Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
Hard-rocking Hurt, which is playing on the current SnoCore Tour, is taking a one-off and stopping into the Revolution Music Room on President Clinton Avenue on Monday, Jan. 22.
Revolver Magazine recently singled out Hurt as a “band to watch,” and the group has supported tours by Stained, Three Days Grace and Alice in Chains, along with Army of Anyone (led by former Stone Temple Pilots’ DeLeo brothers, Dean and Robert) on the SnoCore tour. “Rapture,” the first single from its debut album, “Vol. 1,” helped Hurt hustle into the Top 20 of Billboard magazine’s Active Rock chart last year. “Falls Apart,” the follow-up single, also moved quickly up the Active Radio charts and was included on Touchstone Pictures’ “The Invisible” soundtrack. A third track, “Unkind,” was featured in Electronic Arts’ “NHL Hockey 2007.”
Hurt’s music covers extremes, from soft acoustic to roaring metal guitar-based. Lead singer/guitarist/violinist J. Loren Wince was raised on classical and gospel music in rural Virginia before moving to California and forming Hurt with drummer/pianist Evan Johns. Johns grew up in Hollywood as the son of Andy Johns, who engineered and/or produced Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart and Van Halen, among others. They were later joined by two New Jersey-born musicians, guitarist Paul Spatola and bassist Josh Ansley.
Chasing the Fall, a group created by former Hap-Hazard drummer Justin Carder, will join Texas metal group Upside and local heavy act Wishtribe on the bill. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 823-0090.
Raucous hillbilly bluegrass group Big Smith of Springfield, Mo., highlights the music lineup Friday, Jan. 19, at the Rev Room.
The five-cousin family affair keeps it lively by incorporating more than the expected mandolin, fiddle and washboard, also bringing onstage the less-expected sousaphone and accordion alongside the traditional mouth bow, spoons and bones.
Check out Rick Minnich’s hit documentary, “Homemade Hillbilly Jam,” featuring Big Smith, as well as their rowdy, double CD live recording, “Gig.” The show starts at 9 p.m. and includes North Little Rock-born, twangy alternaroots bluegrass girl Cindy Woolf.
Vino’s Brewpub will be bringing in a boatload of bands to Knuck Fest 2007, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21.
Bands confirmed at press time were 100 Demons, Clenched Fist, Dead City Tradition, Hollywood, Reaction, Ashes of Augustine, Mary Bells Day of Doom, Becoming Saints, Your Loss, Legion, Recon, Disregard, For Today, With Blood Comes Cleansing, Abacabb, Thumbscrew, Dreading Sundown, Burial Within, While I Breath, Dryline, The Brigatine, Benison, Treaty as Allies, Taken Under, Pound for Pound, Through What Was, Discontent and Asteios.
Music starts at 1 p.m. Saturday ($10 advance tickets, $12 at the door) and 3 p.m. Sunday ($8 advance tickets, $10 day of show).
We almost feel like we could call New Orleans’ Bonerama a “local” band, since local folks adopted the guys for several days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Crescent City in 2005. If you haven’t seen Bonerama yet, check out this trombone-influenced (hence the name) group. Four trombones, a sousaphone, drums and bass make up a fun and funky rock band. They’ll play Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Jan. 20, starting at 9 p.m.
Mark Mullins and Craig Klein founded Bonerama in 1998 in between time off from Harry Connick’s Big Band, not focused on the jazz they usually played but on rock ’n’ roll, and they’ve been a New Orleans favorite since. The band recorded several live shows at New Orleans’ famed Tipitina’s throughout 2006 and plan to release a disc from the recordings this spring.
Admission to Saturday’s show is $7.
Here’s the rest of the week, starting with Thursday, Jan. 18: Sticky Fingerz features Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction (9 p.m., $5) … Juanita’s offers up some “middle rock” with The Breakthrough (9 p.m., $5) … Cajun’s Wharf delivers blues and soulful rock with local favorite Lucious Spiller and North Little Rock’s own brand of metal with Third Degree (9 p.m., $5) … The Afterthought highlights its regular jazz trio Ted Ludwig Presents (8 p.m., free). Ludwig is a guitar player who relocated here from New Orleans.
On Friday: Whitewater hosts danceable rockabilly bluegrass group Damn Bullets (10 p.m., $5) … Juanita’s stirs up some reggae vibe with One Stone (10 p.m., $10) … At The Village on Asher and University, check out Boston-based heavy metal group Unearth (8 p.m., $12-$14) … Sticky Fingerz delivers local rock group Grand Serenade (9 p.m., $6) … The Mudpuppies play Cajun’s Wharf (8 p.m., $5) … and The Afterthought offers upscale chill-out time with Gerald Johnson and Co. (9 p.m., $5).
On Saturday: The Rev Room has former New Kids on the Block member Danny Wood singing solo R&B pop (9 p.m., $10) … Juanita’s showcases high energy metal Sychosys with Jacksonville-based hip-hop group Natural State Killaz (9 p.m., $7) … Cajun’s Wharf lures in the 30-something crowd with classic rock and R&B cover band Donna Massey and Blue Eyed Soul (8:30 p.m., $5) … The Afterthought offers up the crooning jazz of the Smokey Lane Trio (9 p.m., $5)
Monday: Juanita’s rolls out an hour of open mic hip-hop followed by six featured artists at Tha Rock Underground Hip-Hop Show (9 p.m., $5) … The Monday Night Jazz Project continues at The Afterthought (8 p.m., $5).
Tuesday: The Village delivers Jersey-based indie-screamo group Thursday, Fear Before the March of Flames, and concept-album-driven punk rock/alt-country Murder by Death with their infamous electric cello (7 p.m., $18-$20) … Juanita’s brings on the sugar-sweet power pop rock with It’s Like Love, acoustic folk with Forever in Motion, and high-school-touring emo with Everdae (9 p.m., $6) … Stryker is on piano at The Afterthought (8 p.m., $2) … and at Cajun’s Wharf, Tuesday regulars Brian and Nick return again.
Wednesday: Son of a preacher man Randy Rogers of The Randy Rogers Band headlines at Sticky Fingerz with his own brand of either countrified rock or rocked out country (9 p.m., $8-$10) … Way Back Wednesdays continue at Juanita’s (9 p.m., $10).
? with Anne Milligan