Kicking off the 2013 stretch of spring music, on the first official day of the season, are the libidinous Oklahoma hard-rockers in Hinder, with Aranda and Acidic (March 21, Juanita's). If your bag is a bit more on the Red Dirt country side of things, The Randy Rogers Band plays an 18-and-older show (March 21, Revolution).
If folk-flavored indie rock is your thing, you might want to get on over and see The Apache Relay with Adam Faucett & The Tall Gras (March 22, Stickyz), or if outlaw-country style Southern rock is more to your liking, a sure bet would be Confederate Railroad (March 22, Juanita's). Fans of Southern-fried hip-hop can get their fix with Nappy Roots (March 22, Revolution). San Diego-based indie rock mainstays Pinback come to town with tongue-in-cheek TV theme weirdo JP Inc. (March 23, Revolution).
Soul survivor and singer extraordinaire Lee Fields & The Expressions are a must-do for fans of vintage soul and R&B. Fields is on tour with female retro-soul duo Lady (March 24, Juanita's). The next day, you can catch Minneapolis punk-scene veterans turned grunge pioneers Soul Asylum at an all-ages show at Revolution.
Catch pop singer (and youngest-ever male singer to have four Top 40 hits) Aaron Carter, with The Supporting Cast, Nikki Flores, Petrel and Pricecrew (March 26, Juanita's).
Prairie Home Companion fanatics take note: Garrison Keillor: A Brand-New Retrospective is something you'll probably want to get tickets for (March 28, Walton Arts Center). The next day, if you're still in Fayetteville you can catch gritty singer/songwriter James McMurtry at George's Majestic Lounge. Memphis retro-rocker John Paul Keith and his band The One Four Fives return to White Water Tavern, and San Antonio's Pop Pistol comes back to Maxine's, with Blue Screen Skyline and recent Times Musicians Showcase winners The Sound of the Mountain.
On March 31, rising Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly plays Juanita's. Contemporary Christian Music fans will no doubt be excited to see one of the pioneers of the genre. Amy Grant plays Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA (April 2). For something a little different on the same day, the Walton Arts Center hosts funk forefathers Kool & The Gang.
On April 3, White Water Tavern hosts one of the year's absolutely-do-not-miss shows, with one of the Crescent City's finest street bands, the Hot 8 Brass Band. The Chamber Music Society of Little Rock presents a performance featuring Sebastian Baverstam on cello (April 4, St. Mark's Episcopal Church). If that's not your thing, perhaps singer/songwriter Corey Smith, who has a massive grassroots following? He's at Revolution for an 18-and-older show.
Hess Clothing and Phunkee Love host their Spring Release Party (April 5, Revolution) with live tuneage from War Chief, Falcon Scott, Underclaire and DJ Doug Kramer. Meanwhile, over at White Water Tavern, you can catch the flawless classic country sounds of The Salty Dogs.
Rock out for a good cause on April 6 at Revolution, at Amp Out Alz 2: A Rock & Roll Event Benefiting Alzheimer's Arkansas. Featuring Geezer, it's an all-ages affair. Gospel enthusiasts can thrill to the country sounds of Bill Gaither & The Gaither Homecoming Tour (Verizon Arena).
Athens indie rock invades Central Arkansas April 7, when The Whigs and Futurebirds hit up Stickyz for an 18-and-older get-down. Up in Fayetteville, blues rocker Bob Schneider takes to the stage at George's Majestic Lounge. The next day (April 8), Arkansas's American Idol Kris Allen will perform at George's. Stick around the following day, if you are so inclined, for So-Cal skate punk/hip-hop outfit Slightly Stoopid, also at George's.
Christian rock enthusiasts will want to mark April 12 on their calendars, as their (perhaps) favorite band Third Day comes to Verizon Arena with Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson in tow.
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