A Stickyz specialty! Served with handcut spice-sprinkled tortilla strips
Homemade and served with handcut spice-sprinkled tortilla strips
Sausage and Cheese Plate
A combination of smoked sausage slices, smoky cheddar cheese cubes, pepperoncini peppers and saltine crackers
Finger Lickin' Chicken Nachos
Chopped grilled chicken atop warm tortilla strips with queso cheese, diced tomatoes, jalapeño slices and chopped lettuce. Served with a side of sour cream and picante
Shoestring fries under a blanket of bacon and cheddar cheese
Almost Famous Quesadillas
Battered chicken fingerz covered in two kinds of cheese, spicy voodoo sauce, crisp bacon and diced tomatoes. Served in a grilled flour tortilla
Grilled Veggie Quesadillas
Onions, bell peppers and mushroom slices sandwiched between mozzarella and cheddar cheeses in a large flour tortilla. Add grilled or sticky chicken for a little bit extra
A homemade blend of parmesan, mozzarella and baked artichokes. Served with warm tortilla strips
Can't decide? Try a sampling of fried button mushrooms, original sticky fingerz, batter-dipped pickles and melted mozzarella sticks. Served with creamy dill and marinara dippin' sauces
Handcut fresh daily from 100% white breast meat, our tasty chicken fingerz are sure to get you rockin'. Each order comes with 6 fingerz, a buttermilk biscuit and up to 2 homemade dippin' sauces
Jalapeño / Ginger
Sweet & Sour
All of our delicious sauces are made in-house
Sweet & Sour
French Quarter Pizzas
Served on a toasted loaf of French bread, covered in our award winning pizza sauce & topped with melted mozzarella cheese
Pepperoni and mozzarella cheese
Mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and spicy tomatoes
Pepperoni, ham, smoked sausage, onions and bell peppers
Build Your Own
Choose any of these 3 toppings: pepperoni, mushroom, onion, bell pepper, ham, turkey, smoked sausage, spicy tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, pineapple or grilled chicken
These hot grinders are grilled up fresh and served with potato chips and a pepper. Substitute fries or add bacon to any sammie for just a little extra
Smoked turkey and sweet pineapple are the perfect match with melted cheddar cheese and crispy bacon strips on top of a toasted hoagie. Creamy dill sauce on the side is just right for dunkin' this delicious specialty
Grilled chunk chicken and pepperjack cheese with sauteed onions, bell peppers and diced tomatoes. Topped with sour cream and served in a hoagie roll
Smoked jive turkey with mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes and creole mustard
Sliced roast beef, swiss and parmesan cheeses served with au jus
Spicy smoked sausage sammich with grilled onions and green peppers, hot pepperjack cheese and creole mustard
Smoked ham and pepperoni with mozzarella cheese, diced pepperoncini peppers, melted cheddar cheese and creamy dill dressing
Sticky Fingerz Sammich
The best fried chicken sammich you'll ever taste! Original chicken fingerz with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, diced tomatoes, lettuce and creamy dill dressing on a hoagie roll
Red onions, bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, spicy tomatoes, swiss cheese, lettuce, mustard and mayo on marble rye bread
Pulled pork shoulder with our spicy homemade "q" sauce, diced pickles and cole slaw on a toasted burger bun
Smoked turkey reuben with sauerkraut, swiss cheese and creole mustard on marble rye bread
Sliced roast beef with sautéed onions and peppers, creole mustard and swiss cheese on a hoagie roll
Smoky chicken and swiss cheese with crisp bacon, fresh lettuce and sweet mustard on a grilled burger bun
Burgers & Stuff
Served with chips, unless other side noted. Substitute fries for a little extra
Back Porch Burger
1/2 pound patty served on a grilled bun and topped with green lettuce, diced tomatoes, creole mustard, pickles and red onions
1/2 pound blackened burger topped with bacon strips, swiss cheese, lettuce, spicy tomatoes and mayo
1/2 pound burger topped with our spicy voodoo sauce, bleu cheese crumbles and lettuce on a grilled bun
1/2 pound patty served bunless with cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce and spicy tomato
Sausage link served doggy-style with sauerkraut, creole mustard, pickles and cheddar cheese
Chicken Twin Tacos
Two delicious soft flour tacos plumply packed with grilled fajita chicken, lettuce, spicy tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese
Deep-fried chicken chimichanga filled with onions, peppers and sour cream sauce then topped with delicious queso cheese. Served with a side of rice
Large Soups & Homemade Salads
Dressing choices: Creamy Dill, Caesar, Sweet Mustard, Bleu Cheese, House Italian Vinegrette or Fat Free Sun-Dried Tomato Basil
Sticky Fingerz Salad
