He’s experienced the breaks, hard knocks and tragedies that often come with the hard rock star lifestyle, but unlike many of his cohorts, Jimmy Chamberlin has survived with his reputation still intact. Chamberlin, the former drummer for Billy Corgan’s bands Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan, is now doing his own thing as the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, and he will appear Friday, May 13, at Sticky Fingerz in the River Market district.
“Life Begins Again,” his solo debut recording effort, is a rock fusion album that, according to his web site, was an example of how cyclical his life and career have been. This CD is, according to Chamberlin, “just the start of another cycle for me musically.” The tracks are, to no surprise, rhythmically centered with intricate drums and bass, with a Rhodes Fender organ and guitar overlaying the bottom-heavy concept.
An interesting note on Chamberlin’s background is that he was tutored by Charlie Adams, the drummer for Yanni who also has instructed Billy Adams of Tim McGraw’s band.
A 9 p.m. opening act is still to be announced. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Also at Sticky Fingerz: Greg Garner and VooDoo Cowboy (9 p.m. Saturday, May 14; $6) with openers Sum of Us … and as part of the Tuesday “Roots in the Rock” series, Cory Branan performs May 17 (8 p.m., $5). Branan has finished his soon-to-be-released sophomore album titled, “Ummm…,” which follows his debut, “The Hell You Say.” Admission for the 8 p.m. show is $5.
Several non-smoking, no-alcohol venues will feature acoustic acts on Friday, May 13.
Acoustic Sounds Cafe at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, features Erik Moll and opener Danny Santos.
Moll is a troubadour-type singer-songwriter and guitarist with roots in folk, country, gypsy, swing, calypso and rock — all with a Nordic twist, since Moll resided and toured in Norway with Norwegian Grammy Award-winning artist Steinar Albrigsten. Moll’s CD “Come What May” was released in 2003 by his own label with songs that denote the heartache and beauty of the Western vagabond music style.
Santos, a Tejano bluegrass folk and blues artist who has just returned from a European tour, and who also fronts the award-winning acoustic band Los Bluegrass Vatos, cites such influences as Texans Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.
Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students.
Santos also will appear at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Poet’s Loft in Hot Springs. For more information on that show, call 501-627-4224.
Conway’s Advent Cafe, held monthly at Advent Lutheran Church at 900 Farris Road, will play host Friday to Rhett Butler, a finger-style guitarist from Austin who we caught last year opening for Tony Trischka at Acoustic Sounds Cafe. This time he’s the headliner, with Ernie Oakleaf opening at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and children 12 and under. For more information, call 501-450-3416. And catch a sneak peek at Butler on KATV, Channel 7’s “Good Morning Arkansas” on Friday at 9 a.m.
Also: Dan Clanton tells us that due to scheduling glitches, this month’s Peace Acoustic Cafe show in Conway had to be cancelled. However, the Peace Acoustic crew will be helping with the Bethlehem House Benefit Sleepout on June 10 at Estes Stadium on the UCA campus. The music there will include Toad Suck Symphony, Lookback Marys and Higher Call.
Artists, rockers and creative-type high schoolers will celebrate a different kind of spring prom again this year at the ACAC’s now annual Punk Rock Prom at Vino’s Brewpub on Saturday, May 14, with the Negative Nancys, Autumn Trajectory, Josh the Devil and the Sinners, and ’Til Death Do We Part In Glory. The music begins at 8 p.m., and rest assured these bands will not be covering any current top 40 singles. Proceeds from the $5-$6 cover charge go to help ACAC’s community arts projects.
“Party Like a Rock Star,” a single by the JT Experience, first appeared on satellite radio stations and has become a hit. The band will perform that song and others at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Saturday, May 14. Special guests will be The Vanished (“Favorite Scar” and “Wake Up”). Dying Breed will open the evening at 9:30 p.m. The cover charge is $8.
The Little Rock Peabody Hotel, taking a cue from its mother Memphis location’s Rooftops parties, is into its new RiverTop Party schedule with a show each Friday from 7 p.m. until midnight featuring various touring party bands. A-440, a highly danceable funk, soul and rhythm and blues band that has toured with James Brown, B.B. King, the Bar-Kays and Al Green, will play Friday, May 13. The event is open for ages 21 and up, and admission is $5. For more information, call 399-8059 or visit www.rivertopparty.com.
Here’s a heads up for Todd Snider fans: An evening with the barefoot and poignant artist, whose admirers include Kris Kristofferson and Jerry Jeff Walker, is scheduled for Friday, May 20, at Juanita’s. To give the show a more intimate setting, only 200 tickets will be sold at $15 each. Showtime is 10 p.m., and local singer-songwriter Sean Rock will open. Snider also will appear Saturday, May 21, at the Dickson Theater in Fayetteville. Look for a feature on Snider in the next issue.
Country star Pat Green will appear Thursday, May 19, at the Electric Cowboy, with tickets on sale at the club or at Crossroads Western Wear, 4217 E. McCain Blvd., North Little Rock, for $17. If any tickets are left next Thursday, they’ll be $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m.