"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
The pre-holiday weekend means twice as much live music at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Theme Park in Hot Springs, and it’s a mix of old and new.
Young pop group Click Five from Boston will appear at Timberwood Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 1, at 8 p.m. Classic R&B hitmakers The Spinners will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 2.
Admission for either show is free with a season pass to the theme park. Those without season passes can see the concerts for $28.99, entering the gates after 5 p.m. A regular one-day admission to the park, which also gets you admission to the nighttime concert, is $38.95 ($28.95 for children under 52-inches tall). Reserve seating upgrade is available for $5.
The Click Five broke through with its 2005 album “Greetings From Imrie House,” which included two major chart hits with a retro-pop sound. The band includes lead vocalist and guitarist Eric Dill, lead guitarist Joe Guese, bassist Ethan Mentzer, keyboardist Ben Romans and drummer Joey Zehr.
The Spinners, who formed in 1972 and began reeling off a string of pop and R&B hits and 12 gold records while being nominated for six Grammys, is made up of Frank Washington, Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson and Harold (Spike) Bonhart. Among their classic hits are “Rubberband Man,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair),” “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “Working My Way Back to You,” “Then Came You,” “Games People Play” and “Cupid.”
SHeDaisy, the hot country act, is scheduled to appear at Timberwood Amphitheater on July 8.
For more information visit www.magicsprings.com or call 501-624-0100.
Twisters have ‘Super’ night planned
The Arkansas Twisters can’t suit up Superman, but he’ll be in Alltel Arena anyway on Saturday, July 1, when the indoor football team plays Spokane at the Twisters’ “Kids Night.” The Twisters are 8-4 with an eye on a home-field playoff game if they can continue their winning ways.
Game time Saturday is 7 p.m., and doors open at 6 p.m.
Fans can get free pictures with Superman and the first 1,000 kids will receive Superman/Twisters T-shirts.
From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., a tailgate party with free cokes and hotdogs and $2 beer will be held outside the arena. Children can bounce around and win prizes in the Tailgate Kids Section in the new Twisters inflatable jumper.
Tickets for the game start at $10. Call the team office at 975-5425 or buy through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, 975-7575) or the arena box office (975-9000).
Remaining home games are July 22 against Tulsa and July 29 against the Macon Knights.
Tennessee big band plays twice in state
The Air National Guard Band of the Smoky Mountains, the official musical ambassador for the Tennessee Air National Guard, will perform twice in Arkansas in coming days, starting with a concert and dance at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History on Saturday, July 1.
The show in Jacksonville is sponsored by the museum and the Little Rock Air Force Base Retiree Activities Office. The band specializes in traditional concert band pieces, military marches, patriotic selections, jazz, rock and country-Western songs.
Saturday’s program includes a museum tour, a social hour with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and dancing and music. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and costs $30 a couple. Call 241-1943 for more information.
The Tennessee big band will head next to Heber Springs where it will play at that city’s big July 3 Independence Celebration on Sandy Beach. Also performing is Hannah Blaylock and Eden’s Edge, beginning at 5 p.m. Activities will be held all day on Sandy Beach starting at 8 a.m., and the night concludes with a large fireworks display. The Heber Springs event is free, though parking around Sandy Beach is $5.
Frontier Fourth at HAM
The Historic Arkansas Museum’s annual Frontier Fourth of July is scheduled to 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the museum and features an old-time militia parade. The event, which also includes living history performances and refreshments, is free, and free parking is available at Third and Cumberland streets. Arts and crafts will have a patriotic theme, and visitors can create items to use in the parade, such as flags, streamers and signs.
The parade around the grounds will begin at 3 p.m., and the day will end will lemonade and watermelon served.
Don’t miss …
The Arkansas Travelers are back at Ray Winder Field beginning Friday, June 30, for a series against the Tulsa Drillers. The series includes a single game Tuesday, July 4, at 1:30 p.m. On Saturday the teams will play two games starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Monday start times are 7:10 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids; call 664-1555 … The Mirana Middle Eastern Dance Company brings its “Arabian Nights Spectacular” back to Little Rock, performing their exotic dance routines at Woolly Auditorium at the Arkansas School for the Blind on Saturday, July 1. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and $8 tickets are available at the door … A Call to Excellence Watch Ministries is bringing the gospel show “Righteous, Rhythm and Rhyme” to Robinson Center Music Hall on Friday, June 30. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children through Ticketmaster … The Peabody will be rocking with Urban Gypsy at its weekly RiverTop Party on Friday, and admission is $5. This is where the hot crowd is definitely hanging on Fridays … The official 10th anniversary of the River Market is Saturday, and the celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include live music from Runaway Planet, face painting, balloon artists and more. Call 375-2552 … Middleweight boxing champ Jermain Taylor is expected to be among the celebrities on hand for the Tuner Daze 3 Custom Car, Truck and Bike Show at the Statehouse Convention Center on Saturday. Music will be provided by the soulful 17th Floor, and the Landers Scion Girls will be on hand as well for the show, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit www.artunerdaze.com for more information.
Chorus line still kicking
The musical "Chorus Line" concludes its run at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Curtain is 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $50 for orchestra seating and $35 for the mezzanines. Call 378-0405 for reservations.