Giving you the music a day early:
Influenced by Attack Attack! and I See Stars, post-hardcore act Everyone Dies in Utah returns to Juanita’s for a headlining gig. Joining the quintet will be central Arkansas screamo band My Hands to War (which appeared with the headliners at a January show). The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. with a an $8 cover.
Micky & The Motorcars — headed by the brother team of Micky and Gary Braun, brothers of Reckless Kelly lead singer Willy Braun — continue to roll right along with their rock-flavored, Texas country music, with a headlining visit to Sticky Fingerz. Their fourth album, 2008’s Naive, featured guest songwriting and singing from Randy Rogers, Lloyd Maines and Mickey Raphael, and the hard touring behind the album spawned the two-disc, live album Live at Billy Bob’s Texas released in November 2009. The Culpepper Mountain Band, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets for the 21-and-up show $8.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Percussion Ensemble turns to Pink Floyd again for inspiration for a benefit concert at 7 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Building. Admission is $10, and tickets will be available at the door. The ensemble will include album cuts from Floyd’s legendary Wish You Were Here album, including “Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Part I-V).” During the 2008-09 season, the ensemble performed Floyd’s entire The Dark Side of the Moon album. Beyond Floyd, the ensemble will perform a new arrangement by member Virgle Lyons of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes,” along with “Mozambique” by Chris Brooks, “Blue Rhythm” by Anthony Korf and Anthony J. Cirone’s “4/4 for Four.” The performance will raise money for the ensemble’s annual tour and also raise funds for a percussion ensemble camp for high school students in June.
Thursday through Saturday, North Little Rock’s Downtown Riverside RV Park becomes home to the Smoke on the Water USA Barbecue Championship for three nights. Admission is free Thursday night with gates opening at 5 p.m. with unlimited carnival rides for $15. On Friday, the gates open at 5 p.m. with a $5 admission, and entertainment from rock band Eden Crow, classic rock cover band Crisis and ’80s hard rock cover band The Blue Meanies. Gates open at noon Saturday, and admission is $5 with samples of world-championship barbecue, tethered hot air balloon rides and a 5 p.m. barbecue awards ceremony. Live entertainment is provided from noon until 11 p.m. on the Main Stage with Crisis, party music cover band Mr. Happy, country duo LoCash Cowboys and country musician crossed with rock and hip hop Colt Ford. Classic and current rock cover band PG-13 will provide entertainment on the Bud Stage.
Here’s Everyone Dies in Utah with their tune “1, 2, 3, 4 I Declare a Dance War”: