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Friday, March 2, 2012

Saturday To-Do: Big Smith

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Big Smith plays its final show ever in Little Rock Saturday.
  • Big Smith plays its final show ever in Little Rock Saturday.

BIG SMITH
8:30 p.m. Revolution. $10.

Though the band hails from Springfield, Mo., Big Smith has always seemed to have a second home in Arkansas, gigging regularly in Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, Little Rock and other spots around the Natural State over the last 16 years. Unfortunately for fans of the group's bluegrass/country/gospel blend, Big Smith decided to call it a day, and this will be the last time the band plays Little Rock. On another, much more serious and sad note, bassist Bill Thomas suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on Jan. 19 at a venue in West Siloam Springs, Okla. Thomas was transferred to the intensive care unit at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, where he spent five days. He is recuperating, but now faces significant medical bills. The band is soldiering on through its farewell tour dates and they're collecting donations for Thomas and his family.

The much-loved Mississippi folk/American act Blue Mountain opens the 18-and-older show.

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