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LiveStock at Juanita’s April 12 benefits Heifer.

DAMN BULLETS: At LiveStock.
  • DAMN BULLETS: At LiveStock.

Three of the top bands in Arkansas, two of which competed in the 2007 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase and the third a two-time Showcase finalist, and an up-and-coming Fort Smith pop/R&B singer in the mold of Justin Timberlake will perform tonight (April 12) at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom for LiveStock 2007, a benefit for Heifer Project organized by the University of Central Arkansas Honors College.

Conway’s orchestral rock-pop band Latture, Little Rock’s rockabilly Damn Bullets (three members attended UCA and a fourth went to Hendrix in Conway) and Jonesboro’s modern rock band Further Down will be joined by solo act Joseph Hedinger. Damn Bullets reached this year’s Showcase final, while Latture was a semifinalist. Further Down played twice in the Showcase finals in recent years. Hedinger is the younger brother of Isaac Hedinger, lead singer of the rock band Starkz. Joseph Hedinger will open the show, performing solo with a keyboard. Each act will play for about 30-40 minutes.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door, with the proceeds going to supplies for Heifer’s program to send cows to foreign countries where milk is in short supply.

This marks the fifth year for the UCA Honors College to put on the benefit, and after being held in Conway the event returns to Juanita’s, where the first LiveStock was held 10 years ago.

The weekend begins this Thursday with Oklahoma’s folk alt-rock group My-Tea Kind at Sticky Fingerz (9:30 p.m., $5) … Alabama’s R&B neo-soul band Triple 40 is at Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5).

On Friday, local bluegrass favorites Runaway Planet play White Water Tavern (10 p.m., $5) … Soul cover group Too Hot N Demand does Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5) … Denton, Texas, country rock group Eli Young Band shows up with local Delta rock group the Good Time Ramblers at Sticky Fingerz (9:30 p.m., $7) … Gerald Johnson and Company play jazz at the Afterthought (9 p.m., $5) … North Carolina emo indie rock group Rookie of the Year is at Vino’s Brew Pub with New York darling and delicate emo rockers Making April and Forever in Motion (9 p.m., $6) … Country-tinged rock pop group Stevie Newman and the Supros does Midtown Billiards … Reggae group One Stone is back to play Juanita’s to celebrate Bob Marley (10 p.m., $10) … local rock pop band Big Stack plays a set at the West End Smokehouse (9 p.m., $5).

On Saturday, the choice is New York City’s tasty, upbeat indie alt-pop group the Virgins at Sticky Fingerz (9 p.m., $7) … at Juanita’s, the Conservation Awareness Benefit goes on with velvety, sometime Coldplay-esque group Grand Serenade (9:30 pm, $5) …

Across town at the White Water, it’s “spunky downer pop” with Ellen Cherry (10 p.m., $5) … Philadelphia’s King Britt throws house beats at the Rev Room (9 p.m., $10 advance, $12 day of show) … At the Afterthought, wailin’ jazz takes over the night with Rodney Block and Company (9 p.m., $5) … Boston hard rock trio Superlow does Cajun’s (8:30 p.m., $5) … Cleveland psychedelic alt-rock group Mr. Gnome breaks hearts with the haunting vocals of female lead Nicole Barille at Downtown Music. Also at Downtown that night, local garage rockers Appetite for Orange and Jacksonville indie rock group Danger Ready (9 p.m., $6) … Funk rock jam band Chilly Rose plays late night at Midtown (12:30 Sunday, $5) … Little Rock metal group Drop Dead Syndicate is at Vino’s with Wrought and Suffer Cate (9 p.m., $7) … and Conway blues rock group Six Strings Down plays West End (9 p.m., $5).

Tuesday: Jamaica’s reggae hip hop fusion act Morgan Heritage is at the Rev Room (9 p.m., $15 advance, $18 day of show) … Bryant-based Paul Sammons Blues is at the Afterthought (9 p.m., $2) … and Brian and Nick play the Cajun’s crowd (8:30 pm., free).

Wednesday: At Juanita’s, it’s Australia’s internationally acclaimed male revue, Thunder From Down Under. A certain Jack Sparrow is rumored to make an appearance (9 p.m., $25) … at the Afterthought, Dell Smith is at his usual place at the piano (9 p.m., free) … Orlando’s quirky alt-rock group Monochromatic plays Sticky’s (9 p.m., $5) …

By Jim Harris and Anne Milligan

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