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Trout Fishing at Juanita’s; Mills tribute Saturday


This article was published February 27, 2014 at 2:53 a.m.


Trout Fishing in America is Keith Grimwood (left) and Ezra Idlet.

Trout Fishing in America makes a rare visit to central Arkansas from their base in Northwest Arkansas for a 7:30 p.m. show today at Juanita’s. Air Loom will open the show at 7:30 p.m.

Former Texans Ezra Idlet (guitar) and Keith Grimwood (bass), who have been writing songs and playing music together for the last 37 years, left their Houston homes behind and moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1992. They have been nominated for Best Musical Album for Children Grammy Awards four times and have released 22 albums, the latest of which, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, came out Sept. 3. On the album, both men added new instruments to their resume: Idlet took up banjo and Grimwood plays some fiddle.

They have also written two children’s books with accompanying CDs: My Name Is Chicken Joe and Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important.

Opening act Air Loom is a Fayetteville duo consisting of Jackson Jennings and Dana Louise (Idlet), daughter of TFIA’s Ezra Idlet. The duo will also headline a Little Rock show March 25 at the White Water Tavern.

Tickets are $12 at the door.

Following the Trout Fishing in America show, there will be a later, separate performance by DJ Paul, presented by the Right Back on Hard Tour. Unidentified opening acts will precede Paul, beginning at 10 p.m.

Admission is $20.

Juanita’s, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 372-1228,

Monsters of Todd: A Tribute to Todd Mills, will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rev Room.

In 2009, Mills of Little Rock had the idea that Taco Bell should create taco shells made from Doritos, and he started a Facebook page, “Taco Shells Made From Doritos Movement,” which eventually convinced the company to embrace his idea, which went on to become the fast food restaurant’s most-successful menu item (although Mills was not compensated for his idea).

Mills, 41, died on Thanksgiving of brain and lung cancer. Taco Bell sent Mill’s family a check for $1,000 to help with funeral expenses.

The bands participating in the tribute will be Daisy Chain, The Gettys, Tragikly White Band, Third Degree, The Revolutioners, Mr. Happy, Never Train, Mayday by Midnight, Rev Applebee and more.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. The requested donation is $20.

Revolution Room, 300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 823-0090,

Paleface, a prolific musician with a devoted following that includes the Avett Brothers, with whom he sometimes performs, will return to the White Water Tavern at 9:30p.m. today.

Paleface has roomed with Beck, toured with Billy Bragg, The Crash Test Dummies and The Breeders. He tours with girlfriend/drummer Monica “Mo” Samalot. They are both featured on The Avett Brothers’ album Emotionalism and Paleface wrote five songs on the Avetts’ previous album, Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions.

Admission is $6.

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at the White Water, in a show to debut his ninth album, Dark Night of the Soul, released Feb.15 by Fat Possum Records.

Mathus, a native of Oxford, Miss., first became hailed when he launched the Squirrel Nut Zippers in North Carolina. After that band’s demise, he worked with Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello, Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Alvin Youngblood Hart.

Admission is $10.

White Water Tavern, West Seventh and Thayer streets, Little Rock, (501) 375-8400 or

Maxine’s in Hot Springs will host a jazz and punk-oriented classically trained pianist and cellist, Stephanie Nilles, who is on tour with singer-songwriter Robert Sarazin Blake, in a show at 9 p.m. today at Maxine’s.

The New Orleans-based Nilles has released four albums since 2008, all on the Attention Spaniel label.

Blake, a native of Bellingham, Wash., has released nine albums since debuting with Humdinger Days and Humdinger Nights in 2000. His other albums include A Crowd of Drunken Lovers, Still Kissing Last Night’s Smoke-Stained Lips and The Air Your Lungs Forced Out.

Admission is free.

Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs, (501) 321-0909,

Assassins, a Detroit metal rock band formed in 2010, is bringing the band’s message to “question authority” to Vino’s for a 7:30 p.m. show Sunday.

The band will release its debut full-length album, War of Aggression, on March 18.

Admission is $15 for the evening, which will also feature Carnifex, Betraying the Martyrs, I Declare War and Here Comes the Kraken.

Vino’s, West Seventh and Chester streets, Little Rock, (501) 375-8466,

Weekend, Pages 34 on 02/27/2014

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