Giving you the music a day early:
When Nashville, Tenn.-based Americana artist Will Hoge sings “But when I get my wings/I’m gonna fly back home to you/And go ahead and you can tell St. Peter/Open up, I’m coming through,” he sings it with the conviction of a man who recently had heavenly thoughts after receiving a vicious taste of his own mortality. But luckily for fans of Hoge and good music in general, he survived a 2008 scooter wreck. And since then, Hoge has released his newest album Number Seven, which includes “When I Get My Wings,” a soul-infused Americana number complete with horns backing the joyous chorus. Such is the music of Hoge: It’s Americana — honest, workingman’s music — but smudged with folk, blues and country fingerprints and stamped with his gruff, soulful voice. It’s impossible not liking the man and his music, and Hoge will visit Stickyz to prove it to you. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $10 in advance and $12 day of.
Here’s how Wiley Seeger, lead singer of Fayetteville-based, party dance rockers Boom Kinetic, describes their craft: “You rock it! You party, you dance, and when you’re done, you rock it even more. Lasers and fog are a must.” So that’s the secret and probably why the band plays to such large crowds when it comes down to Little Rock, such as on this night for a show at Rev Room. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show. Boom Kinetic’s first, full-length album Part Gray/Part Bright Light was released in 2010. Expect a night of up-tempo dance rock originals, heavy on the synths and guitars, and a collection of the best of the ’80s pop rock and synth pop.
White Water Tavern is celebrating its five-year anniversary? Well, under its new leadership, but it’s still a party nonetheless. And how better to celebrate the bar’s rebirth than with the music of two of its favorite, regular performers: Ben Nichols and Cory Branan. Of course, Nichols is better known as the lead singer of Memphis-based rock ‘n’ roll band Lucero, but as a solo performer, Nichols also has the excellent The Last Pale Light in the West under his belt, a collection of tunes based on the so-darn-great Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. Of course, Lucero is also gearing up for the release of their new album Women & Work on March 13 so maybe Nichols will sprinkle in some tunes from the album along with solo stuff. Branan is an Americana singer/songwriter known for his poetic, fingerpicked tales that slide between intimate folk tunes and rugged rock ‘n’ roll. The show starts at 10 p.m. Local songwriter Kevin Kerby is also on the bill.
It’s the first night of Balance Music’s Aurora, a celebration of the art of music through 2012 held the first Friday of every other month at Downtown Music. So how does Balance’s Jason Haynie kick off the celebration intended to showcase local music? By bringing in some of the best electronic music artist around: G-Force with his VJing set that features scratch; Fatality with his hip-hop, house and scratch; Jake Martin with his hip-hop; and Haynie himself as Balance with his dirty South electronic music. (Aurora will showcase more than electronic music as it moves forward. Everything from hip-hop and rap to pop and dance.) The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are cheap: $3 in advance and $5 at the door.
Here’s Will Hoge with that “When I Get My Wings”: