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Saturday’s Music

Turnpike Troubadours.

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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 discussing Tahlequah here? It’s the hometown of Turnpike Troubadours, a quintet of roots-rock playing musicians. This isn’t Red Dirt country like many bands from Oklahoma, but music that throws in a little bit of everything, including folk, Cajun and bluegrass. Turnpike Troubadours revisit Little Rock for a show at Stickyz. The John D. Hale Band kicks off the show with their alternative country sound that blends country, Americana, Southern rock and even bluegrass, and expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show.

That rhythmically tight, fast-paced rock trio known as The Tricks will play Town Pump. The show starts at 10 p.m. with a $3 cover. Also on the bill is 607 — and you know 607, don’t you? Only one of the best rappers/hip-hop artists/musicians around the area. The Tricks and 607 will share the stage so for … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition.

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Catfish music for the masses. Let’s consider the phrase that Jimbo Mathus uses in describing the music that he creates as Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition. The music is the song of the South, an unruly blast of blues, country, honky tonk and rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of gospel, which means catfish music will raise hell on Saturday night and quietly bow its head Sunday morning. But don’t forget there is a little bit of New Orleans funk, Ozarks folk and gritty Memphis soul in there, too. The band is readying for the release of their Blue Light EP on July 20 and hitting White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover.

There are acoustic open nights, and jam nights, and Monday jazz nights, and Sunday jazz brunches, and science cafes, and all manner of events at The Afterthought. And then there are visits from Good Time Ramblers, the Little Rock band known for their rock-fueled country sprinkled with Texas swing, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll influences. It’s good-timing music for the masses. The … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Tiger High.

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These guys in Memphis-based Tiger High have quite the musical pedigree. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jake Vest was in Jack Oblivian and The Trashed Romeos, and drummer Greg Roberson was in Reigning Sound, Arthur Lee’s Love, The Trashed Romeos, Jack Oblivian and Compulsive Gamblers. The duo are joined by two of Vest’s longtime musical partners: brother Toby Vest and Greg Faison, and the quartet create infectious garage rock with power pop melodies that you can dance to on their Myth Is This album. Joining Tiger High for a White Water Tavern show will be the full-on dance rock/punk assault of Little Rock’s Booyah! Dad and the burlesque show of Hot Springs’ Foul Play Cabaret. The night gets going at 9:30 p.m.

Jack White’s new album hit No. 1 on iTunes’ all-genres album chart. What was the No. 2 album behind it for a while? The independent release Small Town Family Dream from Texas country — with a touch of Red Dirt — group Josh Abbott Band. The band’s new album also hit No. 5 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums Chart. Abbott and band are coming to Rev Room. … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Jason D. Williams.

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It’s Cinco de Mayo and Denton’s Back Porch is celebrating in style with a Cinco de Mayo party presented by 100.3 The Buzz and featuring Jason D. Williams. Williams is best called the Jerry Lee Lewis of the 21st century with his reckless rock ‘n’ roll piano pounding that encompasses musical genres stretching from rockabilly to country to jazz to pure-bred Memphis rock. Or, as Williams himself says, “It’s Jerry Lee Lewis meets Jackson Pollock, and Jerry Lee Lewis meets Joe Namath.” Who knows what that means. Let’s just say this: Fans of live-wire, Sun Records rock ‘n’ roll will not be disappointed. Williams is a showman of the highest degree. Tickets are $20.

Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers are throwing a Cinco de Mayo celebration at The Afterthought that is also serving as a birthday party for band member Oliver “O.T.” Thomas. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. Block and band will run through a collection of jazz, neo-soul and R&B tunes with help from songstress Dee Davis and other guests. Seats are limited so arrive early for the celebration.

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Saturday’s Music

The Wonder Years

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Ah, The Wonder Years what a great sitcom. Kevin. Winnie. Wayne. Paul. But none of that gang is showing up at Downtown Music. No, this The Wonder Years is a Philadelphia pop punk sextet that is still touring in support of last June’s release Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing. It’s the band’s Glamour Kills Tour that brings them to Downtown Music along with New York hard-hitting punk rockers Polar Bear Club, Massachusetts post-hardcore act Transit, Boston rock band A Loss For Words and California pop punk outfit The Story So Far. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 day of show.

