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OLD SCHOO: Fiddlers join them at UCA.
  • OLD SCHOO: Fiddlers join them at UCA.
Two guest fiddlers, Tim Crouch and Chanley Painter, will join the Old School Bluegrass Band when it takes its act to Conway and the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus Saturday, July 9. Crouch has just finished dates at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and has been the sideman to a breathtaking roster of country superstars such as Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart and Charley Pride. Painter, a former Miss Teen Arkansas and current UCA Presidential Scholar, is the Arkansas State Old Time Fiddle Champion. The good-time, tradition-minded Old School Bluegrass Band is now in its 15th year. OSBB guitarist Danny Trawick (who also is host of the radio program “Not Necessarily Bluegrass” on KABF-FM, 88.3) is recovering smashingly from heart surgery, and is sporting a leaner silhouette. The foursome’s most recent CD, “It’s the Old School Bluegrass Band, By George!” was a tribute to late mentor and fellow folk musician George Fisher, who also served as the political cartoonist for the Arkansas Times. The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $10. The innovative, groundbreaking banjoist Tony Trischka returns to Acoustic Sounds Cafe on Friday, July 8. Trischka formed groups Psychograss and Grass is Greener in the 1970s and within these bands Trischka used a fresh, almost defiant musical approach to the banjo, gentrifying the instrument’s image. Years later, with numerous albums to his credit, Trischka’s worked with a wide array of artists in every genre imaginable, making his mark and breaking the mold as a progressive pioneer of acoustic music. He also writes books and conducts seminars and performs in the Tony Trischka Band. Opening the show at 7:30 p.m. will be Outside the Lines featuring humorist singer-songwriter Emily Kaitz. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students. The venue, at 600 Pleasant Valley Drive in the Second Presbyterian Church, is non-smoking and alcohol-free. The huge summer metal event Sounds of the Underground Tour does not have a date in Little Rock. However, a big chunk of the festival’s lineup will be in town, splitting up at two venues on Monday, July 11. Intense, planetary groove-based metal band Clutch, which has just released “Robot Hive/Exodus,” will appear at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom at 9 p.m. with opening acts High on Fire and local band Rwake. Admission for ages 18 and up is $20. Vino’s Brewpub will host brutal Christian metal band Norma Jean, along with Throwdown, From Autumn to Ashes and Fear Before the March of Flames. Admission is $15 for all ages, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Downtown Music will have a Clutch and High Fire after-party, with local acts that weren’t announced by press time. For danceable party music, Sticky Fingerz will have Memphis-based turntable hip-hop house rock group M-Town at 10 p.m. Friday, July 8 ($6 cover). M-Town is the side project for members of the popular, electronica-based Nation. Funky Fayetteville act B-Side will appear 9 p.m. Saturday, July 9, also with a cover of $6. We’re assuming no introduction is needed for Jordan Knight, former member of New Kids on the Block, who will appear on Friday, July 8, at Juanita’s. Cover is $15. Bring your earplugs; there were lots of screaming 30-year-old women the previous two times he’s played here. Justin James starts the show at 10 p.m. This may be old news to some, but for those who don’t know, the Poeboy Society has officially broken up. On his web site, former lead vocalist John Neal says he’s going solo but is in no hurry to do so. The Spa City Blues Society will hold a benefit at Schapiro’s, 510 Central Ave., on Wednesday, July 13, with Phillip Walker as the guest performer. He has worked as sideman for Little Richard and Etta James and is also a lead man in his own right, fronting the Blue Eagles Band. Walker’s show starts at 8 p.m., and a $5 donation will get you in. Proceeds will benefit the society’s annual free blues festival, scheduled for Sept. 2-3 this year. An important Arkansas musician, Brinkley-born John Weston, died June 30. We’ve seen him for the past decade or so at various venues around the state, from sparsely inhabited dark dive bars to crowded blues festivals. He was (along with Willie Cobbs) among the last of the big-gun Delta-Sonny Boy Williamson-styled harp players. He won a W.C. Handy “Lucille” award in 1989. Some of his albums include “So Doggone Blue,” “Blues at Daybreak” and “I Tried to Hide From the Blues.”
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