Mike Hosty and Mike Byars are the Oklahoma Americana duo better known as Hosty Duo, with Hosty on guitar and kicking bass drum, and Byars on two-piece drumset. The two visit Sticky Fingerz, creating their bluesy music that also throws country and folk into the mix. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. for the 21-and-up show. Cover is $5.
Bolly Moments is celebrating the new year with its 1.1.11, officially kicking off 2011 with a “hip-hop/funk shindig for the music junkies.” The event starts at 9 p.m. at Mediums Art Lounge and will include music from Velvet Kente, EarFear (607 & Bobby), Da Saw Squad, Goines, Southwest Boaz, Bully Gang & Epiphany, and more. Hosted by Osyrus Bolly with DJ Massiah providing the soundtrack for the night, admission is $10.
Ozark folk rocker Cindy Woolf returns to The Afterthought with the music starting at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover. Arkansas born but living now in southwest Missouri, the folk artist learned to appreciate American roots music while listening to her father play guitar in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Woolf now mixes in pop choruses and twangy country when singing in her angelic voice about love, traveling and trains.
Let Sticky Fingerz co-owner and all-around music lover Chris King do the talking on why one should see Magic Hassle and their catchy blend of indie rock at Sticky Fingerz. Straight from the Sticky Fingerz website: “Honestly, we don’t think Little Rock gets enough Magic Hassle. They are undoubtedly gifted musicians who we are always excited to have on our stage. We have witnessed a few dropped jaws during their performance.” Good enough reason? American Gods, a Memphis rock act with an appreciation of Brit pop, shoegazing music and even Guns N’ Roses, is the opening act, with the music starting at 9:30 p.m. and cover $5 for the 21-and-up show.
Here’s Cindy Woolf in action with her “In the Attic”:
Prepare the eyeballs, because Trans-Siberian Orchestra is returning to Verizon Arena with two shows: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Doors for the 3 p.m. show open at 2 p.m., and doors for the 8 p.m. show open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27, $43, $53 and $63, and available at the Verizon Arena Box Office. TSO is one of world’s top-selling concert acts, combining orchestral hard rock with a spectacular visual display that includes lasers, pyrotechnics and dazzling lighting. Or, as TSO founder, producer and writer Paul O’Neill said: “When someone goes to a TSO concert, we don’t want them to walk away saying, ‘That was a great show,’ or ‘That was worth it,’ or even ‘That was the best show I’ve seen in a long time.’ We want them to say, ‘Man, that the best show ever; we just ripped that band off.’” Expect Christmas-themed hard rock with a mixture of cuts from the band’s latest album, 2009′s Night Castle.
It’s that time of year again as infectious power pop rockers Ashtray Babyhead return for their one-off holiday gig at Juanita’s. Ashtray Babyhead pumped out their blend of Arkansas power pop in the late ’90s before becoming The Kicks. Joining the band will be the reformed Kansas power pop group Ultimate Fakebook with their fuzzed out rock. The band is performing only four shows on their Winter Tour 2010 and were nice enough to include an Arkansas gig in the lot. Other acts include fellow Lawrence, Kan., band The Dead Girls, a supergroup formed from Ultimate Fakebook and Podstar known for their guitar-fueled power pop, and The Dirty Streets, a young Memphis rock ‘n’ roll outfit with punk and soul roots, and raised on Deep Purple, Sly & the Family Stone and Led Zeppelin. The music begins at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover.
The spicy, Latin-flavored rock of Austin, Texas, outfit Vallejo is no stranger to Little Rock, and the quartet will revisit central Arkansas with a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $8 for the 21-and-up show. The group — known for their fiery blend of hard rock guitars with Latin percussion, soulful vocals and a sweltering funk sound — released a 12-track collection of tunes titled Acousta, featuring unplugged variations of their tunes “Snake In The Grass,” “Forever (Is A Long Time),” “Into The New,” “Beautiful Life” and more, in January.
Tennessee metalcore band Straight Line Stitch returns to Little Rock with a headlining show at Downtown Music. Joining the band will be The Mutha Load, a Texarkana quartet known for their down-tempo, Southern metal; Sychosys, the Southern-flavored metal band from Little Rock who create workingman’s metal influenced by bands such as Pantera, Black Label Society and old-school heavy rock acts such as Black Sabbath; A DarkEnd Era, a Little Rock quintet that mixes slow death metal rhythms with hardcore riffs to create their self-described “crazy brutal tunes; Iron Ton, an alternative metal band featuring two Sychosys members; and Eddie and the Defiantz, a punk thrash band with tons of attitude and a great live show. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m.
Arkansas River Blues Society celebrates the coming of Christmas a weekend early with their Xmas Party at Cornerstone Pub, featuring CloverBlue as the house band. The party starts at 8 p.m. with Arkansas River Blues Society members getting in free. Members whose memberships have expired can renew for half price of $5, and non-members can join Arkansas River Blues Society for $10 and get in free. Cover is otherwise $5 for the public.
Here’s Trans-Siberian Orchestra doing their thing with “Christmas Canon Rock”:
Little Rock’s own jamband extraordinaires Weakness for Blondes chase spontaneous creativity, going down several rabbit holes, scampering after blues rock, jazz and soul with a touch of psychedelic and funk to brew their infectious jamming sound. The band, influenced by the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, blues, jazz, Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, visits Sticky Fingerz. No word on the opening act, but expect the music at 10 p.m. with a $5 for the 21-and-up night.
RSVP Society and Revolution Music Room will host the fifth annual White Party, with the party this year receiving its musical fuel from the Vinyl Vixen Tour with DJ Sno White and Kelly Trance. Providing the local support will be The Sleepy Genius and Ramon Barreto. Ladies get in free for this 18-and-up event before 10:30 p.m., and admission is $10 for those who RSVP. White attire is encouraged with the doors opening at 9 p.m.
Vino’s is hosting a collection of the best country singer/songwriters that The Natural State has to offer with Arkansas Writers in the Round at Vino’s. The collection of premier country talent includes Sherwood country artist David Adam Byrnes, Beebe Southern rock-flavored country act Luke Williams, country rocker Aaron Owens, north Arkansas country artist Matthew Huff and Arkansas country musician Ryan Couron. a country storyteller who mixes his good ol’ boy attitude with a little shot of country rock. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover.
Here’s Weakness for Blondes in action with their “Did You Get Healed at the Tent Last Night”:
Texas heavy metal outfit The Sword returns to central Arkansas, with a show at Juanita’s. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with the music of Little Rock hard rock band Iron Tongue and West Virginia stoner metal band Karma to Burn kicking off the music. Cover is $10. The Sword opened for Metallica in November 2008 at what was then Alltel Arena, but before that, heavy metal worshipers got to see the band storm Vino’s in June 2008. For fans who missed the shows, The Sword — guitarist and singer J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo — is classic heavy metal, with tunes filled with hard-hitting, powerhouse rhythms, mythical imagery and blazing guitar solos. The Sword released their third album, Warp Riders, in August.
The boisterous, beer-raising roots rock of Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations returns for a hometown show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 21-and-up show.
Here’s The Sword in action with their “How Heavy This Axe”:
Toubab Krewe brings their mixture of traditional African rhythms crossed with Southern rock, hip hop, reggae and country to Sticky Fingerz. The Asheville, N.C., quintet has learned the roots of West African music, journeying to Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast in the five years since forming, and developing their unique sound of rock meets African. The opening act is Texas-based reggae rocker Cas Haley, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 advance and $10 day of show for the 21-and-up gig.
Just like their tour poster says, the kings of sludge have returned for their first U.S. tour in more than five years as New Orleans heavy metal legends Crowbar are on the road, including a stop at Downtown Music. Joining Crowbar will be Savannah thrash metal group Black Tusk along with local support from North Little Rock metal band Rwake and Knee Deep, a hard-hitting, Southern metal band that includes former members of Bloodletting Device, Skeeterdope and Mesionide. The show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets $12 advance and $15 day of show.
