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Saturday’s Music

Nevermind.

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Seventeen years after Nirvana dissolved following Kurt Cobain’s suicide, the Chicago-based Nirvana tribute band Nevermind (named after Nirvana’s explosive, pioneering 1991 sophomore album) continues the music of the seminal alternative rock band. Comprised of three brothers — J., Sam and Alex Veldman — Nevermind recreates the Nirvana sound (with 70-plus Nirvana tunes in their catalogue) and stage presence of the Seattle-based band, running through the “hits” — “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Heart-Shaped Box” — while hitting the deep-album cuts — “On a Plain,” “School” — that slapped early ’90s music in the face. The trio visits Stickyz. The opening act is to be announced but the music will start at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance for the 21-and-up show.

The Afterthought presents a singer/songwriter night with two of the best: Jim Mize and Chris Michaels. Mize takes time out from his day job as a insurance adjuster to play his self-described “rural grinder sausage” music: a mingling of rock ‘n’ roll, country honky tonk and dirty Delta blues with Mize’s gravelly but honest voice. Michaels plays in a number of Little Rock bands, including his Chris Michaels and … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Avenged Sevenfold.

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It’s time for 100.3 The Edge’s Edgefest VII, which means a ton of rock and metal coming to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds for one day: Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Seether, Theory Of A Deadman, Skillet, Sevendust, Helmet, Halestorm, My Darkest Days, Art Of Dying and the local winner of the Battle for Edgefest VII, Dark From Day One, a modern rock band from Russellville. Tickets are $35 in advance at all Ticketmaster and local Edge ticket outlets, and $40 at the gate. Parking is $5 for a car, and the gates open at noon with the music roaring to a start at 1 p.m. Avenged Sevenfold headlines the main stage, and Stone Sour headlines the second stage.

What does the Welcome to the Jungle Tour bring to Downtown Music? Not a collection of Guns N’ Roses tribute acts, but a tour that includes headliners Upon A Burning Body, a San Antonio five piece metal/hardcore outfit. Who else? Illinois post-hardcore act The Color Morale, Maryland Christian group I The Breather and Ohio hardcore quintet … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Jason Aldean.

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With his debut and sophomore albums combining to sell more than 2 million copies, Jason Aldean returned in April 2009 with a third album of 11 country-rock flavored tunes titled Wide Open. And since then Aldean’s career has been running wide open with his star climbing in the country music sky, only fueled more by the release of his November 2010 album My Kinda Party. Following an April 2009 appearance at Riverfest, Aldean returns to the metro, bringing his headlining My Kinda Party Tour to Verizon Arena. Guests include Eric Church, whose album Carolina spawned two Top 10 hits, and The JaneDear Girls, a country music duo whose debut album will be released Feb. 1. The pair also have a Top 40 country hit with “Wildflowers.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.75 to $44.75.

It’s no visit from Atlanta metal group Mastodon, but it is two side projects of Mastodon guitarist and vocalist Brent Hinds that will be arriving at Juanita’s with visits from West End Motel and Fiend Without a Face. Doors open at 7 p.m. … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Runaway Planet.

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The Little Rock hard-driving bluegrass outfit Runaway Planet is known for their complex hoe-downs and tight vocal harmonies. The group’s sophomore album, Tarnation, was recorded at Poynter’s Palace in North Little Rock, and features a mixture of originals with traditional tunes including “Workin’ On a Building.” The outfit — Greg Alexander on guitar and vocals, Steve Brauer on banjo and vocals, Ben Ellis on mandolin, and Michael Proveaux on bass and vocals — is playing Cornerstone Pub with the music starting at 9 p.m.

No need crying out for attention and acting all hip by running country-music based comedian Rodney Carrington and his act through the mud as a way of announcing his show at Robinson Center Music Hall. We’re smart and confident realizing you’re seeing Carrington and his bag full of off-color jokes and tunes if you want — no matter what we say here. And to the uninformed? Carrington makes a living off low-brow, redneck-y comedy songs, with titles such as “Letter to My Penis.” Who are we to say what’s funny and what’s not? The laughs begin at 8 p.m. with tickets $47.20.

