Weedeater and Agent Orange — a pair of pioneers in sludge metal and angry surf punk, respectively — will play shows in Central Arkansas this week. In Northwest Arkansas, country crooner William Clark Green will play George’s Majestic Lounge on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, Nomads will host a hip-hop night, and Backspace will bring its standard fare of punk rock goodness. If you’re planning to get out to see some shows this week, here’s a curated list of shows we’re excited about.
Thursday, March 29
Country crooner William Clark Green will play George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Thursday. Green is touring in support of his fourth studio album, 2015’s Ringling Road. The album debuted on Billboard 200 at No. 133 and the Top Country Albums chart at No. 18. Green’s latest release, the 2016 live album Live at Gruene Hall, peaked at No. 31 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums. Tickets are $15 and the show begins at 9 p.m.
Americana-bluegrass group and self-described “Hillbilly swing” artists Urban Pioneers will play the venerable White Water Tavern in Little Rock on Thursday. The group is touring in support of their latest release, Feast or Famine. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is no cover.
Local backwoods funk guru Jeff Kearney, of 1 oz Jig and Flipoff Pirates, will play a solo set at Kingfish on Thursday. This is a free show. Music is set to begin at 8 p.m.
Little Rock’s favorite Prog-Fusion ensemble, Deep Sequence make their debut at Kings Live Music at 8 p.m. This show is 18+ (No Cover)
Friday, March 30
Houston-based kaiju-themed punky-surf rock revivalists Daikaiju will play Smoke & Barrel in Fayetteville Friday. The instrumental four-piece provide a lively, all-out-assault-style performance that often ends in band members setting their gear on fire during performances. The group tours nonstop and have released two EPs, two studio albums, and two singles — the latest of which is 2014’s comp titled Spiral Serpent Strike. Tickets are $7 and the show begins at 10 p.m.
Drawing from a diverse roster of influences from Garth Brooks and George Jones to Foo Fighters and Blink-182, Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Sam Riggs brings his energetic blend of rock and country to the George’s stage on Friday. Tickets range from $10-12 and music begins at 8 p.m.
Fort Smith jazz fusion outfit Escape Tones will play Black Apple Crossing in Springdale Friday. This is a free show with music set to begin at 8 p.m. Check out the band’s debut LP, “Dead Pixels,” here.
Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Doug Dicharry will bring his one-man band project Dance Monkey Dance to Chelsea’s Corner Cafe in Eureka Springs. Dance Monkey Dance combines Dicharry’s “soulful vocals, to percussive guitar, loop rigs and the steady stompstage backbeat” to the Chelsea’s stage. Music begins at 9 p.m. There is no cover.
NWA-based Americana gurus Sad Daddy will play White Water Tavern on Friday. The group is the union of four Arkansas-based musicians who combine their own unique styles and backgrounds together to create beautiful music. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is no cover.
A local hip-hop show featuring a trio of artists including Had Enough, Fred the Great, and Rhae Rhae will take place Friday at Nomads Music Lounge in Fayetteville. Had Enough is a Tulsa-based alternative-hip-hop artist who has an aggressive storytelling style. He has shared the stage with national acts like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Tech N9ne and draws influence from from a number of areas. Rhae Rhae combines elements from R&B, rap and pop to create a unique sound. She’s described as a strong, powerful, independent, positive female artist out of Fayetteville who is inspired by artists like Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Avenged Sevenfold, Cardi B and Migos. The show begins at 7:30 and tickets are $7 in advance, or $10 the day of the show.
Fayetteville funk/soul/Americana outfit Easy Mountain will play Kingfish Friday. Music will begin at 8 p.m. There is no cover.
Saturday, March 31
Wilmington, N.C.-based sludge/stoner metal purveyors Weedeater will be performing 2007’s God Luck And Good Speed in its entirety (and more selections across their discography) on Saturday at White Water Tavern. The band, which forged out earlier this month on a tour across the East Coast and southern U.S. to celebrate the record’s 10th birthday, will be joined by fellow North Carolina heavies Bask, along with Kansas City metalers Hyborian, and Little Rock’s very own Iron Tongue. Admission is $15. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
NWA-based DJ & producer M.Bolez will play Smoke & Barrel Saturday. This show is free and will begin around 10 p.m.
Escape Tones will play Dickson Street Pub in Fayetteville Saturday. This is a free show. Music will begin at 8:30.
Fayetteville blues rockers Foggy Bobcat will play Kingfish Saturday. Music is set to begin at 9 p.m. There is no cover.
Sunday, April 1
Legendary punk-surf trio Agent Orange will play Four Quarter Bar in Little Rock on Easter Sunday. The power trio — with a current lineup that consists of founding father Mike Palm on guitar and lead vocals, Dave Klein on drums and vocals, and Perry Giordano on bass and vocals — formed in 1979 and are credited as being one of the first bands to combine elements of surf music to punk rock. The Southern California band’s music has been featured in numerous major motion pictures, video games, surf and skate films, television, and live sports events. Agent Orange has influenced a score of punk bands since forming, most notably The Offspring. Atom Age will provide support. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $10-15.