Original chicken fingerz on a fresh lettuce bed with shredded cheddar cheese, bleu cheese crumbles, diced tomatoes and pecan pieces
This powerful mix is high in protein and even higher in flavor. Smoked turkey, ham and fajita chicken served chilled on a bed of iceberg lettuce with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses
Southern Caesar Salad
Fresh fried chicken fingerz on a lettuce bed with parmesan cheese and caesar dressing. Served with a biscuit
Sweet & sour sticky fingerz with spicy tomatoes and red onions on a fresh lettuce bed, finished with chow mein noodles
Your choice, smoky chicken or pulled pork, drizzled in our spicy sweet BBQ sauce with red onions and chopped pickles
Green Day Salad
Fresh red onions, green peppers, spicy tomatoes and mushrooms on fresh lettuce with mozzarella cheese
Small serving of mixed greens with cheddar cheese and spicy tomato topping
Smoky Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Baked Potato Soup
Platters that Matter
Each platter comes with your choice of one side, a house salad and a buttermilk biscuit
Grilled chicken breast in our rich garlic sauce
Our delicious original chicken fried chicken breast butterflied under warm creamy cravy
Chicken Red Rocks
Grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and smothered in our queso sauce
It's your choice, smoky pulled pork or chicken in our spicy sweet BBQ
Original chicken fried chicken served under warm marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese
Chopped hamburger steak smothered in our garlic sauce and covered in melted cheddar cheese and sautéed mushrooms
Lemon Chicken Oregano
Grilled chicken breast finished with a wicked lemon oregano sauce and served on a bed of rice
Flaps & Wraps
Smoked ham and turkey, bacon, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, with creamy dill dressing and spicy tomatoes served in a warm seasoned crepe
An extra cheesy blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses with tomatoes and creamy dill dressing served in a warm seasoned crepe
Kokomo Club Wrap
Smoked turkey, bacon, lettuce, cheddar cheese and creamy cilantro sauce wrapped in a warm flour tortilla
Kickin' Chicken Wrap
Chicken fingerz, parmesan, lettuce, red onions and caesar dressing make this wrap dee-licious
Yummy sweets & treats
The James Brownie
It'll make you feel good!! A warm chocolate chip & walnut brownie under caramel sauce with a cold vanilla ice cream scoop
Homemade Banana Pudding
With vanilla wafers, sautéed banana slices, whipped cream and pecans
Southern Fried Cheescake
This delicious cheesecake is served hot on the outside and cold on the inside drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce
$7.99. Weekdays from 11am - 3pm. Dine-In Only. Includes a soft drink and your choice of:
Smirnoff Grape Vodka, Peach Schnapps, sweet & sour, cranberry juice and a splash of Sprite
Rex Goliath - Pinot Noir
Rex Goliath - Merlot
Foxbrook - White Zinfadel
Rex Goliath - Pinot Grigio
Foxbrook - Cabernet Sauvignon
Foxbrook - Chardonnay
Cold Beers - Bottled
Bud Light Lime
Dos Equis Special
Woodchuck Amber Cider
Marshall Atlas IPA
Leibinger Seeradler Plus
Marshall Sundown Wheat
Cold Beers - Pints
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
Sam Adams Seasonal
Angry Orchard Apple Cider
Cold Beers - Cans
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Jessica Lea Mayfield
When: 18 Jan 2018; Time: 8:30pm; with Sun Seeker; Jessica Lea Mayfield is a 28 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter who was born in Kent, Ohio she grew up touring with her families Newgrass/Bluegrass band "One Way Rider" and at the age of 8 years old, they relocated to Nashville Tn, where when they weren't touring regionally they played 4 shows a day, 7 days a week. They lived and traveled on a 1956 tour bus that had once been owned by Bill Monroe that he had christened as the "Bluegrass Breakdown". She credits her joining of "One Way Rider" and her interest in music to discovering her favorite bands by watching music videos on MTV and VH-1 in the late 90s. "After seeing the video for the Foo Fighters, 'My Hero, ' I can remember, even at age 6 or 7 thinking. This, this is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life!" At age 15, she recorded her first album "White Lies" in her brother's bedroom, printing only 100 copies. One of those copies fell into the hands of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. After an introduction, Mayfield and Auerbach hit the studio, recording her debut album "With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt." and later her sophomore album "Tell Me". Her favorite genres are 90s alternative and 70s/80s Bluegrass, with influences such as: Elliott Smith, The Stone Temple Pilots, Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver, Foo Fighters, SoundGarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Dillards and many others.
Day of Show (18+)$14.00
William Clark Green
When: 19 Jan 2018; Time: 9pm; with TBA; William Clark Green is not one for pulling punches. Where some songwriters trade in subtlety and dancing around blunt truths with clever feints and metaphor, Clark aims his words straight to the point and, when needed, right through the heart. His music is unrelentingly direct and hard-hitting, too, charged with a palpable rock 'n' roll immediacy that's as evident in his most intimate solo acoustic performances as it is in the full-tilt band shows that have packed rooms across his native Lone Star State from the Blue Light in Lubbock to the world's biggest honky- tonk, Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. And with the April 21st release of 'Ringling Road, ' his eagerly awaited fourth album, Green is set to make his biggest impact on the booming Texas/Red Dirt music scene — and beyond — yet. But just don't call him the "Next Big Thing, " because as Green makes patently clear on 'Ringling Road"s riotously myth-busting opening track, that's a laugh, buddy. And even with tongue firmly in cheek, William Clark Green is only interested in being real. "Oh it's hard to pay your dues when there ain't no money in the bank It's a shame I gotta make it to the show but there ain't no gas in the tank It's insane what you do for a broken heart and some busted strings And everybody saying I'm the next big thing!" "I'm actually a little nervous about what people are going to think of that song, and if they'll think I'm being an asshole, " Clark admits with a laugh. "And that's not the case at all, because it's actually sarcastic as hell. But we've been hearing that 'you're the next big thing' thing for a long time now — and I'm guilty of saying the same to some of my songwriter friends who are struggling out there, too. And even though it's always meant in a nice way, you can't help but think, 'What? I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm actually sleeping in my truck tonight!" Not that he's complaining. Green is nothing if not fully committed to his chosen path. Granted, had a few chips fallen a little differently, he could have just as easily — and happily — devoted his life to ranching, but fate dictated pretty early on that he was meant to be a troubadour. He may have started taking guitar lessons at 13 primarily out of boredom — his family had just moved from Flint, Texas to College Station in the summer, and he didn't have any new school friends yet — but it wasn't long before he developed a keen interest in songwriting. A healthy obsession with his father's copy of Willis Alan Ramsay's classic 1972 debut had a lot to do with that ("That's still the best album I've ever heard, and the reason I use three names, " Green enthuses). So did timing: "I remember seeing Robert Earl Keen and Pat Green and even Jerry Jeff Walker at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater in College Station when I was in high school, " he says. "The scene was really kind of in its birth then, and I was right there in the middle, paying attention and really intrigued by all of it". College originally wasn't part of his game plan — "I was a very poor student, and I still wanted to be a cowboy" — but after a lead on a ranch-hand job fell through and a miserable two-week stint at a feed lot scared him straight, Green enrolled in junior college and eventually found his way to Texas Tech. He majored in agriculture economics, but spent more time songwriting and playing guitar at every open-mic night and hotel bar gig he could find than actually studying. By the time fellow Red Raider and Texas country rising star Josh Abbott handed him the keys to his Tuesday-night residency at the Blue Light, Green and his own band were on their way. "That's when things got really serious for me, " Green recalls. "I came out with my first record [2008's 'Dangerous Man'], and it kind of got to the point where I knew if I was going to pursue music, I'd have to give it everything I had, because there's just no room for half-assing it in this business. School went to the wayside — I ended up graduating, but it took six years because music was my priority. And here I am now at 28 — about to release our fourth album and hoping to get to five before I'm 30. That'll be a pretty quick turn around, but that's the goal." The aforementioned "next big thing" rumors started up in the wake of his second album, 2010's 'Misunderstood, ' but it was 2013's 'Rose Queen' that proved his real breakthrough. Green recorded the album, produced by Rachel Loy in Nashville, at a real crossroads in his career — with momentum and high expectations at his back but barely enough money in the bank to foot the bill (and that only after a desperate call for help to angel investor Wade Bowen saved the day). "It was a huge leap of faith, " Green says today, "but I told the band, 'We're going to pull out all the stops, and we're going to find a way to make exactly the record we want to make and need to make." The end result was a triumph, yielding Green's first three top-10 Texas Radio hits, including two chart-toppers in "She Likes the Beatles" and "Hanging Around" (the former also won "Song of the Year" honors at the fan-voted Lone Star Music Awards). Of course, all of that set the bar even higher for the follow-up — and 'Ringling Road' delivers in spades. Returning to Nashville to team once again with Loy (Green calls working with the gifted up-and-coming producer "the best decision I've ever made in my musical career"), the band overcame a a couple of early setbacks — longtime drummer Jay Saldana had recently left for a new gig with Wade Bowen, followed by guitarist Steve Marcus breaking his arm a week before they went into the studio — to come through like champs under pressure. Saldana ended up coming back as a guest to drum on most of the record (along with new band member Ryan Garza), while the lead guitars duties were initially shared between Nashville session vet