We think it’s sort of fitting that a town with a strong fundamentalist population like Searcy could produce such a rebellious product as feminist punk trio the Gossip, who got the hell out of Dodge right out of high school and relocated to grunge-haven Olympia, Wash.
They hit it hard at Vino’s Brewpub Friday, Nov. 26.
Rubenesque leader Beth Ditto made a sensation in the groups’ new home area with her growling, gospel-influenced vocals backed up by minimalist drums (Kathy Mendonca) and raw, explosive guitar (Nathan Howdeshell); the group has no bass player. Their latest CD, “Undead in NYC,” includes tracks such as “Don’t Make Waves,” an autobiographical “Arkansas Heat” and a cover of Iggy Pop’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” with Seattle based punk n’ dance band the Chromatics.
Ex-Sarge pop-punk frontwoman Elizabeth Elmore, who took a two-year hiatus from the group to study law, returned to the stage recently with the Reputation; Elmore and her band will appear on the bill as well. Also performing are local groups Sugar and the Raw and Hector Faceplant. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.; admission is $7.
Notice it’s now Sugar AND the Raw. The band is apparently facing litigation from the sugar company with the name Sugar in the Raw, according the local band’s Mike Motley, so they’ve altered their moniker slightly to make peace.
Grandpa’s Goodtime Fandango, the 2004 Arkansas Times Musician Showcase winner, combines funk, rock and jam-band qualities and will play Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Nov. 27. GGF is paired with its 9 p.m. opening act, the hip-hop-meets-jam-band Opie Hicks and the Elements from Springfield, Mo. Admission is $6. Showtime is 9:30 p.m.
The almost legendary local group Bobgoblin pulls from ’80s influences and has a fun show that has drawn comparison to the hooky-pop of the Cars or the deconstruction pop of Devo and the Buggles, complete with uniform-like get-ups. Either love ‘em or hate ’em, they play at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Nov. 27 with Heber Springs’ Grand Serenade opening. Showtime is 9:30 p.m.; $5 gets you in.
Legends Bar and Grill, according to its management, will still have little person porn star Bridget the Midget for an appearance at the club for its after-game party Friday, Nov. 26 (Arkansas and LSU meet here earlier in the day). She will not be garbed in her usual burlesque outfits, however. It seems the Little Rock Police put a stop to a recent visit by the “Girls Gone Wild” video crew, so the club is toning the appearance down a notch.
And, in a 180-degree turn from Friday’s show, the club will host the Big John Miller Band on Saturday, Nov. 28. Legends is a private club at 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road and is open daily from 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Call 537-2357.
Head’s up for Thursday, Dec. 2, when two national acts are in town: Jay Farrar, former frontman for Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, will be at Sticky Fingerz starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $10, or $12 at the door. And Drew Emmitt, mandolin player and vocalist of Colorado-based progressive bluegrass band Leftover Salmon will play with his own band 9 p.m. at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom the same night. Tickets are available in advance for $12, or $15 at the door.