[Editor's Note: In the review below, the Jones Brothers are listed as playing on Friday night; in fact, the Jones Brothers are scheduled for Saturday night. We apologize for the typo.]
This weekend is a hotbed of great local and regional music here in Eureka Springs.
Friday night features The Kory Montgomery Band at Chelsea's.
Based out of Fayetteville, the members of The Kory Montgomery Band have been spreading their blues, funk and jazz fusion-style music and sharing their skills across the country for six years now, and they continue to gain new popularity with their solid grooves, intense solos and commanding lyrics. KMB has played numerous festivals and events throughout the country including sharing the stage with BB King (on multiple occasions), Kenny Wayne Shepard, Earth Wind & Fire, JJ Grey & Mofro, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Hubert Sumlin, The North Mississippi Allstars and many other nationally known and respected acts.
Kory Montgomery himself is somewhat of an electric guitar and songwriting prodigy, having started playing such shows at the ripe old age of about 16. Now 23, Montgomery last year released his first full-length album, recorded at Winterwood Studios with Eric Schabacker at the helm as sound engineer; Mike Officer of Los Angeles as co-producer, and some of the best up-and-coming musicians from Arkansas to LA collaborating. The recording consists of eight original tunes written and co-written by Montgomery, and one cover. Montgomery's guitar and vocals steer the music through slow grooves, to funky hard-driving rock.
KMB's show at Chelsea's starts around 9 pm Friday; admission is $5 and ages 21 and up only are admitted.
On Saturday night,Eureka Springs' own The Jones Brothers will appear at New Delhi Cafe, beginning around 6:30 p.m.
The Jones Brothers features Daniel Redmond (Mountain Sprout bassist) on upright bass as well as, of course, the Jones brothers, Steve on guitar and Jerry on harmonica. The acoustic trio has been playing together for years, spitting out Piedmont- or country-style blues for appreciative music lovers of all types, Redmond says.
"They're the first guys I knew in Eureka; I really enjoy playing with them," he added.
In addition to some originals, you'll hear some "hopped-up" versions of some old blues tunes by the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson and Tampa Red. "We have a good time," Redmond says.
On Saturday, I suggest that you all head over to Chelsea's for what is sure to be the best original music in town: Honky Suckle.
If you are a fan of Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Split Lip Rayfield, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Legendary Shack Shakers, you will love this band.
Honky Suckle, based in Springfield, Mo., is comprised of four talented musicians in upright bassist and vocalist Dave Smith; Kyle Young on harmonica and vocals; drummer and vocalist Adam Howell; and Eric Howell on the resonator, banjo, guitar and vocals.
Yes, that's four 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-part harmonies round out the sound that crowds have come to love.
Following is the schedule of live entertainment for Eureka Springs venues this weekend:
THURSDAY, NOV. 15
* Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Fill The Limo food drive, 4 p.m. to midnight
* New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-253-2525: Blackwell, 7 p.m.
* Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479-253-7147: Open Mic Musical Smackdown with Bloody Buddy & Friends
FRIDAY, NOV. 16
* Berean Coffee House, 4032 E. Van Buren, 479-244-7495: Live music, 7 p.m.
* Cathouse / Pied Piper: Dorian Cross, 8 p.m.
* Chaser's, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-253-5522: Singing contest with prizes, 8 p.m.
* Chelsea's, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723: Kory Montgomery Band, 9 p.m.
* Eureka Live!, 35 N. Main St., 479-253-7020: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close
* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Swytch, 9 p.m.
* The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: DJ /Karaoke, 8 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: Philbilly with Phil McGarrah, 7 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Rockin' with DJ Mark, 7 p.m.
* Squid & Whale: Carrie Nation and Speakeasy, 9 p.m.
* Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63 Spring St., 479-363-6595: Jerod Goodman and the Stringbreakers, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17
* Cathouse / Pied Piper: Dorian Cross, 8 p.m.
* Chaser's: Muddy River, 9 p.m.
* Chelsea's: Honky Suckle, 9 p.m.
* Eureka Live!: DJ & Dancing 9 p.m. to close
* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Swytch, 9 p.m.
* The Lumberyard: The Eurekans! 8 p.m.
* New Delhi Cafe: The Jones Brothers, 6:30 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Den: Eclectones, 7 p.m.
* Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Brian Odle and The Hillbilly Underground, 6 p.m.
* Squid and Whale: Slam Boxx, 9 p.m.
* Voulez-Vous Lounge: Jerod Goodman and the Stringbreakers, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 18
* Chaser's: Scott Elliott, 8 p.m.
* Eureka Live!: Customer Appreciation Night specials 5 p.m. to close
* New Delhi Cafe: Magic Mule, 6 p.m.
* Squid and Whale: Stiff Necked Fools, 6 p.m.
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Lively Entertainment is written and complied by Managing Editor Kristal Kuykendall. Deadline for venues to submit their events for inclusion is noon Mondays. Events should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or phoned in to 479-981-9419 by noon Monday each week. Kuykendall also writes Kristal's Northwest Arkansas Live Music Blog, which includes video and song clips of band she previews each weekend, as well as additional previews and recommendations of major, not-to-be-missed live concerts throughout the region. The blog is at www.CarrollCoNews.com/blogs/livemusicinnwa.