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09/30/16 MULEHEAD * CHRISTY HAYS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/Mulehead-117759588328057/
http://christyhays.com

The guitars crunch, but they’re spry more so than heavy. The lyrics are lighthearted but by no means frivolous. The songs feel very much like country songs at heart, even if they sometimes sound like country songs with their fingers in the wall socket. Welcome to Kevin Kerby’s Mulehead, a thrilling Little Rock, Arkansas, cowpunk quartet that resides in a world where Jesus lives above the liquor store. Kerby’s conflicted lyrics seem suspicious (but not dismissive) of Christianity, although if he truly felt jaded, perhaps he wouldn’t sing about religion in so many of his songs. “I’ve heard it said the gospel call will come to you in slumber / I was at the bar, you know, and they didn’t leave a number,” he sings in “Out Here in the Pines.” On “Glad to Be Here,” he explains, “I read the Bible cover to cover / It don’t say nothin’ about a girl like you.” “Pilate” is your classic country shuffle from the point of view of a misunderstood outlaw: “Well, my name is Pilate and I have your king / I wash my hands to the whole damn thing / What could I do, I’m just one man / Why I’m in hell, I don’t understand.” You don’t know whether to say “amen” or “another round,” but you get the sense that either is acceptable. –Marc Greilsamer


Christy Hays’ two recent EPs, “O’ Montana” and “Caliche,” reflect both the singer- songwriter’s complicated, dual nature and the sounds of the many places she’s called home.

“O’ Montana” is a gorgeous folk- and country-flavored solo collection and a natural progression from Hays’ 2012 album “Drought.”

“Caliche,” on the other hand, is a band effort that indulges Hays’ occasional desire to plug-in and rock out. The result is an Americana rock and roll record with an occasional psychedelic flourish. Hays’ band, also called Caliche, came together after she met and formed a years-long partnership with the talented Lauren Gurgiolo of the Octopus Project (and a former guitarist with Okkervil River). Bassist Geena Spigarelli and drummer Andrew Gerfers bolster Caliche’s sound.

10/01/16 THE CREEK ROCKS * BETSE & CLARKE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.thecreekrocks.com/about/
http://www.betseandclarke.com

Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu have been playing together for twelve years, and have been married for the last two of them. Their collaboration began when Bilyeu produced and played on Woolf’s 2005 debut CD, “Simple and Few.” He was also at the helm for Woolf’s third and most recent album, 2013’s “May.” Although they have been playing and recording together for more than a decade, Wolf Hunter marks their first recorded output as a musical duo. It will also serve as Bilyeu’s first release since Big Smith’s final album, “Kin,” released in 2011. Bilyeu was a founding member of the popular Ozarks family band, which was active from 1996 to 2012.


Betse & Clarke explore their love of old time music with an inventive spirit, taking listeners on a field trip across mountain folkways and new landscapes. Their music is familiar… and totally different; a fiddle and banjo duo with a sense of adventure, radiating outward from Kansas City, Missouri.

Betse Ellis plays fiddle and sings like nobody’s business. Her years with The Wilders proved her passion for Ozark tunes and an unstoppable stage presence. Her early violin studies continue to shape her musicianship through technique and composition.

Clarke Wyatt has an original and creative approach to three-finger banjo. His background as a pianist and composer inform his banjo method as much as his love for old time music.

Together, Betse & Clarke give every listener something to appreciate. They perform traditional tunes learned from cherished sources, creative arrangements of familiar and forgotten songs, and original compositions. You can expect to hear something new that preserves the spirit of tradition.
10/04/16 BONNIE WHITMORE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $5. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://bonniewhitmore.com/

10/05/16 THE GRANNIES * THE UPPER CRUST * FRONTIER CIRCUS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.reverbnation.com/thegrannies
http://www.theuppercrust.org/index.html
https://www.facebook.com/frontier.circus

