Cody Belew has recruited another crack band of musicians (outside of The Mercers) to back him for his alt-country musical endeavors. Cody Belew & the Locals is Belew on vocals; DJ Bennett on bass and harmony vocals; Matt Stone on pedal steel and lead guitar; John Willis on keyboard, organ and harmony vocals; Bonnie Montgomery on harmony and lead vocals; Micheal Wallace on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals; and Jason McHughes on drums. The band will debut at Bill Street Bar and Grill for a night of Belew’s tunes, a few of Montgomery’s and a few others. Music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.
The Friends of Dreamland Ballroom continue to raise money to renovate the downtown institution that once hosted artists such as Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, B. B. King, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and more. This time around it’s a benefit titled Night of Blues, a Doc’s Pool Hall Party from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Flag and Banner building with a night of blues from Unseen Eye and Gil Franklin. Admission is $7 at the door with a cash donations bar and proceeds going to the Dreamland Ballroom renovation.
Here’s Cody Belew, doing his thing at The Afterthought, with The Mercers:
Singer/songwriter Kevin Devine is Brooklyn native, not some out-of-towner who moved to the borough to be cool. In fact, Devine told Spinner.com: “I have absolutely nothing to do with [the Brooklyn scene]. To see your neighborhood become the magnet for the beautiful and well-informed from all over the world … that’s the double-edged sword of gentrification.” What Devine does deal in is acoustic guitar-driven indie rock, and that’s what he’ll play during a stop at Juanita’s. Joining Devine will be Monticello’s ParashosParachutes with their experimental indie rock, and Sam Walker, a Little Rock indie folkie with influences ranging from the Smoky Mountain Music series of hymns and gospel songs to more modern influences such as Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $12 day of for the all-ages show.
Take a band influenced by the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, blues, jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, funnel them through hard-charging, blues-influenced rock riffs, and out the other end comes Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes, who play White Water Tavern. The group uses a rock foundation but follows its spontaneous creativity down several rabbit holes, chasing blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk.
Little Rock trumpeter Rodney Block is throwing a rooftop birthday celebration at Michelangelo’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Conway titled The Party’s Not Over. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with reserve seating tickets $15 and general admission tickets $10. Joining Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers (Oliver Thomas on bass, Sam Carroll on piano and Michael Chandler on drums) will be local crooner Cody Belew. The party on the rooftop of Michelangelo’s promises a night of jazz, neo-soul, R&B and blue-eyed soul.
Starroy won the local Wakarusa Challenge at Sticky Fingerz, earning the band that uses muddy Delta blues and lowdown, dirty funk to create their Jonesboro-stamped jamband sound a spot at June’s Wakarusa Festival. Find out why when the band returns to Sticky Fingerz for a show with opener Ernie Halter with his Southern California flavored acoustic rock with a soulful heart. Cover is $6 for the 21-and-up show starting at 9 p.m.
Raised on bluegrass gods such as Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, but not afraid to cover Death Can For Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” Cadillac Sky‘s musical explosion of rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, pop and blues caught the attention of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach which led to a five-day recording session at Akron Analog where the five piece recorded their third full-length album. Before the album is released in the spring though, the quintet is out on the road, including a visit to Juanita’s, with the opening acts Nashville, Tenn.’s The Apache Relay with their bluegrass-flavored rock ‘n’ roll songs and Conway folk rockers This Holy House. The music starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show.
In the past few months, when he’s not been busy crooning out the classics with his backing band the Mercers, Cody Belew has been working on his Americana-flavored solo album Paradise. Influenced by artists such as Patty Griffin, Ray LaMontagne, Gillian Welch and A.A. Bondy, Paradise was recorded by Jason Tedford at Wolfman Recording Studios and co-written with musician Michael Wallace. Now finished, Belew will hold a record release party at White Water Tavern.
The fresh-faced, pop-rocking Texas sextet known as Forever the Sickest Kids return to The Village for a night of their sing-along anthems powered by powerpop guitar riffs and energetic choruses. Joining the band will be Little Rock’s own School Boy Humor with their punchy powerpop tunes and EKG, a newish Little Rock band formed from members of Asteios and Alert All Arms who kick out an energetic blend of pop, rock and rap self-described as “pop crunk.” The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music starting at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 advance and $18 at the door.
Harp & Lyre praise the Lord through raging guitars on tunes such as “Insight to Failure” but add melodic keyboards and electronica flourishes to pummeling beats such as on “Grizzly Adams Did Have a Beard.” Armed with brutal praise anthems and interesting song titles, the Oklahoma City band revisits Vino’s, headlining a bill that includes Michigan hardcore band All’s Quiet and Texas hardcore group Fit For a King along with local support from Little Rock hardcore group Legend Has It. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Here’s Cadillac Sky with their cover of DCFC’s “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”:
Giving you the music a day early: Austin, Texas, indie rock band The Rocketboys are coming to Stickyz. The band’s latest is the self-released Build Anyway. So what does the band sound like? Well, the Austin American-Statesman describes the band’s music as “clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving [...]
Giving you the music a day early: The pop-flavored R&B group that brought the world “Cool It Now” is on the road for their 30th anniversary tour as New Edition visits Verizon Arena. Tickets are $58.15, $68.40 and $79.40 with fellow R&B act After 7 and R&B artist El Debarge [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Kris Allen at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park‘s Timberwood Amphitheater. This Arkansas resident won the eighth season of American Idol and will be promoting his new album Thank You Camellia. The concert gates open at 6 p.m. with an 8 p.m. showtime. [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Acadiana is a hotbed of Cajun music so let’s talk about Ryan Brunet of Cajun music creators Ryan Brunet and The Malfecteurs, who will be playing White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover. At the age [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Wussy is coming to Stickyz. So what does that mean? Well, Wussy is a Cincinnati rock band. Sometimes with pedal steel. Sometimes with a clavinet. Sometimes with harpsichord. It’s really hard categorizing them so let’s don’t. Just enjoy Wussy for what they are [...]
Giving you the music a day early: People who write off Nada Surf as a MTV-promoted one-hit wonder because of 1996′s “Popular” haven’t been paying attention for the past 16 years. The New York City trio’s buzzing guitar attack, pop choruses and harmonies have been featured on six subsequent albums, [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless at Stickyz — this is going to be quite a show. Why? Biram is a 21st-century blues sorcerer, throwing blues, psychobilly, country and punk in a jar with a few gulps of whiskey, violently shaking it and [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Jeez, it was about time. It has been since December that the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours played Little Rock. Fortunately, Unknown Hinson returns with a show at Juanita’s. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Here’s a little-known fact: Outside of the city of Tahlequah, Okla., is a public use area titled No Head Hollow Public Use Area. No lie. The city is also the capital of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Now, why are we [...]
Giving you the music a day early: It’s going to get heavy at Downtown Music. How heavy? Well, how heavy does a show that includes At Wars End, Reticient and The Revolutioners sound? Oh yeah, not that heavy if you don’t know what the bands sound like. Well, here’s a [...]