watch the band’s emotional live set up close and personal during a show at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 ticket price for the 18-and-up show.
It’s certain that Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes never foresaw his quote, “Eloquence may set fire to reason,” being used to name a band, especially a hardcore rock band such as Conway’s Fire To Reason. But 75 years after the death of Holmes, the quartet is the hardest-touring … Read more >
A little over a year since his last visit to Sticky Fingerz, former Beanland, Kudzu Kings and Widespread Panic guitarist George McConnell returns to the River Market club to play his swirling blend of rock ‘n’ roll-, jazz-, country- and blues-inspired music, including an homage to Steve Cropper with “Mr. Cropper” and the searing country blues rock of “Jaguar.” The opening act is Fayetteville’s Charliehorse, an outfit which throws out Ozark-flavored Americana music with a rockabilly kick, starting out the music at 9 p.m. Cover for the 21-and-up show is $7. McConnell’s new focus is releasing, via digital download, rock ‘n’ roll singles recorded in his Oxford, Miss., studio and titled the Virtual 45 Series.
Beastie Boys’ resident DJ Mix Master Mike will finish his current tour with four straight nights of chopping and spinning in London, but before jumping across the pond, Mr. Michael Schwartz is visiting The Village. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with general admission tickets $20 advance and $25 at the door. Called one of the greatest DJs of all time by USA Today, Mix Master Mike has been multicoloring the Beastie Boys’ … Read more >