We welcome Catherine Gilbert to the Arkansas Times fold as our new club crawler and girl about town in the late night. Consider this the new After Dark blog entry, and Cat will have her own blog shortly here on www.arktimes.com. For how, we'll run her blog entries at Little Rocking.
Hey folks, I'm Catherine and I have your club news. It will be daily when my blog gets up and running. Here's what's happening Thursday, with some big news for the rest of the weekend.
First off, Ben Zephyr -- a band on the rise from Denton, Texas, and hoping to sign a record deal with Sony in a couple of weeks -- is at Big Downtown Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the River Market Pavilion. Admission is free; beer and food are available for purchase ... Russellville bands Bear Flag Revolt, Justin Sherry and Rokum Sockum will be at Whitewater on Thursday (10 p.m., $3) ... If you’re looking for something a bit more off the cuff, check out the 10-piece Louisville-based band the Villebillies, who will headline this Thursday at Sticky Fingerz. With a musical style that combines hip-hop beats over a banjo and Beyonce references, the weirdness of the Villebillies is vaguely reminiscent of the off-kilter humor of Eminem with a distinctly “countrified” feel. If you like hip-hop (and whiskey) the show starts at 9:30 p.m. and is $5.
Now, looking ahead:
The long anticipated Built to Spill show is at Vino’s Brewpub on Friday, Sept. 22. The band was supposed to be here last spring but the show was canceled due to emergency retina surgery on front man Doug Martsch. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the upcoming show.
Martsch created Built to Spill in 1992 as a band that had interchangeable musicians. After several years, a slew of band members and a continuously mutating project, the band has finally settled into a permanent (at least for the time being) group of strong musicians whose smart lyrics are only bested by their original and beautiful sound.
Built to Spill will perform with Helvetia and The Prids at 8 p.m. Admission is $8.
This Friday’s (Sept. 22) big show at Juanita’s is down to one headliner, Drowning Pool, after Memphis’ Saliva had to pull out after lead singer Josey Smith was injured last week in a car accident. Heavy metal rockers from Dallas, Drowning Pool gained notoriety with songs from their 2001 album “Sinner” and were the opening act (9:50 a.m., to be exact) at Ozzfest 2001. After lead singer Dave Williams’ sudden death from heart failure, Drowning Pool didn’t release another album until 2004. Ryan McCombs was chosen in 2005 as new front man for the group. The all-ages show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Partial refunds are being given for tickets previously purchased when Saliva was on the bill.
If you’re feeling like handlebar mustaches, long hair and a possible power ballad or two, try Sticky Fingerz on Friday for Supagroup from New Orleans. Although it doesn’t always work when a band makes fun of itself, it does work when a band makes fun of other bands. Mocking the style (or lack thereof) of ’70s and ’80s rock bands, what Supagroup does best is take a jab at the stereotypical pursuit of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. With lyrics like “All you want to do is take your top off, all I want to do is blow the roof off” they’re anything but subtle. The show starts at 10 p.m.
Saturday at the Whitewater: An A+ Set-Up, indie punk rockers from Fort Smith, with Nathan Browningham on Saturday (10 p.m., $5) … Little Rock favorite (and official “displaced” Arkansan) Hayes Carll will be crooning dirt-road and hard-luck tunes on Saturday at Juanita's starting at 9:30 p.m. The show is for ages 18 and up and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Rare is the Sunday night show around here, but this Sunday there are two: If you looking for more old-school styles, check out Blowfly with 607 and Dirty Rapper at Vino’s. Blowfly, “The Original Dirty Rapper,” wears outrageous (sequined) costumes, sings ridiculous (dirty) songs and has a split personality. Also know as Clarence Reid, he has recorded several (non-dirty) albums and written songs for K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Betty Wright and others. The show starts at 6 p.m. and is $10.
Sunday at Juanita’s offers the strangest lineup yet. Touted as “a talk show, a variety show, a movie clip festival, and a blatant self-promotion event on the part of Full Moon Features,” Charles Band’s Full Moon Horror Road Show is led by Full Moon Founder Charles Band, whose studio has released films like “Puppetmaster,” “Dollman” and ”Subspecies.” The show starts at 7 p.m. It’s for ages 18 and up and is $12. -- Cat