Even at the ripe old age of 90 (Give or take a few years.), Mr. T-Model Ford is still touring, keeping the juke joint blues vibe alive with his primal, hypnotic blues. Earlier this year, Ford recorded an album with his regular backing band GravelRoad during a 14-show tour. The resulting album, Taledragger, is due in January, and in the meantime the “Boss of the Blues” is hitting the road with GravelRoad for his Juke Joints & Dive bars of the South Tour 2010, including a stop at White Water Tavern. What Ford will bring to White Water is his real Mississippi hill country blues sound, a mingling of Ford’s rough vocal style and his raw-edged guitar playing, sparse but rhythmic.
With an album titled Exile and a tour titled National Exile Tour, Boston-based indie rock band Aloud visits Sticky Fingerz. The show starts at 9 p.m. with cover $5 for the 21-and-up affair. The opening acts are a couple of locals: Mandy McBryde, an acoustic singer/songwriter with her backing band The Holy Ghosts, and Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, who kick out their “white trash power pop” — better known as gritty, power rock. Aloud bandleaders Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa spent a year in the studio recording Exile, building a new sound that is intimate and organic in nature with acoustic guitars, strings, horns, a stripped-down drum kit and handclaps.
Here’s T-Model Ford with GravelRoad and their “Ask Her For Water”:
With a number of pop hits in his repertoire, Michael Buble brings his Crazy Love Tour to North Little Rock and Verizon Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8 p.m. Tickets are $51.50, $71.50 and $91.50 at the Verizon Arena Box Office. Buble’s summer release Crazy Love hit No. 1 earlier this year, and the tour is Buble’s biggest, presenting a home for live productions of hit tunes such as “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet.” Concert-goers can also expect classics such as “Stardust” and “You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You.”
For more than two decades, EyeHateGod has been one of the faces of the New Orleans metal scene, with the group created pure south Louisiana sludge metal, a mix of Southern rock, punk and blues. The band comes to Downtown Music along with Goatwhore, a fellow New Orleans band known for their death metal, and Phobia, a California grindcore band that just released their newest album, Unrelenting. The doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $17 day of show.
Michigan psychobilly trio Koffin Kats have a tune titled “Saw My Friend Explode Today,” which starts off innocently enough with lead singer Vic Victor singing, “I saw my friend explode today right before my eyes/I wear his blood impatiently as if I’m waiting to die.” Then the tune explodes with the gallop of upright bass, guitar and drums. Other ferocious anthems cover the topics of drug use, self-loathing and a girl named Rock and Roll. Koffin Kats visit Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a pay-what-you-can ticket price for the 21-and-up show.
Johnny Cooper is a Texas musician that combines soul, blues, rock and pop into his musical mix, going a little beyond the confines of Red Dirt country. After opening for Brantley Gilbert at a summer Revolution Music Room show, Cooper returns to Little Rock, headlining a show at Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is the Culpepper Mountain Band, kicking off the music at 9:30 p.m. with their country rock influenced by Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Red Dirt country acts such as Cross Canadian Ragweed and country outlaws such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $7.
The band that could have brought Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston back together in The Break-Up is coming to Little Rock as the Old 97′s play at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is Fort Worth, Texas, folk rockers Whiskey Folk Ramblers, kicking off the 18-and-up show at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $16 in advance, and cover day of show will be $18. Of course, music fans realize the Old 97′s are famous because the Dallas-based band is a legendary alt-country outfit with an electrifying presence on stage. Or, as Rev co-owner Chris King says, “The alt-country landscape of the past 20 years was defined by bands such as [the] Old 97′s … with Old 97′s being the poppiest of the bunch.” The quartet’s newest album is The Grand Theatre Volume One.
Although they formed early in the 21st century, it wasn’t until “Angels on the Moon” started climbing the charts in 2008 that California alternative rock band Thriving Ivory was introduced to the masses through their re-released, self-titled debut album. The tune ended up cracking the Top 100 of the Billboard charts, and Thriving Ivory started playing to bigger crowds. Two years later, the band is on the road again, this time in support of their sophomore release Through Yourself & Back Again. Thriving Ivory visits Juanita’s, and the all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $12.50 in advance or $15 day of show.
Vino’s presents a quartet of local acts, including Malvern hardcore metal band Veridium, Little Rock experimental rock band Hourglass, Jacksonville modern rock outfit Blind Mary (formerly known as Paradigm) and Livid, a Benton band whose heavy rock borders on heavy metal. The music starts at 8 p.m. with cover $7.
White Water Tavern will be home to two nights of the best in American music as Last Chance Records presents Glossary, Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage and Kevin Kerby each playing a full set of music each night. Tickets are available at lastchancerecords.com for $12 and will be available at the door if any remain at show time. Glossary is Tennessee-based outfit known for their bleeding heart rock ‘n’ roll that leaves blood on the knobs with tunes torched by country and R&B. Two Cow Garage is known for their rough-hewed rock ‘n’ roll that mixes a rowdy, classic rock sound with alt country and punk, and Slobberbone is known for their white-knuckled, freewheeling, catchy rock ‘n’ roll with roots reaching into country. Kevin Kerby is a Little Rock rock ‘n’ roller.
Hinder is coming to The Village. The Oklahoma hard rockers’ third album, All American Nightmare, is set to drop in December, and the boys are on the road, playing the new tunes and the hits, including “Lips of an Angel.” And thanks to “Lips of an Angel,” the hard rock band influenced by Def Leppard and Guns N’ Roses had a debut album sell more than 3 million copies. For the band’s first Little Rock appearance since Riverfest 2009, they will be supported by Canadian post-grunge band My Darkest Days. Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 day of show with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. show. Also on the bill is Default, whose new album Comes and Goes was released in October. The outfit was discovered by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger shortly after forming in Vancouver back in 1999, and since then the band has earned success on the mainstream and active rock charts.
It’s funk meets zydeco as Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe bring their musical party to Sticky Fingerz. Born Troy Carrier in Church Point, La., Dikki Du has been creating grooving, funky and hypnotizing zydeco music since the age of 9, creating dancing days for south Louisiana and points northward. There is no opening act so expect the music around 9:30 p.m. with a $5 early admission price for the 21-and-up show.
Fayetteville party dance rockers Boom Kinetic released their first, full-length album Part Gray/Part Bright Light with three shows across their native state earlier this month, including the Revolution Music Room. Now the band returns again for a night of uptempo dance rock originals, heavy on the synths and guitars, and a collection of the best of the ’80s pop rock and synthpop. Formed in 2006, the band, formerly known as Molten Lava, is a high-energy dance rock band that has been named Best Party Band Ever by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards two years in a row. There’s no opening act so expect the music at 9:30 p.m. with an $8 early admission price for the 18-and-up show.
Big Silver, a Little Rock rock ‘n’ roll act with pop melodies, comprised of members of Boondogs and The Salty Dogs, who released their Tributary album on Max Recordings in December of last year, return for one of their rare live appearances at White Water Tavern. Arranged and recorded in a weekend, Tributary is the group’s fourth album and second for Max Recordings.
The night after Thanksgiving, Downtown Music rocks with a visit from Smile Empty Soul, a Los Angeles band known for their guitar-driven hard rock attack. The band’s latest release is the August 2009 album, Consciousness, which spawned the hit “Don’t Ever Leave.” Joining Smile Empty Soul will be Earshot, a five-piece known for delivering their blend of hard rock and alternative metal, New York City rock outfit Edisun and Se7en Sharp, a Jacksonville-based hard rock crew. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $13 day of show.
While stand-up comedian Kevin Hart has found success in films such as Meet Dave, Superhero Movie, Fool’s Gold and his lead in Soul Plane, he remains a live comic at heart, getting his start at such comedy clubs as The Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Stand-Up NY, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Hart brings his Thanks for the Laugh Comedy Tour to Robinson Center Music Hall at 8 p.m., with tickets $27.40 to $45.90 with the usual Ticketmaster charges.
Here’s Hinder with a fan-made video for their “Better Than Me”:
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 [...]