New On Sales for Friday, April 6

New On Sales for Friday, April 6

Happy Friday everyone! We have some great on sales coming up today. As always, tickets are available at www.ticketalternative.com and our outlets. On sale today at 10:00 a.m. Rock and Roll Hotel (Washington, D.C.) – Black Clouds (Saturday, May 12) – The Impact Is Imminent: A Benefit For The Wounded Warrior Project (Saturday, May 26) […]

New On Sales for Friday, March 9

New On Sales for Friday, March 9

Happy Friday everyone! We have some great on sales coming up today. As always, tickets are available at www.ticketalternative.com and our outlets. On sale today at 10:00 a.m. Juanita’s (Little Rock, AR) – John Michael Montgomery (Saturday, March 31) Rock and Roll Hotel (Washington, D.C.) – Dance For The Dying (Friday, April 20) – Exit […]

New On Sales for Friday, February 3

New On Sales for Friday, February 3

Happy Friday everyone! We’ve got a great list of shows going on sale today. You can buy all the tickets at Ticket Alternative! On sale today at 10:00 a.m. The 40 Watt Club (Athens, GA) – !!!/Shabazz Palaces (Thursday, April 19) 529 (Atlanta, GA) – Caveman (Friday, March 9) The EARL (Atlanta, GA) – Active […]

Picture Book: Unknown Hinson at Juanita’s, December 9

Picture Book: Unknown Hinson at Juanita’s, December 9

By Sarah Spencer

Full gallery after the jump.

On December 9, the reigning King of Country Western Troubadours, Unknown Hinson, had his long awaited return to Little Rock and performed at the new Juanita’s, located in the historic downtown Rivermarket District. Unknown Hinson, with his electric, alternative-country sound also debuted his brand new band to his rapidly growing and devoted fan base during his two full sets of play time. Opening for Unknown Hinson was the Arkansas-based, feel-good country band, The Salty Dogs. Read more about Picture Book: Unknown Hinson at Juanita’s, December 9

New On Sales for Friday, September 2

New On Sales for Friday, September 2

Happy Friday everyone! We’re kicking off the long Labor Day weekend with a slew of incredible on sales for all of you. Tickets are all available at Ticket Alternative. On sale today at 9:00 a.m. Juanita’s (Little Rock, AR) – Anthony David (Tuesday, September 6) – Hawthorne Heights (Tuesday, September 13) – Bleu Edmondson (Thursday, […]

Picture Book: Hope, Days Difference, Ryan Star at Juanita’s on October 30

Picture Book: Hope, Days Difference, Ryan Star at Juanita’s on October 30

By Sarah Spencer

While donning masquerade masks for Halloween weekend, rocker Ryan Star and his band returned to Juanita’s in Little Rock on October 30 with the beautiful and talented acoustic artist Hope and the heartthrob pop-rock band Days Difference in tow. Although the crowd was smaller than expected or deserved, Ryan Star smoldered as he brought the passion and fire he is known for. Ryan’s new album 11:59, with singles “Breathe” and “Start a Fire,” was released in August of this year. Go get a copy.

Full gallery after the jump…

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Live Review: Thriving Ivory, Ryan Star, Free Micah at Juanita’s, August 12

Live Review: Thriving Ivory, Ryan Star, Free Micah at Juanita’s, August 12

Review and photos by Sarah Spencer

Thriving Ivory returned to Juanita’s Cantina during the hottest summer in recorded history, and on this particularly sultry August night, the air conditioner wasn’t working properly for the full house of musical fans, not literal fans. Although the air temperature was less than ideal, it did not seem to have a diminishing effect on the audience as the night wore on. First up to entertain was the local Little Rock sextet, Free Micah. This popular Arkansan folk rock band has been making waves and building a solid fan base the last few years. One of the key elements of their sound is the unique juxtaposition of the soft and subdued sounds of the cello, keys, and female vocals with the harder, more heightened sounds of the dual electric guitars and the male lead vocals.  Read more about Live Review: Thriving Ivory, Ryan Star, Free Micah at Juanita’s, August 12

Q&A with Girl in a Coma; Playing Juanita’s September 1

Q&A with Girl in a Coma; Playing Juanita’s September 1

Girl in a Coma, San Antonio’s sweethearts and all-girl punk rock band, sat down with Ticket Alternative’s Sarah Spencer before their July 14, 2010 show at Maxine’s Pub in Hot Springs, Ark. for a candid look into life on the road, their common interests, as well as some of the life history that inspires them.