On a hot July night in 1999, five grown men dressed as old ladies crossed 11th St in San Francisco and hit the stage at the Paradise Lounge. 15 years, 8 Jack Endino produced albums, 3 European tours, more than a few beer soaked house dresses, some delighted fans, some not-so delighted soundmen, an 8’ x5’ oil painting by German artist Frank Bauer (that sold in Cologne for $25,000), some good press, some bad press, and these self-acclaimed masters of Quality Edutainment are STILL at it. Still. Featuring former members of Ain’t(SF), Black Furies(SF), Hollow Heyday(Boston) and Hullabaloo(Boston). Mixing the frantic three chord riff rock of G.B.H. with the in-your-face danger of the Dwarves and the fashion sense of Divine, THE GRANNIES have released all their albums on their own labels, Dead Teenager & Wondertaker. Wildly original and fun as hell.


The Upper Crust is an American hard rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The members adopt the personae of 18th century aristocratic fops and sing songs from that perspective. They use titles of nobility, wear powdered wigs and period costumes, and maintain a snobbish attitude both during live performance and on their albums. The members say that their guiding philosophy is “if not great and excellent, then debauched.” Their major music influence is Bon Scott-era AC/DC, along with glam rock band Kiss and fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. Rolling Stone wrote, “[d]ismiss Boston’s Upper Crust as a joke rock band if you must, but give them this much: they’re actually funny, and there’s as much rock as mock to their singular brand of ‘roque’”, adding “there’s plenty of worthy riffs and double-entendre wit to go around”. The group originated from a Boston surf rock band called ‘The Clamdiggers’. Other related bands were The Bags, The Titanics, The Satanics, The Flies, The Oysters and Seks Bomba.


10/07/16 THE PETERSON BROTHERS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $7. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.petersonbrothersband.com

Come party with the Peterson Brothers! Alex, 17, on bass, violin and vocals; and Glenn Jr., 19, on guitar, percussion and lead vocals, are brothers who possess their own uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, and funk.

It all began six years ago when Pat Morgan, manager of the late Pinetop Perkins, gave Glenn and Alex Peterson their first opportunity to play onstage with the legendary bluesman. At the time they were only 13 and 11, and it was immediately apparent that these two very talented musicians were meant to write and play music, and to continue to “pass the pick” around the world. In the years since, they have opened for Gary Clark Jr., the late B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys and Lisa Marie Presley. They have also played with Buddy Guy, Michael Burks and some of Austin’s finest musicians. The Peterson Brothers have also gained the attention of the one and only Bootsy Collins, who has become a true mentor.

Glenn and Alex are honing their chops daily, and are dazzling audiences wide and far including playing gigs in New York City, Maine, Nantucket, Vermont, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Arkansas, and of course all over their home state of Texas, where they hold down a “standing room only” weekly Monday residency at Austin’s famed music hall The Continental Club.

“The Peterson Brothers Band are the new rising stars on the Austin music scene.” – Examiner.com

“The only thing missing from the Peterson Brothers Band is the word “amazing” at the front of the name.” – San Antonio Express-News

10/08/16 BROTHER ANDY & HIS BIG DAMN MOUTH * SPRIT CUNTZ * CARONDELET GUY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://brotherandy.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Carondelet-Guy-559076190842089/
https://www.facebook.com/spiritcntz/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=page_info

10/11/16 deFrance Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: Donations. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/deFrancerocknroll/?fref=ts

Hailing from deep within Arkansas, deFrance is a new breed of Rock n Roll. Cut from the roots of only the best in southern music, deFrance blends elements of true folk & country music with the classic songwriting styles of Tom Petty, Neil Young & Ryan Adams into a fresh take on Rock n Roll. The band put out it’s first release “HOME” in September of this year, and the group has been on a steady string of national dates in support. They are currently working on their second release titled “Second Wind” expected in December.
10/14/16 THE UH HUHS * PAGIINS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/theuhhuhslr/
https://www.facebook.com/Pagiins/

“Pagiins produce energetic garage-rock with furious hooks and tongue-in-cheek humor. Several of their songs begin with an odd vocal outburst, sometimes sounding like an angry rodent, before unleashing a polished wave of guitars and dexterous percussion. Upon listening to their recently released Good Things Take Time EP , their sound instantly reminded me of a cross between Thomas Function and The Walkmen, with the strong rhythmic grasp of The Pixies thrown in for good measure. The first track on the EP, ”What’s the Point?”, seems apt for a party — with its gleeful guitar-heavy approach and jubilant ”na-na-na”ing. It’s almost the weekend, so this seems about right.”

Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound

10/21/16 THE CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://cedricburnside.net

Born and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi, Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson, has been playing music all his life. He has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style that takes the blues to another level. This four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year (2010-2014) is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world and has begun to make a name for himself as a traditional blues guitarist, as well.

Growing up at his grandfather’s side, he began touring at age 13 playing drums for “Big Daddy” on stages around the globe. “I write about my life, my kids, and everyday things. I try to stick to the truth,” Cedric says. He recalls growing up without a radio or a TV. “My granddad used to play out on the porch, and we’d have house parties every weekend. Johnny Woods would come over and blow harmonica, and he’d drink two or three gallons of corn liquor. We just stomped up dirt.”

In addition to “Big Daddy,” Cedric has also played and recorded with countless musicians, including, Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, Burnside Exploration, Widespread Panic, Jimmy Buffett, T Model Ford, Bobby Rush, Honey Boy Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Galactic, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, among many others. In 2006, he was featured in Craig Brewer’s critically acclaimed feature film Black Snake Moan, playing drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson. (The film is a loose tribute to R.L. Burnside, and gives many nods to the late bluesman.)

In 2010, Cedric collaborated with his younger brother, Cody Burnside, and his uncle, Garry Burnside, to create The Cedric Burnside Project. They endeavored to keep the love and admiration for Mississippi Hill Country Blues alive by honoring the past while blazing a path towards the future. The Cedric Burnside Project has brought new life and energy to the blues and it’s no wonder why it’s loved by fans around the world.

Following the untimely and tragic death of his brother Cody, Cedric has kept the flame burning, recording and touring the world with guitarist and lifelong friend Trenton Ayers.

Cedric Burnside Project’s latest album, Descendants of Hill Country, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Blues Album of the Year.


TRENTON AYERS: GUITAR, BASS, VOX Trenton Ayers, son of guitarist Earl “Little Joe” Ayers (Junior Kimbrough) grew up in North Mississippi, where he is known for his deep knowledge of the blues and virtuoso skills on both the guitar and the bass.

He plays in many genres, from blues, soul and Jazz to R&B, funk and fusion. Trenton respects the roots yet always keeps it fresh, new and exciting. After years of playing with legendary local acts in The Hill Country, he joins his childhood friend Cedric on his mission to bring the North Mississippi sound to the world.

10/27/16 HOLY GALLOWS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/HolyGallows/?fref=ts

Morose post-rock is easy enough to emulate, but to excel at the genre really is no mean feat. Nonetheless, it’s one that Memphis, Tennessee’s Mark Brake – alias Holy Gallows, and formerly of Adaje – has mastered with total aplomb; his Rêve dans un rêve 5-track assemblage both an absolute tour de force, and a formidable lesson in consonance and dissonance throughout. From it, the opening City of Dead Kings is arguably its most imposing, doleful guitar licks slowly, yet surely falling away to allow for warbling feedback and putrid distortion to prevail, prior to the tempestuous squalls abating, leaving a crystalline instrumental lament in their wake. Quite wonderful, if woefully so… – Dots and Dashes
11/01/16 DEAD SOLDIERS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.deadsoldierstn.com/

They are a group forged in a city that is synonymous with musical innovation. Profoundly affected by the legacy of studios like Sun and Stax, and the way Memphis had become a mixing pot for the wide ranging musical styles of the delta to collide and evolve, Dead Soldiers are more interested in building on this foundation than simply paying homage to it. They’re more interested in capturing the outlaw spirit of the collaborations that defied the social structures of the Jim Crow south and later the music establishment to make something new, rather than purely emulating the styles of the past.

