Take us down to Paradise City 

Yes, there’s a GNR cover band.

  • Wistful:
** We’re well aware of the number of tribute bands for KISS and AC/DC; this is the first time we’ve heard of one for Guns N’ Roses. Paradise City, hailing from Cleveland, will cover everyone’s favorite GNR tunes, from the band’s “Appetite for Destruction” though “Use Your Illusion” heyday, and band members strive to look and act the part of the late ’80s and early ’90s hair band. The show starts 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, at Sticky Fingerz. The cover is $7. **Second Place Café, hosts its monthly music offering starting 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, with Wes Blaylock — he’s the 21-year old son/brother of the “Lost and Found” Blaylocks who have starred in several area music contests, including the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase — opening for contemporary gospel artist Sondra Burnett. Blaylock, when not performing solo, fronts the Russellville-based band Deas Veil, which recently played at Vino’s and reached the Musicians Showcase semifinals earlier this year. Headliner Burnett completed the CD “Sondra” in collaboration with award-winning producers Nashville’s Michael Sykes, Woody Wright and David Ponder. The recording includes background vocals from Richard Sterben (the senatorial-voiced Oak Ridge Boy.) The family-friendly venue, adjacent to the Second Baptist Church (222 East 8th Street), is non-smoking and alcohol-free. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students and seniors 65 and over. ** A trio of local hard active-rock acts are booked starting 8:30 p.m. at Vino’s Brewpub on Friday, Sept. 3. With a sound similar to Staind or Mudvayne, Singleminded headlines with fellow 13X and Strange as Fiction. A $5 admission get you in the all-ages show. ** Before the Hot Springs Blues Festival (see more picks on page 27) on Saturday, Sept. 4, the Spa City Blues Society is promoting a Friday night pub crawl at several Central Avenue clubs to follow a 6:30 p.m. performance by the long-time party-band staples Cate Brothers on the Arlington Hotel Lawn. At 9 p.m. clubgoers can purchase a wristband that allows them access to Schapiro’s (Blue Blazes), the Poet’s Loft (Jeff Guerin and the Community Band), Maxine’s (Lightnin’ Lee Langdon), the Brau Haus (Larry Womack, Tony Nardi and Steve Danger), the Stillwater Grill (Tripple Threat) and Garbonzo’s (Jelly Brown). Proceeds for this club crawl go towards the annual (free) Hot Springs Blues festival, which starts Saturday at 10 a.m. As a side note, the Cate Brothers released a new rhythm pop-rock and blues-oriented album, “Play by the Rules” in April. ** A hard rock and reggae band from the U.K., Skindred, appears along with Nonpoint at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Juanita’s. Skindred is on the heels of its debut album “Babylon,” which has caught the attention of British college kids and metal critics alike. Nonpoint, touring in support of its new album “Recoil,” has garnered the support of major metal magazines, not to mention selling more than 300,000 albums. Nonpoint has toured with such big names as Linkin Park and Disturbed, and both bands have just finished dates with Sevendust. Also performing on the bill is Strata, from San Jose, Calif. The cover is $10. ** Wistful adult alternative pop-rock artist Trent Dabbs performs at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Sticky Fingerz. The Jackson, Miss.-born Dabbs’ newest album, “Closed Captioning,” was produced by Dennis Herring and Clay Jones (Buddy Guy, Counting Crows), with a guest appearance by Counting Crows percussionist Ben Mize. Dabbs is the former frontman for hooky pop quartet Always Sunday out of Oxford, Miss., and has been compared to Rufus Wainwright and Morrisey. The cover is $5.

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