Before there were the modern crunk music artists like David Banner and Lil’ Jon, 2 Live Crew was causing controversy regarding censorship of “explicit lyrics” in the late ’80s and ’90s. Most of us can remember, fondly or otherwise, such 2 Live Crew hits as “Me So Horny” and “We Want Some *****” among others.
2 Live Crew is back at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Thursday, July 14. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the A-State Hustlers will open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for ages 18 and up.
The Crew consists of Luke Skyywalker, Fresh Kid Ice, Treach DJ Mr. Mixxx and Brother Marquis. The group’s 1989 album, “As Nasty as They Wanna Be,” was a top-selling record; their sanitized PG-version of it, titled “As Clean As They Wanna Be,” sold miserably, no surprise to some. If this show is anything like 2 Live Crew’s last visit to Juanita’s, this performance will not be PG rated.
The local band Boondogs seems to defy genre categorizing — roots rock, alt-country or dark-pop —especially after a listen to their latest album “Fever Dreams.” The new disc on the local Max Recordings is set for national release on Tuesday, July 26. The Boondogs will be having a pre-release party at Gallery 26 on Kavanaugh Saturday, July 16, with some pre-pressed copies available for $10.
Pants will open at 9 p.m., with the Boondogs starting at 10 p.m. If you can’t wait for that date, their entire album can be downloaded at www.boondogs.com.
The rotund and rockin’ Denton, Texas, drunken-pop punk band Bowling for Soup has enjoyed airplay of two singles off their new album, “A Hangover You Don’t Deserve.” The group will appear at Juanita’s on Monday, June 18. “Almost,” a twisted sort of love song, followed “1985,” and both are in regular circulation on VH1 and MTV. Before this recent release, the group had a darkhorse Grammy Award nomination for its song “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” in 2003.
And big news for Little Rock’s Dreamfast, fronted by Amy Hart. They’ll be using this opening gig as a CD release show, debuting “In Armor.” Also appearing will be Conway’s Alderbrook.
The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.
Hard-rocking Swedish Christian rock band Blindside, appearing Friday, July 15, at Juanita’s, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and says on its website that 2005 is an ambitious year for the group. Blindside has regained the rights to its first two albums, a self-titled debut and the followup, “A Thought Crushed My Mind,” and has re-released both with four bonus tracks on each disc. In addition, the group has put together a DVD with a documentary, concert footage and web photos called “Ten Years Running Blind.” A new album is due out in late summer.
The equally faithful red-and-black-attired scream-o septet Showbread will be part of Friday’s show. Showbread’s latest album is amusingly titled “No Sir, Nihilism is Not Practical.”
Also appearing: the Showdown.
The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15.
An impressive lineup is scheduled to appear at Fayetteville’s George’s Majestic Lounge on Saturday, July 16, for the “Blues in the Natural State Festival,” sponsored by the Ozark Blues Society.
The show gets rolling at 2 p.m. with the Kory Montgomery Band followed by ’Letric Liz and Memphis Mayhem, the Mo Brothers, Chris Cameron, the Tablerockers, Big John Miller and the 2005 International Blues Challenge winners Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy. The event is topped off by Grammy Award winner Alvin Youngblood Hart.
Hart, by the way, has a new album out called “Motivational Speaker.”
General admission tickets are $10. For more information, call 479-442-4226 or visit www.ozarkblues.com.
He may be a little long in the tooth as far as modern musicians go, but Col. Bruce Hampton is still doing his thing and still doing it so well that you can’t simply dismiss his shows or albums as belonging in the “oldies” category. Hampton was part of the ’60s music scene, creating his own unique spaced-out jazz, bluegrass, swing and blues niche alongside such folks as Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and, perhaps most importantly, Frank Zappa.
Hampton and his band, the Codetalkers, will be appearing twice in the state this week: on Thursday, July 14, in Fayetteville at George’s Majestic Lounge ($10), and Friday, July 15, at Sticky Fingerz ($7).
Hampton has been in the business for more than 30 years, not just as the lead man of the Codetalkers (and the Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Fiji Mariners and the Late Bronze Age).
An Associated Press report puts the economic damage to North Carolina from its laws discriminating against LGBT people at more than $3.76 billion over a dozen years. Arkansas, with several anti-discrimination laws and more in the way, is at risk of similar fallout.
KARK reports that police shot a man in an alley behind Ernie Biggs on Clinton Avenue in the River Market district about 2 a.m. today. His condition was not known, but initial reports said he was in surgery. UPDATE: The shooting was fatal.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.
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.