Kenny Greenberg and band friend Josh Serrato, recruited out of fellow Texas band Six Market Boulevard for what originally supposed to be "fill-in" duty. By the time Marcus' arm healed up enough for him to join the sessions halfway through, though, Serrato had been promoted from temp to full-time band member. Greenberg ended up staying on for the rest of the record as well. "All three of those guys are monster talents on guitar, so It was a really incredible experience to have them all working with each other in the studio, " Green marvels. "It all just happened the way it was supposed to, and we weren't going to get in the way of that!" With that formidable triple-guitar threat augmented by Green on acoustic, seasoned band member Cameron Moreland on bass and key assists from Loy and others on background vocals and a few other instrumental tracks, it's no wonder that 'Ringling Road' boasts the fullest sound of any WCG album to date. But as has been the case since day one of Green's career, it's the quality of his songs that ultimately makes the boldest statement. And it's not just the flat- out rockers ("Next Big Thing") and irresistibly catchy, up-tempo numbers ("Sticks and Stones, " "Creek Don't Rise, " "Going Home") that hit hard, either. Other highlights include "Old Fashioned, " a stirring elegy for a bygone Texas ("The interstate's pumping just like a vein full of California license plates"), and the uproarious, Todd Snider-worthy title track, which takes its name from a real road in Green's current hometown of Eastland, Texas. Back in the day, the Ringling Bros. Circus used Eastland as a regular resting stop between shows, where the elephants and other animals were let off the train for a drink and the myriad circus folk would unwind and do whatever circus folk usually do on their nights off. As colorfully imagined by Green and co-writers Ross Cooper and Randal Clay, that was a helluva lot more wild and entertaining than the actual ticketed performances. "Ross is a good friend of mine from Lubbock, and Randal is a guy he met in Nashville who was actually a roustabout for 10 years, " Green explains. "I mean, what better way to write a song about the circus than to write it with a guy like that? Randal brought in a lot of truths about what really does happen behind the scenes in the circus. To be honest, after I told them about Eastland and the history of Ringling Road, he and Ross just got going on this tangent that was so good, I kind of just sat back and was like, 'keep going!'" "Ringling Road, " the song, may be a freak-show blast, but the rest of the album is hardly all fun and circus games. "Final This Time" is a devastatingly frank post-mortem of a divorce Green witnessed between two close friends. "Fool Me Once" and "Hey Sarah, " two of the three songs (along with "Sticks and Stones") that Green wrote solo, are unflinching accounts of his own firsthand experiences at bad (or at least uncertain) love. And the lead single "Sympathy" (already a No. 1 on Texas radio) offers anything but sympathy to a former lover looking for a shoulder to cry on. Most brutal of all, though, is the hauntingly plaintive "Still Think About You, " in which the kind of sympathy Green does offer an ex comes laced with painfully bitter honesty: "Sorry that you fell in love with someone you could never inspire"."You know, it's not that I'm an asshole, " Green says again, laughing. "But I feel like everybody has those selfish feelings sometimes, but they're never said in songs. I actually showed that song — I had the chorus written but still needed the verses — to Randy Rogers and Sean McConnell, and they both went, 'oh, that's not my style.' And I thought, 'Well, maybe this is a terrible idea". Before giving up on it, though, Green showed it to one other trusted friend: Kent Finlay, songwriter's songwriter, founder of the legendary Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, and, not for nothing, Green's co-writer on 'Rose Queen"s hit single "Hanging Around." Sage soul that he was, Finlay — who sadly passed away on March 2, 2015 after a long illness — took a shine to the unfinished song at first pitch. "I took it to Kent and said, 'I've got this song, and no one seems to like it, '" Green recalls. "But I played what I had for him, and he went, 'Oh, I like that!' And I was like, 'Thank God, finally somebody does!' So we ended up finishing it together, and I'm really glad we did. "Taking uncomfortable feelings like that and putting them to paper and writing songs about them — that's kind of been my staple, really, " Green continues. "And that song is about as true as it gets." He pauses on that thought for a moment. "Now, I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, " he adds with a laugh, "but I guess the truth prevails! And that makes me able to sleep at night".
Day of Show (18+)$12.00
Butterfly & Irie Soul
When: 20 Jan 2018; Time: 9:30pm
When: 25 Jan 2018; Time: 8pm; No Opening Act; From the Heart of the Midwest, Steady Flow brings a unique style of powerful funk music like you've never heard it before. Formed in 2012 by 18 year old, soul guitarist extraordinaire, Tanner Brown, and his older brother, Ky "Goonie-Mom" Brown on bass guitar, the group has now transformed into a six-piece funk-powerhouse, quickly claiming their spot as one of the best live acts around. In Steady Flow's short existence, the group has taken on music festivals such as North Coast, Summer Camp, Phases of the Moon, and the list goes on. The band is constantly turning heads at every performance as their hard hitting Funk Rock compositions shake the room and force all audiences to dance, rage, & simply feel good. Steady Flow released their first EP, "The Oneoff Sessions" in 2013, and their debut album, "Loud." in June 2015. The band released their newest full length album, "Do You Like That?" in April 2017! Do not miss a live show near you. Steady Flow is "The Future Of Funk".
Foul Play Cabaret
When: 26 Jan 2018; Time: 9:30pm.
