Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism
The political dissent expressed by the folk quartet the Weavers, led by Pete Seeger, got the band blacklisted in 1952. Though they stopped playing together for three years, the Weavers thumbed their noses at the powers that be by reuniting for a well-attended show at Carnegie Hall in 1955.
Now, some 50 years later, they’re not forgotten. The Weavers even have a tribute band, called The Work o’ the Weavers, set to headline a show Friday, March 24, at Acoustic Sounds Cafe.
The current lineup, reportedly approved by Seeger himself, is David Bernz on banjo, Martha Sandefer on vocals, James Durst on guitar and Mark Murphy on upright bass. Expect folksy covers of classics by Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, as well as some original Weavers tunes.
The Kat Hood Trio, soon to have a CD out titled “Kat Tunes,” will open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the venue is in the Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, is non-smoking and alcohol-free.
We skipped Hank III at South by Southwest because we knew he’d be here in our hometown on Saturday, March 25, at Juanita’s. The grandson of the Hillbilly Shakespeare, Hank Williams, usually does two sets: the first traditional and country, and the second heavy metal. We’ve never been disappointed.
Bob Wayne and the Carnie Outlaws from Seattle, who mix speed metal and the type of music you might hear at a side show, will start things off at 9:30 p.m. Admission for 18 and up is $15.
Sticky Fingerz starts off the weekend with popular country “outlaw” act Wade Bowen on Thursday, March 23. He’ll bring along copies of his new CD, “Lost Hotel.” Opening will be the Stones-influenced Deadstring Brothers at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7.
If you like to salsa, boogie and shake your cula on the dance floor, Grupo Fantasma, an 11-man Latin funk orchestra from Austin, Texas, will be at Sticky Fingerz on Friday, March 24. Brass, bass, guitar, congas and drums make up the instruments, and the group won the 2006 Austin Music Awards for Best Latin Group and Best Horns.
Grupo Fantasma’s latest album is “Movement to Popular.” The show starts at 10 p.m. and admission is $10.
Michael Glabicki, the lead man of the ’90s act Rusted Root (“Send Me On My Way”), will appear at Sticky FIngerz on Saturday, March 25. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. There is an opening act planned, but it hadn’t been announced at press time.
Hey, some of us don’t have insurance — and what better way to help a friend out with his choppers than a benefit? Toothfest will feature a hard rock/metal lineup of Eva Braun, Dreading Sundown, Ashes of Augustine and More Than A Threat at Juanita’s starting 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. Admission is $6, and benefits go to put a new tooth in the head of local Jeffrey Falcone, friend of the guys in Eva Braun, which includes former members of the now defunct Temper Effect, an Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finalist in 2005.
Local hard rock act Starkz, whose shows always fill the place, will also be at Juanita’s on Friday, March 24. The band is making up a show that was iced out back in February. Exsus and Exit 380 will open starting at 10 p.m. The cover for all ages is $8.
Looking ahead, another great Austin, Texas, act to catch: Crawling With Kings will be at the White Water Tavern on Wednesday, April 5. The indie pop-rock sextet, listing influences from Son Volt and Steve Earle to the Velvet Underground and the Flaming Lips, mixes its style of “sounds” (you have to see them) with regular old instruments like guitar, bass, percussion, drums, vibraphone, trumpet and more. Admission for the 8 p.m. show is $5.