The Big Sounds of Small Town Stages

Some big sound will be coming out of the small town of Leslie on July 13 when Voodoo Highway takes the stage at The Drop Zone. Voodoo Highway is a New York-based Power Trio that’s been performing since 1988. According to their website, their brand of blues-rock has been known to be a little too ‘heavy’ for some blues fans. But they say they also play some swampy, delta blues too. To get an idea of their style, they say to imagine ZZ Top, Free, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Tommy Bilin, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, Freddie King, Gary Moore, Pat Travers and Son House at a Sevendust concert.

The group has opened shows for Rik Emmett of Triumph, Sick Speed, Fozzy (featuring Chris Jericho and members of Stuck Mojo, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Lance Lopez. They have also jammed or played gigs with Joe Bonamassa, Randy Rhoads, Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big), The Misfits, Benny Mardones, James Murphy (Death, Obituary), Jeff Watson (“Night Ranger)” Eddie Money and Duane Eddy.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

Also at The Drop Zone this month is Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain along with Sounds from the Attic on the 21st. Danny Brooks, a blues artist from Texas, will play The Drop Zone on July 28. Admission is $10 for each of these shows. Call 501-253-6373 for more information.

Leslie isn’t the only small town offering live music. In Bull Shoals, local artist Steve Anthony, along with his band, will perform some gospel music, a whole lot of country, and a little comedy on July 28 at the Bull Shoals Theater of the Arts. Admission is $12. Call 870-431-5372 for details.

In Harrison, the Ozark Arts Council and the Lyric Theater are teaming up for “Local Licks at the Lyric,” which will feature local musicians on the historic Lyric stage. On performance nights, two bands will grace the stage, performing for up to an hour and a half each with an intermission in between for a three-hour show. The bands are donating 100 percent of their earnings back to the Ozark Arts Council and the Lyric.

Playing July 14 are The Ground Rattlers and Free Whiskey. On July 21, Spare Change Heroes and Kickin Kountry take the stage. Performing July 28 are Machinery of Oppression and Insignia. All shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now by calling the OAC office at 870-391-3504 or K26TV at 870-741-4891.

The Killebrew Theatre in Leslie offers live music on the second Saturday of each month. Playing July 14 is Carnes and The Heaters, an outstanding blues/swing band. They are a favorite among the Killebrew regulars. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door. all proceeds go to support the Ozark Heritage Arts Center.


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