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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful for a treat: The Cate Brothers!

My pick for some outstanding live music this weekend is a super-awesome treat: The Cate Brothers holiday family reunion show at Chelsea's Friday night. This show was originally scheduled to be Earl and Them, but that group's guitarist/vocalist Baby Jason Davis had family obligations pop up at the last minute, so lead guitarist Earl Cate called up his brother Ernie Cate, the other half of renowned classic-rock/blues duo The Cate Brothers, and he agreed to come play. Woo hoo! We should be thankful.

These twin brothers, in case you don't know, became nationally known after they began gaining fame around the South in the mid-1960s. Earl, who plays guitar, and Ernie, a pianist, are both great vocalists, and they were critically acclaimed for their recording prowess during the mid- to late '70s.

The Cates got their start playing with Ronnie Hawkins and his Hawks in the 1950s in Fayetteville, including drummer Levon Helm. After Helm and Hawkins moved away and started The Band, the Cates -- with a little help and a few introductions from their friend Levon -- signed a recording contract with Asylum Records back in 1975. Their debut album was produced by guitarist Steve Cropper and featured, among others, Timothy B. Schmidt, who later joined the Eagles. Two more albums followed the next two years, and they appeared on "American Bandstand" and "Midnight Special," to great reviews from fans and critics alike.

In 1979, the Cate Brothers saw their greatest commercial success so far, appearing on PBS's "Austin City Limits," and releasing their fourth album, "Fire on the Tracks," which hit No. 24 on the Billboard rock charts, mostly off the success of the hit single, "Union Man."

In the early '80s, the brothers joined Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in a revival of The Band, while their recording career went on hiatus for about a decade. In the mid-1990s, they released several independent albums. They also performed at President Bill Clinton's inaugural ball at the request of the newly elected leader, alongside Bob Dylan, The Band, Steven Stills and many others.

Ernie "officially" retired in 2006, but they still play a few shows together each year. And these guys do not mess around when they play their laid-back style of classic blues and rock, and they are very, very good at what they do: Earl Cate was listed in Steve Cropper's Top Ten Guitar Players of All Time, for example.

Eureka's own David Renko is likely to be sitting in, since he has been playing saxophone with the Cate Brothers for 20 years.

The Cate Brothers' show at Chelsea's starts about 9:30 p.m.; admission is $5 and ages 21 and up will be admitted.

Following is the schedule of live entertainment for Eureka Springs venues for the coming weekend:


* Chelsea's, 10 Mountain St., 479-253-6723: Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, 1 p.m.

* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live, 37 Spring St., 479-253-2219: Free Thanksgiving Dinner, 4 p.m.; Karaoke and DJ Goose, 8 p.m. till midnight

* Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Thanksgiving Day buffet

* Squid and Whale, 37 Spring St., 479-253-7147: Open Mic Musical Smackdown featuring Bloody Buddy and Friends, 7:30 p.m.; Thanksgiving Feast all day featuring Tony's Cajun deep-fried turkey


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

* Cathouse / Pied Piper, 82 Armstrong St., 479-363-9976: Richard Burnett and Friends, 8 p.m.

* Chaser's, 169 E. Van Buren, 479-253-5522: Dance party with DJ, 8 p.m.

* Chelsea's: The Cate Brothers, 9:30 p.m.

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

* Jack's Place / Centerstage Live: Tightrope, 9 p.m.

* The Lumberyard, 104 E. Van Buren: Black Friday R&R all day long

* New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main St., 479-253-2525: Jason Gordon, 6:30 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Den, 45 Spring St., 479-363-6444: Rowdy's Jukebox, 7 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 417 W. Van Buren, 479-253-8544: Rockin' with DJ Mark, 7 p.m.

* Squid & Whale: The Seth Freeman Band, 8 p.m.

* Voulez-Vous Lounge, 63A Spring St., 479-363-6595: The Bawdy Beggars Roadshow! featuring Miss Lola Van Ella, 7 p.m.


* Cathouse / Pied Piper: Richard Burnett and Friends, 8 p.m.

* Chaser's: Slam Boxx, 9 p.m.

* Chelsea's: Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu, 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: DJ, Karaoke and Dance, 9 p.m.

* New Delhi Cafe: Jason Gordon, 6:30 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Den: Jesse Dean, 7 p.m.

* Rowdy Beaver Tavern: Karaoke with Tiny, 7 p.m.

* Squid and Whale: The Brick Fields Blues Band, 8 p.m.

* Voulez-Vous Lounge: The Bawdy Beggars Roadshow! featuring Miss Lola Van Ella, 7 p.m.


* Chelsea's: Steve & Chuck Swing, 4-8 p.m.

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

* New Delhi Cafe: Skillet Lickers, 11:30 a.m.

* Squid and Whale: "Local Kine" Local Musicians Showcase, 6:30 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 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

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