The purpose of the first ever ZooJam is to benefit the Little Rock Zoo. How so? By bringing together a few country music greats such as headliners Toby Keith along with special guests Eric Church, Sara Evans and Diamond Rio to the War Memorial Golf Course for a day of music. Tickets are $65 for general admission, $50 for active military and students, and $85 for pit access. The doors open at noon with the music going from 12:30 p.m. till 9 p.m. The Lindsay Kate Band takes the stage at 1 p.m., Diamond Rio at 2 p.m., Evans at 3:30 p.m., Church at 5:15 p.m. and Keith at 7 p.m.
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. with the music at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. West End Motel is a country punk quintet fronted by Hinds and featuring longtime friend Tom Cheshire, and Fiend Without a Face combines country, rockabilly and surf rock in creating their “Def Lepard hanging out with The Ventures at an Indian wedding” music.
A fusion of rock, jazz and R&B that finds a groove and chases the music, digging up “tasty” surprises along the way, Col. Bruce Hampton & The Quark Alliance, featuring former Weakness for Blondes guitarist Perry Osborn, returns to Stickyz. From his days as the leader of The Aquarium Rescue Unit to today, as leader of The Quark Alliance, Hampton (forever retired) has kept strange company and played some even weirder music along the way. It was the early ’90s incarnation of The Aquarium Rescue Unit that help start the H.O.R.D.E. tour, and Hampton’s bands have included such jamband icons as Jimmy Herring and Oteil Burbridge. No word on the opening band, but the music starts around 9 p.m. with cover $8 for the 21-and-up affair.
Memphis band John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives return to White Water Tavern with their rambling honky-tonk flavored indie rock, propelled by the band’s love of rockabilly guitars, pedal steel, piano and driving drums. The band’s debut album is Spills and Thrills. The music starts at 10 p.m. with no word on cover charge.
It’s 2011 and time for a return of the best hip-hop show in the area: The O.D. 7 at Cornerstone Pub. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show. Powered by The Scoop, hosted by Little Rock hip-hop luminary Epiphany and featuring DJ Silky Slim on the turntables, the night of local rap and hip hop includes Da Saw Squad, Osyrus, Shea Marie, The Parker Bros., Kwestion, Juke Joint, K. Toomer and J-Fuego.
Little Rock’s best trumpeter Rodney Block will be his backing band of Sam Carroll, Michael Handler and Oliver “O.T.” Thomas — The Real Music Lovers — running through a number of R&B and jazz selections as the band returns to The Afterthought. The music starts at 9 p.m., and cover is $10.
Here’s Jason Aldean in action with his “My Kinda Party”:
The last time Eric Church came to Little Rock in September 2009 he was a country artist steadily building on the success of his debut country album and its three Top 20 hits by releasing his sophomore album Carolina. (He’s a North Carolina native.) It was a club date, before Carolina spawned the Top 10 country hits “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart.” Now Church returns to Little Rock, playing Riverfest Amphitheatre on an up-and-coming country artists bill presented by KSSN 96, including Georgia country singer/songwriter Luke Bryan, whose “Rain Is a Good Thing” topped the country charts earlier this year; Mr. “Boots On” country artist Randy Houser; and Whiskey Meyers, a Texas band that matches blues rock with Texas country. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the music at 6:30 p.m. Lawn seats are $25 advance and $29.50 day of show with reserved seats and general admission pit tickets $35. The amphitheatre box office opens 5 p.m. day of show. Whiskey Meyers will also play an after party at Revolution Music Room at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 18-and-up show, and free for the 21-and-over crowd with a Riverfest concert ticket.
New Orleans rap with No Limits/Young Money roots arrives at The Village with a visit from Curren$y, the rapper, who after making a name for himself with a series of mixtapes, just released his Pilot Talk, a 13-track collection of Southern rap produced (mostly) by Ski Beatz and featuring Mos Def and Snoop Dogg among others. Curren$y won’t be alone at The Village, with Kansas bred hip hop artist XV; the creators of “Whooty,” EDubb; and Houston hip hop artist Kevin Jack. Local support is offered by Arkansas hip hop artist Joe Average and Little Rock’s 4X4 Crew. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door.
Sticky Fingerz delivers a knockout dose of local music, with the triple shot of the hard-charging indie rock power trio The See; Sweet Eagle, the Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll outfit with Alan Disaster, frontman of defunct punk rock outfit Smoke Up Johnny, on vocals and members of Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth and American Princes; and the sweaty and loud rock ‘n’ roll of Wicked Good, just one of several of David Slade’s side projects. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with cover $6 for the 21-and-up show.
Here’s Eric Church with “Love Your Love the Most”:
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 [...]