A pair of midweek punk rock shows — beginning with The Inner Party‘s 10th anniversary show on Tuesday at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville and a Wednesday Holy Smokes! show at Hero’s in Fort Smith — an Irie Lions CD release party, and two massive music festivals round out a week of absolutely killer shows in our region. If you’re planning to head out to see a show, review this list of what’s going on to help you plan out your week.
Monday, March 12
Lansing, Illinois-native and Nashville, Tennessee recording artist, Tristen, will play George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street in Fayetteville Monday. Tristen is touring in support of her latest release titled Sneaker Waves, which is a blissful, up-tempo, 11-track delight. The album was released via indie outlets last year, but saw a worldwide release last month. Tristen is a well-respected member of the Nashville indiepop scene and has worked with countless artists, but is most well known outside of her own music as a former member of Jenny Lewis’ backing band. The show begins at 8 p.m. Monday and admission ranges from $10-12.
Bluegrass-Americana act Sprungbilly will play a free show at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe. The show begins at 9 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13
Fayetteville post-punk mainstays The Inner Party will play their 109th show on Tuesday at George’s Majestic Lounge — a show that will mark the 10th anniversary of the band’s existence. The band is helmed by Shindig soldier Dave Morris on bass and vocals, Keith Miller on lead vocals and guitar, Bob Gaiser, aka Bob Icon, on keyboards and vocals, Gelynda Johnson on guitars, vocals and saxophone, and Jacob Arnold on drums and vocals. The Inner Party’s new album, Darker, is set for release later this year. The excellent promotional single for the album, “Djingo Unchained,” was released last fall and you can listen to it below.
Morris has been documenting the band’s history on The Inner Party’s Facebook page and it’s really quite compelling. This should be a don’t-miss show. Listen to Morris chat with Kim and Robbie about the band, the show, and the album in the latest Shindigmusic podcast.
Described by NPR as playing, “a revved-up Southern hard rock that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn,” Atlanta-based Royal Thunder will bring the ruckus to The White Water Tavern in Little Rock on Tuesday. The band is touring in support of their 2015 release Crooked Doors. Hell Camino will open the show. Music begins at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14
Fort Smith punkers Holy Smokes! will play Hero’s in Fort Smith on Wednesday. Holy Smokes! recently released their absolutely excellent debut LP Framework, and you can hear the radio-ready track “Recompense” from that album below. Lobby Boxer, Young Bolt and Cheap Kites will open the show. Admission is $5 and the show begins at 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 15
Southern hip-hop emcee Big K.R.I.T. will play Rev Room in Little Rock on Thursday. K.R.I.T. released his third studio album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, last year. Cyhi The Prynce will open the show. The show begins at 9 p.m. and tickets range from $35-125.
Blending styles of psychedelia and County & Western music, Conway rockers Frontier Circus will play The White Water Tavern on Thursday. Kevin Gordan will open the show. The show begins at 9 p.m. and admission is $7.
Nashville Americana revelers Birdcloud will play Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock on Thursday. Dylan Earl & the Reasons Why will open the show. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $13 the day of the show. Music begins at 9 p.m.
Isayah’s All-Stars will play Kingfish in Fayetteville on Thursday. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free.
DJ Shortfuze will play Smoke & Barrel in Fayetteville on Thursday. The show starts at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge for this event.
Friday, March 16
Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo, the 2018 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners, and perennial favorite among Shindig staff, will play Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack on Friday. The show begins at 9 p.m. and admission is $6.
The excellent Caleb Ryan Martin returns to Chelsea’s Corner Cafe in Eureka Springs. Martin is a banjo and guitar virtuoso with a rhythmic, enchanting voice that captivates an audience. He averages 200 shows a year and recently played the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Music begins at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Roots-reggae group The Irie Lions will release their latest album, Forward Ever, at George’s Majestic Lounge on Wednesday. The band’s CD release party will begin at 9 p.m. and will also feature performances from DJ Hod-I and Purp Loder. Tickets range from $5-7.
Fayetteville indie rockers Brother Moses will play Rev Room in Little Rock on Friday. The band’s latest release, Magnolia, came out in February. The Wldlfe and Rock Eupora will open the show. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $10.
Ponder the Albatross will play Smoke & Barrel in Fayetteville on Friday. The show begins at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge for this event.
2014’s Academy of Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year, and Poyen, Arkansas native, Justin Moore, will play the Brady Theater in Tulsa on Friday. Moore is touring to support his latest album, Kinda Don’t Care. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.25.
The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival begins Friday in Hot Springs. Friday will see performances from Landrest (Hot Springs), Or (Little Rock), White Mansion (Fayetteville), Jack Topht (Buffalo, N.Y.), Us, Today (Cincinnati), Roar! (New Orleans), and Vodi (Houston). Click here for a full schedule and list of events.
The Flux Festival begins Friday in Greenbrier. Friday’s festivities will include performances by Jarrod Ives, Molly Adamson, Michael Garfield, Deep Sequence, Trixx, Sci-Fi Industries, Scott Stanley, Kichen and Bucket. For event schedules and other details, visit fluxfamily.com.
Saturday, March 17
Fayetteville indie roots and Americana singer-songwriter Shannon Wurst will release her sixth studio album, Sugar and Kerosene, on Saturday at Stage Eighteen in Fayetteville. Wurst’s set Saturday will be backed by a full band and will feature an electric set of the new songs followed by an unplugged set of older compositions. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at stage18live.com.
Bluesman singer-songwriter Akeem Kemp will play The White Water Tavern on Saturday. He’s touring in support of his latest release, A Woman Needs Love. Music begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $7.
Grateful Dead tribute band, The Stolen Faces, will play Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock on Saturday. The show begins at 9 p.m. and admission is $10.
Party rockers Boom Kinetic will play Rev Room on Saturday. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10.
Mark Shields & Good Company will play Black Apple Crossing in Springdale on Saturday. The show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Cadillac Jackson will play a free show at Kingfish on Saturday. The show begins at 8 p.m.
The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival resumes in Hot Springs. Saturday’s performers include Adam Faucett (Little Rock), Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo (Russellville), c.Kostra (Minneapolis, MN), Devata Daun (Minneapolis), Crush Diamond (Houma, LA), Suburban Living (Philadelphia), Frigs (Toronto, ON), Juiceboxxx (Milwaukee) and Birdcloud.
The Flux Festival in Greenbrier continues Saturday. The day will include performances from Justin Bratcher, The Crumbs, Travis Bowman, Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo, Youth Pastor, Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings, The Squarshers, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Scotty B, Scott Stanley, Au.Dios.Bass, Flintwick, Zombie Death Squad and Mise En Abyme. For event schedules and other details, visit fluxfamily.com.
Sunday, March 18
Combining elements of blues, psychedelic, and traditional American rock, California natives Strange Vine delivers an “earthy, energetic” performance each time they step on stage. The two-man band consists of Ian Blesse on drums, vocals and Rhodes piano (simultaneously), and Toby Cordova on guitars and vocals. Over the years, band has shared the stage with acts like Cage The Elephant, Band Of Skulls, Delta Spirit, B.B. King, Kurt Vile, Robin Trower, White Denim, Meat Puppets, and JEFF The Brotherhood, to name a few. Joshua Asante, the lead vocalist and guitarist from Velvet Kente and Amasa Hines, will open the show. The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $7.