Saturday To-Do: Chris Michaels and the Cranks | Rock Candy

Saturday To-Do: Chris Michaels and the Cranks



7 p.m., Oyster Bar. $5.

Chris Michaels has been around. Back in the day in Shreveport, Kevin “Shinyribs” Russell tried to recruit him into the band that would eventually become the Gourds. In Oxford, Michaels spent time in Beanland, a legendary band in its own right, known in jam circles as the band that launched the careers of several members (past and present) of Widespread Panic. Really, Michaels has played with just about everyone — from Buddy Flett to Cab Calloway to Jim Dickinson to Kevin Gordon — not to mention the years he's spent in Little Rock playing bass in the Boondogs. So, after more than 20 years playing music professionally, it's about damn time that he's stepped up to the mic to record an album with his name on it. This party and concert at Oyster Bar (really one of the great unsung small venues in Little Rock) celebrates the release of “Morning & Night” on Max Recordings. Naturally, it features a who's who of the region's musicians, most if not all will be helping him out Saturday. Expect crack guitar playing, lyrics that stick and lots of familiar faces in the local scene. The concert starts at 9 p.m. sharp, Michaels promises.

AND: Listen to Michaels talk effects pedals on the debut of "Pedal Talk."

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