Giving you the music a day early:
Okay, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Verizon Arena. Does anything else really need to be said? This is one of those must-see shows. It’s Petty and the Heartbreakers with their classic American rock sound. Throw in indie artist Regina Spektor. Kind of an odd pairing, but again, it’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Be there. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Verizon Arena Box Office for $27.50, $57.50, $77.50 and $99.50. It’s going to cost you extra if you go through Ticketmaster.
Clarence Carter sings the soul/R&B classic “Patches” — that’s all the reason you need for attending the all-day show Blues on the River at Riverfest Amphitheatre on the Arkansas River that also features Bigg Robb & The Problem Solvers, TK Soul, Sweet Angel, Donnie Ray and more. It’s all presented by Power 92 Jams and 102.1 KOKY. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the music starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 day of show. Of course, Carter also sings “Slip Away,” “The Feeling Is Right,” “Doing Our Thing” and, of course, “Strokin’.” That’s just a few more reasons.
This is how Jason Meadows‘ appearance at Shooter’s Bar and Grill is being promoted: by noting the country musician was on the reality TV music competition series Nashville Star, was a former professional rodeo star and … a Playgirl magazine model. Meadows probably wants to downplay the Playgirl thing, and he is by recording country albums such as You Ain’t Ever Been to Texas. What does it sound like? “Straight-up country,” Meadows says in his online biography. “I think country music today has gotten away from that a little bit. Country has gotten so pop … there’s a whole void there for good, traditional country.” Expect that at Shooter’s. The music starts at 10 p.m. with tickets $10 in advance and $15 day of for the 21-and-up show.
The story goes that Boston newspaper The Phoenix once named Colour Revolt the Best New Band from Mississippi. Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Listen, the indie rocking duo of Jesse Coppenbarger and Sean Kirkpatrick are great, but a New England paper anointing the best band in Mississippi? Come on. And the band is technically from Mississippi, but Brooks Tipton, who tours on keyboards, is a Little Rock native so it’s kind of a homecoming show when Colour Revolt plays Stickyz. The opening act is Velvet Kente with their soul meets indie rock sound with touches of the blues and gospel. It’s an 18-and-up show with the music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.
Rock Town Distillery will host the Camp Aldersgate After Dark Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with the promise of freshly made s’mores, a live and silent auction, and music from acoustic pop rocker Barrett Baber. Tickets are $50. Oh, and there will also be a wine cork pull, drinks and dinner. And all proceeds support Camp Aldersgate, Arkansas’ only nonprofit that is dedicated to serving children, youths and senior adults with disabilities in a camp environment. Good music, good s’mores, good music and good cause.
Harding University‘s second annual First Thaw, hosted by the Harding University Campus Activities Board, continues. Saturday’s day includes a bazaar with Harding students selling their goods and art, and five bands and artists — Brett Vanderzee, The Shindiggers, Brianna Gaither, The Sheriffs of Nottingham and The Coasts — playing music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day ends at 8 p.m. with a documentary chosen by the student body in the Administration Auditorium. Saturday’s events are free for all.
Here are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with their “Yer So Bad”: