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Friday’s Music

Miranda Lambert.

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“Over You” is the latest single from country firecracker Miranda Lambert to hit the Top 40 of country radio. It’s a streak of hits, including No. 1s “The House That Built Me” and “Heart Like Mine,” so yeah, the Grammy-winning Lambert is hot. Perhaps that’s why she named her current tour the On Fire Tour, a tour which pays a visit to Verizon Arena for a show presented by KSSN 96. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available in the upper bowl for $51.75 and $36.75 through the Verizon Arena Box Office. Ticketmaster will cost you more. The opening acts are Chris Young, whose five country No. 1s includes “You,” and Jerrod Niemann, the man known for “Lover, Lover.”

Having spent time in south Louisiana (Lafayette actually), I can tell you that some zydeco music can get a little … well, redundant. Not boring, but after a few tunes you might feel as though you’re hearing the same melodies and such all over again. That’s some zydeco; not all, and especially not the zydeco music of Dikki Du Read more >

Saturday’s Music

The Bar-Kays .

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was nothing called the Internet. And so before any song ever was available anytime, hearing The Bar-Kays‘ “Soul Finger” was a joyous occasion that happened maybe once a year, usually when Spies Like Us happened to be on cable TV. And even though the tune is available at a click of the mouse now, “Soul Finger” is still one of the greatest party anthems ever. It’s that tune and other funk-infused R&B classics The Bar-Kays will bring to Verizon Arena as the band plays a concert that includes R&B/soul singer Keith Sweat as part of a Power Productions presents show. Both acts are opening for Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, a R&B-flavored soul band known for tunes such as “Feel That You’re Feelin’,” “Love Is the Key” and “Back in Stride.” Tickets are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office for $37, $47, $57 and $67, or through all Ticketmaster outlets where Ticketmaster is going hit you with extra fees. All tickets from the original Nov. 20 date that was postponed will be honored. Doors open at 6:30 … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Whitehorse.

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Whitehorse‘s Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland made a name for themselves as individual roots-oriented singer-songwriters in Canada, but the married couple decided it was time for their own project. So Whitehorse? It’s rowdy-yet-beautiful Canadian roots rock or maybe indie country, if there is such a thing: electric guitar and all, along with pedal steel, piano and B3 Hammond plus killer harmonies from the pair. And the two perform a grand version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.” Whitehorse comes to Juanita’s, and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 day of show. The-well-known-around-these-parts-even-though-she-now-lives-in-Tennessee Elise Davis kicks off the show with her take on Americana.

Just in case one thinks SXSW is all indie rock or pop, North Carolina heavy metal gods Corrosion of Conformity is playing a festival showcase or two along with their touring partners Miami-based Southern metal band Torche and New York City band A Storm of Light, who pack in sludge, doom and post-metal into an ambient yet raging sound. (COC and A Storm of Light both play the SXSW ToneDeaf Touring Showcase with North Little Rock’s metal outfit Rwake … 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. Confederate Buddha is the band’s new album, and it is truly catfish music for the masses. See what that sounds like live when Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition visit White Water Tavern. The music starts at 10 p.m. with a $10 cover. Of note, Mathus and co. are raising money through Kickstarter to record their new album White Buffalo with Eric Ambel. The band has 20-plus tunes written and demoed, but needs a little help in the recording process.

You know what might be the best country narrative tale of all-time? “The Winner” by … Read more >

Sunday’s Music

Yelawolf.

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Alabama-born hip-hop artist Yelawolf‘s November 2011 album Radioactive was released via Shady Records (among other labels), the record label of one Eminem. After a couple of EPs, some mixtapes and guest spots on tunes with hip-hop artists from Big Boi to Game, it was the major-label debut of the artist known for his hip-hop that covers ground from hardcore to rap rock (the album features Kid Rock among guests that also include Eminem and Lil Jon). And now Yelawolf brings his sound to Rev Room for a headlining gig. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $20 cover for the 18-and-up show.

The Winter Jam 2012 Tour Spectacular is coming to Verizon Arena. And what is so spectacular about it? It’s Christian music’s largest annual tour: 10 bands including headlining act the Grammy-nominated alternative rockers Skillet. The music also includes Sanctus Real, former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler, Kari Jobe, Newsong (the band that started the Winter Jam), Building 429 and Group 1 Crew along with illusionist Brock Gilland and national speaker Nick Hall. In addition, the OneVerse Pre-Jam Party will include performances from Dara Maclean, For King & … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Rascal Flatts.

