Brave Combo, Kat Hood and Chuck Gilbert hit stage

Posted: July 10, 2014 at 2 a.m.

Slaid Cleaves

Brave Combo will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday in a free show at Basin Spring Park in Eureka Springs, as part of the band's 35th anniversary tour. Call (479) 253-7333 or visit

The Denton, Texas, group -- known for its "nuclear polka" approach to reinterpreting music -- has released more than 40 albums and has played at many a venue in Arkansas. Founded by Carl Finch, a Texarkana native, the band now consists of Finch on accordion, guitar, keyboard and vocals; Jeffrey Barnes on woodwinds; Alan Emert on drums; Little Jack Melody on bass; and Danny O'Brien on trumpet.

Basin Spring Park, 3 Spring St., Eureka Springs


Kat Hood and Chuck Gilbert, members of the classic rock band Katmandu, perform for Live at Laman, 7-8 p.m. today at the William F. Laman Public Library System's Main Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock.

Hood and Gilbert occasionally perform Hood's original songs, plus selected Katmandu favorites, as an acoustic, unplugged duo.

Admission is free. Call (501) 771-1995, Extension 105.

PJ Morton, better known as the keyboardist in Maroon 5, will perform at 9 p.m. today at Juanita's.

Morton has released three solo albums since 2005 and three of his singles, "Heavy," "Lover" and "Only One" have featured, respectively, Adam Levine, Lil Wayne and Stevie Wonder. He began his Maroon 5 career as an additional member at live shows, then became a "fill-in" and finally a permanent member in 2012, contributing keyboards and vocals to Maroon 5's albums Overexposed in 2012 and V this year. Admission is $20.

Saturday, the club will feature Jason Michael Carroll at 10 p.m. Carroll, a North Carolina native who now lives in Texas, is the son of a conservative minister who spanked him when he found a copy of Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" in his bedroom. Carroll has released three country albums, the latest of which, Numbers, came out in 2011.

Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 day of show.

Sunday, the club will present "An Evening With Slaid Cleaves" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of.

Cleaves grew up in Maine and now lives in Austin, Texas. He began releasing his music in the early 1990s, with four of his first five albums originally on cassette tapes. His latest album, Still Fighting the War, was released in 2013. The clear-voiced singer, with songs of working-class desperation, has cited Bruce Springsteen as an inspiration.

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


The Eastern Sea returns to Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack at 9 p.m. today. The Austin-based indie rock band began as a project of singer-songwriter Matthew Hines, who later added additional musicians.

Wild Moccasins opens the show. Admission is $8.

Kingsdown will perform an acoustic show at 9 p.m. Saturday. The central Arkansas group is known for louder rock than it will play this weekend.

Cover charge is $8.

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


Natural Child headlines at 9:30 p.m. today at the White Water Tavern. Adam Faucett will open the show.

Nashville, Tenn.-based Natural Child cites as influences J.J. Cale, the Rolling Stones, Waylon Jennings, Canned Heat and Willie Nelson.

Admission is $7.

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


Tonight the Revolution Room will host Drummers in the House, with organizers promising three drum kits, eight drummers, three bucket players and a backing rhythm section.

Opening will be Anthony Thompson, Yvette Preyer, Jonathan "JJ" Burks and others. Tickets to the 8:30 p.m. show are $15.

Dumpstaphunk, a funky New Orleans-based band led by Ivan Neville, returns to central Arkansas for a show at 9 p.m. Friday. The Funkanites will open. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

Saturday, the club will present At War's End, with opening acts Vail, Playing With Karma and The Jon Dunn Band.

Tickets are $10, $5 for members of the American Taekwondo Association, which is holding its World Expo in Little Rock this weekend.

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


Maxine's in Hot Springs will present The Joe Sundell Band, which formed in Arkansas and is now based in Louisiana, at 9 p.m. today. Admission is free.

Friday, the club will host The Oxford Coma, a progressive Arizona rock band, also at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

Saturday, the club will present The Foul Play Cabaret, plus Engine, a Louisiana folk-gypsy-rock band. Tickets to the 9 p.m. show are $10 in advance, $12 day of.

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


The Copper Penny Pub, a new club in Hot Springs, will present John Calvin Brewer at 9 p.m. Friday, Amyjo Savannah and Amanda Avery at 9 p.m. Saturday and Danny & Jude, an Irish folk duo, for Sunday brunch, noon-3 p.m. Admission is free.

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

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