TEXARKANA — The Texarkana area is heating up with live music options heading further into the proverbial dog days of summer.
Here's just a smattering of what's on tap for this month of August, so-named for the first of the Roman Empire's emperors.
Since Cody Canada's days in Cross Canadian Ragweed, he's been Red Dirt music royalty as frontman for that iconic band. He's at Scottie's Grill on Friday, Aug. 16, as part of Cody Canada and the Departed, the band he's had since 2011 when they debuted with the album "This is Indian Land." Their latest is "3," released a year ago as their first power trio studio effort.
Canada and crew are headed back here to Texas after they play the Braun Brothers Reunion in Idaho. Tickets for the Scottie's gig are $20 in advance, $25 the day of show for VIP reserved seats, $15 in advance and $20 the day of show for general admission. Giovannie and the Hired Guns open with show time at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Other Scottie's shows include Parson B and The Part Time Sinners this Friday night and Moss Brothers Band on Saturday, both on the patio for a $5 cover. Also Saturday, check out the ever-popular I've Heard Worseat La Fogata.
If folk music is your thing, head to Washington, Arkansas, on Saturday, Aug. 17, for Harmony, a Mountain View-based folk act who specialize in old-time string band tunes and three-part harmony gospel. It's the final of three free Music in the Park series concerts at Historic Washington State Park, starting at 7:30 p.m. on the grounds outside the 1874 Courthouse. It's a chance to hear real roots music, the likes of which you might have heard years ago at this 19th century restoration village. This year's series, to that end, celebrates the bicentennial of Arkansas becoming a territory.
That same night west of the state line, check out Music City Texas in Linden, which hosts roots music, too, in the form of Hickory Hill. These longtime troubadours of bluegrass will hold a 40th reunion bash for their annual summer concert. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. for an 8 p.m. start. Tickets can be had for $20.
That same weekend, Redbone Magic Brewing hosts the hardworking country act Relentless, whose music can be enjoyed in between sips of a cold brew and bites of pizza. They'll perform Friday, Aug. 16 at the brewpub. Over at Fat Jack's Oyster and Sports Bar the next night, Aug. 17, you can see longtime country rockers Dusty Rose Band.
A little further along in the month, expect a back-to-school party at the Perot Theatre when Jawbone performs Saturday, Aug. 24. They've been regulars for Perot summers but took a break last year.
Jawbone's back on the downtown jewel's historic stage with the Pleasant Grove Showstoppers and Stateline Avenue Horns. Show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets at $15 until the day of the show ($20 day of) and a $40 VIP with the after-party at Pecan Point included. Funds raised go to TRAHC and Arkansas Children's Hospital.