Giving you the music a day early:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was nothing called the Internet. And so before any song ever was available anytime, hearing The Bar-Kays‘ “Soul Finger” was a joyous occasion that happened maybe once a year, usually when Spies Like Us happened to be on cable TV. And even though the tune is available at a click of the mouse now, “Soul Finger” is still one of the greatest party anthems ever. It’s that tune and other funk-infused R&B classics The Bar-Kays will bring to Verizon Arena as the band plays a concert that includes R&B/soul singer Keith Sweat as part of a Power Productions presents show. Both acts are opening for Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, a R&B-flavored soul band known for tunes such as “Feel That You’re Feelin’,” “Love Is the Key” and “Back in Stride.” Tickets are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office for $37, $47, $57 and $67, or through all Ticketmaster outlets where Ticketmaster is going hit you with extra fees. All tickets from the original Nov. 20 date that was postponed will be honored. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m.
Glittercore drummer Shayne Gray let me know back in February (maybe January) that Glittercore, a modern rock ‘n’ roll band with glam and indie rock influences, was returning to the stage at Downtown Music on St. Patrick’s Day. Let him tell you what Glittercore has in store: “[The show] will reveal a brand new Glittercore (which has changed rather dramatically since their beginning in 2011). An intense guitar, drums and bass power trio lurking somewhere between a more melodic Dinosaur Jr. and a more glamlike Jimi Hendrix.” Sounds good enough. The new Glittercore lineup is Paul Bowling on lead vocals and guitar, Gray on drums and vocals, and newest member KV on bass and vocals. The doors open at 9 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Cover is $5 at the door. Also on the bill is Seattle power trio The Januariez with their female fronted take on alternative rock and punk, and Little Rock’s own The Many Persian Z’s, the surreal rock trio of Chris Avakian, Bryan Frazier and Jonathan Teague.
The River City Tanlines hit White Water Tavern with six fists of furious rock. That’s really all that needs to be said, but here’s a little more: their sound takes its temperature from poppy ’70s punk and a little dose of sleazy rock. Throw in some blues. (The band is from Memphis after all.) Oh, and Carrie Brownstein called them “rad.” The music starts at 10 p.m. No word on a cover. Jonathan Wilkins is the opener, and he’ll fire the night up with his singer/songwriter Americana.
Yes, the headliner of this show at Rev Room is one Hayes Carll, that Americana singer/songwriter that Central Arkansas loves. And John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives, a live-wired Memphis-based rock ‘n’ roll gang, is likewise loves dearly by locals. But honeyhoney is also on the bill with their “sexually tinged, bruised-knee, honeysuckle” roots music. Cover is $15 at the doors for the 18-and-up show that starts at 9 p.m.
Here’s The Bar-Kays with their “Soul Finger”: