Wasn’t Stoney LaRue just in town? No matter. Central Arkansas loves the Red Dirt country rocker and plus, LaRue has a new album dropping Tuesday, Velvet, and he is holding a CD release party at Rev Room for his first studio album in six years. So what you are going to get is a preview of new tunes such as “High Above the Water” and “Dresses” when LaRue plays Rev Room along with some of LaRue’s already established Red Dirt tunes that combine country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the show free, and copies of Velvet available for only $10. It’s a 18-and-up affair.
Here’s Stoney LaRue with his “Oklahoma Breakdown”:
This is how the Rev Room announces the return of Stoney LaRue to Little Rock: “If you’re not familiar and like bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers Band, Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Reckless Kelly then Stoney LaRue is right up your alley.” True enough. LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — is a rousing country rocker that blends Red Dirt country and pure American music creating music that mixes and matches country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The opening act is to be announced with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of for the 21-and-up show.
Omega Artist Group is the newish, local promotion and management company headed by Jeremy Flynn, and Flynn brings his full roster of artist to Juanita’s for a special night of music. It’s an EP release for Magnolia pop punk/alternative rock band belair. and North Little Rock progressive indie rock outfit Ellison’s Cage. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The night of music also includes Sherwood high-energy rock outfit Boom the Wheel and North Little Rock indie dance rock act Knox Hamilton.
Emily Osment is the star of movies such as Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, and also played Lilly Truscott on the Disney hit Hannah Montana, but Osment has slowly branched out as a musician. She released her debut album Fight or Flight in September 2010, and the album included the dance pop hit “Let’s Be Friends.” Osment brings her pop rock sound to Magic Springs Water and Theme Park as part of the park’s Pepsi Concert Series. The evening also includes energetic singer/songwriter Shane Harper as well as part of the Radio Disney Roadshow. The show is at Timberwood Amphitheater with concert gates opening at 6 p.m., and the show starting at 7 p.m. with Harper and then Osment following 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.
Little Rock native and Episcopal Collegiate School graduate Jessica Ott makes her return to Little Rock, fronting the Chicago seven-piece rocking soul band Otis as they play Cajun’s Wharf. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover after 8:30 p.m. Ott isn’t the only Chicago transplant in the group as Otis is comprised of musicians from around the nation. But as a whole the band is a soul force with horn section that draws inspiration from legends such as Sly Stone and Miles Davis as they tear through their soul, funk and jazz influences in forming their new soul sound. Otis also appears at Markham Street Grill And Pub on Thursday, and the Town Pump on Friday.
Acadiana is a hotbed of Cajun music so let’s meet Ryan Brunet of Cajun music creators Ryan Brunet & The Malfecteurs, who will be playing White Water Tavern with the music starting at 10 p.m. At 12, Brunet was introduced to the accordion and soon immersed himself in the music of Louisiana accordion greats. But Brunet didn’t stop there; he soon learned the fiddle, too. Now with a band that features Brunet on accordion, Blake Miller on fiddle, Daniel Coolik on fiddle, Tysman Charpentier on guitar, Joe Vidrine on bass and Jay Miller on drums, the young artist creates timeless Cajun music with a touch of Western swing as Ryan Brunet & The Malfecteurs.
Rousing country rocker Stoney LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — returns to Little Rock with a show at Rev Room to run through a collection of tunes that are a blend of Red Dirt country (Think Cross Canadian Ragweed and the like.) and pure American music. (Consider legends such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead and Kris Kristofferson.) In the end, LaRue creates music that mixes and matches country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. No word on the opening act but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $12 day of 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 late last year, including a stop in Little Rock. Now the band returns again with a visit to Stickyz 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 an $8 early admission with the music starting at 9 p.m. for the 21-and-up show.
In a repeat of a January 2010 visit to Little Rock, Never Shout Never return to Little Rock, this time at Juanita’s, for a night of feel good rock ‘n’ roll. And just like the 2010 visit, Never Shout Never is joined by openers Carter Hulsey with his acoustic folk and a cover of Ryan Adams’ “Oh My Sweet Carolina,” and Denison with piano-powered pop rock. The music starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of show.
Rousing country rocker Stoney LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — returns to Little Rock, this time with a show at Revolution Music Room, to run through a collection of tunes that are a blend of Red Dirt country (Think Cross Canadian Ragweed and the like.) and pure American music. (Consider legends such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead and Kris Kristofferson.) In the end, LaRue creates music that mixes and matches country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The Midnight River Choir — with their Texas country rock — is the opening band, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their. Tickets for the 18-and-up show are $10 in advance and $12 day of.
Once again the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative presents their night of local bands covering legendary bands with the ACAC Halloween Cover-Up VIII at Vino’s, this time with The Flameing Daeth Fearies playing the part of KISS, Mad Trucker and Jen Shaw from Stella Fancy as Portishead, (Clap) Kidz Pop! as Belle and Sebastian, Osyrus as Common and Mandy McBryde as Loretta Lynn. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, and cover is $10 or $7 with a costume.
Speaking of cover bands, White Water Tavern is presenting local rockers The Moving Front as the legendary British band The Jam along with “a who’s who of local musicians performing” as Neutral Milk Hotel and Weezer. The great Halloween Cover Up Show gets going at 9 p.m. with cover $5.
