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New Orleans reggae band reunites at Cornerstone


HIGHER HEIGHTS: Hits Cornerstone.
  • HIGHER HEIGHTS: Hits Cornerstone.

Hurricane Katrina a year ago sent the members of the New Orleans reggae band Higher Heights in different directions, and only one group member returned to the Crescent City. Friday’s show by the band at Cornerstone Pub in North Little Rock will be one of its first performances since Katrina.

Higher Heights will headline the Labor Day Weekend Reggae Jam on Friday beginning at 10 p.m. DJ Ras Levi from KABF-FM, 88.3, will also be on hand. The doors open at 8 p.m., and admission is $10 for ages 18 and up.

Ras Levi says Higher Heights is pulling everyone from the band together for the trip to Central Arkansas, as it’s one of their favorite spots to perform.

Call 744-8842 for more information.

If you’re a music fan familiar with the magazine Paste, you’ve probably read about singer-songwriter Dave Barnes. He’s released the 11-track album “Chasing Mississippi” and independently has sold more than 11,000 copies since the start of the year.

In addition, Barnes co-wrote the song “Everything’s Right,” heard in the current film “My Super Ex-Girlfriend,” and John Mayer recently gave him some notice on his own blog with some kind words. Amy Grant appears on Barnes’ “I Have and Always Will” on the new record, while Grant’s husband Vince Gill also lends vocals on the album in the song “Jackson.” A prolific songwriter, Barnes also has had his work recorded by such artists as Marc Broussard, Bethany Dillon, and Josh Hoge.

The Nashville-based Barnes, a pastor’s kid who grew up in Kosciusko, Miss., and in his later teens in Knoxville, Tenn., brings his guitar and meaningful lyrics to Sticky Fingerz on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover charge.

Fayetteville’s avant garde rock/jazz/jam band Phantazmelodia, a semifinalist in this year’s Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, is back at Sticky Fingerz on Friday, Sept. 1, to reprise its cover performance of “OK Computer,” considered by many to be among the great albums of the past 15 years.

Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Call 372-7707.

It’s become elemental for the group formerly known as the Fundamentals. Because of legal action with someone claiming the name, the St. Louis band is now known as the Fundamental Elements but they’re still playing that funky jam with an acoustic edge and soulful vibe, which they’ll bring to Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Sept. 2. They’ll start at about 11 p.m., or after the Razorback football game with Southern Cal ends.

In 2005, the Fundamental Elements reached the St. Louis finals of Emergenza, beating out more than 120 bands from the region. They’ve played in hundreds of shows the past two years, sharing the stage with such groups as the John Popper Project, Bob Schneider, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Will Hoge and Shawn McDonald. Check out their website and sound at www.fundamentalelements.net.

Admission is $5.

Up-and-coming bands June and the Classic Crime will play Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Thusday, Aug. 31, at 10 p.m. ($8 cover) ... Chris Cash’s band Mavan appears at Juanita’s on Friday, Sept. 1, beginning at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 … Hot Austin, Texas, band Wideawake is back in town for a big Juanita’s show Wednesday, Sept. 6, that also includes Florrez, Russellville’s Deas Veil, and the Tide (9 p.m., $7) … Though it’s hardly a club, there has been some great music offered for free at the William F. Laman Public Library in North Little Rock in recent weeks, and the sounds continue Thursday, Sept. 7, with Count Floyd and its funky jazz fusion. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. in the library plaza, with free refreshments too. The Laman Library is just off Pershing Boulevard, at 2801 Orange Street. Call 758-1720 or visit www.laman.net. Amy Brawner, who most recently was editing this page of club news, is the new Laman Library programs coordinator and will be glad to see you.

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