There are a ton of good shows out there in the Central Arkansas clubs for any and all likes, but the biggest show by far will be the Reckless Kelly/Robert Earl Keen double bill at the Revolution Room, starting at 9 p.m. The Rev Room is that nearly 600-capacity club that Chris King opened next door to his and Suzon Awbrey's tasty Rumba Mexi-Cuban Restaurant, where I've been lunching a lot lately. Love that salsa verde!
Anyway, Chris tells us that this sorta brings him full circle: the first time he booked Robert Earl King when he was working in Fayetteville, it was with Reckless Kelly. Reckless Kelly has become one of the favorite shows to see at Sticky Fingerz, King's other music venue. The show has sold out of $25, we're told. But check the club anyway and see if there are any turnbacks. We saw Robert Earl Keen last year at Juanita's, interviewed him before the show, and even got to meet him later outside the venue where he visited with several fans. It was a heckuva night, and Keen's got a great band.
It's easy to see why this show sold out fast. These are the kinds of show Chris King was talking about when he announced he was going for this type of club while also owning Sticky Fingerz, and it's the size room we've needed for these type of shows in Little Rock for years.
Meanwhile, if you're disappointed you can't get a ticket this late to RK and REK, take heart: There's more out there.
For the dancing and mingling crowd, you can take in the last Peabody RiverTop Party of the summer, with the high-energy fun Memphis cover band the Venus Mission from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Peabody's second floor. $5.
While Chris King has a sellout at Revolution, he's got another band at Sticky Fingerz that's worthy of one in Saving Jane, who we've never heard but we're told has already had a couple of songs get good radio play. Check them out starting at 9:30 p.m.
You can never go wrong with the bluesy rock sounds of Mark Sallings and the Famous Unknowns, the one-time houseband at B.B. Kings in Memphis who have been on and off the road a lot lately. They're at the Afterthought tonight at 8 p.m.
For the jam and rock fans, Mojo Depot is one of the best original and talented bands around, and Cornerstone Pub has them at 8 p.m. tonight.
Anxiety, a modern rock outfit from Conway that we really enjoyed a few months back in the Musicians Showcase, has the stage to themselves at the West End starting at 10 p.m.
We also want to check out Brothers With Different Mothers, made up of several familiar faces who have toiled in other bands in the area. They're playing White Water at 10 p.m. tonight.
Downtown Music on Capitol is going to rock with T.C. and the Eddies, who Amy Brawner writes about in this week's In the Clubs in our print and online editions. TC, as Amy describes is sorta a Stifft Station icon and metal mascot. Local filmmaker Mike Poe is making a documentary of TC's life and adventures, and is inviting folks to bring cameras to the show and film it. He'll give film credit to any of the film he's able to use from tonight. Bluesman JAG opens the show with his slide guitar at 8:30 p.m. $5 cover.
For the laid-back, acoustic music fans, Acoustic Sounds Cafe is always a cool venue, and Aussie six-string ace Nick Charles, whose style ranges from blues-influenced to the finger-style of Django, is the featured act. Opener Diesel starts things at 7:30 p.m. Leave the smokes at home, eat some healthy cherry pie and drink some coffee instead. Admission is $10.
We've never heard Maria Miller, but the Starving Artist Cafe folks tell us we really should check her out. She's playing a free show tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. Starving Artist is on Seventh Street across from the MickeyD's.