The name of the band is weird yet memorable: Tyrannosaurus Chicken. And the music that the Fort Smith duo of Rachel Ammons and Smilin’ Bob Lewis play is also weird … at least in its description: Delta blues trance freestyle.
What those four words — Delta blues trance freestyle — mean are a fun-loving, high-energy mix of the Delta blues (of course), along with folk and psychedelic rock ’n’ roll that begs for a little barely contained boogieing from the crowd. Tyrannosaurus Chicken’s sets include mutated covers of tunes from greats such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Mississippi Fred McDowell and more, and originals channeling those same artists. Music created with an arsenal of instruments: slide guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, jew’s harp, drums, cello and a few more.
Head South — that's where the Little Rock Film Festival is taking cinephiles for the seventh year of the festival this Wednesday through Sunday. Why South? Because while the the film festival is a global affair — with shorts, features and documentaries based in locales from Nepal to Peru to Russia — there’s definitely a nod to the South with the five-day festival of screenings in Little Rock and North Little Rock.