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Classic country rock ’n’ roll group Cross Canadian Ragweed is back in town tonight (April 26). The group has long held a strong following in their home state of Texas, but in the last couple of years the rest of the country has been catching on to the sights and sounds of lead singer Cody Canada, rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, drummer Randy Ragsdale and bassist Jeremy Plato.
Certainly something must be said for a group that can break Willie Nelson’s attendance record at Fort Worth’s Lone Star Park, drawing 25,000 paid concert-goers. Catch them for yourself tonight at the Revolution Music Room (9 p.m., $15).
Also tonight, the Arkansas Educational Television Network presents an unusual opportunity at the AETN studios in Conway. Guitar-picking contemporary acoustic-folk artist Jack Williams will play to a small audience for a free front-row taping that will air on AETN in mid-May.
“AETN Presents: Front Row” is an ongoing original series of live music performed by larger national acts that is recorded and replayed for all Arkansans’ enjoyment. Reservations are required and space is limited for the early evening show, so call ahead and secure a spot at 800-662-2386. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
And now for the rest of the week, starting with Thursday: At Cajun’s Wharf, it’s twangy local rock/pop group The Gettys (8:30 p.m., $5) … Dallas pop rockers Flickerstick play with Conway’s alt-rock Daybreak Bandits and Calhoun at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom (9 p.m., $10) … Across town, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio resumes its regular spot at the Afterthought (8 p.m., $2) … Area 51 and 7th Street Tattoo present local acoustic balladeer Adam Hambrick’s CD Release Party with Jeremy Grigg and Anxiety (8 p.m., $7) … local rockers Slide Stage Left show up with Shelf Life at Vino’s Brewpub (8 p.m. April 26, $6.
On Friday, an all local rap/hip-hop show is set for Downtown Music with quirky off-topic rap act OT and the FYP, trippy hip-hop with Mad Trucker, Jabee, DJ Counteract and more (9 p.m., $5) … The Thick Syrup Records compilation shows continue, and this particular night’s host is the White Water Tavern, with David Slade of American Princes, punk group Smoke Up Johnny, Max Recordings chief Burt Taggart, and rockers San Antokyo (9 p.m., $5) … At Vino’s, Dallas indie electronica artist The Secret Handshake plays with The Rockets and local emo group School Boy Humor (8:30 p.m., $6) … The Dave Matthews Tribute Band, the only nationally touring DMB cover group, plays at Sticky Fingerz (10 p.m., $7) … harmonica-playing/guitarist Mark Sallings plays with his Famous Unknowns at the Afterthought (9 p.m., $6) … Australian blues guy Harper and Greg Madden do Cajun’s (8:30 p.m., $5) … Texas rockers Anxiety play Juanita’s with Upside (9 p.m., $6) … ’80s cover group Molten Lava plays the Peabody’s RiverTop Party (9 p.m., $5) … At Acoustic Sounds Cafe, folksters Alan Rhody and Brian and Jeanette Driscoll serve up singer-songwriter goodness (7:30 p.m., $8 seniors/students, $10 general admission) … and Austin’s “Texasissippi stomp” blues fellow Ray Cashman closes up the night at Midtown Billiards (12:30 a.m. Saturday, $3 members, $7 non-members).
Saturday rolls around and rewards the restless with a few good shows: First off, Fayetteville favorite metal band Deadbird plays with Witch’s Tit and more at Downtown Music (9 p.m., $5) … Mississippi blues/soul rocker Duwayne Burnside comes to Sticky Fingerz (9 p.m., $8) … classic/new rock blend the B-Flats (a.k.a. The Doctor Band) do the Afterthought (9 p.m., $6) … local rhythm and blues rock band Left of Center plays at Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5) … cover group fave Mr. Meaner and its turning-40 frontman Kevin Haynie are live at Juanita’s (9 p.m., $5) … local metal rockers Sacred Reign, female-fronted rock band Torn Scarlet, and Perryville’s alt-rock group Evacuate the City do Vino’s (8 p.m., $6) … strange local indie rockers 800 Bullets play the White Water Tavern (9 p.m., $5) … and while the end of the night may come too soon everywhere else in town, the music rolls on at Midtown with Kansas jam band Loco Macheen (12:30 a.m. Sunday, $3 members, $7 non-members).
Monday: At Bowen Hall on the grounds of Christ Episcopal Church in Downtown Little Rock (509 Scott St.), the Arkansas Celtic Music Society presents traditional Celtic folk group Craobh Rua Monday (7:30 p.m., $10 general, $5 students and seniors).
Tuesday: At Vino’s, spoken word emo-boy Bradley Hathaway delivers breakneck speed poetry with Nashville indie folk pop rockers Kat Jones and Cali Christian pop Federated Crush (8 p.m., $6) … Jeff Clanton brings on the blues at one of the Afterthought’s Tuesday Blue days (9 p.m., free) … Tennessee’s Southern indie act Glossary plays the White Water (10 p.m., $5).
Wednesday: St Louis’ Son Volt, led by Jay Farrar and with a highly acclaimed new record in tow, plays the Rev Room (8:30 p.m., $15) … Russellville Christian emo rock group Deas Vail and indie rockers Oceans Firing and Stella play Sticky (9 p.m., $6).