Some revered rock-n-roll royalty in Dweezil Zappa and the Reverend Horton Heat will play shows at George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street in Fayetteville this week. Also this week, there is a DeFrance show at the Murphy Arts District in Fayetteville on Thursday, a great country show Friday night at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, and a Me Like Bees show at Smoke & Barrel in Fayetteville on Friday. If you’re looking to plan out your entertainment options, we’ve got you covered with this list of what’s going on around this week.
Tuesday, April 3
Guitar virtuoso Dweezil Zappa will bring his “Choice Cuts” world tour to Fayetteville’s George’s Majestic Lounge on Tuesday. Zappa, whose father is the late, great Frank Zappa, will play some of his father’s “boldest compositions,” or what he dubs as “a collection of the meatiest tracks” on the tour. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25-80.
Funk and reggae outfit Good Foot and ragtime-bluegrass group Big Red Flag will play White Water Tavern in Little Rock. Good Foot describes its sound as a mixture of funk, rock, jazz and reggae. Big Red Flag describes itself as the “modern-day purveyor of what could be called Ragtime Gypsy Grass,” and have an Earthy, organic sound. Music begins at 9 p.m. Donations are accepted at the door.
Emo-alternative rockers Holy Smokes!, along with Crackrock (Fort Smith crust punk) Gaffer Project (Roanoke, Va., punk), XY Spaces (Decatur, Ala., alternative rock), and Takes The Cake (Fort Smith pop punk) will play a house show at 8029 S. Jackson St., in Fort Smith Tuesday. Donations are encouraged. Music begins at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4
Nashville singer-songwriter Corey Kilgannon will play George’s Majestic Lounge on Wednesday. Kilgannon is touring to support his debut album The Hollow II. Atwood Magazine describes the album as a “haunting, emotionally heavy indie folk record full of life and light, warmth and movement.” Special guest Oh Jeremiah is the supporting act. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10-12.
Thursday, April 5
Fayetteville punkers Ten High will host an album release party at Backspace on Thursday. The self-titled release will be available at the show on cassette. The band says supplies are limited, so get there early to get a copy. The Gebharts and newcomers Bambi’s (featuring members of The Phlegms) will open the show. Music begins at 9 p.m. Cassette tapes are $5 and a suggested donation of $5 for entry is encouraged.
Multi-CMA nominee and ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett will kick off his “Life Changes Tour 2018” in Tulsa at BOK Center on Thursday. The announcement comes as his debut headlining Home Team Tour, “one of the best Country concerts of the year” and marks 27 sold out shows so far this year. Tickets range from $39.75-77.75. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Alt-rockers DeFrance will play Thursday Night Live at Griffin Restaurant in El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District. The group recently opened for Bon Jovi during the band’s This House is Not For Sale tour stop at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Music is slated to begin at 8 p.m. This is a free event.
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas will play White Water Tavern Thursday. Born in the hotbed of Creole and zydeco music, the St. Martinsville, La.-based outfit are considered one of the premier zydeco bands in the world. Music begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $20.
Friday, April 6
Psychobilly torch bearer and Victory Records recording artist Reverend Horton Heat will play George’s Majestic Lounge on Friday. The Deep Ellum, Texas-based trio plays an energetic set and weave elements of punk rock, country, surf rock, rockabilly and swing into their music. The band’s latest release is 2014’s REV. Unknown Hinson and Igor & the Red Elvises will provide support. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and music is set to begin at 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $22-25.
Indie-folk rockers, and 2018 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo will play King’s Live Music in Conway on Friday. The Russellville quintet boasts excellent song craftsmanship and pack a powerful punch in a live setting. Their debut EP Femi-Socialite is out now. Unheardable Cats will open the show. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $5.
Folk music singer-songwriter Ashtyn Barbaree will play Black Apple Crossing in Springdale on Friday. This is a free show. Music begins at 8 p.m.
Outlaw country sluggers The Federalis and a pair of country singer-songwriters — Chris Ross and the North, and Michael Leonard Witham — will play Maxine’s Live in Hot Springs Friday. The show begins at 9 p.m.
Horn-driven six-piece band Koda Lee Collective will play Four Quarter Bar in Little Rock Friday. The band derive their style from acts like Stevie Wonder, Chicago, ZZ Top, Herbie Hancock and the Bee Gees and play a set blended with covers and originals. Music begins at 10 p.m. and admission is $7.
Saturday, April 7
Americana-bluegrass gurus The Squarshers will play King’s Live Music in Conway Saturday. Chucky Waggs will open the show. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $5.
Joplin, Mo.-based indie/alt rockers Me Like Bees will play Smoke & Barrel in Fayetteville Saturday. Admission is $10, with patrons receiving a copy of the band’s latest EP Songs from the Realm. Music begins at 10 p.m.
Lo-fi punkers Squelch and Dog Prison will play White Water Tavern on Saturday. The show is a benefit for the Central Arkansas Free Naloxone Project, which is a new grassroots organization that distributes naloxone, a life-saving drug that can reverse an opiod overdose. The venue is suggesting a $7-10 donation at entry, but donations are not required to see the show.
Party rockers Identity Crisis will play a free show at the Griffin Restaurant in El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District Saturday. The band plays a genre-bending set featuring country, rock and dance music and have opened for acts like Little Big Town, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio and Jamey Johnson. Music will begin at 8 p.m.
Big Red Flag will play Kingfish in Fayetteville on Saturday. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is no cover.