Singleminded, Little Rock's special mixture of a style that resembles Stone Temple Pilots blending with Smashing Pumpkins, will have a CD release party on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Juanita's Cantina Ballroom. Singleminded will be celebrating its newest CD, "Red," on the Attraction Records label.
Interestingly, the group's manager reports that Singleminded toured Thailand this summer for a two-week engagement, playing malls during the day and clubs at night. After Saturday's show Singleminded will take a break before beginning another two-month regional tour in October.
Singleminded, which is not only generating a strong following locally but plays regionally from Kansas City to Atlanta, will be joined on the Saturday bill by Kansas City-based Intent and Knoxville, Tenn., group Copper.
Saturday's $10 cover charge will also get you a copy of the celebratory CD.
Juanita's starts off its big weekend with an appearance from Texas power rockers King's X on Friday, Sept. 24. King's X currently is touring in support of its recent release, "The Jelly Jam 2," the follow up to 2002's "The Jelly Jam."
The usual heavy amplified power-rock will be reduced significantly in a special "unplugged" acoustic performance. Jonesboro's Furtherdown, which competed in the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase earlier this year and has a strong following in Memphis and the northeastern part of the state, will open the set, also playing "unplugged."
Admission is $15. Showtime is 10 p.m.
This weekend marks the big "14" for Vino's Brewpub, and the venue that merges punk and politics (the punks meet, entertain and serve; the politicians simply meet) will celebrate with a birthday party on Saturday, Sept. 25.
The all-day event starts at 12:30 p.m. and admission is free until 6 p.m., when the cover charge is $7.
Vino's will feature favored acts at the venur over the past several years: King Don, Between the Second, Grand Serenade, The Key of Summer, Very Much So, School Boy Humor, Gino Delray, Sara Thomas, Loch Ness Monster, PM Today, Daddyface and Underclaire. Several of those names have graced the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase lineup in recent years, including Sara Thomas, a finalist this year.
Cajun's Wharf features a three-day soul and R&B offering starting Thursday, Sept. 23, with the Memphis Soul Revue, a top cover band from the Bluff City with party-pleasing tunes (including country) from such acts as the Isley Brothers, Al Green, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Garth Brooks and more.
Arkansas native blues-and-soul chanteuse Cherry Brooks follows the Memphis Soul Revue into Cajun's with shows on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25. Last year Brooks and her band, Pulse 182, took home the trophy for the best R&B band in the "Face the Music" Ozark Music Awards.
Cajun's cover charge is $5. Music starts nightly around 9 p.m.
It was hard for us to suppress a giggle while reading the bio of Tom Kimmel, the Acoustic Sounds Cafe headliner on Friday, Sept. 24.
The rocker-turned-folkster has impressive credentials, to be sure; the former Kerrville New Folk winner and singer-songwriter has written and recorded songs with and for Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings and the Stray Cats, but he's also had some tunes surface on an almost-disconcerting array of vehicles such as the "Captain Kangaroo Show" and the '80s film "The Disorderlies" starring rapper group the Fat Boys. Kimmel has also toured with Heart.
Kimmel also has long been a favorite at Acoustic Sounds with his various appearances, including a critically acclaimed one a few seasons back with fellow singer-songwriters Tom Prasado-Rao and Michael Tinley.
Wild Carrot, consisting of Cincinnati natives Pamela Temple and Spencer Funk, opens the show at 7:30 p.m.
As always, the cafe is no alcohol, no-smoking, with coffee and desserts for sale. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 students. Acoustic Sounds shows are held in the Great Hall of the Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive)
From New York City, the girl-boy-girl trio Crimson Sweet, which has garnered strong reviews in online punk I-zines for its September CD release, "Blood Transfusion," and with a discography that has sold out except for its current offering, brings its power-pop-punk to Blank Generation on Saturday, Sept. 25. Rock from the raucous-but-endearing local boys, Poeboy Society, as well as newly formed local punkstresses the C.o.N.T.S, will start the show (with a name like that, we bet their mothers are proud).
Doors open at 8:30 p.m., admission for all ages is $5. Blank Generation is on West Capitol Avenue.
Fans of the internationally renowned metal band Sepultura will be interested to learn that the lead vocalist/guitarist for the Brazilian group, Max Cavalera, has broken off to form Soulfly and will be at Juanita's with his new band on Wednesday, Sept. 29. "Prophecy" was released this year by Cavalera's newest creation. Dayton, Ohio-based Twelve Tribes, which sired "The Rebirth of Tragedy" in May, will open the madness and mayhem at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door.
Local rap collective Conduit celebrates the release of its latest compilation album, “Theme Muzik,” with an expanded version of its regular concert series “The Chill” at the Revolution Music Room on Friday.
Before last Friday night, the saddest, most "depressing" Depression-era story I had read was Horace McCoy's "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" However, after watching The Arkansas Repertory Theatre's opening performance of William Inge's "A Loss of Roses," I can attest that this play is as rough and unflinching as that Depression-era tale, or any other.