Headlining performances by Fruition at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville and Black Stone Cherry at Rev Room in Little Rock’s River Market highlight the list of upcoming live shows this week. Also this week, be on the lookout for The Phlegms at Maxine’s Live in Hot Springs and round four of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase at Stickyz in Little Rock. Here’s a look at what else is going on this week around the state.
Wednesday, February 21
Folk-rockers Fruition return to George’s Majestic Lounge on Wednesday. The Portland, Oregon-based outfit are out touring to promote their fifth full-length studio album, the excellent Watching It All Fall Apart. The band incorporates catchy hooks and road-worn lyrics about pain and heartache and mold it into something really beautiful. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $12 on stubs.net.
Thursday, February 22
Round four of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase will be Thursday at Stickyz, and will feature performances by Mortalus, The Inner Party, DeFrance and Recognizer. Doors open at 8 p.m. Get there early! Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5-8.
Friday, February 23
Southern rock heavies Black Stone Cherry will headline at Rev Room in downtown Little Rock Friday. The group is touring in support of their upcoming release Family Tree, which is slated to be released in April. Little Rock metalers Iron Tongue will open the show. Tickets are $20.
It’s punk rock a-go-go at Maxine’s Live in Hot Springs Friday, with a lineup of stellar acts. The Phlegms headline, and will get support from Helen Kelter Skelter and Mouton. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Singer-songwriter John Paul Keith, a long-time veteran of the Memphis music scene, will play the legendary White Water Tavern in Little Rock Friday. Keith, formerly of the alt-country outfit The V-Roys, is set to release his new record, Heart Shaped Shadow, later this year. Keith is a walking encyclopedic knowledge of Memphis music, and comes armed with a prolific back catalog of selections from throughout his career. (He’s also got a pretty great Twitter feed). Mark Edgar Stuart will open. Music begins at 9 p.m. and admission is $7.
One of the most revered alternative rock outfits in the state, Fayetteville’s very own Boom Kinetic, will play George’s Friday. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $8.
How about some live hip-hop? You’re in luck if you’re at Vino’s Pizza, Pub and Brewery in Little Rock Friday. Cut from the cloth of hip-hop’s golden age, Babah Fly combines sounds from that genre with elements of jazz and electro-funk to form a sound all his own. He’ll perform there Friday night, and will be joined by 9th Scientist and DJ Swift. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $7.
Joplin, Missouri-based country music newcomer Kimra will play Black Apple Crossing in Springdale. Her show begins at 8 p.m.
Friday at Stage Eighteen in Fayetteville will see acoustic sets from Jamie Lou Connolly (of Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo), Merey Kimbrough, and Ali Holder. The trio will “swap songs and warm hearts,” beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.
Saturday, February 24
Straight out of the backyard of Stax Records, the dynamic, Memphis-bred soul, blues, gospel quintet Southern Avenue will headline festivities at Stickyz in Little Rock Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Also Saturday, Deep Sequence will play Four Quarter Bar in Little Rock. The show begins at 9 p.m.