This is a killer week for music and we’re only going to tell you about a few shows.
Our advice: Get ready to spend a lot of time out of the house this week. Here we go.
Tonight catch the fabulous Disco Biscuits at George’s. The Philadelphia band will be doing two nights at San Franciso’s Fillmore next month and Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Get the picture? The electronic rock group sometimes brings to mind David Byrne, which means it doesn’t get any better than this. Sharing the bill will be Two Fresh.
Star & Micey
“I Am The One She Needs”
“So Much Pain”
On Friday night our pick will be the Star & Micey show at Arsaga’s Crossover. The Ardent recording trio out of Memphis will be joined by one of NWA’s finest,Apartment 5. A coffeehouse show over Boombox at George’s you ask? Yep. Plus, Boombox will be at George’s on Saturday night. You’ve probably never heard of Star & Micey, but that’s because they’re fresh out of the gate. They will rollout their debut album on Oct. 20. They call their sound soulful folk rock. Keep in mind, this is the label that has a stable with the likes of The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and Zepplin.
If you’re a country fan and have the bucks, spend ‘em Friday night at the Walton Arts Center for country standouts Little Big Town and The Lost Trailers.
Sunday night is THE night for roots rock fans. Taking the stage at George’s will be Old Crow Medicine Show, Chuck Mead of BR549 and The Felice Brothers.
If you’re a chamber music fan, head to Bentonville on Sunday for the Manhattan Piano Trio, which is not three pianists, but former Juilliard students — pianist Milana Strezeva of Moldova, Russian American cellist Dmitry Kouzov and Chinese American violinist Wayne Lee is at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church and it’s free.
Monday night may be one of the biggest music nights this year. That’s when Silversun Pickups, Cage the Elephant and Atlanta’s Manchester Orchestrawill hit George’s. Los Angeles’ Silversun Pickups are in NWA as part of their first headline tour. Their single “Panic Switch” hit #2 on Billboard’s modern rock chart and we’re predicting the next time you hear this sweet driving force it’ll be at an arena show.
Cage The Elephant
Although we’re gushing a lot in this write-up, it’s Cage the Elephant that impresses us the most. The music and lyrics come together to deliver something fresh and raw that shines like a diamond. Believe it. Matt Schultz’s vocals recall Bob Dylan, yet he moves like Mick Jagger. The other Schultz brother in the five-piece outfit, guitarist Brad Schultz, frequently dirties up the sound (in the best of ways) with a gut bucket slide. They call their blend punk folk.
Blues fans have something to get excited about, too. Tuesday night hot blues guitarist and stellar vocalist Mike Zito will host a CD release party George’s. And this, ladies and gentlemen, brings us to Wednesday when Bikes Blues & BBQ officially opens.
Immerse Yourself In The Ozarks
Ozark Folkways Heritage Center south of Fayetteville will host the second annual Fiber Arts Fair and Competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
There will be fiber arts demonstrations of quilting, rug hooking and weaving, along with vendors and food including Fleeta’s Famous Chicken and Dumplings, a tradition in the hill region of Winslow.
The center supports local artists and crafers by offering their work for sale. You can find white oak baskets, textiles and other crafts. The center is also a teaching center that helps keep traditional Ozark arts and crafts alive by offering classes in quilting, hooked rugs and even spinning wheel. The center is also home to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Ozarks, the Virgin of the Smile.
If you want to make a day of it, there are a couple of other things in the neighborhood. Lake Fort Smith State Park and also White Rock where some of the best views of the Ozark Mountains can be found. If you’re looking for a little more action, head to Devil’s Den State Park for the mountain bike championships on Saturday and Sunday.
The Folkways Center is at 22733 N. U.S. 71. Call 634-3791 or or go to www.ozarkfolkways.com