Awesome bluegrass, jam-funk-rock show April 23 in Little Rock | Arts & Culture
LITTLE ROCK — Fans of jambands, funk-rock and traditional bluegrass are all in for a treat this Saturday night as Little Rock's own Runaway Planet and Freeverse take the stage at Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack for a double-header that's sure to knock music fans' socks off.
Runaway Planet, whose bluegrass covers and original songs feature everything from Old Crow Medicine Show's popular "Wagon Wheel" to tunes about catching cheating spouses and burning down the farmhouse, has been featured on National Public Radio for Michael Feldman's "Whadl'Ya Know?" as well as having their music featured on NPR's "Car Talk" with bluegrass fans Click and Clack. Their live performance on Michael Jonathan's "WoodSong's Old-Time Radio Hour" on NPR stations was broadcast to millions around the world.
The group is especially proud of their work with AETN in helping produce a documentary of the First Annual Arkansas Acoustic Festival. In addition, they were honored to be selected to perform during the official opening of the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in 2005.
Runaway Planet has shared the stage with such bluegrass greats as Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush and The Del McCoury Band.
Their music is a mix of hard-driving traditional bluegrass, three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and original songs, drawing off heavy influences from the likes of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers as well as Seldom Scene and New Grass Revival.
FreeVerse, also of Little Rock, is a fusion of progressive psychedelic rock, funk, blues and jazz that yields one seasoned jam band. They explore everything from Southern-fried harmonica- and horn-drenched blues to spaced-out dirty funk, always pushing forward, rocking with heavy beats and forever flowing with energy — and constantly connecting with their crowds.
In fact, that constant crowd connection helped them instantly win awards when they started in 2003, as they were voted "Best New Band" by the readers of the Little Rock Free Press and then went on to become Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase semifinalists in both 2004 and 2005.
They also were chosen to compete in the Wakarusa Winter Classic in 2007, '08 and '09 — an honor almost unheard of in these parts.
With the addition of new musicians more recently, the band has tightened its sound and broadened its horizons all at once.
FreeVerse has shared the stage with some big names as well, including New Monsoon, Particle, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Garaj Mahal and Yonder Mountain String Band.
You can check out both of these awesome bands for the incredibly low admission price of just $6. Runaway Planet starts the evening off at 9 p.m. For info visit www.stickyz.com or call 372-7707.
Stickyz is at 107 S. Commerce St. in the River Market district in downtown Little Rock.