Following a late 2009 visit where they united the local Juggalos and shared their Faygo, the face-paint sporting duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope return to The Village as Insane Clown Posse brings their The Old Sh*t Tour to town. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 8:01 p.m. Tickets are $24 in advance and $28 at the door. ICP is promising the tour will bring the duo’s hits from back in the day to Juggalos in a whole new way, with The Old Sh*t Tour featuring better access to the band — just like in the beginning. Blending a menacing mixture of hip-hop and rock, Insane Clown Posse is known for their psychopathic horrorcore music.
Yes, Kyle Turley, the former NFL offensive tackle, and Kyle Turley, the “power country” artist, are one and the same. So what is power country? Well, it’s the combination of Turley’s influences, from Pantera to Johnny Cash. And yes, Turley wrote a tune about that time he tore Damien Robinson’s helmet off and flung it down the field. It’s called “Flyin’ Helmets.” Turley visits the Revolution Music Room, and the opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $7 ticket price for the 21-and-up show.
When you call your guitar player by the simple name of Monstrosity, you better deliver the goods, and West Virginia punk band Blitzkid does that, mixing in a touch of goth, metal and horror to their sound. The now quartet — Blitzkid added second guitarist and keyboardist Nathan Bane in the summer — will visit Downtown Music along with local punk act The Kill Crazies as the opening act. The doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets $8 advance and $10 day of show.
Here’s Insane Clown Posse with their “Let’s Go All the Way”:
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”:
Taking their cues from ’60s garage rock and ’80s dance rock, Utah’s Neon Trees invades The Village to deliver their sound where big, poppy hooks cross with a solid classic rock foundation. Joining the band will be the danceable alternative rock of New Politics and Young the Giant, a California band making waves with their buzzy, beach friendly indie rock. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
Since releasing their first studio album of original material since 2000 earlier this year with Roots, Shoots, & Wings, Big Smith, the Springfield, Mo., band composed of five cousins and one, fiddle-playing non-cousin, has been on the road seemingly nonstop, bring their bluegrass party to fans around the Southeast, Midwest and the rest of the nation. The band, an Ozark-Mountains powered, musical hootenanny of explosive bluegrass music mingled with country, rock ‘n’ roll and folk, return to Revolution Music Room with a 9 p.m. start time. Tickets are $6 for the 21-and-up show with Fayetteville’s Charliehorse, an Ozark-flavored Americana outfit with a rockabilly kick, starting the show. Prepare to be slammed by two fists of modern hillbilly music.
After debuting her mini-opera of a young Bill Clinton at the Little Rock Women’s Club earlier in the night, local songwriter and artist Bonnie Montgomery will present Billy Blythe at White Water Tavern as part of a late-night engagement. The production is a collaboration between Arkansas native and Little Rock resident Montgomery, and former college classmate Britt Barber, who now lives in Atlanta. It’s a one-act short work about a day in the life of teenage Clinton, who then went by Blythe, the surname of his biological father, who died before he was born. The story is based on real events recounted in Clinton’s 2004 autobiography My Life and that of his mother Virginia Clinton Kelley in her book, Leading With My Heart.
Colour Revolt, the Mississippi band consisting of Jesse Coppenbarger and Sean Kirkpatrick, bring their surging indie rock sound to Juanita’s as the band tours behind The Cradle, their August release. Badhand, the trio consisting of Aaron Copeland and former members of An Orangutan with a “kinda rockin, bluesy, Zeppelinish (of the 2000s)” sound, will open. The all-ages show begins at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover.
It’s Brad Paisley and his H2O Frozen Over Tour at Verizon Arena. You know what to expect. The night also includes Hootie-gone-country Darius Rucker, and Arkansas native and burgeoning country star Justin Moore. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office for $25 and $59.75, or in four packs for $79 and $199. Paisley is touring in support of his new album, American Saturday Night, which included the hit country tunes “Then” and “Water,” and his new greatest hits collection, Hits Alive.
