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Saturday’s Music

Kris Allen.

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. Admission is free with a general admission ticket to the park ($44.99 per adult, and $29.99 per junior under 48 inches tall, or senior 55 or older) or season pass ($59.99).

White Water Tavern will host the Lucas Clayton Hunsicker Scholarship Fund’s Bummer Summer, a musical benefit for the fund that awards an annual scholarship to an aspiring Park View High School artist or musician. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 donation at the door. Some of the performers are Isaac Alexander, Phillip Huddleston, Jack Lloyd, Mike Motley, Matt Quin and Correne Spero. Hunsicker was a Little Rock musician who died in August 2010.

The Underground Summer Jam is coming to Downtown Music. So what does that mean? ABK. Who? Anybody Killa, the American Indian rapper who specializes in spiritual rap that crosses his culture with horror themes and … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Colbie Caillat.

Giving you the music a day early:

Who can forget the warm, California folk pop of “Bubbly”? Not many people. And since that smash, Colbie Caillat has released a number of pop rock hits, including her Grammy winning “Lucky” with Jason Mraz. And Magic Springs Water and Theme Park‘s Summer Concert Series continues with a visit from Caillat. The music starts at 8 p.m. Admission for the music is free with a general admission ticket to the park ($44.99 per adult, and $29.99 per junior — under 48 inches — or senior — 55 or older) or season pass ($59.99). Parking is $10 for a vehicle.

It has been a relatively busy year for sludge-y metal, North Little Rock band Rwake. The band played South by Southwest, and released their newest album Rest on Relapse Records late last year, and Pitchfork called it “ingenious, forward-thinking metal.” Forward-thinking, yes, but also great, such as the 12-minute long “It Was Beautiful, But Now It’s Sour,” a doom-in-slow-motion track that contains a little Southern rock guitar work. The group is playing Rev Room, headlining a show that includes Little Rock doom metal act Pallbearer (who released their debut … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Luke Bryan.

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Riverfest Ampitheatre will host two concerts this weekend. First up is country musician Luke Bryan on Saturday. Presented by KSSN 96, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. and includes special guests Craig Campbell and Chancie Neal. Tickets through Ticketmaster are available for $46 and $41. Sunday, it’s indie folk band Bon Iver at 7 p.m. along with folk rock trio The Staves. Tickets through Ticketmaster are available for $49 and $38.50.

This is how Cenobio Xavier “Bubba” Hernandez III describes himself on his website: a “singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer of diverse musical endeavors.” He was a member of polka rock band Brave Combo for two decades and his newest diverse musical endeavor is his solo album Big Pounding Heart, a 12-track album of “pop rock songs with worldly rhythms careened through the garage grunge machinery” provided by Los Angeles producer and guitarist Scrote. Bubba Hernandez comes to White Water Tavern. The show starts at 9:30 p.m.

The Adventure Metal Across America Tour arrives at Downtown Music so that means headliners Scale The Summit will be playing their instrumental progressive rock from Texas. What else does it … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

The Charlie Daniels Band.

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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 … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Tim Kasher.

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Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher is on a short solo tour, playing tunes from his solo debut, the October 2010 release The Game of Monogamy, that mixed indie rock with baroque pop, and the tour brings Kasher to Stickyz. Kasher will also be selling an exclusive EP, Bigamy: More Songs From The Monogamy Sessions, at the tour stops. The new tunes include the slow rocker “No Harmony” and the power pop of “A Bluer Sea.” The opening act is Aficionado, a New York State post-punk group that just released their debut album, kicking off the music at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of for the 21-and-up show.

The middle of the Labor Day weekend means it is time for the 2011 version of Reggae on the Riverfront at the North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock. The doors open at 2 p.m. with the music starting at 3 p.m. and going on until 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 with proceeds benefiting Argenta CDC, Pulaski County Learning Center and Young Community Advocates of Baring Cross. The bands include an good-vibes … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

 

Jimbo Mathus.

