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Friday To-Do: Smoke Up Johnny

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SMOKE UP JOHNNY
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

Smoke Up Johnny
played Young Avenue Deli in Memphis last Saturday and sent “some yuppies” scurrying for the door, according to SUJ front man Alan Disaster. “They left with disgusted looks on their face,” he said recently with pride. Don’t expect a similar reaction from the White Water crowd. Friday will mark the first time Little Rock’s favorite barroom rockers have played out since — well, so long that Disaster doesn’t remember exactly — sometime when it was cold. Apparently, they don’t multi-task well. They’ve spent the last months writing new material and recording demos for an album they hope to release later this year. Look for a set of mostly new songs. Also, look for a thick crowd. At its EP release show two weeks ago, the See drew heavier than any local band has in months. That shout-along three-piece opens with another tavern favorite, Jonathan Wilkins, a singer/songwriter whose reflective material leaps from aggro-folk to balls-to-the-wall rock when he teams with Will Boyd (drums) and Matt Floyd (bass), otherwise known as one of Little Rock’s finest rhythm sections.

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