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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Weekend of killer 'comfort jams'

Two regional favorites return to Eureka Springs this weekend for what I call a healthy dose of "comfort jams."

On Friday night, you will surely love the band at Chelsea's if you are a fan of Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Legendary Shack Shakers.

Honky Suckle, based in Springfield, Mo., is comprised of five talented musicians in upright bassist and vocalist Dave Smith; Kyle Young on harmonica and vocals; drummer and vocalist Adam Howell; Eric Howell on the resonator, banjo and vocals; and guitarist and vocalist RJ Flores.

Yes, that's five vocalists. And I've heard this group at Yonder Mountain String Band's Harvest Music Festival; they do not disappoint.

Blending rock and punk influences with roots music's raw power they offer a level of heartfelt intensity seldom heard, particularly in a "bar band."

And their unique blend of four- and five-part harmonies round out the sound that crowds have come to love. Rowdy live shows and genuine emotion leave people wanting more.

Honky Suckle plays at around 9 p.m. Friday. Chelsea's is at 10 Mountain St. in Eureka Springs. 479-253-6723. Admission will be $5 and only ages 21 and up are allowed inside.

On Saturday night, my pick for the evening is Earl & Them, led by the infamous Earl Cates of The Cate Brothers, performing at Chelsea's beginning at around 9 p.m.

Earl Cate was listed in Steve Cropper's Top Ten Guitar Players of All Time, after gaining fame with his twin Ernie as The Cate Brothers.

Writing and performing music for five decades, he has a unique style of playing that sets him apart, and his level of experience and professionalism is unmatched. He's played and toured with Levon Helm and The Band, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bo Diddley, Little Feat and many others. His bands have shared the stage with Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Boz Skaggs, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many other rock legends of our time.

Eureka's own David Renko is a special member of Earl & Them, playing saxophone at many of their performances after playing with the Cate Brothers for 20 years.

Admission will be $5 and it's ages 21 and up.

Following is the entertainment schedule for Eureka Springs venues for the coming week:


* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Karaoke and DJ Goose, 8 p.m. till midnight.

* New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-253-2525: Live music, 6 p.m.

* Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479-253-7147: Open Mic Musical Smackdown with Bloody Buddy & friends, 7 p.m.


* Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m.

* Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Matt Reeves, 8 p.m.

* Chaser's, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-253-5522: Ride Shy, 8 p.m.

* Chelsea's, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723: Honky Suckle, 9 p.m.

* Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-253-7020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close

* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Chad Emmert Band, 9 p.m.

* The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: Bike Night, 4 to 9 p.m. or later, food and drink specials, DJ on demand and prizes; DJ & Karaoke, 9 p.m.

* New Delhi Cafe: Live music, 6 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: John Dooley Experience, 7 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Cole Porter Band, 6 p.m.

* Squid & Whale: Whiskey Dick (rebel-alt-country from Fort Worth), 9 p.m.


* Cathouse / Pied Piper: Matt Reeves, 8 p.m.

* Chaser's: Downtown Stranger, 8 p.m.

* Chelsea's: Earl & Them, 9 p.m.

* Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close

* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Chad Emmert Band, 9 p.m.

* The Lumberyard: Martin Sims, 9 p.m.

* New Delhi Cafe: Live music, 6 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Den: Skillet Lickers, 7 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Another Fine Mess, 6 p.m.

* Squid and Whale: Smokin' Crawdadz (twangy jams from Fort Smith), 9 p.m.


* Chelsea's: Dead Man Flats, 4-8 p.m.

* Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close

* New Delhi Cafe: Live music, 4:30-8 p.m.

* Squid and Whale: Charlie Can't Surf (indie/alternative), Local Kine local musicians showcase, 8 p.m.

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