Ryan Couron plays the new Juanitas Friday night.

  • Ryan Couron plays the new Juanita’s Friday night.

RYAN COURON
9 p.m., Juanita’s, $10.

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As far as local country acts go, you’d be hard pressed to find a performer more poised to break through to bigger stages than Ryan Couron. The 20-something Little Rocker, who impressed us in the 2011 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, charts similar waters as Nashville titans like Randy Travis, Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt. As far as local live music venues go, Juanita’s has been among the more storied places to play in the capital city. So getting to break in Juanita’s new stage at 614 President Clinton Ave. in the River Market is a fairly auspicious gig, and Couron seems like a great fit. He gigs often and has a solid following, but even if you don’t think country music is your thing, it’ll be a great opportunity to check out the new room and the beginning of the next chapter of a renowned venue.