A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
Little Rock’s One Stone Reggae Band will welcome back a former member for an upcoming performance honoring Martin Luther King’s life on Friday, Jan. 13. Changus Bell is returning Friday as lead singer of the group, rejoining founding members Chris Bowen, Mike Sinclair and Mike Strike as they play Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom. The group was originally founded in December 1997, and Bell returns after a year’s hiatus. One Stone has dubbed Friday’s show as “Reggae Rhythms.” Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 10 p.m. The cover charge is $10.
One Stone also will appear during a segment Friday of KATV, Channel 7’s “Good Morning Arkansas,” with the hour-long show starting at 9 a.m.
Wade Bowen, from New Braunfels, Texas, is back in the country-rock saddle again, returning to Sticky Fingerz on Thursday, Jan. 12. He’ll be playing songs from his most recent album, “Try Not to Listen,” as well as songs from his upcoming album “Lost Hotel,” set for release Feb. 21. “Lost Hotel” includes the pre-released single “God Bless This Town.”
Bowen is a compadre of Pat Green, and his sound is comparable to that of Green’s honky-tonk Texas country style. Bowen’s back-up musicians are Matt Miller, Evin Philbrick, Kevin Sciou and Casey Twist.
The Sara Thomas Band will open at 9 p.m. Admission is $6.
Soul, rock and blues artists DuWayne Burnside and the Mississippi Mafia, who played Sticky Fingerz a month ago, are back on Friday, Jan. 13, coupled with the club’s regularly visiting act, Hosty Duo. Burnside is the son of late blues great R.L. Burnside.
The show is at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
Local jam-band Weakness for Blondes completes the club’s weekend throwdown on Saturday, Jan. 14. The 9 p.m. show costs $5.
Extra Kind of Blue, an indie rock band out of Indianapolis, will appear at Sticky Fingerz on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The band members describe themselves as “happier than the Cure but sadder than the Beatles,” with influences pulled from the Pixies and the Cardigans, and a tinge of art-rock of the Sea and Cake.
“The Tide and the Undertow” recently was released under Opulent Records. The group includes David Bajajas and P. David Handy on guitars, Randee Elmer on percussion and vocals and Brian Peterson on bass. They all share vocal credits. Cover for the 9 p.m. show is $5.
Friday’s show at Acoustic Sounds Cafe will feature old-timers vs. new-timers when the Old School Bluegrass Band and openers Out of the Blue perform in the cafe’s Second Presbyterian Church setting. Don’t expect overalls, blacked-out teeth or any gingham for the onstage outfits; slimmed down OSSB guitarist Danny Trawick tells us his band is planning to dress to the nines with brand-new tuxedos complementing its “old-school” bluegrass songs.
He’s also excited about introducing the talented teen-age pickers of Out of The Blue, who are from Mountain View. Out of the Blue will open at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, call 227-0000.
From the ever-expanding town of White Hall in Jefferson County: Youthful Christian rock band A Perfect Flaw will headline on the secular stage at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 12. Ludo, a St. Louis-based pop-punk band (which opened for Chuck Berry last month) also will appear along with local acts Asterick and N Bloom (led by Kody Knight, After the Tragedy’s drummer).
The 9 p.m. show is for all ages. Admission is $6.
After the Tragedy, incidentally, will be the main act at another hardcore Christian rock show at Vino’s Brewpub on Friday, Jan. 13, with openers the Big Screen and Upper Class Trash. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m.
After the Tragedy’s latest album is “The Beautiful Brand New.”
Admission is $7.
Their wax lips are sealed: The Chicklettes, best described as a nice mix of the Go-Gos, Evil Beaver and the Plasmatics, kick their stiletto heels up at Downtown Music on Friday, Jan. 13. Supporting acts are Dirty Tactics and Hounds of the Baskervilles. The show starts at 10 p.m. Admission is $5.