"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
You can’t get a more genuine feel of the trials and tribulations of the blues than the real deal: the highly literate Watermelon Slim and the Workers, playing Saturday, Nov. 26, at Cajun’s Wharf.
Slim reportedly has a genius IQ, holds several degrees, and yet just last year quit his blue-collar job as a trash collector to tour as a full-time blues musician. He must have made the right decision, because he received a standing ovation at the 2005 W.C. Handy Awards gathering in Memphis, where he was nominated in the Best New Artist Debut category, for “Big Shoes to Fill.” He’s since released the CD “Up Close on Personal,” and a third CD, “Watermelon Slim and the Workers,” will arrive in early 2006.
Slim is intelligent, life-worn, genuine, sensitive and literate — a potent but perfect combination in the dying breed of deep and genuine blues artists.
Admission is $5 for the 8:30 p.m. show.
The Localist, a locally produced magazine, is celebrating the launch of its new online edition Nov. 25 with a cast of area acts covering rock, rap, electronica, singer/songThe music starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free.
The web site address is www.localistmagazine.com. The online ’zine will cover the local music and arts scene and online music will be downloadable.
Plain old good rock ’n’ roll music is in store at the White Water Tavern on Saturday, Nov. 26, with a reunion gig for Big Silver. The group consists of members of the Salty Dogs, the Boondogs, the Amy Garland Band and the Easys, and will be releasing a new CD, “Afterlife” on Max Recordings in January.
The new CD consists of songs that the band recorded before they split for their other projects in 2002 and a three-year separation. Big Silver members are Isaac Alexander (vocals, guitar), Brad Williams (guitar, vocals), Bart Angel (drums), Shelby Smith (piano) and Mike Nelson (bass). Selections from the upcoming album can be sampled at www.bigsilvermusic.com.
Though the venue doesn’t have a dance floor, Acoustic Sounds Cafe might want to consider installing one when the Bob Boyd Sounds appear Friday, Nov. 25. Big band, jazz and swing are the established band’s signature sounds, a slight detour from the singer/songThe Leslie Maclean Trio, a jazz act originally from Chicago, will open the show at 7:30 p.m. The group’s latest CD, “That’s Time Enough,” has some fun tunes, including a jazzed-up tribute to songs from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students. For more information, call 227-0000.