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From Oct. 11-13, you can get your rootsy/folksy/bluegrass/jam-band fix at Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival, which also features Leftover Salmon, Mickey Hart Band, The North Mississippi Allstars and dozens more, at Mulberry Mountain near Ozark.
On Oct. 12, Downtown Music Hall has agro-maestros Static-X, with hardcore heroes Emmure, plus Ill Nino, 9Electric, Shogun and one more to be determined. That same day up in Fayetteville, rising country singer Brantley Gilbert plays Arkansas Music Pavilion, with Uncle Kracker, Greg Bates and Brian Davis. The next day, Gurdon native and rockabilly legend Tav Falco plays a rare Arkansas show at Rogue Pizza Co. in Fayetteville. On Oct. 16, folk/rock giants The Avett Brothers perform at Arkansas Music Pavilion.
Juanita's has The Melvins on Oct. 17 as part of the veteran sludge-rockers' Guinness World Record attempt to play all 50 states and The District of Columbia in just 51 days.
Singer/songwriter and chamber pop luminary Rufus Wainwright plays at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall on Oct. 18.
Get ready to sway side to side with your hands in the air, CCM fans, for Casting Crowns will fill Verizon Arena with the faithful on Oct. 20, with openers Kristian Stanfill and Kerrie Roberts. Or watch as Sacramento invades Little Rock, with the acoustic side of hardcore legend Kevin Seconds and erstwhile Groovie Ghoulie Kepi Ghoulie, whose pop-punk will scratch your Ramones itch.
Also on Oct. 20, Stickyz has what will no doubt go down in Arkansas music lore, with Pine Bluff bluesman Cedell Davis, who'll be recording a live album with such rock luminaries as Peter Buck, Barrett Martin, Scott McCaughey, Joe Cripps and more.
On Oct. 21, the erstwhile Hasidic reggae/rapper Matisyahu plays an all-ages show at Revolution. Also that day, Juanita's has the dry humor and folksy singer/songwriter fare of Todd Snider. A few days later, Oct. 24, Juanita's has buzzy major-rock duo Jeff the Brotherhood, a.k.a., brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall, formerly of the outre rockers Be Your Own Pet.
Perhaps you should give it away, give it away, give it away now, because word has it that the Red Hot Chili Peppers play at Verizon Arena Oct. 25.
Discovery Nightclub has dirty South duo Ying Yang Twins with DJ Skribble, Oct. 27. The very next day, Juanita's has New Orleans electro funkmeisters Galactic with Cory Glover. Also on Oct. 28, Revolution has a show with Flatlander and alt-country legend Joe Ely, and up in Fayetteville, bassist, former member of The Minutemen and Firehose and bona fide national treasure Mike Watt and his band The Missing Men play at George's Majestic Lounge.
On Halloween Eve — Oct. 30, that is — power-popper and Raconteur Brendan Benson plays an 18-and-older show at Stickyz. On Nov. 1, '60s pop-rockers Gary Puckett and The Union Gap play all their hits at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall.
Nov. 2, Downtown Music Hall has a big old-fashioned eardrum-buster, with Louisiana-based metal/screamo/what-have-you weirdoes Iwrestledabearonce, playing with Oceano, Vanna, Within the Ruins, The Plot in You and Surrounded by Monsters. The next day, Revolution has an 18-and-older show boasting the return of red-dirt troubadour Charlie Robison. Also on Nov. 3, Memphis country rock stalwarts Lucero play what's sure to be a sweaty good time at Maxine's.
On Nov. 4, Downtown Music Hall hosts one of the biggest hardcore shows of the year, with scene legends Converge, pop-death-metal faves Torche, Kvelertak.
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