This week, recent Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductees Bon Jovi play North Little Rock, electropop vocalist Lorde plays Tulsa, the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival concludes, John Henry & Friends release their new album and Winston-Salem, N.C.-native Americana crooner Caleb Caudle plays at the famed White Water Tavern in Little Rock. If you’re planning to head out to see a show this week, review our curated list of what’s going on to help you plan.
Monday, March 19
The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival resumes Monday in Hot Springs. Monday will see performances from Lanana (Philadelphia), Grandchildren (Philadelphia), Sea Moya (Germany/Montreal), Sie lieben Maschinen (Kansas City), Season to Risk (Kansas City), Mauno (Halifax, NS), Ed Schrader’s Music Beat (Baltimore), and Dendrons (Chicago). The day will also feature a secret show with the performer and venue to be announced Monday on the VOV Facebook page. Click here for a full schedule and list of events.
Tuesday, March 20
2018 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductees Bon Jovi will rock Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. The group is touring in support of their 13th studio album This House is Not For Sale. The album is the first studio album without founding member and guitarist Richie Sambora. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in November, and features a pair of radio- and arena-ready tracks in the lead single “This House is Not For Sale,” and “Come On Up to Our House.” Tickets range from $23-154.50. Little Rock alternative rockers DeFrance will open the show. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival concludes. Tuesday will feature performances from Baby and Shylow (Philadelphia), White Mystery (Chicago), Lung (Cincinnati), Dip (Athens, Georgia), Beams (Toronto), Larkin Poe (Atlanta), and Grandchildren (Philadelphia). The day will also feature a secret show with the performer and venue to be announced Tuesday on the VOV Facebook page. Click here for a full schedule and list of events.
Garage pop duo The Death Vacation (Albany, N.Y.), female-front emo-alternative rockers Hate Club (Albany), dreamy-shoegaze lo-fier Lex Treefrog, Neon Glittery and melodic rockers High Lonesome (Fayetteville) will play Backspace in Fayetteville on Tuesday. The show begins at 9 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested.
Wednesday, March 21
Electropop artist Lorde brings her Melodrama World Tour to Tulsa’s BOK Center on Wednesday. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from New Zealand will be joined by Swedish vocalist Tov Stryke and hip-hop giants Run the Jewels. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $39.50-99.50.
Contemporary blueswoman and Ruf Records recording artist Samantha Fish will bring her sultry, seductive tones to Rev Room in Little Rock on Wednesday. Fish, whose style can seamlessly transition from white-hot blues guitar licks to a whiskey-and-cigarettes Amy Winehouse vibe, has been making her impression felt on contemporary blues since her debut in 2009. The New York Times describes Fish’s style as “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Fish is touring in support of her latest release, Belle of the West. Bluesboy Jag & The Juke Joint Zombies will open the show. The show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is 15.
Fresh off of an appearance at the Valley of the Vapors, Cincinnati, Ohio-based heavy grunge punkers Lung (a duo fronted by Kate Wakefield on vocals and electric cello, and Foxy Shazam’s Daisy Caplan on drums) will play Backspace on Wednesday. Local punk heroes The Wirms and ambient industrial instrumentalist Bonemagic will open the show. The show begins at 9 p.m. A $5 donation at the door is suggested.
Thursday, March 22
John Henry & Friends will release their new album, When the Storm Comes, Thursday at George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. The band features members of a pair of local Americana and bluegrass favorites, The Squarshers (John Henry Holthus and Brennan Johnson) and Arkansauce (Adams Collins and Tom Andersen). On a recent Shindigmusic podcast episode, Robbie and Kim sat down with Henry as he discussed details about the new album. Admission for the show is $7. Music begins at 8:30 p.m.
Amanda Rey & West Street Blues Band will play Kingfish in Fayetteville. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle will play the legendary White Water Tavern in Little Rock Thursday. The Rolling Stone dubbed Caudle “the musical equivalent of high-proof bourbon — rich in flavor, with a subtle, satisfying bite,” and the publication included him on their list of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” Caudle’s latest release, Crushed Coins, is out now. The show begins at 9 p.m.
Friday, March 23
Americana-bluegrass crossover act Red Oak Ruse will play Four Quarter Bar in Little Rock on Friday. The show begins at 8 p.m. There is a $7 cover.
Kyle Lacy & the Harlem River Noise will play Kingfish in Fayetteville. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Acoustic trio Fetts Folly will play Black Apple Crossing in Springdale. The show begins at 8 p.m. There is no cover.
Rocket Coma will play Nomads Music Lounge in Fayetteville. The band will be releasing their latest album, which is a follow-up to their 2016 release titled Dangerfield. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Roots-Americana duo Smooth Hound Smith will bring their radio-ready music to Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock on Friday. The group is touring in support of their latest release, 2016’s Sweet Tennessee Honey. The show begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $10.
Country crooner Aaron Watson will play Rev Room on Friday. Watson, whose style is a throwback to the 1990s-era of country music, brings energy and charm to the stage during each performance. He’s touring in support of his latest release Vaquero. He’s joined on tour by openers David Adam Byrnes and Bree Ogden. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20.
It’s metal night at Vino’s Brewpub in Little Rock, as the revered venue on Seventh and Chester welcomes a pair of black metal-hardcore acts in Lowered A.D., and Liar’s Tongue to the back room’s stage. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Trap music pioneer Jeezy — formerly known as Young Jeezy — will play Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa on Friday. Jeezy is touring in support of his eighth studio album Pressure. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $45-145.
Saturday, March 24
Trippy psychedlic rockers Spoonfed Tribe will play Stickyz in Little Rock on Saturday. The band tours constantly and has built a sizeable following. Live shows incorporate a combination of “hypnotic walls of percussion, psychedelic sonics and mind-expanding visuals.” Eight Eyes will open the show. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the show.
Singer-songwriter Frank Foster will bring his blend of rock and country to Cain’s Ballroom on Saturday. Foster is touring in support of his 2016 effort Good Country Music. Foster has seen success on the Billboard 200, and Good Country Music has peaked at No. 13 on the U.S. country charts. The show begins at 8:15 p.m. and admission ranges from $12-15.
Funk, soul, and R&B cover band Funk Factory will play George’s Majestic Lounge on Saturday. Music starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $10.
Sunday, March 25
The self-described straightforward, beer-soaked, Midwest-bred metalers Fools’ Brew will play Stickyz in Little Rock Sunday. The group is touring to support their EP The Reckoning and recently released a new track titled “The Parade.” Hell Camino will open. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5.
Holy Smokes! will play an acoustic set Sunday at Black Apple Crossing. The band will be joined by Springdale post-hardcore act Vera, Forever and central Arkansas alternative rockers Past Comfort. The show begins at 8 p.m. There is no cover.