Before considering Dear Ghost, the band playing Downtown Music, considering what would be contained in a letter written to a ghost. “Dear Ghost, Please stop haunting me” or something similar? Perhaps. But Dear Ghost, the band, is a Shreveport, La., folk rock outfit releasing their debut album Lead next Tuesday so that’s what we should concern ourselves with right now. Acoustic rockers Polyphonic Breakdown — the Carlisle trio of Emily Adams on vocals, Chelsey Strickland on lead guitar and vocals, and Tre McDonald on rhythm guitar and vocals — is the opening band, kicking off the music at 8 p.m. Cover is $6.
The Afterthought opens its doors for a visit from Mockingbird Hillbilly Band, a five-piece band of diverse talents who create hillbilly psychedelia, a dose of music influenced by Ozark folk music, aliens, fire, cookies, arrowheads and a number of other things. Also on the bill is Isaac Alexander, a solo indie pop/folk musician, and member of bands such as Boondogs. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7.
The Little Rock quintet of Wes, Kendall, Kurt, Matt and Stephen return to Vino’s for a night of sizzling hard rock and metal as At War’s End. Also on the bill is Malvern hardcore metal band Veridium along with Through the Looking Glass and C4. The music begins at 9 p.m. with no word on the cover.
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.
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 [...]