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Rock around the holidays

Ian Moore will shine at Juanita’s with ‘Luminaria’; local bands Maxout at Vino’s on Monday.


Ian Moore winds down his latest tour at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Wednesday, Dec. 29. The 9 p.m. show is for ages 18 and up and admission is $10. Moore makes a semi-regular stop in Little Rock, usually working in a show near New Year’s Eve. A decade ago, he was promoted as a long-haired blues guitar slinger and roots-rocker in the style of Kenny Wayne Shepard or Stevie Ray Vaughan. But took a pop and soul direction with his work, so much so that his label at the time, Capricorn, dropped him after his sophomore effort, the critically acclaimed “Modernday Folklore.” That was the creative push that he needed, Moore says in press material, as he began changing publishing companies a few times, while writing and recording and even changing scenes, from his native Austin to Seattle. He continues to display the influence of late Austin singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt on his latest soulful pop CD, “Luminaria,” which marks Moore’s Yep Roc label debut. “I made this album with pretty much everyone who’s played with me over the past six of seven years,” he says of the project that was recorded in Austin, Seattle and on the road, where he spends much of his time now. Local label Max Recordings will sponsor a big, all-ages rock show at Vino’s Brewpub on Monday, Dec. 27. The Big Cats (led by Burt Taggart, who also runs Max Recordings), Il Libertina and American Princes all will perform, with the music starting at 8 p.m. All bands have Arkansas roots and all are known for their original songs done in a “Little Rock style,” Taggart says. The Big Cats recently released the CD “Worrisome Blues.” Il Libertina is working on a publishing/demo deal. American Princes are in the studio working on a third album in preparation for an East Coast tour in January. Admission to the show is $5. Most clubs will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 25 (some private clubs close at midnight Christmas Eve and re-open at midnight on Christmas Day). However, there is much going on peripherally around the holiday at the popular clubs. Sticky Fingerz will have jam bands before and after the holiday: on Thursday, Dec. 23 the local act Weakness for Blondes will be featured (9:30 p.m., $5); Greenville, Miss.-based Good Paper comes in for a free show 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28. Four local bands will battle it out on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom in the finals of “Local Edge Live,” sponsored by 100.3 the Edge. Past weekly winners Chupacabra, 13X and Sychosis will join another contestant coming from the Tuesday, Dec. 21, showdown (the winner was determined after the Times’ press time). According to Erin Hurley, Juanita’s entertainment director, the club had planned on holding the Tuesday night event for only a couple of months, but with what he termed a “great response” for the show, Juanita’s will continue to carry the Tuesday events until they “fizzle out.” Admission to the all-ages 9 p.m. show is $5. The finals winner will claim a variety of prizes, including ink work from a local tattoo parlor and a chance for the group’s demos to be handed over to major label. Also on Tuesday, Dec. 28, Vino’s will play host to a tribute to slain heavy metal guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. The club will show Pantera videos all night, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Vino’s says on its web site that the donations will go to the medical bill relief fund of those wounded at the recent Damage Plan show in Columbus, Ohio, where Dimebag Darrell was fatally shot. The group, which played Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Aug. 4, was Darrell Abbott’s and brother Vinnie Paul Abbott’s new project after leaving Pantera last year. Drummer Vinnie Paul was not hurt in the shooting earlier this month. Every Monday at 7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 3, Vino’s will feature “Extreme Music Movie Monday.” Admission is free. Mediums Art Gallery features a Poetry Slam every Friday night, with a $100 prize for the winner. Participants pay $10 to enter; admission for nonparticipants is $5. Christmas Eve means there will be no slam on Friday, but a special Christmas Day Poetry Slam is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 8:30 p.m. Fayetteville’s Russ will be the guest poet.

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