Vermont tunesmith will stop at South on Main

Posted: August 28, 2014 at 2:03 a.m.

Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell, an acclaimed Vermont singer-songwriter, will make her first visit to Arkansas to perform today at South on Main. Jesse Aycock will open the show at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $15 for reserved seating or $10 for general admission.

Mitchell has released five albums, the latest of which is Child Ballads, a collection of Celtic and British Isles ballads. In 2012, she released Young Man in America. An article in Acoustic Guitar magazine called her "fearlessly emotive" and compared her to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch.

In 2010, she released a folk opera, Hadestown, a modern re-telling of the Orpheus myth, which featured guest singers Greg Brown, Ani DiFranco, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ben Knox Miller (The Low Anthem) and Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden.

South on Main, 13th and Main streets, Little Rock, (501) 244-9660,,


Little Rock native and Lucero frontman Ben Nichols takes the stage for a 7 p.m. solo show Friday at the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater. Tickets are $20.

Nichols has released 10 studio albums with the critically acclaimed, Memphis-based Lucero. Lucero: Live From Atlanta, a career-spanning double album, was released earlier this month and is a fitting document of the band's rowdy live shows.

Nichols also released the acoustic solo EP The Last Pale Light in the West in 2009. The album was inspired by the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, (501) 918-3033,


The Gin Blossoms will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at Juanita's.

Admission is $30.

Formed in 1987 in Tempe, Ariz., The Gin Blossoms were together for a decade before breaking up. The band had hits with "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You" and the albums New Miserable Experience and Congratulations ... I'm Sorry. The band reunited in 2002 and has since released two albums, Major Lodge Victory and No Chocolate Cake, which came out in 2006 and 2010, respectively.

Juanita's, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 372-1228,


Thomas Wynn & The Believers will perform in central Arkansas at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack at 8:30 p.m. today.

Admission is $5.

Thomas Wynn and his sister, Olivia Wynn, share lead vocals in a band that has been named the "Best of Orlando" rock band the past five years by The Orlando Weekly. The group has opened shows for Donna the Buffalo, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Donavan Frankenreiter, The Tommy Talton Band and JJ Grey & Mofro.

Ben Kweller will perform Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Kweller, who was a member of the band Radish from 1993 to 1999, is based in Austin, Texas. His latest album, Go Fly a Kite, came out two years ago.

Admission is $15.

Sw/mm/ng will play Saturday. The 9 p.m. show will open with Isaac Alexander and The Sea Nanners.

Admission is $5.

Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave., Little Rock, (501) 372-7707,


Shinyribs will perform at 9:30 p.m. today at White Water Tavern.

Kevin Russell, formerly of the bands Picket Line Coyotes and The Gourds, leads Shinyribs, which also includes Keith Langford (also once a member of The Gourds) on drums, Winfield Cheek on keyboards, Jeff Brown on bass and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. Russell plays guitars, mandolin and ukulele and the band performs his originals, plus unique versions of songs by George Jones, TLC, T-Pain and Leadbelly.

Admission is $10.

Friday, at 9 p.m., the club will feature an EP release show by The Canehill Engagement.

Members of the Little Rock band are Kevin Kerby (of Mulehead) on guitars and vocals, Jeremy Brasher (of Moving Front and Year of the Tiger) on bass and vocals, Brian Rodgers (of Jab Jab Suckerpunch and Moving Front) on guitars, Burt Taggart (of Big Cats and Chino Horde) on drums and Jay Calhoun (of Free Micah) on keyboards.

Admission is $5.

Saturday, the club will feature Brick Fields and The Chosen Ones at 9 p.m.

Admission is $5.

White Water Tavern, West Seventh and Thayer streets, Little Rock, (501) 375-8400,


Bass players, who sometimes labor in the background of a band, will be in the spotlight tonight at the Rev Room, for The Bass Players Ball, which will honor four local musicians: Ivan Yarbrough, Joe Vick, Eugene Whitmore and Lucious Spiller.

Participating bass players are Joel "Jammin" JC, Corey Harris, Louis "Boogi" Wimbley, Bo Floyd, Brian Wolverton, Clay Todd, David Tidwell and Bruce Hurley Johnston.

Admission is $15.

Friday, the club will feature Siversa; the 9 p.m. show will open with Move Orchestra, The Found and Chasing Pictures.

Siversa is a Little Rock band that features former members of After the Tragedy, Reverend Appleby and The Catalyst.

Admission is $7.

Sunday, Prozak will perform at 8:30 p.m.

Prozak is the stage name of Steven T. Shippy, a rapper and film director of Egyptian descent, from Saginaw, Mich. He is touring to promote his latest album, We All Fall Down.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show.

Revolution Room, 300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 823-0090,


Maxine's in Hot Springs will present Mya's Madams, an Arkansas-based drag show, at 9 p.m. Friday.

Admission is $7.

Saturday, the club will present a pair of out-of-state acts, with Ohio's Motherfolk, an indie rock/folk band, headlining. The show will start at 9 p.m. with a Virginia alt-country duo, Phil Ajjarapu and Alex Culbreth.

Admission is $5.

Maxine's, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs, (501) 321-0909,


The Copper Penny Pub on Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs will present a weekend lineup devoted to the blues, with slide guitar wizard CeDell Davis at 8 p.m. Friday and Bluesboy Jag & the Jukejoint Zombies on Saturday, with Tim Williams opening at 8 p.m.

Williams will also play at the Sunday brunch show.

Admission is free.

Copper Penny Pub, 711 Central Ave., Hot Springs, (501) 622-2570,

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