If you’ve recently perused the show listings in our local weekly, your eyes might have fallen across a mind-twister of a band name: Blueground Undergrass, playing tonight (April 19) at Sticky Fingerz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack.
Yet another bluegrass band? Hardly. The funky Atlanta five-piece combines a solid respect for the heart of bluegrass and mixes it up with nods to jazz, funk and Southern jam for a sound some have dubbed “psychedelic hick-hop.” Lead vocalist Jeff Mosier, sometime-Phish and Widespread Panic cohort and a founding member of Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, is a banjo-strumming force to be reckoned with all on his own.
See Mosier and Blueground tonight, at 9 p.m., $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
On Friday, April 20, the highest ranking American DJ (ranked No. 4 internationally by DJ Magazine’s highly coveted Top 100) comes to Little Rock for a brief stint in between Moscow and Mexico. Jet-set Los Angeles trance/progressive producer DJ Christopher Lawrence, now widely accepted as a pioneer in what was once a largely UK and Continental prog-trance scene, is set to spin at the Village’s 4:20 fete. Opening for Lawrence in concert are local house and trance talents DJ Wes Johnson and Excell (9 p.m., $15 advance, $18 day of show).
Rock rules this Thursday all across town, and at Vino’s Brew Pub it’s Boston punk rock group Clouds with Kansas alt-punkers the Estoteric and Autonym (8:30 p.m., $6 advance, $8 day of show) … Local acoustic folk rock group Sean Rock and the Toltecs play with Austin’s crackle-vintage-voiced folkster Dana Falconberry, formerly of Conway, at the White Water Tavern (9 p.m., $5) … Brooklyn’s bouncy pop rock band the Honorary Title warms cold hands and hearts, with opening acts by Benjamin Del Shreve and Grand Serenade at Juanita’s (9 p.m., $10 advance, $12 day of show) … Some Guy Named Robb and the Irresponsibles folk-rock it up at Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., $5) … And the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio jams at Hillcrest hangout the Afterthought (8:30 p.m., $2).
Another raucous show is on the books for the White Water Tavern this Friday night with northeast Ohio’s Americana folk faves Roger Hoover and the Whiskeyhounds. If you miss this show, don’t worry — another set’s planned for Saturday night as well, alongside country-folk-punk group Goodman County (9 p.m., $5) … Elsewhere on Friday, Memphis’ popular ’80s/’90s dance cover group the Venus Mission opens the Peabody RiverTop Party series, sponsored by Alice 107.7 and Scarlet. The parties will run every Friday through July 27, excluding holidays (8 p.m., $5) … Across town at Sticky Fingerz, Thick Syrup Records presents smoky indie rock pop group the Moving Front, Fayetteville alt-pop band the Good Fear, and Smoke Up Johnny (9 p.m., $7) … Jonesboro’s Starroy brings its brand of down-home rock ’n’ roll to the Revolution Music Room with guest Everyday People (9 p.m., cover TBA) … At the Afterthought, it’s sexy jazz and soul with William Staggers (9 p.m., $6) … Two 4:20 celebrations are in town tonight, one at Juanita’s with Los Angeles alterna-rockers the Exies, hard alt-rock group Smile Empty Soul, Little Rock Southern metallers MonoXide Project and more (10 p.m., $12 advance, $15 day of show) … And at Downtown Music, the fete features Pine Bluff electronica rap the 870 Underground, Carnie and Merlin’s Sick Side Show and Fatal (9 p.m., $5) … And at Vino’s, Little Rock punk rockers Hector Faceplant play a set (9 p.m., $5).
Saturday is Earth Day, and New Belgium Brewing Co., brewers of Fat Tire beer and other brands, has teamed up with Sticky Fingerz to bring on the Arkansas Earth Day Festival After Party, featuring rockabilly group Damn Bullets, Sideshow and Brian Frazier (9 p.m., $6) … Local melodic and modern hard rockers Bombay Black take the Rev Room stage with fellow heavy rock group MonoXide Project (10 p.m., $6) … Memphis metallers Damn Your Eyes, Shreveport, La., doom metal group Ketea and more play Downtown Music (9 p.m., $5) … At Juanita’s it’s rap with Pimpslap (9 p.m., $10) … Memphis red-haired alt-rock group Deep Shag plays at Cajun’s (9 p.m., $5) … And Nashville blues/funk rocker Justin Conn ends the evening on the town at Midtown Billiards (12:30 a.m. Sunday, $6).
Sunday: Local indie rockers American Princes play with Andrew Nathan Miller and John Ralston at Juanita’s (6:30 p.m., $6).
Tuesday: Orlando’s soul jam band the Lee Boys will have Luther Dickinson (lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi All Stars) alongside as they play the Rev Room (8:30 p.m., $10 advance, $12 day of show) …. Ryan Rowland brings the blues to the Afterthought (8:30 p.m., $2) … Brian and Nick resume their regular spot at Cajun’s (8:30 p.m., free) … Vino’s has Cabot hard alt-rock group After the Tragedy with Fort Worth’s hard rockers Valerya and Tyler Read (8 p.m., $7).
Wednesday: Warbling folk balladeer Chris Denny takes the stage at Sticky Fingerz (8 p.m., $5) … Dell Smith slips into the Wednesday spot on piano at the Afterthought (8:30 p.m., free) … Austin’s gentle acoustic folk rocker Nathan Singleton and the Side Show Tragedy play White Water (9 p.m., $5) … Bob Hays does Cajun’s Wharf (8:30 p.m., free) … And Way Back Wednesdays continue at Juanita’s (9 p.m., $10).