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MUSIC SCENE: Paragould native Iris DeMent playing benefit show

by Jack W. Hill Special to the Democrat-Gazette | February 28, 2019 at 1:48 a.m.
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Arkansas-born singer-songwriter Iris DeMent, along with opening act Claire Holley & Ben Harris, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Center for Humanities and Arts at University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. Admission is $50; or $100 for additional access to a catered VIP reception (beginning at 5:30 p.m.).

Born in Paragould, the youngest of 14 children, DeMent grew up in Southern California and began her musical career with endorsements from John Prine, Emmylou Harris and Merle Haggard, who called her "the best singer I've ever heard." She released her debut album, Infamous Angel, in 1992 and followed that with Sing the Delta in 2012

She and her husband, fellow singer-songwriter Greg Brown, adopted a 6-year-old Russian daughter, who inspired DeMent to release The Trackless Woods, her sixth album, on which she based her songs on the works of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.

DeMent's show is a benefit for Compassion Works for All, a prison outreach organization that teaches meditation, conflict resolution and yoga to people in prisons and jails in Arkansas.

The Center for Humanities and Arts at UA-Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Dr., North Little Rock, (501), 508-4334, Ext. 108


Alan Reid and Rob van Sante will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a show for the Little Rock Folk Club at Hibernia Irish Tavern in Little Rock. Admission is $15, $10 for military, $8 for students with ID and free for accompanied children under age 12.

Reid, founder of The Battlefield Band, is a member of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. He joined The Battlefield Band in 1969 and remained a member for 41 years. He was involved in more than 30 albums by the band and became known for his keyboard work at a time when some fans still objected to such an instrument being used by a traditional group. While still a member, in 1997, he released his first solo album, The Sunlit Eye.

Van Sante, a Dutch guitarist and singer, was the sound engineer for The Battlefield Band for years, until he and Reid decided to form a duo in early 2011. They have since release four CDs, the latest of which, Rough Diamonds, came out in 2014.

Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 663-0634, or


Vandoliers will perform at 8:30 p.m. today at White Water Tavern in Little Rock. Admission is $7.

Vandoliers, a Dallas-Fort Worth area band, released Forever, the band's third album (and first on Bloodshot Records) on Feb. 22. The members of the group have each logged more than a decade in various punk, folk and country bands.

Ben Miller Band will perform at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $7.

Dana Louise, along with opening act Tyler Jordan & The Negative Space, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10.

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


An Evening with Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg will be held at 7 p.m. today at South on Main in Little Rock. Tickets are $28, $26 or $20.

Shelley, a Kentucky singer-songwriter, has released her fourth album, a self-titled collection of songs that she says are efforts to "address difficult questions about life, love, lust and existence itself."

Salsburg, an acoustic guitarist, recently released his third album, Third. He has backed up Shelley on three of her albums and at several hundred live shows. He has also collaborated with fellow Louisvillian and neighbor Bonnie "Prince" Billy on an EP. His day job is curator of the Alan Lomax Archive.

South on Main, 13th and Main streets, Little Rock, (800) 293-5949,


The 2019 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase will feature competing acts The Mad Deadly, White Mansion, Willowack, Illusionaut and Adventureland at 8 p.m. Friday at the Rev Room in Little Rock. Admission is $10.

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


Jared & The Mill, along with opening act Chief White Lightning, will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack in Little Rock. Admission is $10.

Elise Davis, along with opening act Adam Faucett, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show.

"Sunday Gras" will feature Electric Voodoo at 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10.

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


Wayne Hancock will perform at 10 p.m. today at Four Quarter Bar in North Little Rock. Admission is $12.

Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloos, along with opening act Colin Gilmore & Christy Hays, will perform at 10 p.m. Friday. Admission is $8.

Voice of Addiction, along with opening act Narrow Dinero, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5.

Voice of Addiction, a Chicago-based punk rock band, has released seven albums and has contributed to video game soundtracks and Punk Band, a movie-length documentary.

Crescent City Combo will take the stage at 10 p.m. [also on Saturday] Admission is $8.

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


Brian Ramsey will perform at 5:30 p.m. today at Cajun's Wharf in Little Rock.

Fire & Brimstone will perform at 5:30 p.m. and Rodney Block will perform at 9 p.m. Friday.

Lance Daniels will perform at 5:30 p.m. and Seven Toed Pete will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $5 after 8 p.m.

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


Monsterboy will perform at 9 p.m. at Mr. Friendly's Restaurant and Lounge in Scott. Admission is $10.

A duo from Little Rock, Monsterboy is releasing a song every three weeks as it prepares to travel to Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest conference March 9-17.

Mr. Friendly's Restaurant and Lounge, 14519 Highway 165, Scott, (501) 442-4014;


Opal Agafia and The Sweet Nothin' will perform at 10 p.m. Friday at The Big Chill in Hot Springs. Admission is $10.

The Big Chill, 910 Higdon Ferry Road, Hot Springs, (501) 624-5185,


Zac Wilkerson will perform at 8 p.m. today at Griffin Restaurant in El Dorado. Admission is free.

Chris Loggins will perform at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Griffin Restaurant, 101 E. Locust St., El Dorado, (870) 444-3007,

Weekend on 02/28/2019

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