HOLMES BROTHERS: They lead party.
Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack will be celebrating its fifth year in business starting Tuesday, June 21, and co-owner Chris King says that he’s “stoked” for the club’s “Fab Five” festivities. The week will feature a solid lineup of bands, as well as giveaways and drink specials.
Soul, rhythm and blues greats the Holmes Brothers start the week off on Tuesday. They recently won the 2005 W.C. Handy Award for best blues band — no small feat. Their latest album, “Simple Truths,” includes their own gospel-influenced originals like “We Meet, We Part, We Remember” and a rocked out “Run Myself Out of Town,” as well as unique interpretations of such artists as Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson and Gillian Welch. This is the perfect show to take a date to. This show will start at 8 p.m. with Brian Martin, a young Delta-style blues player who reveres Delta tradition. Tickets are $10.
Events continue throughout the week, with Oxford, Miss., Southern rockers Daybreak Down on Wednesday (9 p.m.; $5). Boots and beer abound with another choice act, the country-house rockers Jason Boland and the Stragglers, on Thursday, June 23, with opening act No Justice (9 p.m., $10). New Orleans rascally rockers Dash Rip Rock with the Good Looks start at 9 p.m. ($5) on Friday, June 24. Local party band Tragikly White caps off the week on Saturday, June 25 (9 p.m., $5).
Before the big week-long party, Camden native Michael Burks blazes and brandishes his Flying V like Albert King on Thursday, June 16 (9 p.m., $7). If you miss him June 16, he’ll also be at Schapiro’s on Central in Hot Springs Friday, June 17, starting at 9:15 p.m. Admission is $10.
Hailing from central Tennessee, the Black Diamond Heavies (named after a brand of hard-to-play guitar strings) will be at the Press Box on Thursday, June 16. The last few times we’ve seen them, it has been rather intimate, and we are hoping that these guys get a much-deserved larger attendance. They have worked with and opened for Paul “Wine” Jones and the Immortal Lee County Killers III, with current album “You Damn Right” self-produced. The three-piece is blues-based, but it has a modern, cutting-edge feel reminiscent of bands like the Black Keys or Jon Spencer. They start at 9 p.m., and the cover is $5.
Funky urban electric blues band Pinkie and the Snakeshakers, from Oklahoma City, will perform at Cajun’s Wharf on Friday, June 17. They are a sort of homage band, with a kind of specialty in classic traditions. A CD with some of their most requested cover songs, as well as an original, will be out in July. The show starts at 9 p.m. and the cover is $5.
Country band Cross Canadian Ragweed, which seems to sell out every time it plays here, will appear Wednesday, June 22, at the Electric Cowboy on Interstate 30. Opening at 9 p.m. will be Kevin Fowler. Advance tickets are available at the club or Crossroads Western Wear in North Little Rock for $10. Otherwise, tickets will be sold for $12 at the door. Ragweed will also be in Fayetteville on Thursday, June 23, at George’s Majestic (8 p.m., $17 and $20).
Here’s another good reason for a road trip to Fayetteville: Honky-tonk roots country-rocker Junior Brown is out promoting his new album, “Down Home Chrome,” and appears at 9 p.m., Thursday, June 16, at George’s Majestic. Brown is the inventor of his own specialized instrument, the “guit-steel,” which is a guitar/steel hybrid. Tickets are $17 at the door. Also appearing at George’s: Lee Roy Parnell and Seth James on Saturday, June 18 (9 p.m., $15).
Hard rockers Starkz will appear Saturday, June 18, at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom, accompanied by Mourningside, the side project of John LeCompt and Rocky Grey of Evanescence. Mourningside will open the show at 9:30 p.m. Starkz has regularly sold out Juanita’s in previous shows, so get the $8 tickets while they last.
We don’t know who’s getting married, but a punk rock wedding is advertised at the White Water Tavern on Saturday, June 18. Musical entertainment will be provided by Thee Fine Lines, the Chicklettes, Kevin Kerby, Go Fast, the Itch and the Fetish Idols. The cover is $5, and you don’t need an invitation.
The Argenta District in North Little has another music venue, the Coffee Gallery, 322 Main St., situated next door to the Cornerstone Deli and Pub. The Coffee Gallery serves soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as beer and wine Monday through Saturday. It also has live music on some nights, and will feature local jazz by Rodney Block at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Admission is $5.
The Coffee Gallery is a non-smoking establishment. For more information, call 372-7423.