KSSN 96 FM presents a visit from Thompson Square at Juanita’s, as the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, a couple who fell in love immediately over a game of pool, bring their country to Little Rock. It also helps the two artists have deep musical roots, with Shawna Thompson raised on Reba McEntire, Alabama and other ’80s and ’90s country superstars, and Keifer Thompson loving musicians from Roger Miller and Merle Haggard to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. The couple’s second single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” hit the Top 40 of the country single charts. The doors open at 9 p.m. with the music at 10 p.m. Cover is $10.
So imagine Motley Crue and Poison on tour together. Well, that’s not happening — at least not right now — but the Revolution Music Room is promising a night of fun as Motley Crue tribute band Red White and Crue, and Poison tribute band Poison’D play the River Market venue. Also expect to the sleazy best of ’80s rock, from “Kickstart My Heart” to “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” and countless other glam and hair metal classics. The all-ages show kicks off at 9 p.m. with tickets $10.
The heavy bass music of the DJ named Aaron Clevenger by his parents but who goes by AC Slater visits The Village. The Brooklyn artist is a well-known remixer and producer as well, working with artists such as Moby on “The Stars,” and starting the Party Like Us record label. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music starting at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $15.
Here’s Thompson Square with their “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”:
There’s a hint of emo in the music of Lawrence, Kan., based quartet The Appleseed Cast, but it’s typically below the surface. What the act is really known for is its complicated post-rock beats and atmospheric music that also blends in cosmic rock and electronica. After a few years of lineup changes, The Appleseed Cast visits Juanita’s with local support from hard-charging indie rock power trio The See and Underclaire, a minimalist alternative rock act who released their newest album Making Sky at the end of 2009. The music starts at 9 p.m. with cover $10.
Richmond, Va., thrash metal band Municipal Waste visits Downtown Music to deliver their crushingly speedy music along with Maine hardcore act Cruel Hand, New York City-based hardcore band Backtrack with local support from Little Rock harcore act Jungle Juice and Pull Trigger. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $10 cover.
It might be three days after Halloween, but the spirit will linger around a few days until shock rock band GWAR visits The Village. Formed in the mid-1980s, the band is well-known for delivering their thrash metal with a touch of comedy while performing in elaborate costumes with either a sci fi or horror look to them. Joining GWAR will be Ohio thrash metal group Mobile Death Camp, Florida death metal act Infernaeon and New Jersey hardcore punk band The Casualties. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.
Here’s The Appleseed Cast with their “Fight Song”:
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”:
Mention Danzig and people go: “Mother.” And it’s true the heavy metal band’s biggest hit is the 1988 challenge to parents. But with the band fronted by former Misfits lead singer Glenn Danzig on the road for their Blackest of the Black tour, expect a heavy dose of blues-based metal when Danzig visits The Village. 100.3 The Edge presents the show that also promises the return of reformed death metal gods Possessed along with Swedish death metal band Marduk, Oregon thrash metal outfit Toxic Holocaust and Georgia metal act Withered. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the music at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Seventeen years into their history, Ohio alternative rock band Filter released their fifth album, The Trouble with Angels, in August, 10 tracks of industrial rock with references to Galileo, partying with Nine Inch Nails and the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard. Of course, the Richard Patrick-fronted band are better known for their ’90s alternative rock hits, including “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.” So expect a dose of those hits along with complex yet brutal industrial rock when the outfit visits Revolution Music Room. The opening act has not been announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $20 day of for the all-ages show.
Future Leaders of the World‘s leader Phil Taylor has finalized the alternative rock band’s lineup, with Taylor on vocals and guitar, Ian Severson on lead guitar, “13″ on bass, Russell Bullock on drums and Justin Amato on guitar. As the band awaits the spring 2011 release of their second album, the quintet is on the road putting new and old tunes to the test, including a stop at Vino’s. The music gets rolling around 8 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $13 day of show.
Conway’s favorite son and American Idol winner Kris Allen returns to the University of Central Arkansas for a show at Reynolds Performance Hall that will benefit Blackbird Academy of Arts Inc., a Conway-based nonprofit that’s mission is providing quality arts instruction to the Faulkner County area. The event is underwritten by Music Empowers Foundation, and tickets are $25 with the music starting at 8 p.m.
