To-Do List, Dec. 10 




8 p.m., Vino's.


The members of Destry and Bear Colony shouldn't have any trouble finding something to talk about. Both acts were spawned by long-distance collaborations. Back in 2005, Little Rock's Vince Griffin shared with musician friends all over the country songs he wrote while bedridden. In 2007, those songs became “We Came Here to Die Die” and inspired the indie-rock collective to solidify enough to tour fairly steadily since then (even if the line-up has occasionally shifted). Destry is the brainchild of Michelle DaRosa, formerly of Straylight Run. Last year, she collaborated with a group of musician friends, much like Griffin, by e-mailing song sketches back and forth. That work led to the just-released LP “It Goes On,” a stark collection of moody pop. The Holy House and Modoc open. LM.



FRIDAY 12/11



9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.


Michael Burks inherited the blues. His grandfather played Delta-style acoustic in the South Arkansas juke circuit, and his father often backed Sonny Boy Williamson II and other name acts when they came through Milwaukee. According to his probably partly apocryphal blues bio, Burks learned to play all his father's 45s at age 5 and played his first gig at 6. Several decades down the road, Burks' father moved the family to Camden and opened the Bradley Ferry Country Club, a 300-seat juke joint, where he installed his guitar prodigy son as the leader of the house band. Tables by the front of the stage got so popular they had to be booked two weeks in advance. When the club closed in the mid-'80s, Burks put the blues to the side and worked for a time as a mechanical technician. It wasn't until 1997, when he was 40, that he released his debut album. It drew rave reviews. Ever since, he's been steadily grinding it out on the road. For his tireless touring and long, feverish sets, he's earned the nickname “Iron Man,” which is also the title of his latest album. Look out for an awe-inspiring guitar attack. LM.





7:30 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church. $10-$15.


n As it has for some 30 years, the Arkansas Chamber Singers devotes a special program to the holidays. “That Special Time of Year” blends classical, jazz, gospel and pop in a program that features works by Dudley Buck, Jacquet de Mantua and Mendelssohn. The 65-voice group closes the program with a traditional medley of carols —We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” “O Tannenbaum,” “Somerset Wassail,” “The Very Best Time of Year” and “Deck the Halls.” The Chamber Singers reprises the concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. LM.





9 p.m., Gusano's. $10.


It's housecleaning time for the 4X4 Crew. This show's your last chance to hear “Tell Yo Mama” performed live. The four-man crew— Burna Boi, SJ, Truuf tha Nusence and DJ Fatality — will retire its signature Ray Charles-sampling anthem (“Tell yo mama we from Arkansas!”) after Friday. More out with the old, in with new: At the show, the group also plans to unload all remaining copies of its debut album, “4 Brothers,” shop a new mixtape and preview its sophomore album, “Urbal,” due out next spring. Look for 4X4 to get the room stirred up. The group's three MCs are never afraid to enlist the crowd in some call and response. In keeping with the theme, the first 50 people through the door get a free lottery ticket. The concert is open to ages 18 and above. LM.



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