How heavy do things get in Blevins? Pretty heavy if Every Knee Shall Bow is to be believed. The five guys are true fans of metal, playing bone-crushing music with traces of thrash and metalcore influenced by groups such as Bay Area metal pioneers Exodus and Testament; newer, Christian metal bands such as War Of Ages, Impending Doom and Underoath; and Little Rock seminal Christian metal band … Read more >

Thursday’s Music

Robert Earl Keen.

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You know Robert Earl Keen. Yep, he’s that great Texas folk singer/songwriter. So good he was recently inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association’s Hall of Fame. Since 1984’s No Kinda Dancer, Keen has released killer album after killer album, usually filled with his version of Texas folk that includes nods at country and rock. A masterful storyteller, Keen comes to Rev Room, playing tunes from his newest album, 2011’s Ready for Confetti, and other tunes from his past. Keen hasn’t slowed down after more than 30 years of playing live, and his show is an energetic romp through the music that made the man. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 day of for the 18-and-up show. No word on an opening act.

Next Friday, North Carolina alt country-flavored rock ‘n’ roll band American Aquarium will play a show at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. So what’s the importance of that? Well, Isbell is the man who recorded American Aquarium’s Burn.Flicker.Die, and the album will be out later this fall. The band … Read more >

Friday’s Music

 

Cody Canada & The Departed.

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Former Cross Canadian Ragweed frontman Cody Canada released his first album outside of Ragweed back in June 2011. Titled This Is Indian Land, the new work is not only a collection of tunes by various Oklahoma songwriters who over the years have influenced Canada, but also the first tracks with his new group, Cody Canada and The Departed. And it’s Cody Canada & The Departed who are coming to Rev Room, bringing their music which is very much in the Red Dirt vein such as Ragweed but with more of a rock ‘n’ roll punch. No word on an opening act, but the music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 18-and-up show.

The Wakarusa Music Festival is coming back to Ozark in late May and early June for four days of music. Thousands of fans will attend. Hundreds of bands will play the festival, and one of those bands will be either War Chief, Ben Franks & The Bible Belt Boys, Starroy, Culpepper Mountain Band or Chillyrose. The five bands are … Read more >

Friday’s Music

John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives.

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It’s the return of John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives to White Water Tavern: Keith with his Memphis-bred rock ‘n’ roll backed by drummer John Argroves, bassist Mark Stuart and keyboard player Al Gamble. Gather around for a night of power pop, garage, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, country and blues rock all rolled into the explosive musical blast that is Keith’s music. Keith’s sophomore record is The Man That Time Forgot, released last year on Big Legal Mess via Fat Possum Records. The music starts at 10 p.m. with Kentucky Knife Fight, a St. Louis band that is twang-y and dirty with their collection of bluegrass, blues, rock and punk.

Most music fans probably don’t remember The Bellamy Brothers’ “Country Rap.” The country music duo probably likes it that way because the eponymous single from their 1986 album was terrible. Fortunately, Colt Ford does country rap right — not as a novelty but as mostly country music tunes about country living with a tough of rap. Ford comes to Shooter’s Sports Bar and Grill, and the music starts at 9 p.m. … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Zoso.

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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 >

Friday’s Music

Dash Rip Rock.

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Sure, it’s the night before New Year’s Eve, but go ahead and get the party started by heading down to Stickyz and dancing into the wee hours to the swamp- and punk-flavored country rock of New Orleans’ own Dash Rip Rock. The rowdy live act is still fronted by longtime member Bill Davis, electrifying audiences with their boogie bar rock and good-timing tunes such as “Let’s Go Smoke Some Pot.” No word on the opening act, but expect the music at 9:30 p.m. with a $6 cover for the 18-and-up night. A night with Dash Rip Rock is a perfect way to send 2011 out the door one night early. (And New Year’s Eve is on a Saturday so you can sleep all day before heading out to celebrate the coming of 2012.)

Seemingly at least once a week in 2011, the Rev Room brought local music fans some of the best in local rock, and a night before the end of the year, the River Market club celebrates the wealth of local talent with its End of the Year Music Dump. Okay, perhaps the name isn’t the … Read more >