Giving you the music a day early:
Barbecue and music returns to the North Little Rock RV Park with 103.7 The Buzz’s annual Buzz-B-Q, an all-day barbecue and music festival benefiting the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund. Barbecue teams will be competing for $5,000 in cash and prizes, and the music will be provided by Ty Herndon, a country music star known for his hits “What Mattered Most” and “It Must Be Love.” DJ Debbi T will have karaoke at Buzzaritaville, and the live music begins at 10 a.m. with local act Adam Hambrick, followed throughout the day by The Steve Shankles Band, Sharpe Dunaway and The Blue Meanies, Canvas, Taylor Made Rocks, and Jeff Coleman and the Feeders. Herndon takes the stage at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $5, with day of show tickets $7 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. Children 12 and under free. Individuals with valid military ID get $2 off ticket price.
A number of local bands will join forces at Juanita’s to raise money for American Princes bass player Luke Hunsicker as him and his wife, Sydney, continue to battle back from Hunsicker’s 2008 diagnosis of brain cancer, and the bills incurred in its continued treatment. The Luke Hunsicker Benefit will start at 9 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show. No word on the order, but expect a cross-section of what the central Arkansas indie rock scene has to represent with appearances by Bear Colony, Frown Pow’r, Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, Whale Fire, Life Size Pizza and Echo Canyon.
Greenville, Texas, Southern metal band S.A.O. (Strength as One) visits Downtown Music for a night of their Southern aggression. Joining S.A.O. is Land of Mines, a Little Rock heavy rock quintet powered by a hard-edged, post-grunge sound, Russellville alternative rock band Dark From Day One and A.M.S., a band that … well, a band that is unsearchable on the Internet. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover.
Queen Anne’s Revenge is a seafood and steak restaurant in Daniel Island, S.C., where children eat free during lunch on Saturdays. Queen Anne’s Revenge was the name of legendary pirate Blackbeard’s flagship. And Queen Anne’s Revenge is a Jonesboro punk rock outfit visiting Vino’s. The touring act will be joined by two local bands: the authentic Arkansan attitude and punk rockabilly of Josh the Devil & the Sinners, and the blood-splattered horrorbilly of Ace Spade and The Whores of Babylon with their roaring uppercut of horrorbilly in all its blood-splattered glory.
Mississippi hip hop artist J-Money’s solo debut album included a long list of Southern rappers as guest stars on it, including Memphis greats 8Ball & MJG. He’s also released a debut rap album with his partner, Cadillac Don, but for a show at The Village, J-Money is teaming up with Playaz Circle to form Futuristic Playaz. The party, hosted by 607, starts at 9 p.m. with general admission tickets $15 advance and $20 at the door.
The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative is throwing a party on the Arkansas River with its Drag The River: a cruise on the Arkansas Queen featuring drag performances by female impersonators on the main deck and a DJ on the top deck. The night also includes a cash bar and concessions, along with mystery art boxes containing works by ACAC members and Drag the River merchandise for sale. Proceeds support the ACAC. Tickets are $15 advance and $25 night of with boarding at 10 p.m., departure at 10:30 p.m. and docking at 12:30 a.m.
Not familiar with Ty Herndon? Here he is with his “What Mattered Most”: