THURSDAY 8/29- MONDAY 9/2
Various times. Dickey-Stephens Park. $4-$12.
It is a sure sign that summer's winding down: the end of the regular season of minor league baseball. The Arkansas Travelers will finish the 2013 regular season with a seven-game home stretch that started Tuesday and continues through Labor Day. If the Travs make the playoffs, there will be home games on Sept. 6 and, if needed, Sept. 7 and 8. The home team faces off against the Springfield Cardinals through Friday at 7:10 p.m. Starting Saturday, they'll take on their in-state rivals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, starting at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, 2:10 p.m. Sunday and 1:10 p.m. Monday. Sunday is the day when kids can run around the bases after the game. That right there sounds like some very wholesome fun.
THURSDAY 8/29- SUNDAY 9/1
HOT SPRINGS BLUES FESTIVAL
Various times and venues. $10 per day or $15 for full pass.
Blues fans, y'all probably will want to head down to The Spa City this weekend for the 17th Annual Hot Springs Blues Festival. Things kick off with Samantha Fish at The Ohio Club. Friday will see performances from The Ghost Town Blues band at Big Chill; Little G Weevil at the Ohio Club; Bart Walker Band at Fat Jack's, and Youngblood Blues Jam (all-ages) at Classics Bar & Grill in the Clarion hotel. Saturday has workshops at the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs from noon-3 p.m. (including one from Bluesboy Jag on how to build your own cigar-box guitar — it's $40). Gates open at 2:30 p.m. at Hill Wheatley Plaza and the headliners are Shakura S'aida and Zac Harmon. After-parties kick off at 9 p.m. There are more workshops Sunday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., after which the gates open up again, with music kicking off at 3:30 p.m. Headliners are Bart Walker Band and Southern Hospitality, and after-parties start up again at 9 p.m. Should be a great time for blues lovers and at $15 for a full pass, it's a helluva deal.
9 p.m. Stickyz. $6.
There are far, far too many bands out there that decide on a name, write a handful of songs and then release their debut album or EP approximately 30 minutes after their first practice. Not The Bloodless Cooties. This Dogtown crew has been honing its off-kilter racket off and on for 20 years, gleefully rampaging through the history of rock 'n' roll like a screaming drunk dude in a record shop, stumbling all over the place and sweating and bleeding all over the rare garage rock 45s. The trio is made up of father-son duo Jerry and Jeremy Colburn on drums and guitar, respectively, and bassist Louisa Rook. Jerry Colburn was in Psychotic Car Woman and does solo and experimental music under the banners of Herding Kittens and Empty Boat People. Rook played guitar for my all-time favorite Little Rock band, The Stranger Steals. The Cooties mostly play cover tunes, ranging from '60s pop hits to '50s country weepers to rockabilly rave-ups to garage-psych classics to obscure numbers from the oddest of oddball outsiders. While it took 20 years to arrive, this album-release show will no doubt prove to have been worth the wait. Oh yeah, the cover art for the album was created by none other than Raymond Pettibon, who created some of the most iconic punk album covers ever for the likes of Black Flag, Minutemen and Sonic Youth. Pretty awesome. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth open this 18-and-older show, and Selector Fast Weapons helms the steel wheels to crank out the jams.
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