Clubgoers better have had lots of sleep coming into this week, because there’s no rest for the club weary during the next few days, starting with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Sticky Fingerz on Thursday, April 21.
The group was formed in 1977 as a sort of brass band mascot of New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club, a black organization that helped with funeral arrangements for its lower- and middle-income members. Since then, the band has done its share of funerals and much more, bringing their Dixieland brass — nestled deep within the roots of gospel and R&B — to varied audiences, from touring with Widespread Panic to playing some butt-shakin’ music at New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival. They’re so beloved in New Orleans that the city celebrates an official “Dirty Dozen Brass Band Day.”
The band’s lineup now consists of Gregory David (trumpet and vocals), Sammie Williams (trombone), Roger Lewis (baritone and soprano sax), Kevin Harris (tenor sax), Terence Higgins (drums), Jamie Mclean (guitar), Efrem Towns (trumpet and flugelhorn), and Kirk Joseph (with two additional sousaphone players appearing at times, Julius McKee and Jeffrey Hills, Sr.). Recently, DDBB released “Funeral for A Friend,” a jazz gospel album that already is being hailed as a classic, with jumpy covers of “John the Revelator,” “Down by the Riverside,” and “I’ll Fly Away.” The album was dedicated to the memory of tuba player and DDBB founding member Tuba Fats, who died in January 2004.
The Fundamentals, a funky jazz and R&B group from St. Louis, make a return trip to Little Rock to open the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 372-7707.
Some may classify the Old Crow Medicine Show (appearing Friday, April 22, at Sticky Fingerz), as bluegrass, but the group is a little more specialized than that — it’s a modern-day throwback acoustic string and jug band, with a pre-war, Depression-era sound that precedes bluegrass.
The quintet, Critter Fuqua on banjo, resonator, guitar and vocals; Kevin Hayes on guitjo (a banjo/guitar hybrid); Morgan Jahnig on bass; Ketch Secor on fiddle, harp, banjo and vocals; and Willie Watson on guitar banjo and vocals, were discovered by Doc Watson and have a group of supporters that includes David Rawlings, Gillian Welch and Tom T. Hall. They can wail the Depression Era hillbilly blues or play some of the best stomping get-down songs.
Admission is $10. Showtime is 10 p.m.
Old Crow Medicine Show will be in Texarkana on Saturday, April 23, as part of the city’s Jump! Jive! & Jamfest! One-day admission to the festival is $15 for adults, $5 for children.
Akron, Ohio rockers and two-man blues team the Black Keys play Juanita’s on Sunday, April 24. The duo (Dan Auerbach guitar and vocals; Patrick Carney on drums) scored a major TV commercial with their song “Have Love, Will Travel.” Their album “Rubber Factory” has sold thousands worldwide, and they’ve just completed a sold–out Australian tour, not to mention playing Carnegie Hall a few months back. They basically combine raw and fuzzy blues-rock with a lot more sound than expected for a two-piece, drawing inspiration from the traditional blues of T-Model Ford, Fred McDowell, etc. and the newer skanky rock of bands like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
Opening at 8:30 p.m. will be the Hentchmen, also sought out for their ’60s garage rock sound that’s stripped down to the lowest denominator. Tickets are $12.
The “radio rock” band Burden Brothers, made up of former members of the Toadies and Reverend Horton Heat, play Juanita’s on Saturday, April 23, with the Key of Summer opening at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. The Mermaid Purse is also on the bill.
We’re been hearing for many months that the hard-rocking Fort Smith-based Starkz is about to land a recording deal. Finally, it could all be coming together as Epic Records will have representatives at Starkz’s show Monday, April 25, at Sticky Fingerz. Opening at 8 p.m. will be Further Down, who made the Arkansas Times Musician Showcase finals earlier this year. Tickets are $6.
Does the idea of well-curved la-la girls clad in opera length gloves, garter belts, fishnet stockings, rhinestone pasties, feathered boas and grass skirts doing bawdy hoochie-coochie dances turn you on? Then check out the Fluffgirls Burlesque Society, a Vancouver-based group that shimmies, shakes and takes it all off (with a little left to the imagination) on Wednesday, April 27, at Sticky Fingerz.
This is for fans of the art of striptease in the style of Gypsy Rose Lee, from a time gone by, but certainly not forgotten. The bump and grind starts at 10 p.m., tickets are on sale for $10. If you miss this show in Little Rock, there will be another stop in Arkansas for the troupe on May 10 at Jester’s in Hot Springs.
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