Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
The “godfather of punk,” Boston’s indescribable Jonathan Richman, will be at Sticky Fingerz on Friday, Feb. 23.
Richman, formerly of iconic proto-punk group the Modern Lovers, is known for offbeat lyrics and his live-show eccentricities (impromptu translations of songs on stage, extended philosophical soliloquies, etc.). He’s built and maintained a feverish cult base sufficient to power his extensive, diverse discography over the last 30 years. Expect to see his recent obsession with the Spanish language shining through in this particular show, starting at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Also on Friday, throaty acoustic guitarist Steve Seskin plays Acoustic Sounds Cafe at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. The songwriter has been throwing down No. 1 acoustic folk hits since 1975, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry.” A festival favorite throughout the United States, Seskin also part-times as a character educator in PBS’s “Operation Respect/Don’t Laugh at Me,” speaking and singing in elementary school assemblies throughout the country.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m.; suggested donation is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students, and military personnel. The show rebroadcasts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, on KUAR-FM, 89.1.
Settle in for a little Sunday sweetness at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom with Canton, Ohio, indie rock group Lovedrug. The group is here on a special 10-city Acoustic Storytellers Tour to promote its March 2007 release, “Everything Starts Where it Ends.” Hear the stories behind the new songs, preorder the new disc, and get a free live EP for your efforts. Opening for Lovedrug is Arkansas’s hot metro folk songster Chase Pagan (6 p.m., $5).
On Monday, Feb. 26, we can honestly say, “and now for something completely different”: North Carolina comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis, who’s appeared on Comedy Central’s “Dog Bites Man” and Fox’s “Tru Calling,” will eschew the comedy club venue for a bar, performing at 8 p.m. at Juanita’s ($22-$25). Galifianakis and several of his comedian comrades are trying the bar gambit to reach a wider audience. For a pre-show taste, check out Galifianakis’ Myspace profile — if you can manage to spell his name correctly — and sift through the 10 clips he has on the site, taking special care to watch his moody-girl lip synch of Fiona Apple’s “Not About Love.”
On Thursday, Feb. 22, Tulsa Christian metal group Pillar plays with Georgia Christian rock group Showbread and Shreveport, La., pop rockers Tyler Read at Juanita’s (9 p.m., $10-$12) … Vino’s Brewpub hosts Fresh Blood Presents with Cabot indie-folk-rock group Zuckerman’s Famous Pig, Monticello metal group Cure for Anger and more (8:30 p.m., $5).
Friday, Feb. 23, ushers in some good shows: After Jonathan Richman, the next best thing in town is Little Rock alt-rock group Grand Serenade at Juanita’s. The group is like Coldplay without the London accent and will be in concert with Fayetteville alternative group Benjamin Del Shreve (10 p.m., $5) … Another hot local band plays that same night at Vino’s: Little Rock’s classic-rock backed/indie-voice fronted group Magic Cropdusters shows up with Loch Ness Monster and local post-punk-indie rockers The Reds (8:30 p.m., $5) … At Downtown Music, it’s Little Rock metal group Black Tooth Gryn, Cabot freestyle ambient noise band the Frontbutts and Malvern metal group Turdy Jones (9 p.m., $5) … Ed Lawson and the Jazz Masters play at the Afterthought (9 p.m., $5) … and North Little Rock alternative rock group Third Degree does Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5).
Saturday, Feb. 24, finds Bloomington, Ind., absurdly adorable nerd electro pop group Totally Michael with High Tension House and Austin’s post-punk new wave dance pop group The Always Already at the Treehouse (109 S. Cedar, 10 p.m., $3) … Clint and K-7 play the White Water Tavern (9 p.m., $5) … Local rock group San Antokyo, rock-pop-punkers Smoke Up Johnny and throaty trio Hector Faceplant do Vino’s (8:30 p.m., $5) … ’70s-’90s cover dance group Tragikly White Band plays Sticky Fingerz (9:30 p.m., $5) … At Downtown Music, it’s North Little Rock metal group Rwake’s CD Release Show featuring Torche, Fort Smith grindcore group Burned Up Bled Dry and “experimental punk metal” group Rider on the White Horse (8 p.m., $5) … The Intruders invade Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5) … Memphis Southern pop rock comes to Juanita’s in the form of Ingram Hill (9 p.m., $5).
On Sunday, Feb. 25, Sleeping in the Aviary, the ’50s-influenced indie rock group from Madison, Wis., plays house show venue the Treehouse with Hot Springs noise group Church of the Snake (9 p.m., donations) ... Denver hardcore comes to Vino’s with Fight Like Hell alongside Memphis punk metal group Dead City, Las Vegas hardcore group Folsom and Pale Horse (6 p.m., $8).
Tuesday, Feb. 27: Austin country folk singer Bruce Robison plays Juanita’s (9 p.m., $10-$12). Robison has a sound that is emotionally bare but free from over-sentimentality — simultaneously refreshing, substantial and clean.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: Texas rock group Lions comes to Sticky Fingerz (9:30 p.m., $5) … Portland, Ore., blues folk rock singer Tony Furtado comes to the Rev Room with a sound that reminds us of warm, buttered toast: simple nourishment with a comfortable crunch, (8:30 p.m., $10-$12).