Giving you the music a day early:
Sailor songs? Front-porch, cosmic, Southern spirituals? Banjo-fueled psych-folk? It’s hard to place a finger on the genre of music propagated by Athens, Ga., outfit Futurebirds. What is known is the band’s “Johnny Utah” track from their July 27 release Hampton’s Lullaby is pure perfect music — chamber pop folk music intended for late-night drives through woods only lit by fireflies. The act visits Juanita’s, headlining a show that includes North Little Rock indie rockers Whale Fire and newish Little Rock indie rock band Catskill Kids. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.
White Water Tavern has told people to circle this night on their calendar, and for good reason: Malcolm Holcombe is returning to the bar. Raised in the foothills of Appalachian North Carolina, Holcombe was first introduced to music through a pocket transistor radio and music shows such as The Flatt and Scruggs Show before learning how to play on a Sears-bought flat-top guitar. In turn, he has perfected a rustic grass-roots sound that includes his Appalachia background with a dose of the Mississippi Delta blues. Holcombe’s eighth release, For the Mission Baby, features the rugged, gravelly voice singer on 12 tunes showcasing his backwoods acoustic music that blends folk, rock and country. Do not miss this show. The music starts at 9 p.m.
It’ll be interesting to see if Movies in the Park shows the breast parade set to “Shout” by the Isley Brothers on the screen at Riverfest Amphitheatre for a viewing of Wedding Crashers. Probably not; the free movie event is touted as a family friendly night of entertainment. Without the musical flashing and other R-rated hijinks though, the story of two womanizers, played by Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, loses its bite and its humor. Oh well. The comedy also stars Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams and Isla Fisher. The free outdoor film begins at sundown. Patrons are welcome to bring picnics and beverages, but on-site concessions are available as well.
Here’s Futurebirds with their “Johnny Utah”: