BRAIN SURGEONS: At Downtown Music.
It was a surprise to many, including the members of the Louisville, Ky.-based aggressive metal band, when Flaw was dropped from the Republic label in 2004, considering that it sold almost a half million copies on that label of its albums “Through the Eyes” and “Endangered Species.”
But lead vocalist/screecher Chris Volz quickly picked up the pieces and joined forces with Louisville’s regionally successful groove band Silent Q to form Five Bolt Main. The band’s tour of the South will bring them to Juanita’s on Thursday, Aug. 4. Volz and band (Ivan Arnold, Ben Patrick, Aaron Welenken and Jason Chandler) have also wasted no time in recording; their debut CD, “Venting,” is due out in September. Element 80 and Kind open at 9 p.m. Admission is $7.
Jim Harris reported on his Little Rocking blog that hard-rock band Singleminded will perform its last show ever on Friday, Aug. 5, at Juanita’s. Under the same name, anyway. They’re trying to go national, so will be changing their name; they’ll reveal the new moniker that evening. Canvas, Alderbrook and Fife will also be on the bill. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7.
Starting Aug. 7, Juanita’s will host reggae music every Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. One Stone will open the series Sunday. Afrodesia and other guest artists are scheduled to appear later. Admission for 18 and up is $10.
Night-life promoter Telly Noel, aka “Kookieman,” has booked the old Funny Bone space on Markham, across from the Statehouse Convention Center, for an “All-White Affair” at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Dancing to the sounds of the neo-soul band Ultimate Groove and light food are on the bill. Admission is $10, but free for those who come in the door before 10 p.m. Valet parking will be offered. Noel says he is also planning a party for adults aged 30 and up to be held at Juanita’s on Friday, Aug. 19.
n Get a look at Little Rock’s avant-garde fashionistas and stylists at Vino’s on Saturday, Aug. 6, when the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative hosts a fashion show. The show starts at 8 p.m. Bear Flag Revolt and Dinofrenzy will play after the show. Admission for all ages is $5.
Zydeco/blues harp player Rockin’ Jake and his band will take the main stage at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Cajun’s Wharf. Rockin’ Jake has toured with G. Love and Special Sauce and has performed with blues greats Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin. Cover is $5.
New York City act the Brain Surgeons brings full rock credentials to Downtown Music on Saturday, Aug. 6. The Surgeons include drummer Al Bouchard, a founding member of Blue Oyster Cult (as in, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”); guitarist “Ross the Boss” Funicello, formerly of Manowar; guitarist Deborah Frost, a follower of the Patti Smith/Chrissie Hynde school of chick rock thought and a rock critic, and David Hirschberg on bass. The group’s most recent album is “Black Hearts of Soul.”
Memphis band Joint Chiefs, whose latest release is “Jesus Christ … We’re Superstars!”, will open at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.
On the Arkansas acoustic front:
2nd Street Cafe, at the Second Baptist Church, 8th and Cumberland Sts., brings in Big Daddy “O” on Friday, Aug. 5. Big Daddy “O” is a good-time folk/blues artist straight from the streets of Jackson Square. “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” his debut album, features traditional music and covers of artists like Taj Mahal.
Florida band Singing Biscuit, with Carrie Hamby, opens at 7:15 p.m.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and children 10 and under. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Advent Arts and Acoustics Cafe in Conway will feature the Boomers on Friday, Aug. 5. Husband-and-wife duo Tommy and Jana Nash, who make up Tiny Rain, will open for the Boomers.
The coffee house is in Advent Lutheran Church, 900 Farris Road. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students with ID, and free for children 12 and under.
Both venues sell coffee and desserts, offer child care, and are non-smoking.