11/02/16 BIG BUSINESS * IRON TONGUE * R.I.O.T.S Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://bigbigbusiness.com
https://www.facebook.com/Irontongue/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/RIOTSLR/?fref=ts


Big Business is a loud rock band from sunny Los Angeles. They tour, make records, and pretty much do whatever they want. But they do it CLASSY.

Big Business started as a two piece band composed of Jared Warren of Karp and The Tight Bros From Way Back When, and Coady Willis of Murder City Devils. Their sound has been characterized as a bombastic and frantic low end attack, marked by Warren’s signature vocal delivery. The band released its first album, “Head for the Shallow”, on January 25, 2005.

In late 2006, after relocating to Los Angeles, Jared and Coady both became members of The Melvins, first appearing on “(A) Senile Animal”. The tour, titled “the Double-Drumming Rock for Peace tour”, featured Warren and Willis playing a set as Big Business before being joined by Crover and Osborne for a set as the Melvins. While on tour, Big Business played with David Scott Stone who would later play guitar and Minimoog Voyager on all songs from their 2007 release “Here Come the Waterworks”.

After releasing Here Come the Waterworks to critical acclaim, Big Business was given an opening spot on the summer leg of the Tool tour. Toshi Kasai played guitar for Big Business throughout this tour.

After the fall US tour ended, Big Business started recording material for the new Melvins album, entitled “Nude With Boots”, which was released on July 8, 2008.


11/03/16 CHUCK MEAD Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $7. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.chuckmead.com/


After leading several popular ‘80s cult bands in and around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway where he co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR549. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act would build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. With BR on hiatus, Chuck formed The Hillbilly All-Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2009, he released his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager, and toured clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.

As Music Director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, Chuck began crafting the music arrangements during the show’s original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for the show’s Tony Award-winning Broadway run, produced the original cast album, and oversaw the music for its smash 2011 premiere at London’s Noël Coward Theatre. In 2013, MDQ broke the Chicago record for longest running musical.

Chuck’s acclaimed 2012 release, Back At The Quonset Hut, was recorded at Nashville’s legendary Quonset Hut Studio where Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and more cut some of country’s greatest tracks. Produced by original BR549 producer Mike Janas and with the participation of students from Belmont University’s College of Entertainment and Music Business, the album of classic covers features surviving members of Music Row’s original ‘A Team’ studio musicians as well as guest appearances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Elizabeth Cook, Jamie Johnson and Bobby Bare.

2014 ushers in Free State Serenade, the new Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys release on Nashville-based Plowboy Records. Produced by long-time ally and friend Joe Pisapia (kd Lang, Ben Folds Five) and featuring BR549’s Don Herron, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Critter Fuqua, Alan Murphy, Will Rambeaux, and Mark Andrew Miller, Free State Serenade is Chuck Mead’s strongest effort yet.

“It’s been incredibly liberating to do all these things I’ve never done before. I’ve already gone from the bars of Lower Broadway in Nashville to the Broadway stage, and the upcoming album is one of the most unique and rewarding projects I’ve ever been a part of. I’m looking forward to where it all brings me next.” – Chuck Mead


11/05/16 Whole Famn Damily * Joe Sundell & Sparkelbilly Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/thewholefamndamily/?fref=ts
http://www.joesundell.com

Though not related by blood, The Whole Famn Damily is a tightly-knit collective of musicians who draw their familial connections from the sweat and tears they pour into their music. Judging from their well-blended harmonies, you might think there were at least some cousins in the mix, but their sound has more to do with shared geographical genes than actual DNA.


