I once told “Robert Plant” of Led Zeppelin tribute band Zoso that he and Zoso were “freaking” amazing. I meant it. Some tribute bands are simply awful. Some are merely good. Few are extraordinary. Zoso falls into that latter category. Zoso is as close to the real thing a Zep fan will see outside of Led Zeppelin reforming. The music. The passion. The look. The skill. It’s all there. The Led Zeppelin tribute band, named after Jimmy Page’s famous symbol from Led Zeppelin IV, formed in 1995, and the group has toured excessively since, currently playing about 150 gigs a year. The quartet will bring the look and feel of the great Zep to Rev Room, and, in keeping with the Led Zeppelin tours of the mid-1970s, it will be all Zep. No filler or opening bands. It’s an all-ages show with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.
DeRay Davis usually just goes by the name DeRay — at least when performing his stand-up comedian. (Usually in his films, he is billed with his full name, such as in 2008’s Semi-Pro or in the upcoming 21 Jump … Read more >
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 … Read more >
The Burnside name rings bells among blues aficionados because of the late, great Mississippi Hill Country blues guitar and singer R.L. Burnside and his descendants. Add another Burnside name to the list with Kent Burnside, a grandson of the legendary R.L. Kent Burnside & the New Generation come to Stickyz for a night of hypnotic, shambolic hill country blues as the band tours in support of their newest album, Too Late For Tears. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a cover charge to be announced for the 18-and-up show.
Austin, Texas, indie rock act Mobley released a new album of music titled Let Slip back in the summer. But the band is already working on a follow-up, a collection of tunes that will serve as part two of a trilogy of albums. Taking a break from recording, the band, which originated in North Carolina, is touring, including a stop at Vino’s. The music starts at 9 p.m. with no cover charge announced. Expect a dose of chamber pop, indie rock, dance rock and alt country all mingled together from this … Read more >
Red Dirt country rockers Jason Boland and the Stragglers have released a new album, Rancho Alto, the follow-up to the band’s 2008 release, Comal County Blue, an album that hit the Top 40 of the country music album charts. Rancho Alto‘s first single “Mary Ellen’s Greenhouse” hit No. 1 on The Texas Music Chart, and the band is on the road promoting the album and single, including a stop at Rev Room. The opening act is worthy of headlining their own show — and the band has in Little Rock often — as North Carolina act American Aquarium kicks off the music at 9 p.m. with their hard-charging, gritty, country-flavored rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.
Pop punk band All Time Low kicks off the weekend by bringing their high-energy, fun-loving music to Juanita’s, including the new music from the band’s fourth album Dirty Work, released earlier this year. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 day of show. Also on the bill … Read more >
For more than 30 years, Robert Earl Keen has recorded and toured, and the Americana singer/songwriter is on the road again this fall, touring in support of his 16th and newest album Ready For Confetti. The tour includes a stop at Rev Room. The opening act is former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada & The Departed with their rock ‘n’ roll with a touch of country. The show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 day of for the 18-and-up show. Keen arrives in town about once a year from Texas, unveils his tunes that combine folk, country, blues and rock, creates a boisterous live show to rival any act, and packs up, leaving behind smiling faces and good memories.
Conway alternative rock band The Alexei has finished recording their five-track EP The March and is holding an EP release party at Vino’s with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $5, and every person through the door will receive a free copy of The March. The headliner is Orlando, Fla., swamp rock act Confused Little Girl, and joining … Read more >
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.
Joe Sundell is well-known because he plays in bands such as Damn Bullets, Molaro for Illinois, Corey Cross and the Good Ole Band, and Sad Daddy. The Arkansas native, now living in Austin, Texas, has also gone solo, releasing his astounding ode to wandering, the Americana-drenched Ramblin’ Mind. Expect a dose of ragtime, Texas swing, bluegrass, folk, rock ‘n’ roll and even a little blues and jazz when Sundell plays a set at Pizza D’Action. The music begins at 9:30 p.m. with a $3. And purchase Ramblin’ Mind. It’s a front-porch classic of Americana music if I don’t mind saying myself.
EarFear, Little Rock hip-hop duo of local hip-hop superstar 607 and his brother Bobby, has a new album out, a 15-track collection titled Art Class that features artists such as Osyrus Bolly, Emika and Rivee that the pair says is hopefully “like everybody’s junior high art class: random and inspiring.” Check out the band’s aggressive brand of Little Rock hip hop when EarFear plays The Afterthought. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
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The Stick Tight 2011 Tour visits Downtown Music, which can only mean one thing: a five-fingered fist of furious hardcore music coming to the Little Rock with headliners Los Angeles hardcore metal band Terror leading the assault. It’s a night of brutal music with growling vocals, galloping guitars and double bass drum explosions as Orange County hardcore metal band Stick to Your Guns, Baltimore hardcore band Trapped Under Ice, Abilene, Texas, deathcore band Close Your Eyes and British hardcore punk band Your Demise join Terror. The doors open at 6 p.m. with tickets $15.
Arkansas Educational Television Network presents Celtic Woman at Robinson Center Music Hall as the group visits Little Rock with their new live show performing songs from their critically-acclaimed record and Emmy-nominated DVD Songs From the Heart. The Irish female ensemble combines dance with New Age, Celtic and adult contemporary music to perform well-known favorites and new tunes. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $35, $60, $100 and $150 with the AETN Foundation being the only outlet for tickets.
Afroman got high back in 2001, releasing “Because I Got High,” and ode to not getting high, but Afroman’s been getting high on profits and drawing crowds ever since because the tune will not go away. He even re-recorded the Top 40 hit in 2009, just in case you forgot that Afroman got high. The Grammy nominated “Because I Got High” is not the only reason Afroman has a career, and the comedic hip hop artist proves it by coming to Rev Room for a night of “Because I Got High” and other tunes. (Surely he has other tunes.) The opening act is to be announced, but the music starts at 9:30 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.
Mike Hosty and Mike Byars are the Oklahoma Americana duo better known as Hosty Duo, with Hosty on guitar and and kick bass, and Byars on drums. The two visit Stickyz, creating their bluesy music that also throws country and folk into the mix. The opening act is Memphis urban folk artist with touches of jazz and soul Grace Askew & the Black Market … Read more >
Of course, G. Love & Special Sauce are known to fans of early ’90s music, especially for their tunes “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce” from their 1994 debut and for mixing folk with hip-hop and blues. Seventeen years down the line, Love (Garrett Dutton) and Sauce are still making music, including the February release Fixin’ To Die, an energetic collection of beat-banging folk produced by The Avett Brothers’ Scott and Seth Avett. The Fixin’ To Die tour brings G. Love and band to Rev Room. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with The Belle Brigade, a Los Angeles-based sibling duo who are influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel and Stevie Wonder in creating their harmony-heavy, California sunshine pop. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 in advance and $25 day of show.
The three members of folk rock act The Spring Standards first started playing together while growing up in the Delaware Valley, but now call Brooklyn home. The trio has toured relentlessly since forming, showcasing their three-part harmonies and instrument switching while pumping out energetic. pop-flavored rock ‘n’ roll crossed with folk. The band is … Read more >