Vernon Reid, one of the top guitarists to have ever walked the Earth, will play at Bentonville’s Meteor Guitar Gallery Friday night, and if you’re wise, you’ll grab a ticket and go see the show. Reid, who is perhaps most well known as the lead gunslinger, and primary songwriter for alternative metal titans Living Colour, is the lead architect behind that band’s double Platinum-selling 1988 debut album Vivid (the album which housed the band’s most well-known hit, “Cult of Personality”), and its gold-certified successor, Time’s Up. Reid is a Grammy winner and is considered to be the godfather of the funk metal genre.
Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain kicks off Friday in Ozark featuring sets by STS9, Griz, The Floozies, Andy Frasco and the U.N., Papadosio, Space Jesus, Yheti, Zoogma, Arkansauce, Atta, Deep Sequence, Flintwick, Fractal Sky, Groovement, Henna Roso, National Park Radio, No.Faces., Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Recess, Ryan Viser, Space4Lease, The 1 Oz. Jig and more.
Elsewhere this week, roots-Americana band Railroad Earth will have a two-night residency at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, power pop rockers Diners will play Backspace, Ashtyn Barbaree will host an album release party at Stage Eighteen, and roots reggae artists Aaron Kamm & the One Drops will play Meteor. Here’s a look at what else is going on this week.
Wednesday, April 18
Roots-Americana act Railroad Earth will begin its two-night residency at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Wednesday. The group are out on tour in support of their latest release, 2017’s Captain Nowhere. Two-day passes begin at $40, while tickets to individual shows range from $22-25. Doors open for Wednesday’s show at 7:30 p.m., with music slated to begin at 8:30 p.m.
L.A.-based power poppers Diners will play Backspace Wednesday. The Asian Man Records band is touring to support their new album three. Oakland art poppers Dingbat Superminx, and L.A. indie pop act Wished Bone will also play the show. Local favorites Neon Glittery will open the show. Music begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $5.
Russellville singer-songwriter William Blackart will play White Water Tavern in Little Rock on Wednesday. With lyrics described as “poetic and captivating,” vocals pegged as “rough and emotive” and guitar work called “hypnotic and spare,” his influences range from Townes Van Zandt to Leonard Cohen to The Clash. Music begins at 9 p.m. Donations are accepted at the door.
Folk singer-songstress Ashtyn Barbaree will release her debut EP at Stage Eighteen on Wednesday. Barbaree’s self-titled release will be available in a physical form at the release party, but will also be available on digital outlets, as well. Sarah Loethen will be doing an opening solo set prior to Barbaree’s performance. Music begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.
Thursday, April 19
Railroad Earth wraps up its two-night residency at George’s Majestic Lounge. Tickets for Thursday’s show range from $22-25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and music will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Fayetteville’s Young Haircut, Little Rock glitter rockers Listen Sister, and Fayetteville singer-songwriter Lex Treefrog will play Backspace Thursday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and show begins at 9 p.m. A $5 donation is preferred.
Austin, Texas-based Ian Moore will bring his brand of psychedelic rock, soul, folk, rock, world music and blues to White Water Tavern Thursday. He’s touring to support his latest album, 2017’s Strange Days. Admission is $10 and music begins at 9 p.m.
Americana blues rock outfit Tedeshi Trucks Band will play the Brady Theater on Thursday. The band is touring to support its most recent album, Let Me Get By. Tickets range from $39.50-79.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis-based roots reggae recording artists Aaron Kamm & the One Drops will play Meteor Guitar Gallery in downtown Bentonville Thursday. Tickets range from $10-15. Music begins at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 20
Vernon Reid, the founder and primary songwriter for the iconic alternative metal outfit Living Colour, will play Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville Friday. Reid is a guitar virtuoso and is often ranked amongst the greatest to play the instrument. This is an Emerg Entertainment event. Tickets range from 20-40. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music slated to begin at 8 p.m.
Folk singer-songwriter Corey Smith will play George’s Majestic Lounge Friday. Smith keeps a near-constant touring schedule, and is out now supporting his most recent album, 2015’s While the Gettin’ Is Good. Tickets range from $20-25. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and music begins at 9:30 p.m.
Tulsa-based funk-afro fusion act Count TuTu will play Chelsea’s Corner Cafe in Eureka Springs Friday. The band says if you like dancing, costumes, blasting horn solos, and compassionate propaganda, you’ll love listening to their nine-piece group live. Doors open at 8 p.m. and music begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $5.
Austin, Texas funk/soul outfit Roxy Roca will play Smoke & Barrel Friday. The STAG Records group will take the stage around 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
Willi Carlisle, Okay Crawdad, Ramona & Phantoms, The She, and Molasses D will play Backspace on Friday. Doors open at 8 p.m., with music slated to begin at 9 p.m. A $5 donation is preferred.
Saturday, April 21
Norman, Okla.-based indie rockers Broncho will play Smoke & Barrel Saturday. The band is touring to support their 2016 effort Double Vanity. Tickets are $15. Alternative rockers Dot will open the show.
Melody Pond will play Black Apple Crossing in Springdale Saturday. Music begins at 8 p.m.
Blues, R&B and Americana outfit The Lucky Losers will play Kingfish Saturday. Music begins at 9 p.m.
Aaron Kamm & the One Drops will play Chelsea’s Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $5.
Corey Smith will play Rev Room in Little Rock’s Rivermarket Saturday. Tickets range from $20-25. Music begins at 8:30 p.m.
Isayah Warford’s Third Annual Crawfish Boil will take place Saturday at George’s Majestic Lounge. The Deadhead Productions event will feature music from Isayah’s All-Stars, Mudhawk feat. Richard Burnett, and The Creek Rocks. Admission is $20, or $10 for music only. Doors open at noon and the festivities will run until 6 p.m.