Here’s the music lineup in central Arkansas for this week:
Texas musician Bart Crow pulls into the Rev Room for a show and that means one thing: a midweek night of Texas honky-tonk music from this blue-collar artist. Crow released Dandelion in September 2012, and the 14-track record produced several Texas Music Chart hits, including the No. 1 “Saying Goodbye.” The opening act is Benton country rockers Dry County with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of for the 18-and-up show.
“St. Louis, 5-piece, punk-blues wrecking crew Kentucky Knife Fight” visits Stickyz. That’s the word from the band’s publicist, and let’s lean on the band’s publicist for more about Kentucky Knife Fight: “If there is a jukebox at the end of the universe, you will find Kentucky Knife Fight between The Stooges and Tom Waits. The electric Americana band specializes in telling stories about desperate people doing desperate things in places they shouldn’t be.” The opening acts are local bands Catskill Kids and post-rock, instrumental band Mainland Divide. There’s a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8:30 p.m.
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 >
Bluegrass singer, guitarist and mandolin player Dan Tyminski has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station since 1994, providing his strong instrumental work and soulful tenor. But in 2008, with Krauss off with former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, he formed the Dan Tyminski Band to keep the bluegrass flame burning. And it’s Tyminski that visits Juanita’s for a night of bluegrass. Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter Ronnie Bowman, a man who writes hit songs for country superstars such as Kenny Chesney while recording his own music, is the opener, with the music starting at 8 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the 18-and-up show. Bowman is also a former member of The Lonesome River Band, the band Tyminski belonged to before Union Station. Of course, Tyminski is also responsible for updating “Man of Constant Sorrow” for the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a tune that won a Grammy Award for best Country Collaboration with Vocal.
Riverfest was the reason behind the two-man blues wrecking crew of Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm last coming to Little Rock in May. Following … Read more >
The Point 94.1 and the Little Rock Zoo are on a “Mission from God.” What does that mean besides the obvious The Blues Brothers connection? We’re not quite sure. We do know that “Joliet” Jake Blues or the rest of the Blues Brothers band will not be appearing at the Zoo at noon as Sister Deborah reveals Point DJs Mike Kennedy and Sharpe Dunaway’s particular mission from God. Beyond the big reveal, expect free ice cream from Coleman Dairy, although you got to pay the regular Zoo admission to enter.
Former Deadboy & the Elephantmen lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Dax Riggs has a new solo album, Say Goodnight to the World, scheduled for release on Fat Possum Records on Aug. 3. But three days before the release of the album Riggs, known for his blistering melodic blues rock with a punkish gallop, will visit Juanita’s. Expect neo-blues rock crossed with sludge metal. (Riggs fronted Louisiana sludge band Acid Bath.) Tickets for the July 31 show are $10 with the music starting at 9 p.m. with Little Rock’s Badhand, a newish trio consisting … Read more >
Jim Mize‘s website contains a Billboard magazine article from 2002 about the Conway native’s musical beginnings. So why did Mize start playing? “I was tryin’ to get in this girl’s pants, and you have to use all the keys you can.” That was Mize in 2002. Eight years later it’s unknown if that particular girl is happy Mize started playing, but the rest of the music world is happy Mize takes time out from his day job as a insurance adjuster to play his self-described “rural grinder sausage” music: a mingling of rock ‘n’ roll, country honky tonk and dirty Delta blues with Mize’s gravelly but honest voice. Mize returns to his Little Rock second home at White Water Tavern with the bluesy roots music of Steve Howell also on the bill.
The last time St. Louis post-grunge quartet Cavo visited central Arkansas, it was opening for Daughtry at Verizon Arena in December. The band returns, this time on their first headlining tour with a show presented by 100.3 The Edge at Juanita’s. Formed in 2001, Cavo finally hit the big time with their major-label debut Bright Nights Dark … Read more >
Sticky Fingerz presents a trio of indie rock acts with visits from The Most Serene Republic, Annuals and What Laura Says. Co-headliner The Most Serene Republic are a JUNO Award-nominated sextet known for their crossing of rock with baroque pop while fellow co-headliner Annuals are a North Carolina band who describe their music as “Experimental Jungle Pop,” although it’s better described as cinematic indie rock that draws from guitar-based rock, lush vocal harmonies and experimentalism. Arizona band What Laura Says is a desert mix of stomping blues, gospel and folk. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with cover $8 for the 21-and-up show.
A show at Revolution Music Room features Seattle indie rockers The Classic Crime, and alternative rockers Ivoryline, a Tooth & Nail Records act just like The Classic Crime. Local support will come from Hot Springs progressive rock act Stereo Sound. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with tickets $10 advance and $12 day of show.
Travis McElroy’s Thick Syrup Records is celebrating its fourth anniversary with the Thick Syrup Anniversary Party at White Water Tavern, featuring reunited bar rockers Smoke Up Johnny… Read more >
Little Rock’s Mockingbird, a five-piece band of diverse talents who create hillbilly psychedelia, a dose of music influenced by Ozark folk music and aliens, return to play Riverdale’s Town Pump. Expect the up close and personal music at 9 p.m. with a $3 cover.
Here’s Mockingbird in action at White Water Tavern:
The last time David Kimbrough Jr. visited White Water Tavern it was with poet, former MC5 manager and White Panther leader John Sinclair. Kimbrough, the son of legendary North Mississippi hill country blues artist Junior Kimbrough, returns to White Water for a night of his gritty, droning hill country blues, along with Little Rock’s Mockingbird, a five-piece band of diverse talents who create hillbilly psychedelia, a dose of music influenced by Ozark folk music and aliens. Formerly of Little Rock now of Fayetteville musician Stacy Mackey is also on the bill with her adventurous music. Cover is $10 with the music at 9 p.m.
Pay at the Pump is not only a way to avoid the temptation of purchasing scratch-off lottery tickets, but also the name of the Oklahoma City musical outfit visiting Vino’s to unleash their Southern-flavored hardcore sound. Joining them are Maumelle electronica metal group The Science of Sleep, Little Rock metal outfit Take It to Heart and Conway hardcore act Hollywood Homicide. No word on cover or start time. Pay at the Pump will also play a Sunday night gig at Soundstage, being joined … Read more >
Scottish quintet Frightened Rabbit‘s record label describes the band’s first single, “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” from their newest album as “a hugely anthemic song that is perfect as a first indicator of the new album.” While the lyrics are a little heavy (“It’s about losing your mind in order to reset the mind,” said band founder and singer Scott Hutchison.) the second track from The Winter of Mixed Drinks is summery, tranquil indie rock, with soaring strings and shakers. It’s one of several tunes the indie rock/folk outfit will possibly play during a visit to Revolution Music Room. Local loudish indie rock outfit The See and folkish Australian outfit The Middle East open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance for the all-ages show.
With influences ranging from Neil Young to Widespread Panic to Lucinda Williams, the Fayetteville folk rocking Sarah Hughes Band plays White Water Tavern. No word on the opening act, cover or the like. Hughes delivers a rocking version of folk music that has earned her several awards in northwest Arkansas, including Northwest Arkansas Music Awards’ 2008 Female Singer/Songwriter of the … Read more >