So who is Jim Brickman and why is he worth a $60 ticket? Well, Brickman is a solo piano performer who also sells a ton of albums, and is a huge act on the adult contemporary circuit. He’s also a Grammy nominee and an artist who has worked with people such as Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum, and has a number of adult contemporary hits stretching back to 1996. And Brickman is bringing that all to Robinson Center Music Hall with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Tickets are $60.30 from Ticketmaster with all those nasty little surcharges included. The opening acts are country singer and American Idol alum Josh Gracin and adult contemporary pop singer Anne Cochran.
This Stickyz show was supposed to be a double-release party for two local hip-hop artists: Epiphany and Kwestion. Well, Epiphany is finishing his new album Such Is Life so wait on the soul-and-funk infused sound of it, but go and download Kwestion’s debut album Greater Than Great, a collection of hard-hitting beats and steady rhymes. The music still start at 9:30 p.m. with Kwestion backed by a live band. Also on the bill are soul singer Bijoux and Epiphany featuring Gina Gee and with One Night Stand will close out the night as they wrap up their Such Is Life Tour with a hometown show. It’s a 21-and-up event with a $10 cover. Females get in before 10:30 p.m. for $5.
Here’s Jim Brickman with “You” with a special guest:
South Carolina hard rock band Crossfade visits Juanita’s, delivering a powerful shot of their rock sound based on heavy metal and post-grunge. The band’s newest album is the June 21 release We All Bleed so expect new tunes along with alternative and mainstream rock tunes such as “Cold” (a Top 20 pop hit), “So Far Away,” “Colors” and “Killing Me Inside,” from We All Bleed. The opening act is Pop Evil, a Michigan post-grunge act whose sophomore album War of Angels will be released in July, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. The doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.
Singer/songwriter Roger Creager has spent more than a decade spreading his rocking version of Texas country, a version he brings to Stickyz that is built on his stories of late-night trips to Mexico and his wild honky tonk live image — an image learned from watching Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Expect a night of real country tales and rabble-rousing music, including Creager’s signature tune “The Everclear Song.” The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 21-and-up show.
It’s going to be one wild Peabody Rivertop Party. First, the night will be hosted as usual by local hip hop artist and all-around-nice guy Epiphany, who will also be performing with his Gina Gee and his backing band One Night Stand. That’s a good enough reason to attend right there. But the night also features the hip hop music of EarFear, the mindblowingly good combination of 607 and his brother Bobby so bring your dancing shoes. And while we are not quite sure of the order of appearances, the night also includes straight out of Fort Smith the duo known as Tyrannosaurus Chicken with their freestyle trance Delta blues music. The party starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 21-and-up event.
The Red Dirt country rockers Jason Boland & the Stragglers are still touring behind their 2008 release, Comal County Blue, an album that hit the top 40 of the country music album charts. And, earlier this year, the outfit released High in the Rockies: A Live Album. Expect that live album to come alive with a boot-stomping good time with music blending country and rock when Boland and company visit Revolution Music Room. The opening bands are local country rockers Alan Hunt Band along with Arkansas-raised but Nashville, Tenn., based country singer/songwriter Josh Newcom. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10 advance and $12 day of with the music starting at 9 p.m.
Although they only formed earlier this year, Texarkana, Texas — not Arkansas — band Like Tyrants is already making a name for themselves, capturing the 2010 Quadrangle Festival Battle of the Bands award, earning studio time, $100 and other goodies. The heavy rock act visits Little Rock and Vino’s on a bill that includes fellow Texarkana metal outfit A Lion Amongst Us, and Little Rock power rock trio Firesaw and Little Rock progressive rockers The Unbearable Hand Fate Dealt. The doors open at 8 p.m. with cover $7.
Downtown Music will host a Benefit for Brandon Clendenin, the drummer from Little Rock furious heavy metal band Siege the City, with all proceeds helping with expenses due to treating his cancer. No word on what bands will play, but the Downtown Music website is promising 10 bands for $10 with the music starting at 4 p.m.
IATL presents The Jam Session, featuring Epiphany and Gina Gee with the backing of One Night Stand providing the live music, at Mediums Lounge. Doors open for the 21-and-up show at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. The night will also feature Stacey Avery.
Here’s Jason Boland & The Stragglers with their “Tulsa Time”:
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 [...]