Giving you the music a day early:
The last time David Kimbrough Jr. visited White Water Tavern it was with poet, former MC5 manager and White Panther leader John Sinclair. Kimbrough, the son of legendary North Mississippi hill country blues artist Junior Kimbrough, returns to White Water for a night of his gritty, droning hill country blues, along with Little Rock’s Mockingbird, a five-piece band of diverse talents who create hillbilly psychedelia, a dose of music influenced by Ozark folk music and aliens. Formerly of Little Rock now of Fayetteville musician Stacy Mackey is also on the bill with her adventurous music. Cover is $10 with the music at 9 p.m.
Pay at the Pump is not only a way to avoid the temptation of purchasing scratch-off lottery tickets, but also the name of the Oklahoma City musical outfit visiting Vino’s to unleash their Southern-flavored hardcore sound. Joining them are Maumelle electronica metal group The Science of Sleep, Little Rock metal outfit Take It to Heart and Conway hardcore act Hollywood Homicide. No word on cover or start time. Pay at the Pump will also play a Sunday night gig at Soundstage, being joined by Conway metal group Still Reign and Better Alone.
Texas outfit Oh, Sleeper shout, scream and growl over their metalcore rhythms to reach to the heavens and praise the Lord. The group’s Son Of The Morning sophomore release chronicles the battle between the devil and God from start to finish so expect the quartet to shred through their version of praise anthems during a visit to The Village. Joining the band for their The Blast & The Furious Tour are Arizona metalcore outfit Greeley Estates, Jacksonville and Rise Records artist pm today with their guitar-driven, alternative rock and New Jersey post-hardcore Christian act I Am Alpha and Omega, with local support from central Arkansas screamo band My Hands to War and the hardcore metal of Star City’s Kingdom Under Siege. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 advance and $13 at the door.
The Town Pump welcomes The Pope County Bootleggers to Riverdale with a $5 cover and music starting at 10 p.m. Splitting their time between Little Rock and Fayetteville, the Bootleggers are fresh off an appearance at South By Southwest, performing at The Hideout in Austin, Texas, with a couple of Austin acts, The Ripe and Spells. Expect The Bootleggers to collect several musical genres — blues, classic country, rock, bluegrass and rockabilly — and create their unique Americana music.
The Weekend Theater is holding its annual gala, and you along with Sordid Lives creator, writer and comedian Del Shores are invited. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock’s Unitarian Universalist Church with a reception followed by Shores at 7:30 p.m. with his one-man show Del Shores: My Sordid Life, a performance dishing on how he created the play, film and TV series Sordid Lives along with Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?) and Southern Baptist Sissies. Also included in the night are a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. Tickets to the event are a suggested minimum donation of $50.
The free music and fun for a cause with the inaugural Lime Aid Concert at Riverfest Amphitheater from noon until 5 p.m. Featuring minimalist alternative rockers Underclaire along with Ms. Tommie’s Dance Academy Dancers, Monastic’s and B.I.B Entertainment and other musical groups, the event kicks off May’s Mental Health Awareness month, promoting stress and mental health awareness, with an afternoon of showcasing Arkansas’ mental health organizations and service providers with a mental health fair. The event will also feature goodies, giveaways and a silent auction. Following the Lime Aid Concert, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Arkansas Chapter will hold a crawfish boil in the River Market Pavilions with live music from Spindown from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple.
Here’s David Kimbrough Jr. tearing through his daddy’s classic “All Night Long” (Video starts at :30 mark with music at 2:15 mark.):