Giving you the music a day early:
Edgefest — the annual new rock festival presented by 100.3 The Edge — returns for its sixth rendition to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds with co-headliners and Edgefest veterans Rob Zombie and Godsmack. Other Edgefest veterans on the all-day affair bill are Five Finger Death Punch (2008 Edgefest) and Drowning Pool (2009 Edgefest). The newbies include California hard rockers Papa Roach, heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah (members of Pantera and Mudvayne among others), British heavy metal group Bullet for My Valentine and Italian heavy metal band Lacuna Coil. The gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 advance and $40 at the gate, with tickets available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Late additions to the bill are Seether, The Veer Union and Shaman Harvest along with local support from Dark From Day One and The Vail.
Hosted by Power 92.3 and Stack 3, and presented by The Fam Ent., the Big Apple Reunion Party at The Village is a night of hip hop and R&B with Lil Keke (a Houston southern rapper) and Mista Mayhemm (a Little Rock hip hop heavyweight) headlining, and special guest appearances by MC Mack, E Dubb, Lil P Da Keepa and Doe Boi. DJ Whuteva will be on the turntables. The doors open at 9 p.m. with a 10 p.m. start time. General admission tickets are $15 advance and $25 at the door.
Michigan psychobilly trio Koffin Kats have a tune titled “Saw My Friend Explode Today,” which starts off innocently enough with lead singer Vic Victor crooning, “I saw my friend explode today right before my eyes/I wear his blood impatiently as if I’m waiting to die.” Then the tune explodes with the gallop of upright bass, guitar and drums. Other ferocious anthems cover the topics of drug use, self-loathing and a girl named Rock and Roll. The band’s Coast to Coast Party Time tour plays Sticky Fingerz. The opening act is local rockabilly on steroids act Josh the Devil & the Sinners, kicking off the music at 9:30 p.m. Early admission is $5 for the 21-and-up show.
The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative has its Elements: Hip-Hop main event, with all the elements of the hip hop culture included, with MCs, DJs, breaking and graffiti artists along with other art and music, and drinks and a raffle with a chance to win the Elements graffiti back drop. The all-ages event kicks off at 2 p.m., and admission is $3.50 for ACAC Sustainer members, $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Proceeds will go to materials to paint the ACAC. Graffiti artists from Arkansas, Los Angeles, Texas, Mexico and Kansas City will paint the building. Music will be presented by local hip hop acts and DJs.
Bear’s Den Pizza in Conway welcomes a visit from two of Little Rock’s top musical acts: Dangerous Idiots and Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover. The Dangerous Idiots is a band comprised of Techno-Squid Eats Parliament founding members Aaron Sarlo and Shayne Gray, and Trusty founding member Paul Bowling. The Idiots sound can be compared to The Pixies, Camper Van Beethoven, Nirvana, Big Star and maybe Green Day. (Back when they were hungry, Gray said.) The outfit is currently trying to raise enough money to mix, master and release their debut album. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth are “mystic Indian hitmakers” who kick out “white trash power pop” — better known as gritty, power trio rock.
And just because I’m a huge fan of Blade Runner, here’s Zombie with “More Human Than Human”: