Unseasonal selections

Eric Church

Eric Church
Dec 04

Upcoming rock concerts to offset the (yule)tide of Christmas music mania.

Get ready, because Joe Buck is coming. No, not Joe Buck, son of Jack Buck, the legendary St. Louis Cardinals announcer. But Joe Buck, the honky-tonk hellion whose music takes hillbilly country and slams it against punk rock, creating one evil-sounding good time. Buck is just one of several December musical acts playing the Little Rock area. Here’s what you should know about December music in central Arkansas:

12/05 JOE BUCK

White Water Tavern

Joe Buck tours as the one-man band Joe Buck Yourself, spreading his wicked mix of country, rock and punk. And for his Little Rock performance this time around, Buck will be appearing with The Hooten Hallers, the fun and scary hillbilly rock ride of John Randall on guitar and vocals and Andy Rehm on drums and vocals. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.


Verizon Arena

Chief is the name of Eric Church’s newest album, and if you’re a country fan you know it well. Songs such as “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen” have already hit No. 1 on the country charts. For the fall leg of his Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour, Church is bringing along Poyen native Justin Moore (“If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”) and Kip Moore (“Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck”). The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with tickets going for $49 and $54.


White Water Tavern

Last Chance Records and White Water Tavern are throwing one heck of a music party with two nights of music that includes Austin Lucas, Glossary, Two Cow Garage, Slobberbone, John Paul Keith and more. Tickets are $15 for each day with the music starting at 8 p.m. each night. The Tree of Knowledge Book Sale and Brunch is Sunday starting at noon with acoustic music into the early evening.


Reynolds Performance Hall

The University of Central Arkansas’ Pop Series presents the traditional Irish music mixed with bluegrass, gypsy and jazz sound of Celtic Crossroads as the group brings its blend of Celtic and traditional Christmas music to Conway. The show starts at 3 p.m. with tickets $30, $35 and $40.


White Water Tavern

It might be a Tuesday, but that’s no reason for not going out and having a good time, and a good time is exactly what The Frontier Circus will deliver with its “a little bit psycho ... a little bit western” music. Plus, it’s a record release show for the band with the music starting at 9:30 p.m.



Austin, Texas, indie rock ‘n’ folk band The Eastern Sea play some kind of folk music — folk music that is combined with progressive and post rock. The 18-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. with a $6 cover.


White Water Tavern

Isaac Alexander is ... just an artist. A musician with bands The Easys, Big Silver and Boondogs, and the creator of album cover artwork for a number of bands. Plus, show posters. And now he is releasing another solo album with a record release show. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. and includes Luella and the Sun, a Nashville, Tenn., trio that plays a self-described “soulful blend of blues-hop, gospel and rock.”


Rev Room

Stoney LaRue plays Red Dirt country — a genre that blends a little rock ‘n’ roll, Western swing, Texas country and honky tonk into music with an attitude. Cover is $15 for the 18-and-up show with the music starting at 9 p.m. with Tyler and the Tribe as the opening act.



The newest album from poppy alternative rock act The All-American Rejects is the March release Kids in the Street, an album that included the Top 40 hit “Beekeeper’s Daughter.” No word on supporting acts, but the music starts at 9 p.m. with the doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show.



Before he was a reality TV star, Flavor Flav was a founding member and hype man of the legendary hip-hop outfit Public Enemy. Flav will probably offer a little of both sides of his career for this show that starts at 11:50 p.m. The doors open at 9 p.m. with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

12/21 LUCERO

Rev Room

Lucero, the Memphis-based fiery rock ‘n’ rollers with punk and soul in their blood, return to Little Rock. Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition open the show, and the band has a new album of its rock ‘n’ roll-blues-country-gospel sound coming out in January titled White Buffalo. The music starts at 9 p.m. with tickets $21 in advance and $26 day of for the 18-and-up show.


Rev Room

Not as glossy as other Texas country songwriters, Hayes Carll writes and plays gritty but highly literate Americana tunes influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, John Prine and Ray Wylie Hubbard. His freewheeling music is the perfect bridge between Christmas and New Year’s. KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) is Carll’s latest album. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 day of for the 21-and-up show. The music starts at 9 p.m. with the great Canadian country singer/songwriter Corb Lund.


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