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Saturday’s Music

Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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Prepare the eyeballs, because Trans-Siberian Orchestra is returning to Verizon Arena with two shows: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Doors for the 3 p.m. show open at 2 p.m., and doors for the 8 p.m. show open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27, $43, $53 and $63, and available at the Verizon Arena Box Office. TSO is one of world’s top-selling concert acts, combining orchestral hard rock with a spectacular visual display that includes lasers, pyrotechnics and dazzling lighting. Or, as TSO founder, producer and writer Paul O’Neill said: “When someone goes to a TSO concert, we don’t want them to walk away saying, ‘That was a great show,’ or ‘That was worth it,’ or even ‘That was the best show I’ve seen in a long time.’ We want them to say, ‘Man, that the best show ever; we just ripped that band off.'” Expect Christmas-themed hard rock with a mixture of cuts from the band’s latest album, 2009’s Night Castle.

It’s that time of year again as infectious power pop rockers Ashtray Babyhead return for their one-off holiday gig at Juanita’s. Ashtray Babyhead pumped out their blend of … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Monte Montgomery.

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The acoustic guitar turns into a wizard’s wand in the capable hands of the Alabama-born, Texas-based guitar virtuoso Monte Montgomery. There’s a reason why he was named Best Acoustic Guitar Player for seven straight years by the Austin Music Awards. And Guitar Player Magazine saw it necessary to name Montgomery to its list of the Top 50 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2004. Monte Montgomery visits Sticky Fingerz, and the opening act is to be announced, but the music will start at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $12 day of show for the 21-and-up show.

The O.D. (Part 4) returns, this time at Cornerstone Pub for a night of real rap hosted by local hip hop artist Epiphany with DJ KP on the turntables. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for the 21-and-up event with ladies getting in free until 10:15 p.m. The music lineup includes Da Saw Squad, Bully Gang, The E.O.S., BWare, Mike Streezy, Arkatext, Southwest Boaz and Shea Marie.

Here’s Monte Montgomery with “Little Wing”:

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Saturday’s Music

Land of Mines.

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Two local heavy rock acts are joining forces at Downtown Music for a Benefit for Maddie, a 4-year-old girl who lives in Pine Bluff and has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Presented by Leg Up Promotions, the music is from the pride of Osceola, Finding Jimmy Hoffa, a five piece concerned with creating hard-charging slices of heavy rock-flavored Southern grunge, and Land of Mines, a Little Rock heavy rock act. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Cornerstone Pub will be ground zero for hip hop in central Arkansas with a Rep Tha Roc Rite Nite, featuring the music of Klean Kut Records, Down South and Dirty, Itz Twizt, Player Tim, Mike Streezy, 4X4 Crew, Parker Brothers, Mr. Big Shae and AG, Big Drew and North Rock. It’s also DP of the Parker Brothers birthday so there’s another reason to party. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 10 p.m. for the 21-and-up event.

It’s been 10 years coming, but DJ Chaos will re-enter the halls of Discovery to face off against friend/nemesis and one-time resident counterpart DJ Big Brown. … Read more >

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Boom Kinetic.

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Here’s what Chris King has to say about Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic as the band returns to Revolution Music Room: “It’s [a] non-stop party weekend when the boys from Boom Kinetic come to town! If you haven’t seen these guys mesmerize the dance floor, then you must not like things such as (A) a good time, (B) a roomful of happy beautiful people or (C) hit ’80s dance songs. 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. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with an $8 admission price for the 18-and-up show.

Local pop-flavored indie rocker Bryan Frazier is fresh off a win at the Little Rock Film Festival’s Music Video competition for his “Angelene and the Alpha Ray” tune and playing a show at Sticky Fingerz as Bryan Frazier and the Action Figures. Co-headling the show are Southern California indie rockers Young the Read more >

Friday’s Music

The O.D. Part 2.

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The snow is gone and the postponed The O.D. Part 2 is back on, this time at Sticky Fingerz. Expect a night of real rap as the best in local hip hop is showcased, with sets from EarFear (607 and Bobby), Big Drew, Cat Daddy, Mista Mayhemm, Rah HoWard, Epiphany, Shea Marie and Mike Streezy. Beyond the self-described “dope artists on deck,” DJ Greyhound will be on the turntables. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show. Dress accordingly.

Juanita’s becomes the center of the female folk singer/songwriter universe — Arkansas edition — when Paige Allbritton, Amanda Rook and Cindy Woolf visit. Allbritton is a 23-year-old Little Rock artist whose strummed tunes such as “Hurt On Purpose” reveal an old soul. (She also covers Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”); Rook is a local acoustic rocker; and Woolf is an Ozark folk rocker born in Arkansas but living now in southwest Missouri. An Afterthought regular, Woolf now mixes in pop choruses and twangy country when singing in her angelic voice about love, traveling and trains. The 18-and-up night of music starts at … Read more >

Friday’s Music

George McConnell.

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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 >