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Keen to play at Rev Room; Eureka Springs is all blues

by JACK W. HILL SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE | June 15, 2017 at 1:49 a.m.
Robert Earl Keen

"Sam's Going Away Party," featuring The Muddlestuds, Hell Camino, Colour Design and Tempus Terra will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Rev Room in Little Rock. Admission is free.

Fiona Boyes

Robert Earl Keen will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 the day of the show. A $2 surcharge for minors will be added.

"The road goes on forever," as Keen sings in his best-known song of the same name. A perennial favorite in central Arkansas, he has built a solid career since his days as a college student at Texas A&M, where he and fellow Aggie Lyle Lovett played together on their College Station porches.

He has released 12 studio albums (his latest is Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, released in February 2015) and seven live albums. His latest recording, Live Dinner Reunion, released in November, is a live updating of his best-selling album, No. 2 Live Dinner, released in 1996 to mark his performance at the legendary Texas club, the John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes.

Live Dinner Reunion features guest artists Lovett, Joe Ely, Cody Canada, Cory Morrow and Bruce Robison. The album features a version of a 1920s song, "Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas," made famous in versions by Phil Harris, Louis Armstrong and Bob Wills -- and claimed by towns named Dumas in Texas and Arkansas.

Tragikly White will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10.

Rev Room, 300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 823-0090, revroom.com

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Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at White Water Tavern in Little Rock. Admission is $6.

White Water Tavern, Seventh and Thayer streets, Little Rock, (501) 375-8400, whitewatertavern.com

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Some Guy Named Rob will perform at 5:30 p.m. and Tragikly White will perform at 9 today at Cajun's Wharf in Little Rock. Admission is $5 after 9.

Richie Johnson will perform at 5:30 p.m. and Crisis will perform at 9 on Friday. Admission is $5 after 9 p.m.

Alex Summerlin will perform at 5:30 p.m. and Cadillac Jackson will perform at 9 Saturday. Admission is $5 after 9.

Cajun's Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 375-5351, cajunswharf.com

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Motherfunkship will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack. Admission is free before 10; $5 thereafter.

Melanie Dewey & Kevin Slattery, along with opening act Olivia Burnett, will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

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

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FreeWorld will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at Four Quarter Bar in North Little Rock. Admission is $7.

Objekt 12 will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7.

Four Quarter Bar, 415 Main St., North Little Rock, (501) 313-4704, fourquarterbar.com

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Hotbed, Open Fields and The Fur Coats will perform at 9 p.m. today at Maxine's in Hot Springs. Admission is free.

Ford Theater Reunion and The Second Hand Street Band will perform at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5.

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

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R5, a Los Angeles pop band, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Theme & Water Park in Hot Springs. Season tickets (plus tax) are $69.99; adult one-day tickets are $54.99; and tickets for children under 48-inches tall and adults 55 and over are $36.99. Reserved seats are an additional $10 or $8. Parking is $10.

R5, formed in 2009, consists of four members of the Lynch family, plus a drummer.

Timberwood Amphitheater, Magic Springs Theme & Water Park, 1701 E. Grand Ave. (U.S. 70), Hot Springs, (501) 624-0100, magicsprings.com

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The sounds of blues music return to the Ozarks for the annual Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, being held at a variety of venues throughout the resort village today through Sunday. For the headline shows, VIP passes are $135; passes for Saturday and Sunday are $45; Saturday admission is $35; and Sunday admission is $15.

Headline shows will be held at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, off Arkansas 23. The event is a fundraiser for the refuge, which is a nonprofit organization operating one of the nation's largest big cat sanctuaries.

Today's shows include the Mark Shields Duo at 7 p.m. at the Rowdy Beaver Den, 47 Spring St., and the Scott Ellison Trio at 9 at Chelsea's Corner Cafe, 10 Mountain St.

Friday's shows include Eric Gales, 5-7 p.m. in Basin Springs Park; Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal, 6 p.m. at Chelsea's; Cori Jay, 6 p.m. at New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St.; September's End, 7:30 p.m. at Rowdy Beaver, 417 W. Van Buren St.; Norman Jackson Band, 7:30 p.m. at The Cat House Beer Garden, 82 Armstrong St.; Victor Wainwright, in two shows, 8 and 10 p.m. at the Basin Park Hotel Barefoot Ballroom, 12 Spring St.; Jilla Jackson Band, 9 p.m. at the Rowdy Beaver; Patrick Sweany, 10 p.m. at Chelsea's.

Saturday's shows include Eric Matthews Band at noon at Rowdy Beaver; Dorian Cross at noon at the New Delhi Cafe; Tom Baker's Harmonica for Kids, 1 p.m. at the Turpentine Creek Festival Stage; Brick Fields, 2 p.m. at Chelsea's; Nick Schnebelen Band, 2:20 p.m. at Turpentine Creek; Fiona Boyes, 4:10 p.m. at Turpentine Creek; Toronzo Cannon, 6 p.m. at Turpentine Creek; Katie & The Girls, 6 p.m. at Chelsea's; Cori Jay, 6 p.m. at New Delhi; The Bel Airs, 7 p.m. at Event Eureka, 39 Spring St.; Jilla Jackson Band, 7:30 p.m. at Rowdy Beaver; Blew Reed & The Flatheads, 9 p.m. at Rowdy Beaver; and Patrick Sweany, 10 p.m. at Chelsea's.

Sunday's schedule includes Melissa Carper & Friends at noon at the New Delhi Cafe; Terri and Brett, 1 p.m. at Rowdy Beaver; Brick Fields Gospel Brunch, 1 p.m. at Turpentine Creek; Patrick Sweany, 2 p.m. at Chelsea's; Sister Lucille, 2:20 p.m. at Turpentine Creek; EG Kight, 3:30 p.m. at Turpentine Creek; and All Star Jam, 4:30 p.m. at Turpentine Creek.

The Sunday shows at the refuge will also be a Father's Day picnic.

Area venues will charge their own fees and some clubs will offer free admission.

Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, (479) 253-7333, eurekaspringsblues.org.

Weekend on 06/15/2017

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