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THURSDAY 6/13-SUNDAY 6/16
EUREKA SPRINGS BLUES WEEKEND
Various times and venues. $20-$35.
Blues fans, set your coordinates for Carroll County, because there's going to be a stout lineup at this year's Eureka Springs Blues Weekend. At the top of the bill is The Chicago Blues Revue (Saturday night at The Auditorium), which includes John Primer, Bob Stroger, Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, Billy Flynn and BarrelHouse Chuck, all of whom have performed alongside such legendary figures as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins and many others. Among them all, they've earned a Grammy nod and multiple Blues Music Awards nominations and wins. Opening for the revue is E.G. Kight, a veteran player out of Georgia, who has shared stages with greats like B.B. King and Koko Taylor. She's nicknamed the Georgia Songbird. The Nighthawks (Friday night at The Auditorium) have been playing since the early '70s, turning out, solid, straightforward blues rock. Opening that show will be Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges, a stylistically diverse guitarist who tours constantly. Times readers will no doubt be familiar with Mississippi's Cedric Burnside, who'll perform Friday night at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel's Barefoot Ballroom (Burnside plays at White Water Tavern Saturday night). There are many more performances all weekend. Check EurekaSpringsBlues.com for the full schedule.
6:30 p.m. Main Library. Free.
If your the typo person who gets P-O'd at the site of misused homophones, missspelings, creative abbrev., stray apostrophe's, Mysterious Capitalizations, "enthusiastic" and "seemingly random" usage of "quotation marks," or other such abuses of written language, you will likely sympathize with author Jeff Deck. In 2007, Deck and his colleague Benjamin D. Herson decided they had finally had enough with the typos, particularly on signs. So they embarked on a 10-week voyage across the country, armed with sharpies, correction fluid, dry erase markers and all other manner of materials, in order to right the wrongs found on as many signs as possible. They documented their journey and the result was "The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time," which was published in 2011. Copy editors, English teachers, militant grammarians and their sympathizers should get a kick out of the book. Deck will give a presentation and sign books as well.
UNDYING LUV: THE BUSHY MEMORIAL PARTY
9 p.m. Revolution. $10 minimum donation.
When longtime concert promoter Jeffry "Bushy" Hudnall died early this year, there was an outpouring of grief from the electronic music community. Even to an outsider, it was apparent how much Hudnall's life and work meant to so many people. Promoter Mike Brown was very close to Hudnall, so he's hosting a benefit to put a bench and plaque as a memorial to his late friend at the Belvedere Pavilion downtown. "Many years ago this is where Bushy use to throw our Free Sunday parties," Brown said via email. "He loved the area, even got married there. After they cremated him, there was never a plot, or place to visit. Through all the lives he touched, I felt this was a great way to keep his spirit alive for everyone he touched and future generations of music lovers." The cost for the memorial is $3,000, and the proceeds from this 18-and-older show, which will feature more than 20 DJs, will go toward the project. The $10 donation is a minimum, and includes a memorial button.
MEET AND GREET WITH BROOKS ROBINSON
5:30 p.m. Lamar Porter Field. $10.
Little Rock's Lamar Porter Field is a treasure. The WPA-built ball field on Seventh Street was constructed in 1936 and is the oldest actively used baseball stadium in the state. It's got such a classic ballpark look that it was used as a location for the 1984 WWII-era film "A Soldier's Story." It was where Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson — widely regarded as one of, if not the, best third baseman of all time — played as a youngster. Robinson will be returning to his hometown to celebrate the field's 77th birthday and kick off the fundraising effort to fully restore the park, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Tickets also include a hot dog, soft drink and a bag of popcorn, because this is a baseball park, after all. Robinson will be available to sign autographs for fans as well. Who could ask for a more wholesome, all-American time to be had this Saturday afternoon?
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Discovery. $8-$10, free for members.
This sounds very cool, especially for those with young'uns (or young-at-heart'uns): The 2nd Annual Tinkerfest. Organized by the Arkansas Discovery Network (a six-museum partnership with the Museum of Discovery as its hub), Tinkerfest will see more than 40 stations set up where burgeoning engineers and inventors can, well, tinker on stuff. What sort of stuff? According to the MOD, "visitors will have the opportunity to create with 3D printers, disassemble a vehicle, meet robot makers, participate in water balloon catapulting duels, build and launch rockets, learn to crochet, create a cardboard city and much more." It doesn't cost extra to attend Tinkerfest, but standard admission applies for non-members ($10 for adults, $8 for children).
JOHN MCATEER AND THE GENTLEMEN FIRESNAKES
8 p.m. Vino's. $5.
John McAteer — known to more than a few folks as Johnny Mac, solo artist and frontman for The Reds — released the album "Dark Houses" last summer, but hadn't gotten to playing a record-release show until now (he did play an acoustic solo show). This one will feature a full-band lineup, with Josh Bentley on bass, Brian Bush on keyboards and Brad Brown on drums. If you haven't yet picked up a copy of "Dark Houses," I recommend it. The album hits a total sweet spot hybrid of nervy post-punk and classic power pop. Check the blistering, epic "Cipher" or the slyly infectious opener "Waste of Time." And the fist-pumping-inducing "I Hope He Understands" just slays, pausing for a breath in the middle to get set up for some blistering, bitchin' guitar soloing. Seriously. He's got four tracks from the album streaming on his ReverbNation profile. Opening the show will be Peckerwolf and Winston Family Orchestra.
10 p.m. Juanita's. $15 adv., $20 day of.
Longtime Memphis rapper and Three 6 Mafia associate Project Pat comes to town Saturday. He's been pumping out the Dirty South jams at a steady clip since the '90s, having earned his biggest hit with "Chickenhead" in 2001, after getting a lot of attention for his turn on the Three 6 classic "Sippin' on Some Syrup." His recent single "Gas," from the upcoming mixtape "Cheez-N-Dope 2," is as fine an example as you could ask for when it comes to banging, slow-rolling Southern hip-hop. It's all booming bass and rattling clicks and sinister synthesizers. Opening the show will be Little Rock electro-pop outfit Collin Vs. Adam, which should make for an interesting show.
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