Wade Bowen, a Texas country artist with one foot in the Red Dirt country rock of Oklahoma, returns to Rev Room. Him and his band, including the twin guitar howl of Gary Wooten and Matt Miller, followed the success of 2008′s If We Ever Make It Home, which hit No. 29 on the country album charts, with Live at Billy Bob’s Texas in 2010, a live album that captures the band’s passionate and intense live shows. The band is also readying a new album, and a single from the album, “Saturday Night,” has already hit the Top 40 of the country charts. The opening acts are Greg Gardner & Voodoo Cowboy with their outlaw-flavored honky tonk country, and Dry County with their Benton-bred country rock kicking off the music at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.
We Came As Romans kicks off a summer tour in Memphis and then the next night visits Juanita’s, bringing a shot of their two-guitar post-hardcore rock music that mixes screamo vocals with regular old metal vocals. The Michigan band with a positive message is also a part of this year’s Warped Tour 2011. Joining We Came As Romans for the local show is a trio of local bands: Hot Springs hardcore metal act Through The Looking Glass, Magnolia post-hardcore band A Faith Forgotten and Mena Christian screamo outfit The Awakening Project. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Fans of that Red Dirt and Texas country sound are in for a treat as two of the genres best combine forces for a night at Rev Room: Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 8:30 p.m. with tickets $20 for the 18-and-up show. Rogers is the frontman of the band named after him, an act that made a name for itself with their constant touring and rowdy live shows with electric guitars, fiddle and yee-haws. Like Rogers, Bowen fronts his own outfit, a band that mixes Texas country with Red Dirt country rock. With both artist present, expect a night crossing Texas country with rock rhythms and powering storytelling tunes and party anthems but in a more subdued and relaxed atmosphere sans backing bands.
Indiana singer/songwriter Chase Coy, an artist who claims Nick Drake, James Taylor and Paul Simon among his musical influences, and who writes tunes about his “thoughts and feelings,” returns to Downtown Music promoting his newest release Indiana Sun. The Faces of the Fight Tour also includes the indie pop of Michigan singer songwriter Leo Bautista, who performs as Rival Summers, and the shirts, bracelets and necklaces of Love Can’t Be Baht, an organization that raises money for victims of human trafficking. Local support will be provided by Carlisle acoustic rockers The Polyphonic Breakdown, Marshall acoustic pop punk act Forever Lost and Memphis pop punk quartet The Vital Society. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Here’s We Came As Romans with their “To Move on Is To Grow”:
North Carolina gritty, country-flavored rock ‘n’ rollers American Aquarium return to Little Rock and a gig at Stickyz. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 for the 21-and-up show. The opening act is Mandy McBryde & the Unholy Ghost playing their collection of country, folk and roots rock. Aquarium’s latest album is Small Town Hymns, a collection of alt country, rustic back-porch numbers and rollicking bar anthems released on Little Rock’s own Last Chance Records. Lead singer and songwriter B.J. Barham is a master storyteller, heartfelt but brutally honest with a touch of wickedly good wit.
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was set to play with Days Of The New at Juanita’s, but unfortunately Starr passed away a few weeks ago after struggling with a long-term addiction. But the show will go on, with lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Travis Meeks soldiering on. “Touch, Peel and Stand” from Days of the New’s self-titled debut in 1997 was one of the first modern rock hits from the post-grunge era. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the music at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The opening acts are Magnolia post-hardcore band A Faith Forgotten and Little Rock hard rock/metal outfit At War’s End.
Wade Bowen, a Texas country artist with one foot in the Red Dirt country rock of Oklahoma, returns to Rev Room. Him and his band, including a twin guitar howl, followed the success of 2008′s If We Ever Make It Home, which hit No. 29 on the country album charts, with Live at Billy Bob’s Texas in 2010, a live album that captures the band’s passionate and intense live shows. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. Cover is $10 for the 18-and-up show.
Here’s American Aquarium with their “I Hope He Breaks Your Heart”:
Expect a bombastic blast of intelligent, tuneful punk/indie rock when Ted Leo and the Pharmacists visit Vino’s. The band is known for their hard-hitting yet melodic punk rock style while mixing in Leo’s socially conscious, civic-minded lyrics. Leo’s a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (with an English degree) but with roots in the late ’80s East Coast, hard-core scene, playing with bands such as Citizen’s Arrest and Animal Crackers. The opening act is local rockers Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, who kick out their “white trash power pop” — better known as gritty, power trio rock. The doors open at 7 p.m. with tickets $13 in advance and $15 day of show.
With their first MCA Nashville release Burning the Day out and hitting No. 2 on the country album charts in August, Texas country rockers Randy Rogers Band are back out on the road, after disappearing in late November and early December to record the album. Expect a rowdy good time filled with electric guitars, fiddle and yee-haws as the band visits Revolution Music Room. The show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets for the 18-and-up affair $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Rev Room co-owner Chris King is stating on the venue’s website that fellow co-owner Suzon Awbrey “said she wanted to have an awesome birthday party, so Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen [Texas country with a dose of Red Dirt] said, ‘We’ll play it.’ And that’s how rock ‘n’ roll party dreams are fulfilled.” And everyone is invited to the party.
Conway, acoustic rock singer/songwriter Adam Hambrick will hold his CD release show for Fighting From the Ground at Juanita’s. Hambrick’s “first real project” is 10 tracks of sparkling acoustic-guitar powered rock with gorgeous pop melodies. The 18-and-up show starts at 9:30 p.m. with special guests Benjamin’s Army, a central Arkansas rock band, and cover is $7.
Hendrix College Special Events is sponsoring a visit from roots rockers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals in Worsham Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center. The 8 p.m. show is open to the public, and tickets are free and available at Village Books in Market Square in The Village at Hendrix. No stranger to shows in central Arkansas, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals take the best of Americana music — Bob Dylan, The Band — and combine it with the rock ‘n’ roll of The Rolling Stones and The Kinks with the female vocals of Tina Turner meets Joni Mitchell. Rolling Stone hailed the band as one of the “best new bands” of 2010, and the band is currently on tour with The Avett Brothers and scheduled for a set at the upcoming Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Wade Bowen is Texas country, but closer to the vein of Red Dirt country rock rather than dusty, Texas troubadour country. Him and his four-piece band, including a twin guitar howl, appreciate the high-powered rock of Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith (the drug years; not the MTV video years). Following the success of 2008′s If We Ever Make It Home, which hit No. 29 on the country album charts, Bowen and gang are preparing for the release of Live at Billy Bob’s Texas on April 27, a live album that captures the band’s passionate and intense live shows. Watch the band’s emotional live set up close and personal during a show at Revolution Music Room. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $10 ticket price for the 18-and-up show.
It’s certain that Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes never foresaw his quote, “Eloquence may set fire to reason,” being used to name a band, especially a hardcore rock band such as Conway’s Fire To Reason. But 75 years after the death of Holmes, the quartet is the hardest-touring band in Arkansas, hitting the 79,000 mile mark in less than five years with their recent Lead or Silver Tour. Yet, amazingly, the band has no dates scheduled until a June jaunt with Give Em Hell titled Band Your Head. But the dynamite-going-off sound of Fire To Reason is not silent, with the energetic band who create rapid-fire, brutal slices of music playing Soundstage on a bill that includes two fellow Conway hardcore acts in Dead Beat (formerly known as JohnnyCage) and Hollywood Homicide. Joining the local bands is Gainesville, Fla., hardcore punk band Battle! The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $6 cover.
So Axl Rose delivered the newest Guns N’ Roses album, the long-awaited Chinese Democracy … and it was a dud. (Really. We waited 15 years for that load?) But luckily for fans of Guns N’ Roses (And they are out there, slapping the ceiling of their car in time to “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and whistling the melody of “Patience” during board meetings.), the Guns N’ Roses tribute band Paradise City will deliver the music of GN’R during a visit to Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is to be announced, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with a $8 early admission price for the 21-and-up show. Expect the hits: “Welcome to the Jungle,” “You Could Be Mine,” “Civil War,” “Used to Love Her” and more. (What! No “14 Years”?)
The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative is hosting an interactive painting and art event titled The Art Party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is $5 for the all-ages party including an art show and sale, and live music with guests being asked to engage in the art, whether it be by painting pictures, molding clay or photography. Models will be available for drawing and photography, and art supplies will be available. Other events scheduled include dance performances, glowing body art and an event simply titled “Collaborative Art Piece.
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 [...]