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Arkansas’s own Chase Pagan, acoustic folk singer/songwriter on the rise to national prominence, is holding his CD Release Show at Vino’s Brewpub on Friday, Feb. 9.
The native indie soul songster finally signed with rock label Militia Group in October and will now bring the sound that the Daily Utah Chronicle called “metro-folk sex appeal” to a broader audience. The ladies who have seen Pagan sing know what Utah is talking about.
The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $7.
Also on Friday, Texas-based country balladeer Pat Green plays The Village at University and Asher Avenues.
Green, a three-time Grammy nominee and long time independent/grassroots singer, has at long last released a mature and relatively mainstream country record, “Cannonball,” through major label BNA. After opening for a stack of big names ranging from Kenny Chesney to Keith Urban and the Dave Matthews Band, Green is finally getting to be a major headliner himself outside of Texas — a little slice of that American Dream his music so frequently pines after. Inside the Lone Star State, he’s drawn huge crowds from Houston to Lubbock. He’s also played Riverfest and in past years regularly packed some of the smaller venues.
The Village has a 1,000-person capacity. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets range from $25 to $28.
In a bit of coincidental scheduling, one of Green’s co-songwriters, Wade Bowen, is also in town on Friday playing one of those smaller venues Green’s visited in the past. Bowen, purveyor of the classic West Texas, old-country sound, will perform at Sticky Fingerz starting at 9 p.m. ($5 cover).
The 27-year-old Waco, Texas, native just finished up a tour with Lee Ann Womack and Friends, and his current single, “Lay it All on You,” recently reached No. 4 on the Texas Regional Radio Report.
For folks looking for something a little off the beaten, consumerist path, Bloomington, Ind., anti-capitalist folk punk group Defiance, Ohio plays house show venue The Treehouse with violin, cello, and upright bass in tow on Monday, Feb. 12.
Named after a real Ohio town, the group is known for its lively shows, staunch DIY ethic, and extensive touring. To give you an idea of just how extensive we’re talking, in February alone the band will see nine states and one Canadian province, playing a show in a different city almost every night of the week. Catch the group with Illinois folk punk Redbear alongside a 2007 Arkansas Times Musician Showcase Finalist, rockabilly boys Damn Bullets.
The Treehouse is at 109 S. Cedar. Their shows are usually free, but with Defiance, Ohio being a big draw (at least it should be) there’s a $3 cover. Showtime is 9 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8, starts the weekend off with metal and alt-rock: North Little Rock’s 1000 Points of Pain puts the metal to the dance floor with Colossus Bound and Suffer Cate at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom (9 p.m., $5) … Memphis alternative rock Yes/No/Maybe comes to Cajun’s Wharf. Y/N/M has previously opened for such groups as Switchfoot, Antigone Rising and Tonic and, strangely enough, has its own line of thong underwear (8:30 p.m., $5).
On Friday, Feb. 9, the music scene offers a little something for everyone with both bigger and smaller acts ranging from country to indie soul: Grammy-nominated Allman Brothers sideman Oteil Burbridge plays Christian funk jam fusion at The Revolution Music Room (9 p.m., $10) … Former singing dive-bar cook from Dallas, Elvis T. Busboy, brings the blues to Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5) … Fayetteville’s Nickelback-esque alt-rock group Silverstone, NYC pop punk Southcott, and breathy Floridian pop rock Red Lipstick Letter play with Cabot indie folk rock Zuckerman’s Famous Pig at Juanita’s (9 p.m., $5) … Funky, jazzy blues comes to the Afterthought with the Big John Miller Band (9 p.m., $7) … Austin roots artist Graham Wilkinson and The Underground Township shows up at the White Water Tavern with the Christopher Denny Band and Conway folk funk punk Jonathan Wilkins and the Dissenters, (9 p.m., $5). Graham Wilkinson is playing at the White Water on Saturday night as well.
On Saturday, Feb. 10: Check out Arkansas Delta jump blues with Mark Sallings and The Famous Unknowns at the Afterthought (9 p.m., $5). Sallings and the rest of his crew spent their early years as the sidemen of more famous artists, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters and Rufus Thomas, so the band name is meant as a humorous if self-deprecating jab. Also on Saturday, Vino’s hosts pop-rock emo band School Boy Humor out of Fayetteville that likes to call itself the “479 make-out core,” with Christian pop rock The Natural State, powerpop punk About Last Night, and The Cities Below (8 p.m., $7) … Boston-based alt-rock Superlow cruises on through Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5) … The quiet country folk rock of Fayetteville favorite Sarah Hughes Band will beguile the crowd at White Water (9 p.m., $5)… Conway’s perpetually self-renaming alt-rock group Daybreak Bandits and Brash do Juanita’s (10 p.m. $7).
Sunday: It’s another Sunday at Juanita’s with NYC alternative The Lemonheads, spoken-rock Vietnam, and Tulsa indie pop rock the Hero Factor (8 p.m., $12 -$15). Juanita’s website calls The Lemonheads “a punk rock super group of sorts,” each of the band members hailing from either Descendents or Black Flag.
Monday: Tha Rock Underground is on at Juanita’s, featuring Heavon Scent, Lucky Rudy Ru, Mr. Suggs, SheaMarie, Upgrade and Tacticz (8 p.m., $5).
Tuesday: On the last day before Valentine’s it’s Juanita’s at Juanita’s when the club’s own crew, Michael Arnold, Zack Landon and Beau Nixon play the venue (9 p.m., $5) … Get some New Jersey punk ’n’ roll with The Hudson Falcon’s Mark Linskey, Cali-punk rock with New Tomorrow and Coach at White Water (9 p.m., free).
Wednesday: For a couple’s Valentine’s Day, cozy in to Hillcrest’s historic little nook-in-the-wall The Afterthought, and listen to Dell Smith on piano playing romantic standards and R&B (8 p.m., $5) … For those of us on our own or just hanging out with friends that night, try 2007 Gruene with Envy Artist of the Year country singer Stoney LaRue with The Good Time Ramblers at Sticky Fingerz (9 p.m., $5).
Congratulations Tara, beautifully written!