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Dust off your glow-stick, hose down that oversized pacifier: DJ Irene comes to town on Friday, Aug. 4, to drop the needle for a hard-house dance party at the Revolution Room.
She’s a fierce mixologist, and on top of the L.A. DJ scene that crested in the mid-’90s. Her mixes are well known (“Sex on Wheels” comes to mind), and she even revamped a version of “Beauty and the Beast” for a Disney techno album.
Admission is $13. The show starts at 9 p.m. with guests Smurvis and DJs Kinkade and Flow.
Soul, rock, funk equals “Slunky,” the self-described term of Outkast’s live backup band Whild Peach, playing at the Revolution Room on Saturday, Aug. 5. The band is perfect good-time party music: part Funkadelic, part Teddy Pendergrass. And yeah, they were also the band that did the backup for “Hey Ya,” “So Fresh and So Clean” and “The Way You Move.”
Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance. Call 823-0090.
A CD release party is scheduled for the new girl in town, Adriane Allyn. And, via word of mouth, we understand she’s a great vocalist and spoken-word performer who has a part folk/part R&B sound. She’s holding her CD debut (“Moving On”) party at Juanita’s on Saturday, Aug. 5.
Local support starts at 9:30 p.m. from the Munks, some guy named robb and the Irresponsibles. Admission is $5 for ages 18 and up.
Buckcherry is scheduled for Juanita’s on Sunday, Aug. 6. The attitudinal L.A. sleaze-rock quintet will be preceded by Stone Black Cherry, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27 for the all-ages show.
Then, on Monday, Aug. 7 — and we know this will be a sell-out — an “Evening with Eric Johnson” begins at 8 p.m. It’s $17 for ages 18 and up. The Austin-based guitar virtuoso released “Bloom” (nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album) as well as “Live from Austin Texas” last year and recently played on John McLaughlin’s “Industrial Zen” album.
Second Place Cafe, held in the 2nd Baptist Church downtown, plays host to Texas country-folk act Alex Whitmore on Friday, Aug. 4. Opening will be well-loved Conway acoustic-folk-trio (and Kerrville Festival alumni) Happenstance, with members Dan Clanton, Brooks Walthall and Doug Coppock. Happenstance kicks it off at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6, and the no-smoking, alcohol-free show is open to all ages.
Please check the “Amy After Dark” blog on the Arkansas Times website (www.arktimes.com, then click the “blogs” tag up top) for more insight on these bands and the acts slated during the next few days:
Twin Soul, neo-soul diva at Cajun’s Wharf on Thursday, Aug. 3 (8 p.m., $5) ... Watermelon Slim, the harp blower with a vast historical and emotional knowledge of blues, is at Cajun’s on Friday, Aug. 4 (8 p.m., $5)...The Eoff Brothers, young rocking bluesmen, at the Cornerstone Pub on Friday, Aug. 4, and at Cajun’s Saturday, Aug. 5 ... The Whigs from Athens, Ga., at Sticky Fingerz on Aug. 3 with a new album, “Give ’em All a Big Fat Lip” (with opening act Anxiety (9:30 p.m. $5). The Whigs were included in the 2006 Rolling Stone “10 bands to watch” list … Songwriter/producer/bassist etc. Spot (Black Flag), along with There We Stood on Saturday, Aug. 5 at Vino’s (8:30 p.m., all-ages, $7) … Fatlip performs at Cornerstone Pub on Wednesday, Aug. 9. He released the album “The Loneliest Punk” last year. Cali rapper Omni (from BLX) shows up as well as local talent Epiphany and DJ Swift on the table (8 p.m., $10).