Tonight it’s hoppin’ all over the place: So many choices for local music: Get on out and support them!
The Amy Garland Band, one of my (and others, it seems) favorite local outfits, will be at White Water Tavern tonight, starting at 10 p.m. Asked Amy all about her recent trip to Europe; she tells me she had a blast. The last time I heard her play, she did a Townes Van Zandt cover, and a couple of us sensitive types starting weeping, including, I believe, Amy herself. No mularky: she really feels the music and the song, and it is evident in her presence. She has a long roster of originals, “Streets Of Laredo,” seems to be a favorite. You won’t cry all the time, I promise -- she does a great version of Kitty Wells’ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” and some rousing danceable Cajun-inspired numbers. She IS from Louisiana originally, y’all. Admission is $5.
Hello Kitty: Members of the Big Cats will meet in their location centrale, at Vino’s Brewpub, tonight, along with the Good Fear from Fayetteville and brand-spankin’-new band Smoke Up Johnny (with former members of Go Fast and Queen Cobra). We spoke to former Go Fast bassist Matt Floyd a while back of his new band (openers Smoke Up Johnn), and either my ears were deceiving me, or Floyd said that they have been going in a hooky, pop direction. Hmmm….I need to see this.
Meanwhile, also on Friday, Sugar and the Raw, which has evolved from its party-hearty image into real, brooding musical contenders with last year’s debut album, will play at Sticky Fingerz. Sugar and the Raw is still delightfully all over the place, and yes, still has got the revelry going on when it’s on stage. Joining Sugar are the M’s and Grand Serenade, starting at 10 p.m. Admission is $7.
Circle, Circle, Dot, Dot: The Bloodless Cooties — who, as you can guess by their great name, are completely nuts. They're also are at the Sports Page tonight.
Attention Buffalo Soldiers: There’s no question that One Stone knows their reggae, and they’re having a Bob Marley spring salute tonight starting at 10 p.m. for ages 18 and up. Admission is $7.
And, of course, there’s the sure-thing choices: Big John Miller at Underground Pub, Charlotte Taylor at the Press Box, Max Taylor at West End. Also, this weekend marks the grand opening (or reopening) of Maxine’s Puzzle Bar on Central Avenue in Hot Springs. The old building has been completely gutted and rebuilt, with new decor and the addition of a dance floor, and live music is now on the calendar. Charliehorse from Fayetteville appear tonight. If anybody has been there, send us a comment and let us know about the band and the new bar.--AmyB