You want to hear great Americana/country/folk songs of the 21st century? You get down to the Rev Room and hear Chris Knight, a singer/songwriter who grew up in Slaughters, Ky., and sings about despair, bad luck, sorrow and the rural struggle to survive. During his visit, Knight will hook his emotionally devastating lyrics delivered with a ravaged, raspy voice to twang-y roots rock — following in the footsteps of early Steve Earle and Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen. No word on an opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.
Country act Eli Young Band are playing Riverfest Amphitheatre as an opener on Dierks Bentley‘s Country & Cold Cans Tour. That’s enough reason to get down there. Need more? Bentley is touring in support of his February release Home, which has produced two country No. 1 hits: “Am I the Only One” and the title track. Also on the bill is The Cadillac Black, a Nashville, Tenn., trio who play “country fuzz,” a whiskey-fueled mix of country and rock ‘n’ roll. It’s a rain … Read more >
Okay, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Verizon Arena. Does anything else really need to be said? This is one of those must-see shows. It’s Petty and the Heartbreakers with their classic American rock sound. Throw in indie artist Regina Spektor. Kind of an odd pairing, but again, it’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Be there. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Verizon Arena Box Office for $27.50, $57.50, $77.50 and $99.50. It’s going to cost you extra if you go through Ticketmaster.
Clarence Carter sings the soul/R&B classic “Patches” — that’s all the reason you need for attending the all-day show Blues on the River at Riverfest Amphitheatre on the Arkansas River that also features Bigg Robb & The Problem Solvers, TK Soul, Sweet Angel, Donnie Ray and more. It’s all presented by Power 92 Jams and 102.1 KOKY. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the music starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 day of show. Of course, Carter also sings “Slip Away,” “The Feeling Is Right,” “Doing … Read more >
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 >
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.
It’s the Fourth of July so it’s time for Pops on the River. Presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the free evening of celebrating the independence of the U.S. includes an Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performance, fireworks and other treats at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The lineup of events include the finals of the Oh, Say! Can You Sing at 6:30 p.m. with the winner signing the national anthem with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz outfit Happy Tymes Jazz Band will perform at 7 p.m. with the orchestra taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and it’s free, although cash and nonperishable food donations will be accepted on behalf of the Arkansas Rice Depot. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no pets, fireworks or coolers. Concessions will include beer, soft drinks, corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and other food items.
Even though it’s the Fourth of July, Stickyz presents its regular, monthly Grateful Dead Mondays with a re-creation — albeit on a smaller scale — of the parking lot and live music of a Dead show. Touch — … Read more >
Tea Leaf Green, a jam band quartet from San Francisco, arrives at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is Hill Country Revue, starting the night at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 advance and $15 day of show. Hill Country Revue is a modern, blues-heavy Southern rock band for the 21st century featuring two members of North Mississippi Allstars and creating a barn-burning collection of gritty, nasty, funky blues rock. The all-ages show starts at 8:30 p.m. $10 cover.
R&B singer Keith Sweat‘s The Make It Last Forever Tour pays a visit to Riverfest Amphitheatre with opening acts Next and Montell Jordan. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. with the gates opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 for lawn, $49 for reserved and $75 for a VIP seat, which include a free VIP buffet and a seat next to the stage. Tickets can be purchased at Ugly Mikes and Uncle T’s Food Mart in Little Rock; Record Rack in Pine Bluff; and Chicken King in North Little Rock.
It’s not the Broadway musical revue from the ’40s, but a side show, … 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):
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, … Read more >
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.