A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
It might sound cliched, but there’s something for everybody — from those who mourn the demise of “The Lawrence Welk Show” and the polka songs to a younger generation of rockers, punks and Latin rhythm lovers — in the music of Brave Combo, which will perform at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Feb. 4.
BC’s paella of musical genres spans the globe and makes use of dozens of instruments. Listing all the genres is impossible, but here’s a sampling: samba, bossa nova, classical, rock, disco, Afro-Cuban, and on and on.
The quintet includes Jeffrey Barnes, Alan Emert, Carl Finch, Bubba Hernandez and Danny O’Brien, all educated jesters (even featured in a “Simpsons” episode), seriously funny and highly entertaining. We’ve never seen a dance floor at a Brave Combo show that hasn’t been filled with revelers, especially with the group’s infamous, participatory “Chicken Dance.”
The quintet’s latest album is “Holidays!” and the group covers a bunch of them, from the regular old Judeo-Christian ones to birthdays (the perfectly tasteless “Mama Pushed Me Out”). They have dozens of variously themed albums, and their 2004’s “Let’s Kiss” won a Grammy.
The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Northwest Arkansas-based Eoff Brothers Band, playing at Cajun’s Wharf on Saturday, Feb. 4, is “young and full of energy,” according to Justin Eoff, drummer for the young 12-bar blues-based trio.
From the looks of Josh Eoff, the 15-year-old guitarist, there is an obvious Stevie Ray Vaughan influence — he’s sporting a fedora and jeweled belt in some of the band’s promo pics. Apparently he has licks to match. “Yeah, you could say that we are influenced by that 12-bar Texas twang that Vaughan was famous for, and we honor him by covering a lot of his songs like ‘Crossfire,’ ‘Texas Flood,’ ‘Cold Shot’ and of course ‘Pride and Joy,’ ” Justin Eoff said. “But we also have originals that we put as much abuse on our instruments with, like ‘Hot Springs’ (named for the Arkansas town), ‘Tell Her Like You Feel’ and ‘All About the Music.’”
It was these originals that helped take the brothers to the finals at the IBC Challenge in Memphis last weekend, placing them in the top 10. They use equipment from the early ’60s (Fender guitars and amps), but Justin Eoff insists that they are not “gearheads.”
“We just abuse our stuff as much as possible,” he added.
Admission is $5, and the show starts around 8:30 p.m.
Vino’s will have a couple of rock acts this weekend, as well as a big tour show next week.
Indie rock act Colour Revolt, formerly known as Fletcher, will appear on Friday, Feb. 3, with American Tourist. Colour Revolt has a new self-titled EP out on an indie label from its hometown of Oxford, Miss. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $7 cover.
On Saturday, Feb. 4, Five Bolt Main (formerly known as Flaw) returns to Little Rock with support from Heroes Among Thieves and Dreading Sundown. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. with an $8 cover.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the club will have Throwdown and Zao with special guests The Red Chord, Still Remains and A Dozen Furies. The cover charge is $15 for the 6:30 p.m. show.