Born and raised in Southeast Arkansas, Joe picked up guitar at the age of 13. His first memories of music are playing with his father in the living room at the family home. Along with his brother Jack, they played a variety of folk and traditional music on family occasions. At 19 while attending Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, Sundell began to play banjo and two years later formed his first band the Damn Bullets. After college Sundell moved to Austin, Texas where he released a total of five albums and was a founding member of Sad Daddy, the Austin Steamers, and the Show and Tellers. His music has been described as a combination of many different genres of American music, most notably Bluegrass, Western Swing, Dixieland Jazz, Country Blues, Folk, and Ragtime. He has done numerous tours both as a solo artist and with his various groups, going to both coasts of the United States as well as the United Kingdom and Europe. Sundell is now back in his adopted hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas gigging with his band Sad Daddy in and around the state.
11/07/16 THE UH HUHS * THE HARLEQUINS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/TheHarlequinsMusic
https://www.facebook.com/theuhhuhslr/?fref=ts


The Harlequins are an experimental, psychedelic rock trio hailing from Cincinnati, OH.

The Harlequins are known for their energetic live performances and experimental light shows incorporating elements of 50’s and 60’s rock n roll with garage, surf, punk, and kraut-rock. The Harlequins have released five albums independently and have been a regular fixture at South by Southwest, Bunbury, and Midpoint Music Festivals. In 2011 they were handpicked by The Black Lips for a feature on Noisey.com.


11/08/16 ELECTION NIGHT WATCH PARTY ON THE BIG SCREEN Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 6:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400.
11/09/16 THE HEAD * DANGEROUS IDIOTS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 6:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/theheadrocks/?fref=ts
https://dangerousidiots.com


In 2009, Aaron Sarlo founded Dangerous Idiots. He enlisted the help of former Techno-Squid drummer, Shayne Gray, and bassist Paul Bowling (Trusty) who were attracted to the project based on the strength of a large set of new demos from Sarlo

11/11/16 DIKKI DU & THE ZYDECO KREWE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $7. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://dikkidu.webs.com

Dikki Du (Troy Carrier) was born in 1969 in Church Point, Louisiana and discovered his love for zydeco music at the tender age of nine. After school he would get together with his brother Chubby, sister Elaine and father Roy to play Zydeco music. At the age of twelve Troy moved to a little town called “Lawtell”, where his father had owned the Offshore Lounge for over fifteen years. Troy played the washboard for Roy Carrier, his father, on local gigs; he then joined forces with the great C.J. Chenier for two years. Troy’s brother Chubby Carrier then started a family band and offered Troy a job playing the drums. Troy toured with his brother from the late 80’s until the 90’s, when he returned home to pick up the accordion. It has now been twelve years that Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe have been on the scene. Dikki Du has incorporated his musical heritage with unique experience to create one of the most innovative zydeco groups around. The krewe captures an audience with one of the best sets around. His original funky and hypnotic zydeco style announces that he has arrived, occupying a spot on par with the best. “Personally the triple row is the sound that I like the best”. says Dikki Du. He takes songs from classic zydeco and turns the inside out with fresh and funky renditions driving it to the next level. The krewe’s innovations revitalize zydeco charging it for years to come.
11/15/16 MARCELLA & HER LOVERS * CLAY OTIS & THE ADDULTS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $5. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.marcellaandherlovers.com
https://www.facebook.com/ClayotisTheoveraciever/

In 2015 Marcella & Her Lovers were featured as one of the top ten Must Hear Memphis Originals on the memphismusichalloffame.com She has performed with her father’s band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Festival International de Louisiane, as well as solo engagements at Cité des Arts, Hi Tone Cafe, ABC Local 24 Memphis, Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Bar DKDC, the Folk Alliance Conference, GRAMMY™ GPS, and at Memphis Crosstown Arts art space.

Over the past two years, Marcella and the band have appeared in/with: GRAMMY GPS artist showcase, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Memphis commissioned work, Lucero Family Picnic, Levitt Shell, Double Decker Festival (Oxford,MS), Auto Zone corporate event, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Legendary Blues Cruise ft. Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Marcia Ball, etc.




11/19/16 SEAN FRESH & THE NASTY FRESH CREW Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/seanfreshagain/?fref=ts
https://soundcloud.com/seanwest-1/sets/the-teshuvah-project-i

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