The Bob Boyd Sounds can take you back to a time of crystal chandeliers and velvet curtains, when well-coifed and well-dressed gentlemen crooners ruled the stage, but the group can also cover other eras as well. Check the band at the Afterthought on Monday, Aug. 12, in conjunc-tion with its CD release, “The Bob Boyd Sounds Like Requests.”
The group generates a smooth vibe at their shows –- the band oozes 1940s class with its pop, big band and jazz sets while covering all the greats, including Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman. Bandleader and pianist Boyd has been a big part of the Little Rock music scene for some time, and was owner of Boyd Music Center, now closed.
The quartet is rounded out by David Higginbotham on bass, Pat Henry on brass and Randy McDonald, who plays percussion and also mastered the CD.
Admission to the 8 p.m. show is $5.
Turning phrases, making witty observations and putting a poetic touch to common everyday situations, Texas-based Americana musician Hayes Carll will be at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Carll, who graduated from Hendrix College before returning to East Texas to sing in honky tonks, has an unassuming, almost unremarkable air about him until he hits the stage, where his ditties conjure up images of the heartland. “Little Rock,” his most recent CD, features some of the most beautifully plaintive songs we’ve heard, in the storytelling style of John Prine or Townes Van Zandt, both of whom Carll has been compared with countless times.
Carll was nominated for “Best New Artist” at the Americana Music Awards, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, in Nashville.
Graham Wilkinson will open Saturday’s show at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.
While Carll is in Nashville to possibly pick up his award, Will Hoge will be at Sticky Fingerz on Friday. We’ve written much about Hoge dur-ing his previous visits, but it’s safe to say that his working class, Bruce Springsteen/Tom Petty rock style makes him a favorite at the venue.
Bang Bang Bang will open at 10 p.m. Admission is $8.
Another talented Texas artist that merits some well-deserved praise, Todd Snider, will return to Juanita’s on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The down-to-earth Snider fills his songs with humor and poignancy. He keeps company with folks like Billy Joe Shaver and Jerry Jeff Walker, and both have high praise for the toothy, charismatic musician.
Tickets for the show are $15.
Twiztid, the Detroit-based proteges of the Insane Clown Posse, will be in town Friday, Sept. 9, at Juanita’s. Twiztid has a cult following dubbed “Juggalos” and “Juggelettes.” The group’s hardcore rap style is filled with a concentration of everything bad: serial killers, comic books, misogyny, violence, and Twiztid does it gleefully, complete with creepy clown makeup.
The show is expected to sell out, and tickets at the door are $17. Showtime is 10 p.m.
If crazy clowns are not your thing, Acoustic Sounds Cafe welcomes back contemporary finger-style guitarist Chris Proctor on, Friday, Sept. 9. He has released “The Chris Proctor Collection,” which revisits 16 of his most memorable compositions in a 25-year career.
Known best as a pioneer steel-string artist and for his expressive use of arpeggios, Proctor performs intricate compositions for the 6-and 12-string guitar. And though he’s also noted for his clean articulation, he’s no guitar stiff or snob — often wowing audiences with a fair amount of flashiness.
Things get started at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students.
Local rock-blues cover band Arrhythmia will unveil a new lineup on Friday, Sept. 9, when the band plays the White Water Tavern at Sev-enth and Thayer streets.
The band, which was formed in 1998, features several health-care professionals and local musicians. Long-time members Paul Phillips, a neuro-ophthalmologist at UAMS’ Jones Eye Institute, Cheryl Troillett, the Jones Eye Institute’s LASIK coordinator, and Rhonda Troillett, director of the UAMS Vascular Lab, recently enlisted four new members. Daryl Burrows, a first-year resident in UAMS’ Department of Inter-nal Medicine, plays keyboards, and Craig York, a local chiropractor, plays rhythm guitar. Phillips is the band’s lead guitarist, with sisters-in-law Cheryl and Rhonda handling lead vocals. The medical musicians are joined by bassist Marty Lefler and drummer Rick Glatter.
Friday’s show starts at 8:30 p.m. and will have a $5 cover charge.
#StandUp4LR, the grassroots group organized to regain local control of the Little Rock School District, now run by the state has issued a statement today critical of Superintendent Michael Poore's budget process for next year, particularly insufficient community input. It also recommends a moratorium on new charter school seats in Little Rock because of the damaging impact that has on the School District.
Local rap collective Conduit celebrates the release of its latest compilation album, “Theme Muzik,” with an expanded version of its regular concert series “The Chill” at the Revolution Music Room on Friday.