Giving you the music a day early:
Hayes Carll, a Hendrix College alum and a songwriter influenced by Bob Dylan, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, returns to Little Rock and the Rev Room for a night of music, including new tunes from his early 2011 release KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories). No word on the opening act, but expect the music at 9 p.m. with tickets $15 for the 18-and-up show. Carll’s hilariously heartbroken “She Left Me For Jesus” from his 2008 Lost Highway Records release Trouble in Mind won the Americana Music Association Song of the Year award, and Trouble in Mind appeared on several best-of lists at the end of 2008.
It’s HarvestFest in Historic Hillcrest along Kavanaugh Boulevard with a day that kicks off with a bird walk through Allsopp Park and a pancake breakfast at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church cooked by the Hillcrest Residents Association, and ends around 10 p.m. after a live rock ‘n’ roll show from local favorites Mulehead. In between there will be children’s activities, vendors, sidewalk sales from Hillcrest merchants, an antique car show and a burger cookoff. That’s not mentioning a fashion show from Box Turtle with local designers such as Linda Thomas, Erin Lorenzen and Korto Momolu. The music includes Mandy McBryde, Boondogs, The Salty Dogs, Jim Mize, The Elise Davis Band, Bonnie Montgomery & Montgomery Trucking, Mulehead and more.
There are nine more days of the Arkansas State Fair and all that entails: food, rides, fun, games and, of course, the music on the Wendy’s Main Stage. The headliner tonight is two up-and-comers. The night starts at 7 p.m. with Little Rock singer/songwriter Mandy McBryde and her blending of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and roots music. The headliner for the night at 8 p.m. is Jason Campbell, a Russellville artist who plays Red Dirt-flavored country music with his backing band Singletree. Admission is free to the shows with paid fair admission which is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and senior citizens ages 60 and over, and free to children ages 6 and under. Parking at the fairgrounds is $5 per vehicle.
Here’s Hayes Carll with his “She Left Me for Jesus”: