Back in February, The New York Times had this to say about Nashville, Tenn., based singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon: “Mr. Gordon’s music is both a distinctive slice of the Nashville scene far from the country mainstream and a window onto the DIY paths that increasingly come with a music career.” The Times was profiling Gordon with the release of the masterful songwriter’s newest album Gloryland. It’s an album of soulful Memphis-style rock to barn-burning blues rock to gloaming-tinted, gospel rock inspired by Bob Dylan. Mostly it can be said the album is beyond great. The Louisiana native and University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate comes back to Little Rock and White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.
Is Thursday the weekend? Well, not quite but close enough. And what’s the best way to kick off the weekend? How about a free concert with Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers. Yeah, that’s right. All that jazz fused with soul and R&B from trumpeter Block and Sam Carroll on keyboards, Michael Chandler on drums and Oliver “OT” Thomas on bass. And free, because it’s part of the Live at Laman series at the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock. Presented in partnership with KUAR and the Arkansas Arts Council, the music begins at 7 p.m. in the Laman Library Auditorium.
Oklahoma musician Samantha Crain released her second full-length album You (Understood) back in the summer of 2010. The album rightly earned praise from the critics. Why? Because it was 13 tracks of Crain’s unique singing style — angelic and vulnerable but with an emotional jab — and her shuffling Americana sound. And recently, Crain has been working with musician John Vanderslice on a follow-up album, and back in January released a 7-inch single from those sessions featuring the tune “A Simple Jungle.” Crain comes to White Water Tavern. Also on the bill are Broncho with their Oklahoma-bred punkish garage rock sound, and Big Silver and The Easys member and fabulous local singer/songwriter Isaac Alexander with the music starting at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Jazz and hip-hop — two great American art forms. Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and 607 — two of Arkansas’ best, in jazz and hip-hop, respectively. So that’s what one can expect when heading to Twelve Modern Lounge for Jazz vs. Hip-Hop IV featuring Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and 607. The Real Music Lovers are Sam Carroll on keyboards, Michael Chandler on drums and Oliver “OT” Thomas on bass, and the two acts will collaborate, fuzing jazz and hip-hop, while also performing solo, which means 607 will draw from his solo stuff and his music with brother Bobby in earFear. The night starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seating.
Mountain Sprout is one of those bands making a name for itself through its live shows and for good reason. The four guys from the Arkansas band describe their band as a “highly energetic hillbilly music machine, spitting original tunes and blowing minds with witty lyrics and face-melting musicianship.” Live, the band is on fire, spitting out white-hot slices of music that’s probably best titled insurgent Americana with equal parts bluegrass, psychobilly and hillbilly. So it’s that sound that Mountain Sprout will bring to Stickyz. Kicking off the music is FreeVerse with their free-spirited, rock ‘n’ roll jams that incorporate funk and jazz. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up show.
Here’s how Neurosis describes their post-metal sound: “For the last 26 years, Neurosis have tapped into the elusive wellspring where resonance and dissonance collude, circling emotional poles where nothing is withheld, where the psyche screams for answers to Earth’s ancient mysteries.” Okay, but Neurosis is really just music. Scott Kelly is the vocalist and guitarist of the California band, and he sometimes likes playing some countryish folk music. And it’s that country folk sound that a solo, acoustic Kelly brings to Downtown Music. Joining Kelly will be Eugene Robinson, the lead singer of experimental band Oxbow. The doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the music starting soon afterward. Cover is $10. And since it’s an all-acoustic show, what better way to kick it off than with an appearance by Little Rock-bred rock thunder outfit Iron Tongue, playing acoustically, of course.
Unknown Hinson is the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours. Or, as he says on his website (Newly redesigned!), he looks like “Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show” and plays “country-and-western tinged psychobilly.” It’s no novelty act though. Hinson is a vampire-dressing parody of ’50s and ’60s country singers, cranking out his music while dressed in a campy, white-trash persona. He is also the voice of Early Cuyler, the hell-raising, beer-drinking, violence-condoning, backwoods, North Georgia redneck squid on Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies. Catch it all at Juanita’s. Little Rock’s own honky-tonk country extraordinaires The Salty Dogs are the opening act, kicking off the music at 10 p.m. The doors open at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of show.
