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Popper and Blues Traveler play the new ‘Rev’ Room.

POPPER: With Blues Traveler.
  • POPPER: With Blues Traveler.

Blues Traveler, the rock band led by harmonica great John Popper, helps the new Revolution Room on President Clinton Avenue continue its big opening month with a much-anticipated show on Tuesday, July 25.

“You could call it the official grand opening,” says owner Chris King of the Rev Room, next door to the Rumba restaurant at 300 President Clinton Ave. “By far it’s the biggest show we’ve been able to pull off down there. It’s on its way to a sellout right now definitely.”

Revolution was designed to double the capacity of any club room in Little Rock, putting capacity in the 600-people range. So far, the club has scheduled only a few shows since its early June opening, highlighted by a big crowd for Sister Hazel last week.

Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of show, and are available at Rumba or Sticky Fingerz, the other club owned by King. Call 823-0090.

“Blues Traveler has gotten a lot of press this year because they played Bonnaroo [Music Festival in Tennessee] and did well there,” said King, who added that he was able to land the big-name band for a grand opening through relationships with agents and “the general excitement of prospects for a new, larger room in Little Rock.”

Blues Traveler last appeared in Little Rock at Riverfest 2003. The band is known for such radio hits as “Runaround” and “Hook,” but even better known among the jam circuit for its outstanding musicianship.

Ahead for the Revolution Room are such acts as Whild Peach, the backup band for Outkast, on Aug. 5. “What I’m working on in September and October is going to generate a lot of interest around here,” King said.

On Saturday, July 22, the club will host the Venus Mission, a party band from Memphis. King’s Sticky Fingerz will be playing host to the acclaimed Irish band Fuchsia at the same time Saturday.

“The Venus Mission has become the hot dance band in Central Arkansas, and Fuchsia is going to be a great show. I’m going to be running between the two places Saturday,” King said.

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