Giving you the music a day early:
Sara Evans scored her first No. 1 country hit in 1998. Since then she has won Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards, and had more No. 1 country hits, including her newest, the 2010 single “A Little Bit Stronger.” Her newest album is the March release Stronger, her first album in five and a half years, and a triumphant return for the country music superstar. Evans comes to Magic Springs Water and Theme Park. The show is at Timberwood Amphitheater with concert gates opening at 6 p.m., and the show starting at 8 p.m. General main gate admission is $44.99 for the day, and tickets after 4 p.m. are available for $22.50.
As Art Porter Week continues in Little Rock, R&B and jazz singer Lalah Hathaway (the daughter of the legendary Donny Hathaway) makes an appearance at Riverfest Amphitheatre. The concert will cap a week of events and concerts honoring the father-son duo of Art Porter Sr. and Art Porter Jr., two legendary Little Rock jazz musicians. The week benefits the Art Porter Music Education & Foundation, an organization that raises money for music scholarships and educates the public on music through workshops and seminars. The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the door.
It sounded like local minimalist alternative rock outfit Underclaire had called it quits a few months ago, with Mike Mullins and Rob Brackett forming that local rock supergroup Year of the Tiger. But Underclaire returns from the dead for a show at Downtown Music. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $6 cover. Underclaire’s third album Making Sky was a 12-track album of smart, muscular rock such as the start-stop rush of “Belladonna” and the bass-powered swing of “Las Muertas.” Hot Springs experimental indie rock act The White Glove Test is the opening act.
The Arkansas Blues Society presents the CD release party for Jawbone & Jolene at Cornerstone Pub. The music starts at 9 p.m. with an open jam following all the CD release festivities. Cover is $5. The album is titled Lifestyles of the Poor & Infamous, and the open jam following an appearance by Jawbone & Jolene includes UnSeen Eye and several other local blues singers and musicians.
Here’s Sara Evans with her “A Little Bit Stronger”: