Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries
8 p.m., Dickson Street Theater,
Art Amiss, the Fayetteville-based arts collective, seems to have an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink philosophy. On its website (artamiss.org), the group promotes Arkansas art of just about every stripe — film, music, painting, poetry, literature, mixed media and digital art. Twice a year, a committee selects choice works from all those different mediums and throws a big party. This year, artists will be on hand to talk about their work (casually, no podium-style speechifying), which will be hung throughout the theater. Local DJs and musicians Luminfire, Carpet Bagger, Shortfuze and Christopher Burn will provide a soundtrack, and outside, in an adjacent parking lot, organizers will set up a projection screen and show about an hour's worth of Arkansas-related film clips. Derek Jenkins, who wrote this week's cover story and debuted his new sports column (he's multi-talented), curated the film collection. It'll include clips from “The Hand of Fatima,” the new documentary by Augusta Palmer about her father, the legendary music critic Robert Palmer, and his obsession with a Sufi band in Morocco; the Renaud brothers' documentary on Central High (see page 77); stop-motion animation and various other independent film projects. The first 200 people at the event get a complimentary chapbook filled with poems and short stories along with a companion CD, featuring the Good Fear, Storm the Castle and more.
8 p.m., Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville. $35-$250.
She was born in Lake Charles, La., but we claim her as our own. Tonight, Lucinda Williams will honor her father, Miller Williams, one of Arkansas's most distinguished poets. (All proceeds from the concert go to endow a poetry prize at the UA Press named in his honor.) For half her career, Williams wallowed in relative obscurity before breaking out with 1998's Grammy-winning “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” Her songs are confessional, always rich in detail and largely rooted in the South (her best song, “Pineola,” name-checks a “Subiaco cemetery”). She's been called the female Bob Dylan, both as a nod to her songwriting and in reaction to her voice, a gravely warble that she uses to maximum effect. Earlier this year, she put out “West,” a soul-deep downer of an album that almost rivals “Car Wheels.” This'll be Arkansans' last chance to see Williams here, or anywhere even close; she's set to finish the year with a tour throughout Europe. Charlie Louvin, late of the Louvin Brothers (“Satan Is Real”), opens the show with songs from his self-titled comeback album.
JEFF COLEMAN AND THE FEEDERS
10 p.m., White Water. $5.
With a self-described range from “honky-tonk to hair bands,” Jeff Coleman and the Feeders celebrate the release of their new album, “AmericanB,” with a big concert that, if their previous material is any indication, will feature a lot of songs about drinking. Take “Drinking Coming On,” a song from the band's 2005 release, “Done to Death”: Thick with heavy Southern guitar riffs, it's a classic woman-done-me-wrong tune (this time, with a woman with “hips that could start a war”) that climaxes with a bar-busting drunk. Or “All the Whiskey in Texas,” another song that finds solace from heartbreak in booze. Featuring longtime veterans of the local music scene — Stan James on drums, Jerry Cordova on bass and Mark Chiaro on guitar — the Feeders are sure to summon a rollicking barroom jam to support Coleman's throaty wail. A prediction: lots of bottles will be raised.
KABF FILM SERIES
8 p.m., Market Street Theater. $5.
Long a paragon for independent culture and art in the community (but one that had, in recent years, neglected its ties), local radio station KABF (88.3 FM) continues its recent run of hosting killer parties. Friday marks the kickoff of a bi-monthly film series that KABF will co-host with Market Street Cinema. All films will be music or radio related and will be accompanied by live performances and some kind of art component. “24 Hour Party People,” the 2002 biopic of Tony Wilson, the journalist, club owner and head of Factory Records, leads the series. Starring Steve Coogan, who's spot-on as Wilson, and directed by Michael Winterbottom, the film is a fascinating look back at Manchester, England, in the '80s, home to one of the most concentrated, vibrant musical explosions ever. Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays all make appearances. Prior to the film, which starts at 10 p.m., DJ Jamatron will cut it up in the lobby, where beer and art will be on sale. At 9 p.m., lovable garage punks the Bloodless Cooties appear. They've terrorized the stage, dredging up obscure covers and then mauling them beyond recognition, for more than a decade. Proceeds from the all-ages event go to benefit KABF.
9 a.m., MacArthur Park. Free.
World Fest, Little Rock's annual diversity celebration, offers a staggering amount of entertainment over its two-day run. On Friday, during the day, elementary schools will take on dance and song from far-flung cultures across the world. Once the working world gets loosed, grown-folk music kicks off, with acts like Fire and Brimstone and Brenda & Ellis holding it down. Kemistri, a local jazz-funk act featuring Nicky Parish, headlines. Saturday, the festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Authors Janis Kearney and Laura Castro will be signing books and music and dance and kids activities like fishing derbies will happen all day. Local blues stalwarts Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain play later, at 4:45 p.m., and Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots headline at 7:30 p.m. Led by Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, a Benton native and former All-American outside linebacker for Henderson State, the New Orleans' based Sunspots meld together blues, zydeco and Afro-Caribbean music for a style that's all theirs.
MULBERRY MOUNTAIN HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL
12 p.m., Mulberry Mountain. $50-$85.
Hundreds of hippies, long-haired or just at heart, will flock to Mulberry Mountain, in the heart of the Arkansas Ozarks, for a two-day outdoor music festival, featuring a big slate of the country's and region's best folk/jam bands. On Friday, Railroad Earth, a hard-touring bluegrass outfit from New Jersey, headlines on the festival's mainstage, while Keller Williams of Fredericksburg, Va., gets top billing Saturday. Long a leader in the jam-band circuit, Williams plays as a one-man band, using delay pedals to weave his vocals and acoustic guitar with harmonica, trumpet, didgeridoo, harmony vocals and everything but the kitchen sink. Other performers include Ozark heroes Big Smith, genre amalgamists the Codetalkers, miners of old-time traditions the South Austin Jug Band. The festival's expanse rolls across 605 acres with plenty of woods and fields and trails for frolicking. Plus, New Belgium, the brewery that puts out Fat Tire, sponsors the event, so you can be sure there'll be plenty to drink.
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
4 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. $30-$50.
After this week's focus on 50 years ago, the culminating concert celebration turns the clock back only half as far, with a line-up of some of biggest funk/soul acts from the '80s. Morris Day and the Time headline. Day and the Time of course backed Prince in his early days before breaking out on their own to put out classics like “Wild and Loose” and “My Drawers.” The synth-funk band Midnight Star, who made it onto the charts with jams like “Freak-a-Zoid” and “Operator,” also performs, along with Cameo, another funk standard-bearer; the S.O.S. Band, who'll have everyone singing along with “Take Your Time (Do It Right)”; and Howard Hewitt, an R&B man who made his bones with Shalamar in the early '80s. And Nicky Parish, who performs regularly with Kemestri, gives the performance some local flavor. Tickets, including the $50 VIPs, are available via Ticketmaster.
CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED
9 p.m., Revolution. $18 adv./$20 d.o.s.
Built on the last name of members Grady Cross, Cody Canada and Randy Ragsdale, Cross Canadian Ragweed specializes in twangy Southern rock. Formed in 1994, the band didn't release an album until 2001. Still, hard touring helped CCR grow a sizeable underground following and, by 2004, the group had signed to Universal Records and released “Soul Gravy,” an album that features backing vocals from Lee Ann Womack and a song by Ray Wylie Hubbard. Within their big Southern rock sound, CCR works in arena rock riffing and acoustic flourishes (in acoustic ditty “Flowers” finds lead vocalist Cody Canada sings “You bring me up/I bring you down/I bring you flowers/It brings you around”). The band comes to town less than a week before its new album, “Mission California,” comes out, so expect a lot of new songs. Anxious fans can head to George's Majestic in Fayetteville on Oct. 1, where the band will hold one of its five CD release parties. Austin country-rockers Mickey and the Motorcars open.