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Singing storyteller Bedford caps folk club's season

By JACK W. HILL Special to the Democrat-Gazette

This article was published June 5, 2014 at 2:10 a.m.



Ben Bedford, a Springfield, Ill., singer-songwriter-guitarist, will close out the 2013-14 Little Rock Folk Club season this weekend, with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bedford released his debut CD, Lincoln's Man, in 2009, and his latest, What We Lost, in 2013. Though a newcomer to central Arkansas, Bedford performed as part of the Fayetteville Roots Festival in August at George's Majestic Lounge.

Bedford refers to his style as "American portrait songwriting." His song subjects include Jack London, Emmett Till, Amelia Earhart, Vachel Lindsay and John the Baptist.

Admission is $15; $8 for students with IDs; free for accompanied children age 12 and under.

Little Rock Folk Club, Thomson Hall, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock, (501) 663-0634,


Kevin Gordon returns tonight to the White Water Tavern.

Gordon, a Shreveport-area native now based in Nashville, Tenn., has released six critically hailed albums in a 20-year career. His songs have been recorded by Levon Helm, Kate Campbell, Lucinda Williams and Keith Richards.

Opening the show will be Isaac Alexander.

Admission to the 10 p.m. show is $6.

Mulehead will perform at 10 p.m. Friday. After years on the sidelines, Mulehead has been back on stage of late, having performed at this year's Riverfest and in April at the White Water.

Admission is $7.

Saturday, the club will feature Rusty Shackle, a six-man folk rock band formed in 2010 in Monmouthshire, Wales. The group's sound has been called bluegrass, folk, Celtic and old-time blues, using guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass and percussion.

Admission to the 9:30 p.m. show is $5.

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


Micky & the Motorcars will motor into town for tonight's show at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack.

The show will open at 9 p.m. Micky and Gary Braun, who lead the group, hail from a musical family: Their brothers, Willy and Cody, founded the group Reckless Kelly.

Admission is $12.

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


Local reggae music promoter Ras Levi will host a "Jamaica Me Crazy" birthday bash at 9 p.m. Friday at the Rev Room.

Performers will include Tim Anthony, Butterfly, Darril "Harp" Edwards and Joe'l Buckley.

Little Rock native Curtis Fields will make a special appearance at the show. Fields made his debut on the BET awards in 2013, and has also appeared on The View and The Queen Latifah Show.

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

Saturday, the club is bringing back Zoso, known as "The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience." The tribute band was formed in 1995.

Admission to the 9:30 p.m. show is $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show.

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


Maxine's in Hot Springs will present a show tonight by a couple of Tennessee-based singer-songwriters -- Mark Edgar Stuart and Grace Askew -- at 9 p.m. today. Admission is free.

Friday night, the club will present Amasa Hines at 9 p.m. The Little Rock band released an album, All the World There Is, in January.

Admission is $6.

Saturday, three rock bands from Arkansas will perform: The Vail, Silversa and Falling Awake.

Admission is $5 for the 9 p.m. show.

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

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