Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
NORAH JONES/M. WARD
8 p.m., Robinson Music Hall. $48-$58.
There’s something likeable about the cherub-faced, soft-voiced songstress Norah Jones. In fact, it’s difficult to dislike her, even if you’ve heard “Don’t Know Why” one too many times at your neighborhood Starbucks. At 28, Jones seems to appeal to an older audience; people with grown kids and retirement plans buy her albums. Check out her 2002 debut, “Come Away with Me,” and you’ll see why: It’s easy listening. Her breathy vocals bring listeners in from their daily grind to sit in on her porch-swing rhythms and get carried away by her country-folk cadence. While many critics found 2004’s “Feels Like Home” boring (she’s been called Snorah Jones), it was well received by her fans, who bought a million copies in the first week of the album’s release. On her summer tour, she’s promoting her third album, “Not Too Late.” Singer-songwriter M. Ward, who’s become a much-in-demand guitar session man and a successful artist in his own right, plays in support.
9 p.m. ,The Village. $7.
Back from his second trip to Russia and gearing up for yet another visit and a trip to Australia and New Zealand, globe-trotting local rapper 607 has somehow found time to record a new album, “La Vida Local.” At this point, his prolificacy — this’ll be his 27th release since 2000 — has almost become ho-hum, but his bizarre, always-engrossing albums make him hard to discount. Even more if he keeps putting on shows like his last concert at the Village. For his “Symphony of the Night” performance at the end of last year, he dressed in bondage attire (with a panty-hose-looking mask and manacled wristlets), played with a full band and took requests for about two hours. He’s aiming to up the ante with this concert, which he’s calling “Hack UR Dreams.” Last week, he said he’s planning on having four intermissions with lots of “theatrical shit.” Without a hint of grin, he said he was hoping to do a kind of “rapping Cirque du Soleil.”
7:10 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $3-$10.
The Arkansas Travelers (21-33) close out a four-game series with the Wichita Wranglers (22-34) on Thursday and Friday at 7:10 p.m. While the Travelers have had a less-than-impressive opening season at the brand-new, $40-million-plus, 5,800-seat ballpark, the highlight has been watching pitcher Amalio Diaz, who was named the Texas League’s co-pitcher of the week recently. Diaz is the first Travs pitcher to throw nine scoreless innings this season. Beginning Saturday, the Travs will take on the Springfield Cardinals (25-27) in another four-game series. Games are scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday at 6 p.m.; Monday at 7:10 p.m.; and Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Dickey-Stephens Park is located in North Little Rock. Box seats are $10. General admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
HOT ROD POWER TOUR
4 p.m., Arkansas Fairgrounds. Free.
More than 4,000 souped-up, tricked-out hot rods and muscle cars will roll into Little Rock on Friday for the final stop on what’s become the largest automotive touring event in the world. For eight days and through seven cities, thousands of automotive enthusiasts have weaved their way through the Heartland down to Memphis, finally reaching the end of the tour on Friday in Little Rock. Classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult will kick off the two-day event. Other highlights include Jay Leno’s “EcoJet,” a jet-turbine-powered hot rod, and the 2009 Chevy Camaro convertible concept car. On Saturday, the show opens up again at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m., when cars will begin to make their way east on Roosevelt, north on Broadway, then east on Markham on their way to Cruisapalooza in the River Market. Centered around classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles, the festival will be open to the public from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Legendary car creator Norm Grabowski will have his Kookie II car on display, and Texas rockabillies Pushrod will perform.