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Little Rock band deFrance — Connor Roach (from left), Daniel Curry, Drew deFrance, Elliott Cotton and Andrew Poe — take the coveted opening spot for Bon Jovi at Verizon Arena tonight.


REVIEW + PHOTOS: Jon Bon Jovi charmed sold out crowd at Verizon

“We’ve got a lot of catching up to do,” singer Jon Bon Jovi told Tuesday night’s sell-out crowd of 13,399 at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena, where he last performed in 2013.

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Little Rock band to open for Bon Jovi

Most big-time bands tend to bring a slightly less big-time band or two with them on tour to open the show each night.

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Country punk band fronted by Sarah Shook back in LR

The final song on the new Sarah Shook & the Disarmers album Years is also the title cut and comes after nine tracks of whiskey-soaked, country punk with titles like "The Bottle Never Lets Me Down," "Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't," "New Ways to Fail" and "Heartache in Hell."

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DJ Khaled collaborates with big hitters

B DJ Khaled featuring Jay-Z, Future and Beyonce

THEATER REVIEW: 'Dirty Dancing' bops to its own beat in Little Rock

While the downtown St. Patrick's Day parade crowd witnessed Celtic dancing, audiences at Little Rock's Robinson Center Performance Hall focused on footwork of another kind: Dirty Dancing.

Chamber Singers season ends on full-magnitude, superb note

There was plenty of joyful singing going on at Friday night's Arkansas Chamber Singers season closer at Little Rock's St. James United Methodist Church.

Rep's Mamma Mia! dynamic, enjoyable

Don't confuse the movie version of Mamma Mia!, released in 2008, with the stage play.

Impressive performance by the Arkansas Chamber Singers

There was plenty of joyful singing going on at Friday night's Arkansas Chamber Singers season closer at Little Rock’s St. James United Methodist Church.

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Weekend Calendar

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

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Sociable singer Bhi Bhiman full of fun stories, good songs

Here's how these things usually work.

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Kevin Gordon plays LR; Steve Earle in El Dorado

Kevin Gordon, along with opening act The Frontier Circus, will perform at 9 p.m. today at White Water Tavern in Little Rock. Admission is $7.

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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

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Something in the air: Valley of the Vapors Festival fills Hot Springs with music — and love — from all over

For the 14th straight year, a few of the bands making the trek to and from the sprawling South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, will stop in Hot Springs to play an event that's just a little more intimate but no less loved.

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MUSIC REVIEW: Miranda Lambert's singular talent gets feature

Let's get straight to the point: Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is not just the greatest country artist working today but (with apologies to perhaps Kendrick Lamar and Bob Dylan, still out there on a road somewhere) the best popular musician of our time. As they say on social media, want to argue about it? Come at me.