Giving you the music a day early:
So Riverfest is going on. But it’s not the only game in town. No way. Elsewhere in town, and by elsewhere we mean Barton Coliseum, there will be an appearance by rapper and the fourth child of Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Diggy Simmons with his hip-hop and R&B music. His debut album is the March release Unexpected Arrival, and so the tour is called The Unexpected Arrival Tour. Joining Simmons will be teen-girl singing group OMG Girlz. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50, $38 and $48 at either the State Fair Complex ticket office or through all Ticketmaster outlets.
So Riverfest is going on. But what happens when the last band plays the last song of the night and the gates close? Well, some of the crowd will move on to Midtown Billiards and party early into the morning. Helping the party move along? The free-spirited rock ‘n’ roll and tightly focused jams infused with funk and jazz of FreeVerse. The music gets going at 12:30 a.m. or so, which technically makes this a Saturday event but since it’s following Friday night we decided to let it slide. Cover is $5.
So Riverfest is going on. That’s the main game in town. But what about later in the day, as the bands start winding down? How about heading into Juanita’s for a free show featuring Tennessee metal band Straight Line Stitch? Yes, it’s a totally free show that starts at 9 p.m. Well, free if you paid for a Riverfest admission. But it’s not just Straight Line Stitch, joining the quartet will be Psychostick, an Arizona band that is bringing the fun back to metal with their self-described humorcore. Think hardcore metal riffs with a lighter touch on the lyrics.
So Riverfest is going on. But there’s music elsewhere in town, too. Across the Arkansas River from Little Rock at MacDaddy’s Bar & Grill a number of local electronic music artists are gathering for a show that kicks off at 9 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. The DJs playing the show will be Blade, DJ PreSSha, DJ Lyft and Sgt. Pyroman. There will be some dubstep, glitch, breakbeats, house, electro and progressive music along with pool and tons of drink specials. It’s a 21-and-up dance party, and the price? Cheap. $3 for individuals and $5 for couples. Walk across the river for a party late into the night and early into the morning.
Maybe you’ve heard this question before, but what do Snoop Dogg and Lynyrd Skynyrd have in common? Well, nothing, except both are headlining acts at this year’s Memorial Day weekend blast in downtown Little Rock known as Riverfest. More than 50 musical acts on three main stages plus a kid zone and family zone, an international village, artists and merchants, other goodies and food, food, food — it’s Arkansas’ premier arts and music festival for good reason.
Here’s Diggy Simmons with his “4 Letter Word”: