Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Saturday, June 3, marks the 13th anniversary of the arrests of the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelly), and events marking the day are scheduled throughout the world. In Little Rock, events for the “West Memphis Three Worldwide Awareness” day will be held at Vino’s Brewpub, with screenings of “Paradise Lost I and II,” the “Write to Freedom” letter drive, and signing of the book “Devil’s Knot” by author Mara Leveritt.
Admission is free until 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., the cost is $8 for all ages and the event includes a question-and-answer session with Leveritt, belly dancing and a concert by hardcore bands Ashes of Augustine and April’s Love Affair. Proceeds will benefit the WM3.
It’s fun to occasionally find a typical bar show NOT being played at a bar but rather in a public place. Such is the case Thursday, June 1, when North Little Rock-born bluesman Billy Jones brings his revue to North Little Rock’s Laman Library plaza, 2801 Orange St., at 6:30 p.m. for a free show. Parents, take your kids and check him out.
If you like your country spiced with fiddles and Lone Star beer, Randy Rogers is your man, and you can see him Thursday, June 1, at Sticky Fingerz.
Rogers is of the Waylon Jennings outlaw school of rebellion, and fans eat it up with a Texas-sized spoon. He displays a weathered country expression on “Not This Time,” while “Can’t Slow Down” is representative of his hell-bent ballads from his third CD, “Rollercoaster.” Collaborators on the latest effort include Pat Green, Wade Bowen and Cody Canada (Cross Canadian Ragweed).
As for his band, the guitar-playing Rogers brings along Geoffrey Hill (guitar, background vocals); Brady Black (fiddle, background vocals); Jon Richardson (electric bass), and Les Lawless (drums).
Southern roots revivalist Shy Blakeman and the Whiskey Fever Band open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
We can’t remember the last time rocking singer-songwriter John Kilzer came to town, but he’s here Friday, June 2, at the White Water Tavern with Andy Tanas.
Tanas, as you may know from reading this column, recently returned to the area and at one time was the bassist for Krokus and Black Oak Arkansas. Tanas’ latest album is “Songs From the New South.”
Kilzer will rock you with a sound that makes you think Springsteen, Seger or Mellencamp. The Jackson, Tenn.-native played Riverfest a few years back and was a regular at Juanita’s for a while. He’s worked with Memphian Keith Sykes for nearly 20 years.
The show starts at 10 p.m. and the cover charge $10.
I do, I like them: Green Eggz and trumpeter Rodney Block are slated for a night of easy-on-the-ears jazz at 2nd Place Cafe (in the Second Baptist Church at Eighth and Cumberland streets) on Friday, June 2. Green Eggz will open for local native and classically trained Block, who not only plays jazz, but bebop, big band style and more — he’s all over the place. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the cover is $6. The venue is non-smoking and alcohol-free.
Looking for your own club? Bob McAdams called us and says is looking to sell the Checkmate Club at Fourth and Poplar streers in North Little Rock and lease the three-story building that contains the club. If you’re interesting in owning a nightclub, call him at 758-9379.