The Charlie Daniels Band.
Giving you the music a day early:
The Charlie Daniels Band? Country. Southern rock. Outlaw country. The man known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” has played a little of it all during his career — everything from the novelty country of “Uneasy Rider” to the jingoistic Southern rock of “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag.” If you need a Riverfest break, head down to Hot Springs and Magic Springs Water and Theme Park for a concert by Daniels and band. Part of the 2012 Pepsi Concert Series, Daniels takes the stage at 8 p.m. at Timberwood Amphitheater. Gates open at 6 p.m., and local country musicians Luke Williams kicks off the night at 7 p.m. Admission is free with a general admission ticket or Season Pass to Magic Springs.
Maybe you’ve heard this question before, but what do Snoop Dogg and Lynyrd Skynyrd have in common? Well, nothing, except both are headlining acts at this year’s Memorial Day weekend blast in downtown Little Rock known as Riverfest. More than 50 musical acts on three main stages plus a kid zone and family zone, an international village, artists and merchants, other goodies and food, food, food — it’s Arkansas’ premier arts and music festival for good reason.
Riverfest is still going on. But there’s music elsewhere, including an appearance by Interstate Buffalo at Cregeen’s Irish Pub. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting around 8 p.m. No word on the cover, but Interstate Buffalo is a Little Rock outfit that play a blend of blues and rock (with a little funk) that burns places down. Well, not literally, but you get the picture.
Here are The Charlie Daniels Band with their “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”:
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
David Kimbrough Jr.
Giving you the music a day early:
Calling himself “the prince of North Mississippi hill country and cotton patch blues,” David Kimbrough Jr. first learned guitar from his legendary father Junior Kimbrough, the king of the North Mississippi hill country blues, that raw and gritty electric blues that utilizes hypnotic guitar riffs and call-and-response vocals. Kimbrough Jr. continues the hip-shaking sound of his father but adds a soulful voice and traces of R&B to his sound. But it’s still nasty, droning and foot stomping. The past few years have found Kimbrough working with poet John Sinclair, founder of the White Panthers, and the two are booking a 2012 tour, but it’s a solo Kimbrough coming to White Water Tavern, a favorite haunt of the talented blues musician. The music starts at 9 p.m.
It’s 2012, and that means that New Belgium Brewing is turning 21 (the Colorado brewery was founded in 1991) and is finally old enough to drink the delicious beers it produces. But that’s not why there is a January Winter Beer Tasting Dinner with Todd Dudley at Cregeen’s Irish Pub featuring New Belgium brews. No, the beer tasting dinner is simply a chance for beer lovers to understand that beers can be paired with foods just like — and often better than — wines. So be 21 or older, plop down $15 and enjoy at least three New Belgium brews — Fat Tire, 1554 and Snow Day, and maybe two more new flavors along with a dinner that includes a bacon-wrapped pork fillet with red-eye gravy, home fries, squash casserole and apple dumplings for dessert. Plus, there is a complimentary New Belgium pint glass, too. Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are advised.
Here’s David Kimbrough Jr. with his “Lord, Have Mercy on Me”:
Lord, Have Mercy on Me