It’s the night before Halloween, but it might seem like Halloween as Hank III and Assjack play The Village. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m., and tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. The grandson of the legendary Hank Williams and son of Hank William Jr., Hank Williams III broke from the family’s musical tradition, creating his own musical blend of country, punk and metal to create a hardcore rockabilly/metal sound that attacks the senses with a raging and pummeling sonic assault. When Waylon Jennings asked “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”, he could have never seen the music of Hank III coming, whooping and a hollering on a blazing Dixie death train bound straight for hell.
Jester’s Entertainment is holding its annual Vampire Ball at Downtown Music. The musical lineup includes Conway punk rockers The Muddlestuds, North Little Rock thrash metal group Judgemental and The Hitman along with a best and sexiest costume contest. Admission is $15 for 18 and over, and $20 for under 18, and the all-ages show gets going at 8:53 p.m.
The Peabody Rivertop Party presents its Boo Bash. The night includes $1,000 for the best costume with celebrity judges selecting the winner along with live music from Little Rock cover bands Tragikly White and Crisis!, and a DJ and light show. Cover is $10 for the 21-and-up night.
A handful of River Market bars and nightclubs are joining forces to present Creepy Crawl, with the venues including Flying Saucer, Willy D’s, Prost, Deep, Underground Pub and Gusanos. A $10 admission to one venue will get you in the rest as well. The Flying Saucer part of the equation includes $3 beer specials on Dos Equis, Sam Adams Octoberfest and Boulevard’s Bob’s 47 Munich, along with live entertainment from Nevertrain from 9 a.m. to close and costume contest with first place earning a $100 gift card and second place a $50 gift card.
Here’s Stoney LaRue with his “Oklahoma Breakdown”:
Before there was Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes, there was G. Amber Valentine and Ed Livengood of Jucifer. The hellacious one-two punch rides the wall of sound created by Valentine’s grinding guitar and Livengood’s thunderbolt drumming, creating a metal blast of music that tap dances on the throat of The White Stripes. The nomadic duo return to Downtown Music with opening acts Furlow band Knee Deep with their marching Southern metal and Little Rock quartet Pallbearer with their “psychedelic epic doom” metal. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $8 cover.
One Stone Productions presents A Soul Explosion on Friday at Juanita’s with soul singer Eric Roberson and neo-soul artist Algebra. Little Rock trumpeter Rodney Block and his backing band the Real Music Lovers will open. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now with general admission tickets $25 and reserved seating tickets (including an appetizer) $40.
Rousing country rocker Stoney LaRue — Texas born but Oklahoma bred — returns to Little Rock and Sticky Fingerz to run through a collection of tunes that are a blend of Red Dirt Country (Think Cross Canadian Ragweed and the like.) and pure American music. (Consider legends such as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead and Kris Kristofferson.) In the end, LaRue creates music that mixes and matches country with soul, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The Midnight River Choir — with their Texas country rock — is the opening band, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 day of show for the 21-and-up gig.
Throughout their 20-plus years as a trio, Green Day has slowly transitioned from roughish pop punkers singing about smoking their inspiration on Dookie‘s “Longview,” to politically in tune, socially conscious alternative rockers with American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. Not a mere cover band, but a tribute band, Chicago’s American Idiots recreate the sound, appearance and energy of the Grammy Award winners. Formed by ex-members of Chicago rock band Shooting Blanks, American Idiots visits Revolution Music Room to play Green Day, from “When I Come Around” to “21 Guns.” The Breakthrough is the opening act with their blues-influenced alternative rock sound, kicking off the music at 8:30 p.m. for the 18-and-up show. Tickets are $8 for 21 and over, and $10 for 18-20.
John Sinclair, a long-time civil rights activist, poet and one-time manager of punk pioneers MC5, will visit Little Rock. Sinclair will first appear at the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall at 6 p.m. to deliver a lecture titled “North Mississippi Blues: Reflections from the Hill Country,” a discussion of the unique blues sound resonating from the hills of North Mississippi. Joining Sinclair will be David Kimbrough Jr., the son of legendary North Mississippi hill country blues artist Junior Kimbrough, and Duwayne Burnside, son of R.L. Burnside, another bluesman known for his raw, droning Mississippi hill country blues. Following the lecture, the three will appear at White Water Tavern at 9 p.m. along with Arkansas bluesman Thomas Houston Jones and his band the Snake Hips where Sinclair will recite his poetry. They will be joined on stage at the White Water by local bluesman and cigar box guitar luthier Bluesboy Jag with a solo acoustic hill country blues set.
Electronic music DJ Hatiras describes himself as a “DJ, music producer, artist, promoter and fun guy.” The owner of Hatrax and Blow Media record labels, host of a weekly radio show showcasing the best DJs around the globe and two-time Juno Award winner (The Canadian Grammys — Yeah, he’s Canadian.) Hatiras will visit The Village to present his mind-bending electronic music. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door, with VIP tickets $20 advance and $25 at the door.
Here’s Jucifer with the video to their tune “The Mountain”:
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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 [...]
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