Smile Empty Soul
When: 27 Jan 2018; Time: 7:30pm; with Stella Lost and From Day One; Smile Empty Soul is a hard rock trio that originated in Los Angeles, CA in the late 1990's and has stayed true to their brand of "no bullshit", "real as it gets" hard rock to this day. The band signed a major label record deal in 2003 to release their self-titled, gold selling debut in May of that year, and realized huge success at alternative radio, rock radio, and the music video channels that have since fallen by the wayside. After 3 very successful singles and videos from the debut release, the band ran into trouble with their record company (which was in the midst of turmoil at the top levels), and found themselves working extra hard in the trenches signed to indie labels. This would become SMILE EMPTY SOUL' s destiny, as they would go on to release record after record, on label after label. The band has become known for its constant touring and never wavering honest sound/lyrics. They've never changed for anybody, and turned down many opportunities to "sell out" because it's just "not who they are". Now, with 8 albums released and a new one on the way in May of 2018, smile empty soul is establishing itself as one the defining underground rock bands of its generation.
Day of Show (18+)$13.00
When: 31 Jan 2018; Time: 8:30pm; With Gyyps and Trip Carter.
Day of Show (18+)$17.00
Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Semifinals Round 1
When: 01 Feb 2018; Time: 8pm; with TBA; The 2018 edition of the long running annual Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase kicks off tonight. Come out and support some of the state's finest original artists.
Under 21 (18+)$8.00
R.LUM.R – The Framily Matters Tour
When: 03 Feb 2018; Time: 9pm; with TBA; A soulful voice with a humble background, R.LUM.R (pronounced ARE-LUM-ARE) is not an artist to be ignored. With 4 million plays on his latest single "Frustrated, " he is redefining the R&B genre, giving it new life and a fresh audience. Born as Reginald Lamar Williams Jr. and raised in Bradenton, Florida, R.LUM.R was introduced to soul, jazz, and R&B music by his mother at a young age. He grew up on a range of artists spanning from Sade, known for rich vocals, to funk jam singer Anita Baker, and the one and only George Benson. Attending the competitive high school, Manatee School For The Arts, R.LUM.R was accepted amongst thousands of applications after auditions and essays for his acceptance were considered. Once admitted, it was here that R.LUM.R began to explore the depths of his interest in music, learning to play guitar in the process; it was a natural affinity that he later took to college to further hone his talent. With a strong musical foundation, it was in college where his love for music grew, and his palate expanded. Attending Florida State University with the intention of studying Classical Guitar, he later switched his focus to Commercial Music. R.LUM.R was introduced to an array of artists outside the genres of his youth, many of which have followed him to where he stands today. These musical influences can be heard throughout his catalogue, though he draws a lot of his process and inspiration from reading. R.LUM.R enjoys non-fiction, focusing on the way the lives of those he reads about make him examine both himself, and the world around him. His ability to show his audience what they are capable of feeling and experiencing stems from his enjoyment in reading fantasy; his music is all about the listener's personal journey. When asked about his inspiration behind "Frustrated" and the rest of his releases, R.LUM.R leaves it all open to interpretation. He believes his music is more about what it means to the listener than what inspired him to write it: "I would never want to rob someone of their version of a song by confining it to my own personal meaning, " he says. One thing is for certain; R.LUM.R is on a clear path to the top of the R&B scene with his debonair voice and innovative use of sound.
Day of Show All Ages$17.00
Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Semifinals Round 2
When: 08 Feb 2018; Time: 8pm; with TBA; The 2nd round of the semifinals of the long running Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase continues tonight. Come out and support some of the state's finest original artists.
Under 21 (18+)$8.00
When: 09 Feb 2018; Time: 9pm; with TBA; Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced mung-yin) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own. Known for their whimsical songs and goofy stage antics, Mungion's joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. However, underlying the band's quirky nature is a tremendous amount of virtuosity across all of its members. Combined, this talent and playfulness emboldens the group to be fearless in the studio and on stage. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Semifinals Round 3
When: 15 Feb 2018; Time: 8pm; with TBA; The 3nd round of the semifinals of the long running Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase continues tonight. Come out and support some of the state's finest original artists.
