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Viva to the Max 

May 5 marks five years for local recording outfit.

PRINCELY: At Sticky Fingerz.
  • PRINCELY: At Sticky Fingerz.

One of the bigger events going on this weekend is the Max Recordings anniversary celebration Friday, May 5, at Sticky Fingerz.

Remember when Max was just starting out, five years ago? Now the Burt Taggart-run label is managing 12 (and counting) bands, and one Max artist, American Princes, went on to be signed to a major label, Yep Roc Records out of North Carolina.

American Princes will perform Friday along with Kevin Kerby and Battery as well as Big Silver. The event is not only a celebration of the label’s anniversary; it also marks an important night for Taggart and his gang. Matson Films out of New York chose Max Recordings to highlight in a documentary about a local indie record company, as well as the history of Little Rock’s burgeoning music scene. Richard Matson, who distributed the film “It’s All Gone, Pete Tong,” has titled this project “Max 5” and plans are to distribute the film nationally and online.

Admission to the 10 p.m. show is $6.



Also having an anniversary, its second, is local online magazine Littlerockscene.com. The party will be at Vino’s Brewpub on Thursday, May 4, with Cars that Crash, Bear Flag Revolt and Chris Cash. It’ll be all ages, cover is $5.



Sticky Fingerz and the other River Market district clubs — Gusano’s, Underground Pub, Ernie Biggs and Willie D’s — will all be participating in the area’s “Running of the Clubs” event, in which staff from each place will compete in a foot and tricycle relay race. For club goers, a $10 wristband gets you into all clubs, all night.



The official drinking man’s band from dry White County, Jeff Coleman and the Feeders, is at White Water Tavern on Friday, May 5. All those years of living around teetotalers is bound to produce the hard-rocking good-time whiskey-drinking ballads that Coleman and company have composed. You’ll have a dang good time. They’ll start at 10 p.m. and the cover charge is $5.



Southern Culture on the Skids makes its annual spring visit to Juanita’s on May 4. The SCOTS shows are all about great rockabilly music and ballads about all that is quirky, trashy and gauche about the South. You know, like you would expect them to frequent a place that sells fried chicken and gasoline, and hair weaves would be right beside the live bait.

Josh the Devil and the Sinners will open at 9 p.m. Admission is $12.



Jimbo Mathus, the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ frontman, Buddy Guy’s right-hand man, juke joint owner, record producer, studio owner, talent scout and a righteous dude in the blues, will be playing with Knockdown South same night as the SCOTS, this Thursday at Sticky Fingerz. He’s good, real good — possibly the main man when it comes to being a cultural attache to all that great Clarksdale/North Mississippi blues. His music has a blues base, but he goes off in all musical directions: ragtime, Southern roots and rock. It’s possibly one of the most unpretentious styles of music around.

The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5.



We’ve seen Rhett Butler before when he opened for Tony Trischka a couple of years back. He’s the guy you’ve probably heard about that plays two guitars at once. It is amazing. Catch him at 2nd Place Cafe (in the Second Baptist Church at Eighth and Cumberland streets) on Friday, May 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $6.



On Wednesday, May 10, at Juanita’s will be American “smart-pop” rockers OK Go. They’re part stadium rock, part Weezer, and have that Strokes/Vines thing going on. We saw them a few weeks back on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”

Admission is $12. The Lashes and Tally Hall open at 9 p.m.



There’s a big buzz and a lot of hoopla in the Stifft Station neighborhood surrounding the show Saturday, May 6, at Pizza D’Action involving Smoke Up Johnny (the band got the name from a line uttered by Bender in “The Breakfast Club”).

We spotted the band members at Vino’s last Sunday, and they were gathered around a table looking like they were devising a scheme. Yep, they’re rock, we’re told, with a pop twist and with original songs. As cheesy and vague as that may sound, how can a band go wrong with former members of Go Fast and Queen Cobra?

Also appearing: Clicking Beetle Bad Omen Band, another Stifft Station offering that the rock kids are talking about. The show starts at 8 p.m. and cover is $3.

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