Eric Johnson, who for 30 years has been considered one of the most talented Texas-style guitar wizards (not to mention keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and producer), returns to Little Rock for a concert at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Tuesday, Aug. 16, promoting his latest album, “Bloom.”
Johnson is showcasing “Bloom” throughout the U.S. and Japan. Since its release in June, the record has been a critically and commercially well-received addition to his massive discography, which includes notable albums “Tones” and “Ah Via Musicom,” the latter producing his Grammy Award-winning instrumental rock single “Cliffs of Dover.”
Johnson’s music is nestled deeply in rock but has roots in jazz and blues, as is evidenced in his many side projects, such as blues-based Alien Love Child.
Doors open at 8 p.m. and Johnson’s band will take the stage about 9:15 p.m. Admission is $17.
He’ll venture up to Northwest Arkansas and George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Sunday, Aug. 14. Tickets there are $20.
The Bottle Rockets, the veteran alt-country band with music in the style of John Prine-like Americana, will appear at Sticky Fingerz on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
The most recent of the band’s several lineup changes is the recent addition of bassist Keith Voegele (who replaced Robert Kearns after a re-ported friendly split with the group) and multi-instrumentalist John Horton. The band’s most recognized single is “Radar Gun,” a single that hit the charts in the early 1990s. Their latest album, “Blue Sky,” was produced in 2003 by Warren Haynes, who has worked with the Allman Brothers band and Gov’t Mule.
Brent Best, the Dallas-based former frontman of Slobberbone, will open at 9 p.m. Best has regrouped Slobberbone as the Drams.
Admission is $10.
They claim to be dirtier than the “other brass band from New Orleans” See if the Soul Rebels can live up to this claim when they play Saturday, Aug. 13, at Sticky Fingerz. They, like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, use traditional big-band instruments to hybridize modern genres like hip-hop with rock and pop, creating a party in the process.
Admission is $5 and the show will start at 9:30 p.m. The Soul Rebels’ latest album is titled “Rebelution.”
The Yard, at 17 Primrose Ave. in North Little Rock, will be offering monthly installments of reggae music and has plans for regular weekly music in the near future. Local reggae group One Stone will appear on Friday, Aug. 12.
The proprietor of the is a Rastafarian and mentions the Abyssianians and the Itals as groups he hopes to book into the club. The club has a full bar, and some nibbles such as chicken wings are available.
Admission to Friday’s 9 p.m. show is $8.
The Reverburritos, who claim to be Little Rock’s only instrumental surf-based group and who feature local guitarist Tim Moritz, will be at the White Water Tavern on Saturday, Aug. 13. The band was an Arkansas Times Musician’s Showcase semifinalist. Admission is $5, and the show will start around 9 p.m.
Intense enough to be categorized as Southern heavy metal, Denton, Texas-based stoner rock outfit Dixie Witch will be in town on Friday, Aug. 12, at Downtown Music. The band’s latest gas-huffing, whiskey-drenched album is “One Bird Two Stones.” Also appearing are the Stonecutters. Music starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
The Press Box, located on Fair Park Boulevard behind UALR, will have blues all weekend beginning with a return of Lil’ Howlin’ Wolf at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. The bar will also play host to KABF’s 21st anniversary party on Saturday, Aug. 13, with a long list of local blues acts performing, including Jess and the Mess, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, Big John Miller and John Craig. Admission is $5. Part of the proceeds will go to the community radio station.
Acoustic Sounds Cafe goes Scot and Anglo on Friday, Aug. 12, with an appearance by Smithfield Fair, a family trio that performs tradi-tional-minded covers and originals. “Swept Away” is the group’s ninth and latest album.
Opening at 7:30 p.m. will be Phil Cooper, Margaret Nelson and Kate Early, a group that also bends towards the traditional, performing Irish and Scottish-styled music.
Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students. The venue, at 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, is non-smoking and alcohol-free.