It’s nice to meet you guys. Welcome to Hot Springs.

Jenn: Thank you. It is hot.

It is hot! You’ll have to check out that hot water fountain across the street [the natural hot water springs].

Jenn: I know. It’s so cute, though.

Thank you. I love it here. Is it your first time in Arkansas? or Hot Springs?

Phanie Diaz:  Yes
Jenn: First time in Hot Springs.
Q&A with Rooney: Playing Juanita’s, July 2 and The Loft, July 10

Q&A with Rooney: Playing Juanita’s, July 2 and The Loft, July 10

By Alec Wooden

On the surface, Los Angeles-based rock band Rooney has had it rough over the last 12 months. They’ve lost a label (Geffen) and a bass player (Matt Winter), all the while cutting a new record for the first time without benefits of mountains of label aid, engineers and producers. It takes little time talking to guitarist Taylor Locke, however, to figure out that the opposite is quite true. Instead of “losing” a label, they feel freed from one. Winter is gone, but has become no less a friend and avid supporter. And Eureka, the new and aforementioned uphill climb of a record, has left the band energized and excited about controlling their own direction more so than at any time in the past decade. One week into the band’s summer tour, Locke talks about all the reasons why, perhaps now more than ever, Rooney feels right at home within themselves.

What are we to expect sonically from Eureka?

Everyone these days uses the word “organic” in every album review … so I’ll try and shy away from that. The record has a polished sound to it, but slightly less so than our past records. Louie [Stephens, keyboardist] played lots of upright piano, which lends a cozy, barroom feel to the songs. I played more slide guitar than usual. Ned [Brower, drums] takes a lead vocal on one track. Matt [Winter, recently departed bassist] played much more active bass lines. However, you’ll still get plenty of synthesizer hooks, and of course, Robert [Schwartzman]’s voice, which are hallmarks of our groups’ sound. Read more about Q&A with Rooney: Playing Juanita’s, July 2 and The Loft, July 10

CD Review: The Young Veins — Take a Vacation! Playing Juanita’s with Rooney on July 2 and The Loft on July 10

CD Review: The Young Veins — Take a Vacation! Playing Juanita’s with Rooney on July 2 and The Loft on July 10

The Young Veins

Take a Vacation!

One Haven

By Alexandra Edwards

Plenty of musicians begin their careers making music in the indie world and later move on to major label deals and MTV exposure. But is it possible to follow that path in reverse?

That’s what Los Angeles band The Young Veins are trying to find out. The band consists of two former members of Panic! at the Disco, an MTV darling of a band if ever there was one. Three other, more anonymous, members round out the quintet, and they’ve just released their debut album, Take a Vacation! Read more about CD Review: The Young Veins — Take a Vacation! Playing Juanita’s with Rooney on July 2 and The Loft on July 10

Live Review & Picture Book: Unknown Hinson @ Juanita’s, May 7

Live Review & Picture Book: Unknown Hinson @ Juanita’s, May 7

Review and photos by Sarah Spencer.

The reigning King of Country Western Troubadours, Unknown Hinson, returned to Little Rock’s Juanita’s Friday May 7 with his explosive mix of alternative country-western metal and psychobilly sound. The opening band for the evening, The Crumbs, an Arkansas based band, is an enjoyable all-stringed quintet and a true traditional bluegrass band in that there is no drummer. Their version of The Talking Heads song “Psycho Killer” was a fun crowd-pleaser and was also their only cover song of the night. The rest of their nearly one hour performance included original tunes “What Does the Deep Sea Say?,” “Ole Slew Foot” and “How Mountain Girls,” in which each artist and their instrument were prominently featured in a successive order. Instruments used were a fiddle, banjo, upright bass, mandolin, Dobro guitar and washboard. All members of The Crumbs sang. Read more about Live Review & Picture Book: Unknown Hinson @ Juanita’s, May 7

Unknown Hinson Will Be Live at Juanitas on May 7

Unknown Hinson Will Be Live at Juanitas on May 7

Unknown Hinson, the legendary self-proclaimed “King of Country-Western Troubadours” is scheduled to perform at Juanitas in Little Rock, Ark. on Friday, May 7. Originally created as a character for a public access television show, Unknown Hinson went from being a spoof of early 20th century country-western stars to a legitimate national touring musician. Stuart Daniel […]