Giving you the music a day early:
Following his early 2007 departure from the Drive-By Truckers (where he wrote one the band’s best tune, “Outfit”), Jason Isbell’s debut solo work, Sirens of the Ditch, was an excellent 12-track slice of alt country-flavored rock filled with storyteller tunes drenched in color and rich details. By 2008, Isbell had gone the full band route, starting Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, and releasing an equally stunning eponymous sophomore album in February 2009. (Seriously, check out “Seven Mile Island.”) The Muscle Shoals, Ala., singer/songwriter returns to Little Rock, upgrading to the Revolution Music Room. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $10 cover for the 18-and-up show. Americana act Matt Stell & The Crashers, an Arkansas act known for their collection of country and Southern rock tunes, is the opener.
Here’s one for the children, as Movies in the Park at Riverfest Amphitheatre presents the animated tale Kung Fu Panda, complete with the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie. It’s the heart-warming tale of an obese, lazy panda who must fulfill an ancient prophecy, studying kung fu and saving the Valley of Peace in ancient China along the way. It’s free, with the screening starting at sundown. Movie lovers can bring picnics and beverages, and onsite concessions are available as well.
The Wizard Of Oz wraps up its engagement at Robinson Center Music Hall with a special afternoon matinee at 1 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $21 to $46. Presented by Celebrity Attractions, the event is a celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, the family musical includes a combination of classic songs, special effects and choreography along with the evil flying monkeys. For tickets and additional information, visit www.CelebrityAttractions.com or call (501) 244-8800. Join Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow for the fun.
Here’s Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit with their “Cigarettes and Wine”: