It has been two years since Memphis-based-but-Arkansas-loved rockers Lucero released their sixth studio album and major label debut, 1372 Overton Park. But in the fall of this year, the band found time between its busy touring schedule for time in a Memphis studio, recording a follow-up to 1372 Overton Park, and the album, Women and Work, will be released March 13, with an extensive tour kicking off in late February and continuing through late April. So finally new music from the rockers who mix their punkish roots with twangy country and beer-raising rock ‘n’ roll to create tales about girls, guitars, love and drinking. Want to hear some of the new songs before 2012? Bet you can when the band plays Rev Room with fellow Memphis act Amy LaVere — a blend of soul, torch country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll — kicking off the show. The music begins at 8:30 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $21.
As Play It Again Arkansas says, giving an Arkansas school child a musical instrument is more than just giving them a musical instrument. It’s giving them an opportunity for … Read more >
100.3 The Edge presents the return of veteran American heavy metal band Sevendust to Little Rock with a show at Juanita’s. Since the return of lead guitarist Clint Lowery in 2008, the band has undergone a kind of rebirth, including the release of their 2010 album Cold Day Memory, which launched two mainstream rock hits in “Unraveling” and “Forever.” The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9:05 p.m. with tickets $21 in advance and $25 at the door. Joining Sevendust will be Las Vegas rock band Adelitas Way, Nebraska rock band Emphatic and Oklahoma rock band Violence to Vegas along with up-and-coming melodic heavy metal outfit Seven Day Sonnet.
It starred Oscar winners and was directed by Oscar winners, but the true star of the 2010 version of True Grit was 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, playing the role of Mattie Ross and repeating the lines of Arkansas native and True Grit (the book) writer Charles Portis. Words of wisdom such as “You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God.” True Grit makes its … Read more >
Let’s get this straight from the start: This week’s Movies in the Park is not intended for families. No, the R-rated The Hangover is a debauchery-filled yet humorous story of a bachelor party gone right then wrong then right again in Las Vegas. Is it vulgar? Yes, but in the funniest way possible. It’s the greatest movie about a bachelor party since … well, Bachelor Party. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, and is showing at Riverfest Amphitheatre. You can bring a picnic and a pet, but leaving the children at home is a good idea. Not that they are banned or anything, but come on: Do you want to be those parents? The park opens an hour before the film showing, with the film showing around sundown, which is about 8:20 p.m., give or take about 15 minutes.
McAllen, Texas, is perhaps the last place one would expect to discover challenging music, beyond the work of Little Rock favorite Dignan. (Go ahead, look it up on a map. Bottom of the U.S. applies.) But The Young Maths are a four piece bent on throwing together punk, funk and dance, creating gems such as the deep, bass rumble and rock-riff filled “Gay Bars” and the frenetic indie rock of “Sheets.” The danceable quartet make their Little Rock debut with a show at Revolution Music Room. Androids of Ex-Lovers, a duo that produces garage-flavored, experimental music created solely with bass, drums and howling, bluesy vocals, and Flameing Daeth Fearies, a North Little Rock punk cabaret band, are the openers, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Cover for the all-ages show is $5.
It’s the week between the holidays so Movies in the Park returns to the River Market Pavilions with a free showing of the Disney movie Ice Princess, starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack, Kim Cattrall and Hayden Panettiere. The story of a young woman stopping at nothing to become a champion figure skater begins … Read more >
Memphis-based but Arkansas-loved rockers Lucero return to Little Rock with a show at Revolution Music Room. Fronted by Arkansas native Ben Nichols, Lucero mixes their punkish roots with twangy country and beer-raising rock ‘n’ roll to create tales about girls, guitars, love and drinking. The band released their latest album 1372 Overton Park in 2009, their first on Universal Records and their first with the added punch of horns. Opening for Lucero will be Cory Branan, a singer/songwriter known for his poetic, fingerpicked tales that slide between intimate folk tunes such as “Last Man on Earth” and rugged rock ‘n’ roll tracks such as “Prettiest Waitress in Memphis.” The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $16 for the 18-and-up show. A portion of proceeds from the show will go to the Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute.
A trio of Arkansas bands will be joined by one Missouri act as 100.3 The Edge presents Natural State groups Dark From Day One, Sychosys and Iron Ton along with Obsidian (the Missouri outfit) at Juanita’s. Dark From Day One is a Russellville alternative rock band while Sychosys is a Southern-flavored … Read more >
Don’t tell Dirty Penny that the era of glam metal died two decades ago. The band — influenced by the greats of ’80s rock and metal such as Motley Crue, Skid Row, Poison and Guns N’ Roses — creates a 21st century version of glam metal. The California outfit visits Revolution Music Room with opening act Little Rock band Bombay Black, a heavy modern rock act built upon big, meaty guitar riffs and bass-heavy, rumbling rhythms. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for 21 and over, and $10 for 20 and under.
It’s the tale of a sexy, pale-skinned vampire and the girl who is in love with him, and also spends a great deal of time biting her lower lip, as Movies in the Park presents Twilight at Riverfest Amphitheatre. This is for the tweens and the TwiMoms. The free outdoor film begins at sundown. Patrons are welcome to bring picnics and beverages, but on-site concessions are available as well.
Here’s Dirty Penny with their “Scream and Shout” (with strong language):
Andrew Belle is the kind of pop-inflected singer/songwriter whose tunes pop up on TV shows usually favored by females in their teens and early 20s: CW’s 90210 and One Tree Hill, MTV’s The Real World, and E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians. But that really doesn’t tell you much about Belle or why he’s playing the Revolution Music Room. Here’s what to expect: mid-tempo pop rock powered by acoustic guitar with introspective lyrics and the professional earnestness of Coldplay. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover for the all-ages set at $7. The opener is He Is We, an indie pop duo of youthful gorgeousness from the Pacific Northwest.
It’s a tale of yellow brick roads (of the non-Elton John variety), tornadoes, flying monkeys, wicked witches, and, of course, Dorothy, Toto, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion as Movies in the Park presents the classic film The Wizard of Oz at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The free outdoor film begins at sundown. Patrons are welcome to bring picnics and beverages, but on-site concessions are available as well.
Sailor songs? Front-porch, cosmic, Southern spirituals? Banjo-fueled psych-folk? It’s hard to place a finger on the genre of music propagated by Athens, Ga., outfit Futurebirds. What is known is the band’s “Johnny Utah” track from their July 27 release Hampton’s Lullaby is pure perfect music — chamber pop folk music intended for late-night drives through woods only lit by fireflies. The act visits Juanita’s, headlining a show that includes North Little Rock indie rockers Whale Fire and newish Little Rock indie rock band Catskill Kids. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
White Water Tavern has told people to circle this night on their calendar, and for good reason: Malcolm Holcombe is returning to the bar. Raised in the foothills of Appalachian North Carolina, Holcombe was first introduced to music through a pocket transistor radio and music shows such as The Flatt and Scruggs Show before learning how to play on a Sears-bought flat-top guitar. In turn, he has perfected a rustic grass-roots sound that includes his Appalachia background with a dose of the Mississippi Delta blues. Holcombe’s eighth release, For the Mission Baby, features … Read more >
After playing 100.3 The Edge’s Edgefest VI in May as an opening act, Jefferson City, Mo., group Shaman’s Harvest is returning to Little Rock, this time headlining a show presented by 100.3 The Edge at Juanita’s. Expect a dose of alternative metal, including Harvest’s Top 20 rock single “Dragonfly.” The opening acts are a couple of local bands: Russellville alternative rock band Dark From Day One and Hot Springs industrial rock band The Vail — two bands who also played Edgefest VI. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 advance and $10 day of show for the 18-and-up concert.
The voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner and Nick Nolte power the animated, furry tale of a raccoon learning about the importance of family in Over The Hedge. It’s this week’s free flick from Movies in the Park at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The movie starts at sundown, and guests are welcome to bring picnics and beverages, but onsite concessions will be available as well.
It’s the heart-warming, coming-of-age tale of a overshadowed younger sister looking for acceptance, a jock looking for real love and a nerd looking to get laid — John Hughes’ 1984 classic Sixteen Candles — as Movies in the Park is held at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The film stars Molly Ringwald as the overshadowed younger sister, Michael Schoeffling as the jock and Anthony Michael Hall as the nerd. And remember: “The Donger need food.” The free movie will start at sundown. Guests may bring picnics and beverages, but onsite concessions are available as well.
With Sublime with Rome (a combination of Sublime members Eric Wilson & Bud Gaugh with new singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez) out on the road performing the Southern California’s ska punk crossed with reggae sound, one has to wonder the place in the world for a Sublime tribute band. But San Diego trio 40 Oz. to Freedom isn’t worried. The Sublime tribute band is out on the road, including a stop at Juanita’s, delivering the sound of Sublime to the masses. Tickets are $7 advance and $10 day of show with the music starting at 9 p.m. … Read more >