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Celebrate the arrival of spring a month early with a visit from Rascal Flatts, a pop country band on their Thaw Out 2012 tour visiting Verizon Arena. Rascal Flatts is a new member of the Grand Ole Opry and currently readying a new release for April titled Changed so expect the band’s newest single “Banjo” along with the outfit’s other hits, including smashes such as “What Hurts the Most.” The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m., and fellow country acts Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes open the show. Tickets are $25.50, $40.25 and $60.25 at the Verizon Arena Box Office or available through all Ticketmaster outlets with all those nasty little Ticketmaster charges extra.

Crunk music returns to Argenta and Cornerstone Pub with Crunkfest Two, a night of Southern rap and hip-hop featuring Memphis rapper Haystak; J Bo Cracker Swagger, a North Little Rock rapper known for mixing Southern hip-hop with gangsta; and a ton of other artists, including Atlanta rapper Yard Call, Young Hart, Lil Blaze and more. Advance tickets are $20 and available during business hours at Cornerstone, or $30 … Read more >

Saturday’s Music

Sunny Ledfurd.

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The last time that North Carolina good-timing country artist Sunny Ledfurd appeared in Little Rock it was on a bill with country, kind-of rapper Colt Ford. Now, Ledfurd returns a week after Ford’s latest Little Rock appearance as a headliner at Shooter’s Sports Bar and Grill. Who knows how these two things are connected, but they are. Anyway, Ledfurd is touring in support of his album Sunny Ledfurd Greatest Hits 2003-2009. Now, Ledfurd has never had a country hit per se, but for the last decade the man has written some of country’s best music, and now it’s all available on one disc. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 21-and-up show.

Think people forgot about Evanescence? No. This Arkansas-bred modern rock band hadn’t released a new album since its second album, 2006’s The Open Door, and the band’s current lineup only features one original member: lead singer Amy Lee. So what. The act sold 127,000 copies of their third, self-titled album when it was released back in October, hitting No. 1 on the charts. The band finally returns “home” for a … 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 >

Tuesday’s Music

The Frontier Circus.

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It’s 2012 … time for the first smackdown of the year! Or at least the first World Wrestling Entertainment SmackDown, coming to Verizon Arena. So who’s coming to the party? “Apex Predator” Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry vs. Big Show. That’s right — all three in a special, triple-threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt with special referee Booker T. The undercard includes appearances by “Captain Charisma” Christian, the “Celtic Warrior” Sheamus, Wade Barrett, “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr., Ezekiel Jackson, 2011 Royal Rumble winner Daniel Bryan, Justin Gabriel, Natalya, Alicia Fox and more. Tickets are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office for $17, $27, $37, $47 and $62, or through all Ticketmaster outlets for the above prices plus all those nasty little Ticketmaster charges.

Way back in the fall of 2011, The Frontier Circus dropped its debut album, a collection of the band’s “a little bit psycho … a little bit Western” music. What it was was one heck of a ride, from the thrashing punk take on the 13th Floor Elevators’ “You’re Gonna Miss Me” to an equally raucous cover of … Read more >

Friday’s Music

Unknown Hinson.

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Unknown Hinson is the self-proclaimed King of the Country Western Troubadours. Or, as he says on his website (Newly redesigned!), he looks like “Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show” and plays “country-and-western tinged psychobilly.” It’s no novelty act though. Hinson is a vampire-dressing parody of ’50s and ’60s country singers, cranking out his music while dressed in a campy, white-trash persona. He is also the voice of Early Cuyler, the hell-raising, beer-drinking, violence-condoning, backwoods, North Georgia redneck squid on Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies. Catch it all at Juanita’s. Little Rock’s own honky-tonk country extraordinaires The Salty Dogs are the opening act, kicking off the music at 10 p.m. The doors open at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 in advance and $18 day of show.

Get the sunglasses ready because it’s time for the return of the pyromaniac-pleasing, laser-loving, fire-breathing band known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Yes, regular as clockwork, the symphonic rock-playing act returns for their annual Christmas season visit with a show at Verizon Arena. Combining progressive rock, classical and orchestral music, and … Read more >