Under 21 (18+)$8.00
When: 16 Feb 2018; Time: 9pm; with TBA; Rock 'n' roll epitomizes escapism in its purest form. It's not just artistic anesthetization either, but rather a galvanizing force that inspires us to keep pushing through life's trials and tribulations. That's why we still listen to Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Rush, and countless others all these years later. It's the same reason audiences will be talking about Backup Planet's second full-length album, Reactions, for a long time to come. The Nashville, TN quartet—Ben Cooper [keys, vocals], Chris Potocik [drums, vocals], Gavin Donati [guitar, vocals], and Blake Gallant [bass, vocals]—write arena-size anthems echoing with progressive intricacy, funk swagger, and even a little metallic edge. Giving listeners an inspiring and invigorating aural haven, their moniker couldn't be more apropos. "I worked at a liquor store all through college, " remembers Ben. "I was sitting there one night in a funk because of school work and a fight with my girl at the time. Every channel on TV decried, 'The end of the world is nigh!' I thought, 'Man, I wish I had a Backup Planet where I could go and escape.' It dawned on me. That's what naturally happens when you play music; you're transported somewhere else. It's a shared experience where everybody goes together". The name perfectly fit the tunes Ben and his college buddy Gavin wrote starting in 2013. Rounded out by Chris and Blake, Backup Planet became a local favorite around the University of Tennessee Knoxville. They independently released their full-length debut, Element, during 2015 and began sharing the stage with the likes of The Revivalists, Papadosio, and more in addition to headlining countless packed shows. Relix proclaimed them "On The Verge, " and one fateful gig led to signing with powerhouse management firm Red Light Management [Dave Matthews Band, My Morning Jacket, Dopapod, Phish]. However, tragedy struck Backup Planet only weeks after this big milestone. "I had a weird sense of premonition, " admits Ben. "We had just left a show, and within 30 seconds, our van was flipped over on the interstate sliding. There were sparks, glass, and metal flying everywhere and people screaming. Fortunately, we were all alive, but we lost our van, gear, and trailer. It flipped our entire lives figuratively and literally on their sides". Rather than engage audiences via crowd-funding, the band quietly saved throughout the rest of the year by performing local headline gigs to re-build their infrastructure. Bruised but not broken, they entered Syncromesh Studios in Birmingham, AL with producer Jason Elgin [Collective Soul, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, ] to record Reactions during 2016. In four weeks, they tracked everything analog the old-fashioned way. "We love production in all of its forms, and working with Jason was an awesome learning experience, " the singer goes on. "He knew every in-and-out and possible thing you could do in the studio, and it became like a creative sanctuary". The title REACTIONS evokes the devotion of these four musicians, facing a near death experience and bouncing back with a deeper appreciation for their craft and a definitive body of work. "It plays into the laws of physics and thermodynamics, " he says. "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. You never know what's going to happen. Everything can change in an instant. It's about how you react. There are those thematic elements in the music and songwriting. That's been the story of the last year and ties into what we created". As these four talents continue "reacting" at the highest level, listeners everywhere fall into an escape fueled by mind-blowing musicianship, poetic songwriting, and hooks that resound past the heavens. "This is what we live by musically, " Ben leaves off. "We say this all the time, 'You can play to three people or three-thousand people, but if you're not enjoying it and connecting with your band mates, what's the point?' Our approach is to take something negative and turn it into a positive by using the language of music. It comes down to overcoming adversity. This makes us complete, and we hope you feel that".
Randall Shreve & The Devilles
When: 17 Feb 2018; Time: 9pm; with TBA; Randall Shreve brings his own wine-soaked flavor of indie rock to audiences around the country. His music, which has been described as "Vaudeville Rock, " derives its unmistakable sound from influences such as Queen, Muse, The Beatles, and Jeff Buckley, but plays them against the dark and sultry backdrop of cabaret. While the rock is thoroughly modern, it exudes the ambition, grit and glamour of Old Hollywood, and manages to transport the listener back in time to an earlier era. Fans have come to expect not only exceptional musicianship from his live shows, but a unique entertainment experience. They never leave disappointed.
Day of Show (18+)$10.00
Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Semifinals Round 4
When: 22 Feb 2018; Time: 8pm; with TBA; The 4th and final round of the semifinals of the long running Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase wraps up tonight. Come out and support some of the state's finest original artists.
Under 21 (18+)$8.00
When: 24 Feb 2018; Time: 9pm; with TBA; Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis music is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene, and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue, "The most-talked-about band in Memphis". Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue's upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision. Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle, powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy. The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as "Don't Give Up, " "What Did I Do, " "It's Gonna Be Alright, " "Love Me Right" and "Wildflower." The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love". The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deeply rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band. Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects. According to Ori, "When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing". "I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project, " Tierinii remembers. "Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same, musically". "We started over, " Naftaly continues. "We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly". "Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band, '" Tierinii recalls. "We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special". Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label. "I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility, " says Tierinii. "I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up to that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home". Tierinii views Southern Avenue as "a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. "It's been a real crash course, " she continues. "We haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now". "This band has already made our dreams come true, " Ori concludes. "I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy".
When: 15 Mar 2018; Time: 9pm; Birdcloud is Makenzie and Jasmin from East Nashville and Cottontown, respectively. Birdcloud met in Murfreesboro and immediately didn't like each other. At a party in 2009 they had some whiskeys and became friends and started dicking around on guitar, writing their first song, a song about going down on your best friend, now lost to the sands of time. Despite a lukewarm reception at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, they have been sitting on each other's faces ever since, showing each other their bruises and generally doing whatever they want when it works out that way.
Day of Show (18+)$13.00
The Stolen Faces
When: 17 Mar 2018; Time: 9pm; No Opening Act; The Stolen Faces play the songs of the Grateful Dead with the spirited and soulful center of a well-seasoned jam band. Based in Nashville, TN, this group was formed from a mutual love of the classic American songbook created by the Dead. Truckin' around the Southeast, they take their set lists from that deep catalog of material, plus a few songs the band covered. In the spirit of the Grateful Dead, The Stolen Faces interpret this timeless music with their own unique musical energy and style.
When: 26 Apr 2018; Time: 8pm; with TBA; Look out your window. Whether you're in a Manhattan hi-rise or at a truck stop somewhere off a Midwestern interstate, keep your eyes open. Bart Crow is coming your way. Always known as "the nice guy" with a smile on his face, the tides are turning and the gloves are coming off. Bart Crow is still the kind of guy and artist fans in the South and Midwest have grown to love. But on his new album The Parade, boundaries disappear and things are getting real. The road-toughened troubadour and his band have already logged thousands of miles playing 130+ dates a year in front of loyal rowdy crowds at far-flung, late-night clubs and concert halls all over Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Nebraska and beyond. It's his music that draws them — a tangle of roots in blues, country and down-home rock 'n' roll, branded with his unique imprint. They hear their lives in his lyrics, written in the tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and other true-life troubadours. With no help from big-time labels, and money pulled from his own pockets, Crow has put together an admirable track record as a recording artist, having lofted six No. 1 singles onto the Texas Music Chart – one of which, "Wear My Ring, " sold over 165,000 copies. He has sold over 40,000 albums, released five self-produced albums in just over a decade, including Dandelion, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers South Central chart. He's been cheered in Country Weekly, on CMT and in other national media outlets. His YouTube videos and concert footage have drawn more than 2.5 million views. He's chiseled his foothold in the edifice of Americana through hard work, talent, determination and a deep love for making music and building the best life he can for his wife Brooke and three kids, Townes and twins River and Parsons. Myriad spirits haunt his music– a choir of real American country in the fashion of Merle and Waylon, John Conlee, George Jones and Jerry Jeff Walker, razor-edged rock from Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, deep-fried Southern soul from Otis Redding and more. Yet in the end, Bart Crow is what you get: a blue-collar balladeer with his own unique message. It comes across loud and clear on his newest set of passionate songs and performances, The Parade. Released in partnership with Thirty Tigers, it spotlights an artist whose story will feel familiar to all Americans who know what it means to survive in challenging times. "I can relate to blue-collar folks everywhere because I don't know any difference between them and me, " he insists. "My uncle is a fireman who works on a ranch on his days off. My other uncle is a fireman. My brother works as a construction superintendent. I've worked construction too. I've stained decks and built fences in 110-degree weather. My father grew up white-trash broke, a ninth-grade dropout. He eventually became a self-made multi-millionaire with his own commercial drywall corporation, but we didn't have luxury growing up". Another uncle stoked Crow's imagination about living a wanderer's life. "He was a professional rodeo cowboy, " he recalls. "I used to think that was the most amazing thing on the planet. He'd come home from two or three weeks on the road and tell stories about being in Cheyenne and then somewhere else the last night. Even more than music, this idea of the nomadic lifestyle was very romantic to me." This perspective is central to The Parade, with the added element of Crow's experiences. He grew up in tiny Maypearl, Texas, made his first attempts to write songs while in the United States Army and geared up to his current regimen as a performer on weekends while studying at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. Perhaps the most significant milestone in his past involved moving with his future wife Brooke to Austin, where they worked together to get him started as an artist. "I guess we just don't know any different way to live than with me gone for six or eight months a year. After a decade-plus, this is just who we are. This is what we do. Besides, " he adds, with a laugh, "it's probably the foundation of our marriage that my knucklehead ass is gone a lot". Like the border that divides his hometown from dreams of what lies beyond in his song "City Limits Signs, " Crow's boundaries are dissolving. Wedding plainspoken poetry to powerful hooks and grooves, The Parade transforms daily occurrences into stories with universal resonance. Not everyone has spent months far from home as Crow documents with irony on "Free Like Me, " dreamy loneliness on "Vapor Trails" and truth telling love affair with music on "Dear Music, " where he finds himself in "another where-the-hell-am-I town". Fewer still have weathered years on the honky-tonk circuit while staying faithful to their dream, a struggle Crow recounts on "Top of Rock Bottom." ("I won't be laying down on that Florida-Georgia Line, " he sings, with what he insists is respect and empathy). Still, whether you've fought to keep your own business alive or adapt to a soul-grinding cubicle gig, you'll get the message. And if you've been burned or saved by love, you'll see yourself in the deft imagery of "Queen of the Heartache Parade, " the sweet pain of "One Night with You, " the worldly-wise "Here We Go Again" and the insights that weave throughout "Life Comes at You Fast". New listeners may go beyond enjoying The Parade to identify with Crow as someone who knows first-hand the challenges of balancing one's dreams, integrity, responsibilities and reality. "It's pretty damn scary when you're raising a family off of touring and it becomes time to cut a new album, which means investing up to $70, 000 of my own money, " he admits. "My 4-year-old, Townes, starts preschool in August. Our 17-month-old twins, River and Parsons, are blowing through diapers left and right. And I've got to take money that could be going to their college funds, more money than I have in my personal checking account, sit down at the crap table of life, roll the dice and hope that someone falls in love with the 11 or 12 songs we picked". That's why Crow's dream at this point involves more than spreading appreciation for his music from coast to coast. "I want to go to Seattle and Spokane and all the West and East Coast spots and the South, to DC and Manhattan and Connecticut. and have people show up and sing along with us, " he insists. "I want to hear people all over America come up to me and say, 'Hey, we got married to your song!' I'm like, 'Have you been on iTunes? Do you know how many frigging songs are on there — and you chose mine?' I don't take that lightly". No, more even than that, he wants what everyone who discovers his music wants as well. "I'd love to go to bed at night and not fear for what's going to happen next month or next year. I used to say, when we bought our tour bus, we were one backstroke away from being dead in the water. It would be nice to earn that through selling tickets and playing in so many of these beautiful cities I'd love to see". That dream is within reach now, because Crow's story is your story too. All you need to do is listen — and join The Parade.
Day of Show (18+)$10.00
When: 27 Apr 2018; Time: 9pm; with Snail Mail; "The title Soft Sounds From Another Planet alludes to the promise of something that may or may not be there. Like a hope in something more. The songs are about human resilience and the strength it takes to claw out of the darkest of spaces". Michelle Zauner wrote the debut Japanese Breakfast album in the weeks after her mother died of cancer, thinking she would quit music entirely once it was done. That wasn't the case. When Psychopomp was released to acclaim in 2016, she was forced to confront her grief. Zauner would find find herself reliving traumatic memories multiple times a day during interviews, trying to remain composed while discussing the most painful experience of her life. Her sophomore album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, is a transmutation of mourning, a reflection that turns back on the cosmos in search of healing. "I want to be a woman of regimen, " Zauner sings over a burbling synth on the album's opening track "Diving Woman." This serves as Zauner's mission statement: stick to the routine lest you get derailed, don't cling to the past, don't descend. In fact, ascend to the stars; Zauner found artistic solace removed from Earth, in outer space and science fiction. "I used the theme as a means to disassociate from trauma, " she explains. "Space used as a place of fantasy". And yet, Soft Sounds From Another Planet isn't a concept album. Over the course of 12 tracks, Zauner explores an expansive thematic universe, a cohesive outpouring of unlike parts structured to create a galaxy of her own design. In the instrumental "Planetary Ambience, " synths communicate the way extraterrestrials might, and on the shapeshifting single "Machinist, " which Zauner has been performing live for over a year now, she details the sci-fi narrative of a woman falling in love with a machine. "It's pure fiction, " she explains, "But it can map onto real relationships in a relevant way." The track, which begins with spoken-word ambience, moves into autotune '80s pop bliss and ends with a sultry saxophone solo, perfectly marries the experience: there's a perceptible humanity in mechanical, bodily events. Within its astral production, much of Soft Sounds From Another Planet stays grounded. "Road Head" is the last chest compression in attempt to resuscitate a doomed relationship, while the penultimate track "This House" is an acoustic dirge that honors Zauner's chosen family. The baroque pop "Boyish" has a haunting, crystalline clarity that recalls the pathos of a Roy Orbison ballad, while "Body is a Blade" embraces the dark intimacy of Zauner's Pacific Northwest heroes Elliott Smith and Mount Eerie. With help from co-producer Craig Hendrix (who also co-produced Little Big League's debut) and Jorge Elbrecht, (Ariel Pink, Tamaryn) who mixed the album, Zauner recontextualizes her bedroom pop beginnings, expanding and maturing her sound. The sheer massiveness of the big room production on Soft Sounds From Another Planet introduces listeners to a new Japanese Breakfast. Zauner's familiar, capacious voice will serve as their guide. "Your body is a blade that moves while your brain is writhing, " she sings. "Knuckled under pain you mourn but your blood is flowing." There's discernible pain in the phrasing, Zauner recognizing limitation, a lack of control, but then subverting the feeling, creating her own musical language for confronting trauma. Where Psychopomp introduced the world to Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds dives deeper. It builds space where there is none, and suggests that in the face of tragedy, we find ways to keep on living.
Day of Show All Ages$14.00
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