Texas country music icon Pat Green is playing to growing crowds at club dates, including a stop at Revolution Music Room. The singer/songwriter known for his tunes such as “Carry On” and “Wave on Wave” is still out on the road, touring in support of his January 2009 release What I’m For. The album followed up the success of 2006′s Cannonball (No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country album charts) with another No. 2 spot. The album’s lead-off single “Let Me” also hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up show $25 in advance and $30 day of show.
For another kind of country, mosey on over to Juanita’s to catch Arkansas country musician Ryan Couron as he mixes his good ol’ boy attitude and storytelling with a little shot of country rock. His “Huntin’ or Fishin’” has earned radio play across the country, and elsewhere Couron and band (including songwriting partner and lead guitarist JC McInnis) detail living the country life on tunes such as “The Drinkin’ Song,” “Heaven” and “Until the Morning Comes.” The opening act is the Trey Hawkins Band, kicking off the music at 9 p.m. with their southeast Arkansas country rock. Cover is $10 for the 18-and-up show.
The New York Times has called Houston hip-hop artist Devin the Dude, “A brilliant oddball with a spaced-out flow.” But while he remains a critical darling, the Dude is still an underground hip hop sensation. Fans can see what the buzz is all about as Devin the Dude visits The Village, headlining a show that includes a number of Arkansas hip hop acts, including 607, E Dubb, The 4×4 Crew and others. The event is hosted by Ron Mac with DJ Discipline on the turntables. The doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
The Stone Temple Pilots postponing gigs in late September meant that the grunge rockers opening act, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, were forced to also postpone stand-alone gigs in San Antonio, Dallas and a Sept. 24 Little Rock show. It seems as though BRMC had built their tour around opening slots with STP. But fortunately for fans of BRMC, the band has rescheduled their postponed Little Rock gig at Revolution Music Room. All previous tickets for the Sept. 24 will be honored, but advance tickets are $18, and tickets day of show are $20 for the all-ages show that starts at 8:30 p.m. with a to-be-announced opening act. The California rock band built around a power trio format is known for their raw rock sound mixing garage, blues, folk and psychedelia. The group’s latest is March’s Beat the Devil’s Tattoo.
It’s a night of Jesus praising and hardcore metal at The Village as Pennsylvania metalcore band War of Ages brings their The Project AK-47 Tour to the venue. The band’s latest album, Eternal, debuted on the Billboard charts and is a face-pounding blast of metal. Joining War of Ages will be Illinois progressive hardcore outfit The Color Morale, California “heavy worship” act The Great Commission, Michigan hardcore band Legend and progressive metal band The Contortionist. The doors open at 5 p.m. with the music at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.
With a tune titled “Love to Smoke Y’r Weed” set to a heavy-metal-gone-ZZ Top groove, you can bet an Austin, Texas, band by the name of Honky knows about a good time and good music. Music fans can check Honky out for themselves when the Texas hard rock band visits Juanita’s. Joining them will be Little Rock rock acts Sweet Eagle and Badhand along with Memphis rock ‘n’ roll group The Dirty Streets. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover. Of note: Honky guitarist Bobby Rock is recovering from foot surgery so Bad Livers’ guitarist Danny Barnes is filling in, with the regrouped band titled 2 Parts Honky, 1 Part Danny Barnes. Expect good times no matter what.
Given the choice between entertainment or death, most would choose entertainment. But when the Entertainment or Death Tour visits The Village, fans of heavy metal can choose both, with California rockers Black Veil Brides — who look like a cross between Edward Scissorhands and Motley Crue — headlining the gig. Also on the bill are William Control, the electronica side project from Will Francis of Aiden, and Motionless in White, a Pennsylvania metalcore band whose debut is out Oct. 12, with local support from Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
The four members of San Diego group Cattle Decapitation simply call their music “death metal progressive grind,” and that’s what the group will bring to Downtown Music as they headline a night of vicious music. Also on the bill are Dallas death metal band Devourment, Arizona deathcore act Knights of the Abyss, San Diego death metal outfit Burning the Masses and California death metal group Sons of Aurelius with local support from Heber Springs death metal quintet ShadowVein. The show kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with doors at 6 p.m., and tickets $12 in advance and $15 day of show.
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 [...]