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2 Arkansans to open for Atkins at water park gig

By Jack W. Hill Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published July 31, 2014 at 1:59 a.m.

Rodney Atkins

Country singer Rodney Atkins will perform at Magic Springs on Saturday.

Blane Howard, a Hot Springs native now living in Nashville, Tenn., will open the show at 7 p.m. and Atkins will perform at 8.

Atkins began his recording career in 1997, but it was 2003 before he released his first album, Honesty, which produced a No. 4 hit, "Honesty (Write Me a List)." Three years later, Atkins' second album, If You're Going Through Hell, held four No. 1's: "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," "Watching You," "These Are My People" and "Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)."

The Country Music Association named Atkins the Top New Male Vocalist in 2006. He has had two more No. 1 singles: "It's America" and "Take a Back Road" in 2009 and 2011, respectively.

Opening act Howard was a finalist in the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism's Song of Arkansas contest with his "Arkansas Ya'll."

There will also be a 3 p.m. pre-concert party at The Hideaway area within the park, featuring entertainment by Beebe native Luke Williams, plus appetizers from Trejo's, two drinks, early entry into the amphitheater and a chance to win a "meet and greet" with Atkins. Admission to the party is $20.

Admission is $54.99 the day of the concert, $49.99 if bought online; children 3 and younger are admitted free and children shorter than 48 inches are admitted for $33.99, as are adults age 55 and older. (Season passes are $74.99). Lawn seating included in price of admission, with limited reserved seating available for an additional $5 or $10. Parking is extra.

Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park, 1701 E. Grand Ave. (U.S. 70), Hot Springs, (501) 624-0100,


Native Lights will illuminate Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack for a show today, with Jumpship Astronaut opening the show at 9 p.m.

Native Lights is a Tulsa "shoegazer" band specializing in what the band terms "dream pop."

Admission is $5.

Boom Kinetic will perform Friday. A five-man band from Fayetteville, the group specializes in dance music.

The Revolutioners will open the show at 10 p.m.

Admission is $10.

Brown Soul Shoes will perform Saturday at 9 p.m.

Admission is $5.

Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave., Little Rock, (501) 372-7707 or


Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at White Water Tavern.

Admission is $10.

Saturday at 9:30 p.m., the club will feature Pockets with Brother Andy and Isaac Alexander.

Admission is $5.

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


Friday night the Rev Room will host Tantric, along with opening acts Vail and Switchbach.

Tantric is a hard rock band from Louisville, Ky., that formed in 1999. Lead singer Hugo Ferriera is the sole remaining original member.

Admission to the 8:30 p.m. show is $10 in advance, $14 the day of the show.

JB and the Moonshine Band will headline Saturday. The band was formed in east Texas in early 2009 by JB Patterson, who left a career in advertising to become a songwriter. The band has released two albums: Ain't Goin' Back to Jail in 2010 and Beer for Breakfast in 2012.

Tyler and the Tribe will open the 9 p.m. show.

Admission is $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show.

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


Maxine's in Hot Springs will host a Friday fundraiser for radio station KUHS-FM, 97.9, a low-power community station that is under construction.

The 8 p.m. event will feature jazz by Chuck Dodson, plus singer-songwriters Paul Sammons, Amanda Avery, Joe Meazel and Ben Robbins, along with rock groups All the Way Korean, The Casual Pleasures and Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth.

There will also be art created live by Michael Schaeffer, on-site screen-printing, raffles and food and drink specials. The station has a goal of raising $30,000 before its projected broadcast debut in early 2015.

Admission is $5. To learn more, visit the websites or

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


The Copper Penny Pub on Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs will present Chris Henry at 9 p.m. Friday, classic rocker Steve Bates at 9 p.m. Saturday and Marty Shutter on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

Copper Penny Pub, 711 Central Ave., Hot Springs, (501) 622-2570,

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