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Amyb's Gettin' Out: Friday

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Here's Amy Brawner's full rundown of the club and music happenings tonight. Certainly out of this list there is something  you'll like: Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines. There’s some romantic-like stuff gong on.
  Our recommendations:
 
The Acoustic Sounds Cafe has a show headlining couple Albert and Gage tonight with opener, house painter and folk artist Erik Balkey. Albert and Gage do very pretty cover of John Hiatt’s “Cry Love,” and Balkey does socially conscious folk songs, including a ballad for the West Memphis Three, and a cover of Johnny Cash's ‘Man in Black” Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, $8 for students and seniors.
 
Also the Big John Miller Band is tonight at the Afterthought. Big John’s staright-from-the heart covers of soul songs will definitely get you to first base. Our favorite original remains. “Ax Yo Mambo,” from their new album. 8 p.m. $5.
 
If you’re more on the Van Zandt/Willie Nelson/Kitty Wells side of romance, we just found out that the Amy Garland Band is at White Water tonight. We’ve yet to see her since her trip back from Europe with hubby Bart. And keeping you up to date, her last album was “Angora,” recorded on a mountaintop in Leslie, Ark. Our (and others’) favorite song off that album is “Streets of Mexico.”
Her myspace page is www.amygarlandband.com. $5. 10 p.m.
 
For my jazz buddies at KABF: The community DJs that host Jazz programs (Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-noon) are holding a benefit for our station, tonight at Don Vicci’s restaurant on Capital Ave. Old schoolers Tommy Henderson, Poppa Joe Daddy-O and members of Higgens Ole School. It starts at 8:45 p.m.
The last time we were at this venue, we really liked the laid back, dark red and warm atmosphere. $5 donation goes to the station this week for pledge drive.
 
Local hip hop DJs take turns spinning and we’re sure spreading the love at the Cornerstone Deli tonight, starting at 9 p.m., with an admission charge of $5. Featured artists is 607, who has a highly anticipated new album forthcoming. As well as, Discipline, Moog Universe, DJ Dirtbag, g-force. Arkatext (these Conway fellas always spread the love all intellectual and spiritual- like A Tribe called Quest) and N’Cahoots.
 
And a note to local artists: If you would like for us to check you out, or mention you in the blog or club news, just send me a press kit or and email at amyb@arktimes.com. You don’t have to be signed or have a huge following or any of that. Sometimes we need to know these things. Speaking of which, I was sent a friend request by a local artist named Jonnie Brannon, who has, in our opinion a great solo project in AnotherTheory. I know some of you guys love and remember Joy Division and Depeche Mode . Check out his atmospheric techno-shoe gazing downloads.: myspace.com/anothertheory.com.
 
Also on the North Side: Tim Anthony of Afrodesia Studios will be at the Argenta Coffeehouse, 318 Main St.9 p.m. $5.
 
We visited the spot last night to try our hand (or feet, ha) for the Mambo lessons taught by lithe instructor Marcus Howard, a New York transplant of Afro-Cuban descent that has the moves. We learned a little mambo, some turns, the sexy “comb” move and enjoyed ourselves, though we would suggest bringing a partner so that you’re not coupled with someone you may not get along with, dancing-wise. I can’t say that I was the star student, though I did wear my cha-cha heels and did my best “Baby” from Dirty Dancing impression, bless his heart. Mambo and ballroom dancing are two totally different animals: mambo has to do with using the whole body (and we do mean whole, from the shoulders to the pelvis all the way down), looking at your partner is important to get the kinetic energy going. There were a few times where I needed to sip a little water and maintain, being that I was told that “women were to look pretty” (ok, sure, I can dig). I was put with a much advanced partner, who made it clear that he was the Alpha in the dance relationship. Needless to say, there was a bit of friction, there. But nothing that a little practice couldn’t help on this end. And a little patience on the other.
 
They have Mambo lessons every Thursday from 7-9 p.m., Howard just asked for 5 bucks for his time, well worth it in our opinion.
 
By the way, Mambo is Cuban and Puerto Rican-based, according to Howard. Not Mexican. We’re sure you knew that.
 
Oh let’s put this in lest we forget: a great rock bill tonight at Sticky Fingerz with The Damnwells, Grand Serenade, the Munks. We’re listening to the Munks newest album as we write this. A review to come, or others are welcome.
 
One Stone Reggae at Juanita’s tonight featuring songbird Twanna Campbell. $10, and well worth it. They start at 10 p.m..
 
Former members of Hosty Duo plus heavy metal organ equals Sugar Free Allstars tonight, late night at Le Midtown Billiards. Memberships at the door.
 
Hard rock: After the Tragedy, Ashes of Augustine, On My Honor at Vino’s. 8:30 p.m. All ages. $5.
 
Mr. Happy at West End. 10 p.m. $5.
 
Also, and always packed with beeyoootiful peeps: the Peabody RiverTop Party with Urban Gypsy Band. $5. 21 and up, $5. 
 
You may have some time to check out the last performance of great Celtic group Cairde with fiddlin’ champion Chanley Painter and the Ready Boys. At Advent Café, at the AdventLutheranChurch, 900 Farris Road. $6 adults, $3 students, children 12 and under free. 501-450-3416.
   
Downtown Music hosts Black Cobra and ASG. 10 p.m. All ages. $5.
 
There’s no excuse for anybody not to go out and try out a few of these. Don’t tell me all this work has been in vain.
 
And for tomorrow: ‘Saffire: the Uppity Blues Women.”
OK, maybe one day I'll make it to Eureka...with all this music coming through town, maybe I should start thinking about moving there!
I love these chicks playing, they are of the traditional blues women from the 1920s, and yes they are saucy. More importantly, they are great musicians Ann Rabson is among blues' best keyboardists/songwriters, and she can whistle like a bird too.
"Bitch with an attitude" is a good one, as well as "Dump That Chump," "Cold Pizza Warm Beer." There's also some sweet love songs, dedicated to their menfolk. Heres the info from the Eureka Springs web site. I WISH I COULD GO!!!!!! They are some bad mothers.
 
Saffire - Uppity Blues Women
Times: Saturday, May 13, 2006
7:30 pm at the Auditorium. 7:30 PM. Admission: $27 to $32 for info, log on to www.papermoonattractions.com/saffire.html.
Or call 479-253-0505

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