After enjoying a sold-out summer tour, Killswitch Engage, From Autumn to Ashes, Eighteen Visions
and 36 Crazy Fists
make a stopover at Vino’s Brewpub
for an all-out hardcore rock show Friday, Sept. 10. The bands — from as geographically diverse locales as New England, SoCal, Long Island and Alaska — are linked under the same metalcore umbrella.
Headliner Killswitch Engage has been given the obligatory “emo-metal” tag — likely from its hard sound in tandem with the psychologically provoking imagery of its lyrics. From playing underground clubs, Killswitch Engage signed up with Roadrunner Records (which also claims such top acts as Ill Nino and Chimaira). The group developed a demographically wide fanbase, evident in its high record sales; the May release, “The End of Heartache,” has sold more than 140,000 copies. The CD’s title track also appears on the soundtrack of the soon-to-open film “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” and Killswitch Engage shares soundtrack credits with well-known acts A Perfect Circle and Rob Zombie.
With credentials that include engagements in the famed Donington Festival in England with Iron Maiden and Metallica and two-time veterans of the Van’s Warped Tour, From Autumn to Ashes (formerly on indie label Ferret Records and now aligned with Roadrunner) recently released the CD “The Fiction We Live In.”
Eighteen Visions, whose 2002 album “Vanity” has regular play on MTV 2’s “Headbanger’s Ball,” released its latest CD “Obsession” in June.
The Alaska-based 36 Crazyfists, promoting its aptly named CD “A Snow Capped Romance,” will open the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Vino’s is at Seventh and Chester streets.
** Midtown Billiards
will hold a Johnny Cash
tribute show on Sunday, Sept. 12, with the Bug Tussle Boys
and other area musicians featured. Sept. 12 marks the late Arkansas born-and-raised country star’s birth date.
In addition to the cover charge ($3 for members, $7 for nonmembers), money generated from the benefit will go toward the SOS Children’s Village, the charity supported by the family of Cash, who died in 2003 (see this week’s
“Arkansongs,” penned by Stephen Koch
, a member of the Arkansas artist tribute band Bug Tussle Boys). Food and prizes will be available, and a Johnny Cash look-alike contest is planned, with events starting at 11 p.m.
The revolutionary Cash donated all profits from the sale of his “The Ballad of Annie Palmer/The Worried Man” to his favored SOS Children's Village, Barrett Town, Jamaica. For more information on the charity, visit www.sos-usa.org via the Internet.
** Adam Hood
hailed from a small town in Alabama but relocated to the Lone Star State to become a player in the “Texas troubadour” style that includes such artists as John Hiatt and Ian Moore. Hood returns to Little Rock for a two-day stop. He appears Monday, Sept. 13, at the White Water Tavern
, then drops by Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Press Box. Admission for either show is $5. He’ll also be appearing at Sticky Fingerz
Wednesday, Sept. 22, opening for Pete Anderson
(long-time creative partner of another Texas troubadour, Dwight Yoakam).
** Three non-toxic acoustic music shows are slated in Central Arkansas this weekend. All are at non-smoking, no-alcohol venues:
Social commentary fused with dry wit and excellent acoustic guitar work describe the “Dr. Demento Show” staple Chuck Brodsky
, appearing at Acoustic Sounds Café
, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive (inside the Second Presbyterian Church’s Great Hall).
Brodsky is noted for traditional folk tunes and baseball homages — he released the 2002 “The Baseball Ballads,” and he’s performed several concerts at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. His album “Radio,” was featured in the 2003 film of the same name. “Color Came One Day,” is his latest album offering.
Opening at 7:30 p.m. will be fellow North Carolinian Jonathan Byrd
, a past winner in the New Folk Competition at Kerrville, Texas, and his press kit reveals that “he renders new and powerful versions of traditional stories, like ‘Stacker Lee.’ ”
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students.
Also at 7:30 p.m. Friday, two acoustic-folk acts are scheduled at Conway’s Advent Arts and Acoustics Café
, 900 Farris Road (the fellowship hall of the Advent Lutheran Church). The Acousticatz
will headline, and their performance will double as a release party for their new CD, “Border Line.” Opener GlasgowBliss
(a hybrid of band members
Christopher Bliss’ and Donna Jean Glasgow’s last names) frequently plays at the Historic Arkansas Museum and at colonial and Civil War re-enactments. GlasgowBliss’ lineup is rounded off by Jess and Jon Westover, Jennifer Lindsey and Alan Daniel. Traditional Irish banjo, guitar, mandolin, violin and hammered dulcimer are all part of their equipment.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students; children 12 and under get in free. Art by Jill Jones
also will be displayed.
More acoustic music comes Saturday, Sept. 11, at the POPs Acoustic Revue
at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 109 Hobson in Hot Springs. Arkansas Acoustic Showdown finalist Mike Tripp
will perform songs from his upcoming CD, “Starlite Drive-In.” Kat Hood
, Arkansas’s answer to Emmylou Harris, takes the stage solo after Tripp.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; music starts at 7:30 p.m. with a $5 donation (children under 12 are admitted free).