SOUL’D OUT

10 p.m., Juanita’s. $10 adv./$15 d.o.s.

Advertisement

Local promotional company Upscale Underground picks up in 2008 what
it began late last year: urbane, soul-oriented line-ups of
ahead-of-the-curve local and national artists. Dwele,
a Grammy-nominated crooner who appears on Kanye West’s latest single,
“Flashing Lights,” hosts Friday’s “Soul’d Out” concert. He’s likely to
perform a song or two, but three local groups will get more stage time.
A new four-piece R&B act, Smooth September, features three
vocalists: Desmond and Maya Ellington and Delya Chandler. Rodney Block is
surely Little Rock’s most accomplished brass man. The trumpeter
(multi-instrumentalist, really) leads his group the Real Music Lovers
in a kind of jazz that embraces hip-hop, bebop, funk, soul and gospel. One Night Stand
needs to change its name. The live hip-hop band came together on a whim
to support local rapper Epiphany early last year, and they’ve stuck
around for more than a dozen gigs, steadily emerging as one of our most
dynamic local live acts. The concert is open to ages 18 and up.