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The Arkansas Travelers are offering more than baseball at Dickey Stephens Park: An appearance by the wild man of Mississippi music, Jimbo Mathus. It’ll be a good time of interplanetary honky-tonk, roots music founded on Southern rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, gospel and soul, as Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition play late into the night. The game against the San Antonio Missions begins at 7:10 p.m. with the concert immediately following in Hookslide Corner. Tickets to the Travs are $6 to $12 for adults. The other promotion for the night is the Rverside Acura Postgame Ball Toss where for $1 a chance fans can win a brand-new Acura. How? They have to throw a tennis ball into a tiny target — still probably better odds than a carney game.

Little Rock pop artist Charity Vance is the second performer in Wildwood Park for the Arts‘ Emerging Artists series, making an appearance at in the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music coming at 7 p.m. with opening act Half Priced Hearts, a Nashville, Tenn., pop rock act that … Read more >

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Sara Evans.

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Sara Evans scored her first No. 1 country hit in 1998. Since then she has won Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards, and had more No. 1 country hits, including her newest, the 2010 single “A Little Bit Stronger.” Her newest album is the March release Stronger, her first album in five and a half years, and a triumphant return for the country music superstar. Evans comes to Magic Springs Water and Theme Park. The show is at Timberwood Amphitheater with concert gates opening at 6 p.m., and the show starting at 8 p.m. General main gate admission is $44.99 for the day, and tickets after 4 p.m. are available for $22.50.

As Art Porter Week continues in Little Rock, R&B and jazz singer Lalah Hathaway (the daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway) makes an appearance at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The concert will cap a week of events and concerts honoring the father-son duo of Art Porter Sr. and Art Porter Jr., two legendary Little Rock jazz musicians. The week benefits the Art Porter Music Education & Foundation, an organization that raises money for music … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Stoney LaRue.

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This is how the Rev Room announces the return of Stoney LaRue to Little Rock: “If you’re not familiar and like bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers Band, Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Reckless Kelly then Stoney LaRue is right up your alley.” True enough. LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — is a rousing country rocker that blends Red Dirt country and pure American music creating music that mixes and matches country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The opening act is to be announced with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 21-and-up show.

Omega Artist Group is the newish, local promotion and management company headed by Jeremy Flynn, and Flynn brings his full roster of artist to Juanita’s for a special night of music. It’s an EP release for Magnolia pop punk/alternative rock band belair. and North Little Rock progressive indie rock outfit Ellison’s Cage. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The night of music also … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Alien Ant Farm.

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The original Alien Ant Farm lineup of Dryden Mitchell, Terry Corso, Tye Zamora and Mike Cosgrove that rose to fame with their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” is back together and on the road, including a stop where they bring their ANTicipation 2011 Tour to Rev Room. Expect to hear “Smooth Criminal.” New York pop rock group Me Talk Pretty is the opening act, kicking off the night at 9 p.m. Tickets are $11 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

Sure, he has appeared in movies from Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and Undercover Brother to Scary Movie 3 and Date Movie, but Eddie Griffin at heart is one of the world’s best stand-up comics, even earning the No. 62 spot on the list of 100 Greatest Standups of All-Time by Comedy Central. The comedian brings his You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It act to Robinson Center Music Hall for a night of stand-up along with a group of friends. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $46.45 or $57.25, and that’s with all those pesky and expensive little Ticketmaster fees.

The … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

 

John Paul Keith.

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Memphis’ favorite rock ‘n’ roll heroes John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives are no longer billed as John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives. It’s just John Paul Keith now. Why? Well Keith has a new album out titled The Man That Time Forgot, and Keith is not always on the road with the One Four Fives, the touring/studio outfit of drummer John Argroves, bassist Mark Stuart and keyboard player Al Gamble. Sometimes he goes out with other musicians. So the One Four Fives are not always the One Four Fives of Argroves, Stuart and Gamble. Kind of confusing, huh? Well, know this: When John Paul Keith plays White Water Tavern he’ll be backed by his crack backing band the One Four Fives (whoever that might be), and fans can expect another dose of Keith’s blend of power pop, garage, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, country and blues rock. The music starts at 10 p.m.

It has been more than a dozen years of rocking for Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down, but the band that gave the world “Kryptonite” shows no signs of slowing down, gearing … Read more >