THE BIG CATS / THE REDS
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. Donations.
It's a holiday tradition as old as any in the local scene. Every year, for as long as I can remember (granted, that's not too terribly far back), the Big Cats
come together to play songs that, even though the band only plays once or twice a year, everyone seems to know. All four Big Cats — Burt Taggart, Jason White, Colin Brooks, Joshua Bentley — were at the vanguard of Little Rock's vibrant early-'90s punk scene. For the last year plus, the band's stolen time here and there to record with local producers Will Boyd, Marcus Lowe and Barry Poytner, but guitarist Jason White's schedule with Green Day this year pretty much scuttled any major efforts. In the meantime, lead singer and Max Recordings head Burt Taggart says he's written a lot of new songs; by the time the band finishes recording, they could have a double record, he says. The Big Cats are joined by label mates the Reds
, a pop-rock trio, who specialize in spare, bass-heavy songs with hooks that don't quit. They're in the mixing phase of their sophomore album, so hopefully, we'll hear the debut of some new ones.