An understandable Code 

Col. Bruce Hampton rallies the troops at Sticky Fingerz Friday.

  • CODETALKING: Col. Bruce.

Whatever musical language the Codetalkers speak in, it would be a perfect example to shoot into space to show aliens just how stream-of-consciousness and spacey Earthlings can get.

The band plays at Sticky Fingers Friday, April 7. Bandleader Col. Bruce Hampton has his own cult following, and he and his crew, Tyler Greenwell and Ted Pecchio, play funky, funny jazz-infused rock and jam, with what’s sometimes called “banjo stud” (we know there’s such thing — look at Tony Trishka). There’s a new album, “now,” set to come out in June. No need to stop by Coleman Dairy — the music is trippy enough to have no need of ’shrooms, though they may just enhance the experience. (We aren’t condoning the use of drugs, folks — but what Mother Nature grows, well, we can’t help that.) Things get trippin’ at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

“Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?”

That’s a good question and one that Cool Hand Luke, a Christian-emo-rock band (is that redundant?), may be able to answer (it’s also the name of the documentary they were recently in). If you like Pedro the Lion (also in the film), you’ll like these guys. They’re at Vino’s Brewpub for an all-ages show at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10.

Also on the bill: The Myriad and Russellville band Deas Vail, led by Wes Blaylock (brother of Hannah Blaylock, recently crowned the Musicians Showcase winner with her band Eden’s Edge). Don’t worry parents, your kids are safe. Don’t worry kids, they won’t be throwing those little green New Testaments at you. We don’t think.

Riverdale 10 has been hosting a variety of events outside of movies lately, and the next one up is a poetry slam from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 8. The “Words Not Bullets” event is sponsored by Mediums Gallery. Admission is $6 for observers, and $10 for participating poets who want to compete for the $200 prize (signup time is 7:30 p.m.). It’s for ages 18 and up.

Cornerstone Bar and Grill is booking local acts constantly, and Brothers with Different Mothers will be there at 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Check out Drew Pickens, Brian Wolverton and the rest of this unique local band that is a mesh of blues, rock, jazz and more. Definitely worth the $5 cover, maybe more.

Truckenstein 9 is rapper-gore-core and it’s macabre-cool. Fans of Phantasma magazine and Buckethead and the Beastie Boys will find something to enjoy in his shows. Go see him with friends and openers Flowers of Romance at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the White Water Tavern, 7th and Thayer streets. Admission is $5.

You know you’ve made it in Central Arkansas as an acoustic performer when you’re invited to be the visiting act on “AETN Presents: Front Row.” An episode featuring the Sara Thomas Band will be filmed on Thursday, April 6. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in Conway, so if you’re just now reading this you can call and get reservations at 800-662-2386. The taping is free. AETN’s studios are off Donaghey next to the University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall.

Also in Conway: Advent Arts and Acoustic Cafe (Advent Lutheran Church, 900 Farris Road), will host CB and Friends (led by Carlos Summers). Friends of CB include Jim Guinee, Joe Cripps, Rico Zaragoza, Chris Thompson, Summer Martini and Lealon Worrell. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students, with 12 and under admitted free. For information contact Gary Roberts at 450-3416.

If you want something a little speedier in Conway on Friday, April 7, you can go to the Soundstage and check out some Central Arkansas metal: My Children My Bride, Call It Quits and The Johnny Depp Experience will start at 8 p.m. It’s all ages, and admission is $5.

Ohhhhh … he’s so dreamy: Appearing at Juanita’s on Wednesday, April 12: Teddy Geiger, just a pup at 17 years old. He almost won the role (fresh out of an all-boys school in Rochester, N.Y.) in VH-1’s “In Search of the Partridge Family.” Though he didn’t win the oh-so-coveted role there, he was able to land a spot in the cancelled-almost-when-it-debuted CBS show “Love Monkey,” and is touring the country in support of his debut album “Underage Thinking.” We wonder if the crowd will be anything like the one when Jordan Knight visited the venue.

Dirtie Blonde, a new acoustic rock group led by Aimie Miriello, will open at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 for all ages.

Ludo, reportedly being called St. Louis’ next big thing in young rock with comparisons (we disagree) with Weezer, will be at Juanita’s for an all-ages show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 7. The Moog-infused intelligent punk and rock group headlines along with some regional and local acts, including More Than a Threat, Brave New Heart and Dreamfast. Admission is $6.

Travis Meeks of Days of the New will appear twice in Little Rock this weekend: First, at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, as part of the musical lineup of Motorcycle Madness at the Clear Channel Metroplex. Other bands there include Philpot, Plowdog, Hayseed Dixie and Amish Rage. Admission to the whole event is $15 and all ages.

He’ll also appear at Juanita’s at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 9. This show will be for ages 18 and up with a cover of $12.

Opening for Meeks will be Jeremy Crites.




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