Get the sunglasses ready because it’s time for the return of the pyromaniac-pleasing, laser-loving, fire-breathing band known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Yes, regular as clockwork, the symphonic rock-playing act returns for their annual Christmas season visit with a show at Verizon Arena. Combining progressive rock, classical and orchestral music, and creating it with a host of musicians, Trans-Siberian Orchestra will play two shows: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Doors open an hour before each show and tickets are $31, $43, $53 and $63 for each show through the Verizon Arena Box Office or through all Ticketmaster outlets for $39.60, $54.95, $66 and $76.30. One dollar of each will be donated to a local charity. It’s not really Christmas until Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes to town.
Speaking of Christmas, downtown Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum gets in on the game, hosting its seventh annual Nog-Off as part of the 2nd Friday Art Night festivities. Phil Brandon’s eggnog spiked with his Rock Town Distillery’s Young Arkansas Bourbon is one of the new contestants for the title along with Argenta Arts Foundation’s Drue Patton with OMnoG. (Get it?) Following a win by Tandra Watkins of Ashley’s in 2010, David Burnette of the Capital Bar and Grill will also battle for the tile along with Mary Beth Ringgold of Copper Grill, Tracy Sterling of JAVA Roasting Express @ Wright & Chester, and Bridget Farris. Samples will be available to the public who will decide on the People’s Choice winner, and a panel of judges will decide the overall winner. The night also includes Jewish folk music from The Meshugga Klezmer Band, and the opening of the new exhibit: Found-Fired-Formed: Sarah May Leflar, Donna Uptigrove and Amber Uptigrove. It all starts at 5 p.m., and it’s free.
Dallas-bred blues rock outfit Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights is returning to Little Rock and Stickyz with their mixture of the heavy rock of Led Zeppelin hanging out with the bluesier side of The Rolling Stones with a touch of Southern soul and gospel. It’s swaggering rock ‘n’ roll that is best turned up with the windows turned down — a little blues-soaked, sex-driven rock ‘n’ roll balanced with the save-your-soul howl of gospel music. The band’s newest album is Pardon Me, the five piece’s major label debut. The opening act is Zach Williams & the Reformation, kicking off the music at 9:30 p.m. with their bluesy — and a little raunchy — neo-Southern rock with a touch of retro. Cover is $10 for the 18-and-up show.
Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers are the centerpiece of a night of music at Twelve Modern Lounge that is being called A Soulful Christmas. A night of music featuring the angelic voices of Little Rock — Jeron, Mia McNeal, Dee Davis and Bijoux — gets started at 9 p.m. with reserve seating $20 and general admission $10. It’s a semi-formal affair. For their third annual Christmas party, Block and band — Sam Carroll on keyboards, Michael Chandler on drums and Oliver “OT” Thomas on bass — will include a number of jazz, neo-soul and R&B tunes along with favorite Christmas tunes.
Young country artist Hunter Hayes released his self-titled, major-label debut on Atlantic Records Nashville last month. The album hit the Top 10 of the country charts, mainly on the strength of the first single “Storm Warning,” which hit the country Top 40. A Louisiana native, KSSN 96 presents Hayes at Juanita’s as part of Hayes’ Most Wanted Fall Tour. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Cover is only $5. It’s an opportunity to see a country superstar in the making as Hayes has written tunes for Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry, toured with superstar Taylor Swift, played the Late Show with David Letterman and made his Grand Old Opry debut — all in the last year and all before the age of 21.
Texas-born Americana singer/songwriter Adam Carroll is known for his down-home stories about ordinary people over his intricate guitar picking. It’s a combination that has made him well-loved and respected, and has earned him comparisons to songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Owen Temple is an Austin-based singer-songwriter who is known for his narrative folk tunes that are genuine, such as the collection of tunes found on his new album Mountain Home. So, yes, Temple, too, is sometimes compared to Van Zandt and Prine. Both masterful singer/songwriters come to White Water Tavern. The music starts at 9 p.m.
The Little Rock Folk Club welcomes renown Scottish folk revivalist singer and guitarist Ed Miller. Originally from Edinburgh, Miller now resides in Austin, Texas, but returns hone each year for his Folksong Tour of Scotland and most recently recorded 16 of Robert Burns’ tunes as a tribute to the national bard of Scotland. The Little Rock Folk Club is hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock in the church’s Thomson Hall with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students, and free of children 11 and under.
Singer/songwriter Roger Creager has spent more than a decade spreading his rocking version of Texas country, a version he brings to Stickyz that is built on his stories of late-night trips to Mexico and his wild, honky-tonk live image — an image learned from watching Jerry Jeff Walker and Robert Earl Keen. Expect a night of real country tales and rabble-rousing music, including Creager’s signature tune “The Everclear Song.” Creager’s new album Surrender will be released in January. The opening act is Matt Stell & the Crashers, with their introspective country, high-energy rock and Americana ballads, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show.
First Baptist Chemical calls Walnut Hill home, and describes their sound as “Doug Sahm meets Fleetwood Mac, Sly and the Family Stone and DJ Shadow,” or something called bumpkin folk/Afro-beat. Just know this about the group: its members include Ho-Hum’s Rod Bryan, Good Time Ramblers’ Alex Piazza and singer/songwriter Helen Davey. First Baptist Chemical is also the first band up at a night of local music at The Town Pump, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Also on the bill is the dance-y garage rock of Booyah! Dad, and the roaring indie rock crossed with smart progressive rock of The Year of the Tiger.
Miles Davis and John Coltrane are two of the biggest names in jazz and all of music for that matter, and one of Little Rock’s best jazz bands — Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers — is paying tribute to the pair with a show at Ferneau. The music starts at 9 p.m. with reserved seats $15 and general admission $10. Joining trumpeter Block and his band of Sam Carroll, Oliver “OT” Thomas and Michael Chandler will be Joshua of Velvet Kente and songtress Dee Davis. Plus, a DJ will be spinning as well.
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 the band will be tourmates Swamp Sitters with their rootsy, rockabilly-based Americana. Blevins heavy metal group Every Knee Shall Bow and Magnolia alternative rock outfit belair. round out the bill. Confused Little Girl is on the road promoting the band’s new album for Rotten Records, Southern Gentlemen.
It’s good seeing The Good Time Ramblers playing more local shows recently; the Little Rock music scene needs the high-octane country and rock ‘n’ roll band. And so, The Good Time Ramblers return for a show at The Afterthought, bringing their rock-fueled country sprinkled with Texas swing, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll influences, and not re-heated classic rock hooks and slick pop choruses like today’s country. The music starts around 9 p.m. with a $7 cover. As The Afterthought said, “We love these guys,” and you should, too.
Free of former Led Zeppelin lead singer and her Raising Sand partner Robert Plant, Alison Krauss is back to work with her backing band Union Station (including master dobro player Jerry Douglas), and it’s Alison Krauss & Union Station that come to Harding University. The group released their first collection of new bluegrass since 2004 with April’s Paper Airplane, which became Krauss’ first No. 1 album on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and the group is nominated for seven International Bluegrass Music Awards. The show starts at 8 p.m. in the Benson Auditorium, and tickets are $40 and $50 for the general public, and $20 and $30 for the Harding community.
With a recording career that stretches back to the 1980s, Najee is a renowned jazz saxophonist. Joining him for a special show in the historic auditorium of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will be openers and local jazz favorites Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers. The night of music titled An Evening with Najee begins at 7 p.m. with tickets $50 to $100 with proceeds benefiting the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
Want a good laugh? Listen to Rickey Smiley‘s prank call where he calls a Church’s Chicken, acting like an old woman who has mistaken the fast-food chicken restaurant for an actual church. It’s nothing groundbreaking but just good, wholesome fun. The “clean” comedian, TV host and nationally syndicated radio personality of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show will bring his “Bernice Jenkins” to Robinson Center Music Hall for a night of laughs along with other characters such as “Lil’ Daryl,” “Rusty Dale” and “Beauford” and possibly a live band with Smiley singing and playing. The laughs starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 for balcony, and $39 for mezzanine and orchestra. Don’t forget to add all those nasty little Ticketmaster charges to the tickets.
Here’s Robert Earl Keen with his “Amarillo Highway”:
The Revolution Music Room presents its Zodiac: Sagittarius Edition with Baltimore’s Jen Lasher, an electronica music artist influenced by a number of musical genres, from industrial to rock, but who is also known for spinning Baltimore’s own blend of house music titled Bmore. Joining Lasher will be local artist DJ Ewell along with Sex with Robots, Joel H and Andy Sadler. The show starts at 9 p.m. with cover $10 for the 18-and-up show.
Jazz lovers can find Little Rock’s best trumpeter with his backing band at the Mallard Bar inside the Little Rock Peabody as Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers present an evening of jazz. VIP admission is $15 with regular admission $10. Block and The Real Music Lovers — Oliver Thomas, Sam Carroll and Michael Chandler — will run through a dazzling night of jazz mixed with hip hop and R&B as the band is joined by several guest artists.
Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers celebrate the Fourth of July with their Round Midnight Cruise aboard the Arkansas Queen. Boarding is at 9:30 p.m. with the boat departing at 10 p.m. and returning at 1 a.m. Regular admission tickets are $22, and VIP tickets are $35. Block and company will mix jazz originals with covers and feature several guest vocalists. There’s three levels of entertainment, including DJ Swift. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The Clinton Presidential Center is opening its grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to commemorate Independence Day with its Independence Day Family Festival. The day of family entertainment includes storytellers, magicians, inflatable games and live music.
The pop-melody injected rock ‘n’ roll sound of Los Angeles outfit Rooney returns to Juanita’s. The band, known for their love of Beatles pop, Tom Petty rock, Queen bombastic operatic rock and Beach Boys harmonies, released their third album Eureka on June 8. Joining the group will be The Young Veins, a California rock band consisting of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, the former lead guitarist and bassist, respectively, of Panic! at the Disco; and Brooklyn dance rock duo Black Gold. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $13 advance and $15 day of show.
Onestone Productions is joining forces with Big Brown and Big Wink Entertainment to present The Ultimate Old School Party at Revolution Music Room, an event being headlined by the hip-hop group Whodini. Known for their ground-breaking rap anthems “Friends,” ‘Freaks Come Out at Night” and “Five Minutes of Funk” from their 1984 album Escape, Whodini is old-school rap at its best. Joining the hip-hop act will be a who’s who of Little Rock talent, including Little Rock trumpeter extraordinaire Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers featuring Jeron, Ultimate Groove featuring Tawanna Campbell and local hip hop star 607. The music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $25 advance and $30 day of show, and VIP tickets $50 advance and $60 day of show.
Damn Bullets — Joe Sundell on vocals, guitar, banjo and harmonica, DJ Bennett on bass and vocals, and Graeme Higgins on drums — are still electrified and still boogieing, working up a fever with their collection of rock ‘n’ roll, delta blues, rockabilly, folk and bluegrass. In the process of writing new tunes for a new album (The band has already polished off the excellent “Fool’s Gold,” the sound of The Beach Boys meeting The Band.), the Damn Bullets play White Water Tavern. Sharing the bill is Austin, Texas, act Sad Daddy, a “new old-time country outfit” Sundell formed with Hot Springs singer/songwriter Brian Martin and bassist Melissa Carper of The Carper Family in Austin.
Speaking of musical graduations in Little Rock, Texas metalcore act Sky Eats Airplane graduates to headlining a show at The Village. Blending hardcore punk and heavy metal influences into an aggressive sonic annihilation filled with electronica flourishes, the Texas quintet produced an incendiary live show. Local support will be provided by Little Rock hardcore/pop punk outfit Safe to Shore, central Arkansas hardcore band My Hands to War, El Dorado hardcore outfit Fear the Aftermath and Maumelle electronica metal group The Science of Sleep, who released an EP The World Awaits in December 2009. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $12 advance and 415 at the door.
Downtown Music has new ownership in Samantha Allen (replacing founder Alan Wells), and the night is celebrated with Memphis melodic black metal band Epoch of Unlight, Arkansas doom and gloom black metal group Fallen Empire, Little Rock hard rock/metal act Iron Tongue, Little Rock hardcore metal band A DarkEnd Era (formerly known as A Darkened Era) and Fort Smith death metal quartet Macrocosm. There will be an open house of sorts from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with food and drink specials. The music will start around 8 p.m. with a $5 cover, and the music blaring till around 2 a.m.
The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative celebrates its First Friday by unveiling its featured artist for July, Little Rock artist John Kushmaul. The opening of the monthlong show will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with refreshments including Thai green curry bowls and Vietnamese coffee with donations encouraged. Kushmaul’s first solo show since 2008 will include 30 oil paintings (all for sale) Kushmaul created through collaborations with photographers and other artists from Arkansas and from around the country. The show will be displayed until July 31. Kushmaul has works in the permanent collections of the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Governor’s Mansion and the Central Arkansas Library System.
Here’s Rooney with their video to the tune “Tell Me Soon”:
The Dave Matthews Band came and went through North Little Rock last fall with a visit to Dickey-Stephens Park, but luckily for fans of the Dave Matthews Band acoustic guitar-, saxophone- and violin-led jams, The Dave Matthews Tribute Band is coming to Sticky Fingerz. The six-piece Buffalo, N.Y., outfit reproduce the sound and energy of Boyd Tinsley’s violin playing and Dave Matthews’ hyper-exuberant guitar playing. There’s no opening act, just all Dave starting at 10 p.m. with a $6 early admission for the 21-and-up show.
The Diving Bell Ball returns to Revolution Music Room, showcasing Arkansas music and benefiting Overlooked, a nonprofit that sells T-shirts and accessories with proceeds assisting struggling, developing nations in Africa. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. and will include a quartet of Arkansas bands: the amped-up indie rock of Magic Hassle (including David Slade and Matt Quin from American Princes), the musical circus of Fayetteville’s Randall Shreve with his vaudevillian indie rock, Little Rock experimental indie rockers Falcon Scott, and the celebratory rock ‘n’ roll fervor of Little Rock outfit Free Micah. It’s an all-ages show with tickets $5 for 21 and over, and $7 for under 21.
Texas’ Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township blend folk rock with Americana, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll, creating shuffling roots music peppered with jazzy keyboard and moody organ. Local act Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations is folk-flavored roots music with the amps turned loud, creating a blast of boisterous, beer-raising rock. The two acts play White Water Tavern.
Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers (Oliver Thomas on bass, Sam Carroll on piano and Michael Chandler on drums) return to The Afterthought for their seemingly almost monthly show. Expect Block on trumpet to lead his bandmates through a night of stone cold fusion jazz, implementing elements of hip-hop, R&B, funk and soul. The music is at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.
The 13th annual Foam Fest will be held at the River Market Pavilions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s a beer sampling event — with more than 100 varieties of beer and wine, including local distributors and microbreweries, and music from local bands — benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, Arkansas Chapter. Admission is $25 advance or $30 at the door. Some of the non-local brews for the sampling include Bard’s Tale Dragon Gold (a gluten-free beer), Tornado Alley Amber Ale from Missouri’s Charleville Vineyard Winery & Microbrewery, Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from California’s Moylan’s Brewing Company and Tahoe Blue, a pale ale from Nevada’s Joseph James Brewing Inc.
Here’s a shot of The Dave Matthews Tribute Band in action with “Tripping Billies”:
Singer/songwriter Kevin Devine is Brooklyn native, not some out-of-towner who moved to the borough to be cool. In fact, Devine told Spinner.com: “I have absolutely nothing to do with [the Brooklyn scene]. To see your neighborhood become the magnet for the beautiful and well-informed from all over the world … that’s the double-edged sword of gentrification.” What Devine does deal in is acoustic guitar-driven indie rock, and that’s what he’ll play during a stop at Juanita’s. Joining Devine will be Monticello’s ParashosParachutes with their experimental indie rock, and Sam Walker, a Little Rock indie folkie with influences ranging from the Smoky Mountain Music series of hymns and gospel songs to more modern influences such as Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $12 day of for the all-ages show.
Take a band influenced by the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, blues, jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, funnel them through hard-charging, blues-influenced rock riffs, and out the other end comes Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes, who play White Water Tavern. The group uses a rock foundation but follows its spontaneous creativity down several rabbit holes, chasing blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk.
Little Rock trumpeter Rodney Block is throwing a rooftop birthday celebration at Michelangelo’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Conway titled The Party’s Not Over. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with reserve seating tickets $15 and general admission tickets $10. Joining Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers (Oliver Thomas on bass, Sam Carroll on piano and Michael Chandler on drums) will be local crooner Cody Belew. The party on the rooftop of Michelangelo’s promises a night of jazz, neo-soul, R&B and blue-eyed soul.
Starroy won the local Wakarusa Challenge at Sticky Fingerz, earning the band that uses muddy Delta blues and lowdown, dirty funk to create their Jonesboro-stamped jamband sound a spot at June’s Wakarusa Festival. Find out why when the band returns to Sticky Fingerz for a show with opener Ernie Halter with his Southern California flavored acoustic rock with a soulful heart. Cover is $6 for the 21-and-up show starting at 9 p.m.
Giving you the music a day early: Austin, Texas, indie rock band The Rocketboys are coming to Stickyz. The band’s latest is the self-released Build Anyway. So what does the band sound like? Well, the Austin American-Statesman describes the band’s music as “clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving [...]
Giving you the music a day early: The pop-flavored R&B group that brought the world “Cool It Now” is on the road for their 30th anniversary tour as New Edition visits Verizon Arena. Tickets are $58.15, $68.40 and $79.40 with fellow R&B act After 7 and R&B artist El Debarge [...]
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. [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Acadiana is a hotbed of Cajun music so let’s talk about Ryan Brunet of Cajun music creators Ryan Brunet and The Malfecteurs, who will be playing White Water Tavern with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. with a $7 cover. At the age [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Wussy is coming to Stickyz. So what does that mean? Well, Wussy is a Cincinnati rock band. Sometimes with pedal steel. Sometimes with a clavinet. Sometimes with harpsichord. It’s really hard categorizing them so let’s don’t. Just enjoy Wussy for what they are [...]
Giving you the music a day early: People who write off Nada Surf as a MTV-promoted one-hit wonder because of 1996′s “Popular” haven’t been paying attention for the past 16 years. The New York City trio’s buzzing guitar attack, pop choruses and harmonies have been featured on six subsequent albums, [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Scott H. Biram and Lydia Loveless at Stickyz — this is going to be quite a show. Why? Biram is a 21st-century blues sorcerer, throwing blues, psychobilly, country and punk in a jar with a few gulps of whiskey, violently shaking it and [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Jeez, it was about time. It has been since December that the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours played Little Rock. Fortunately, Unknown Hinson returns with a show at Juanita’s. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 [...]
Giving you the music a day early: Here’s a little-known fact: Outside of the city of Tahlequah, Okla., is a public use area titled No Head Hollow Public Use Area. No lie. The city is also the capital of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Now, why are we [...]
Giving you the music a day early: It’s going to get heavy at Downtown Music. How heavy? Well, how heavy does a show that includes At Wars End, Reticient and The Revolutioners sound? Oh yeah, not that heavy if you don’t know what the bands sound like. Well, here’s a [...]