Pine Bluff smokes with Gramm, ’cue
Lou Gramm, formerly of Foreigner, and a host of regional rock and blues music acts are lined up for the fifth annual Smoke on the Water Barbecue and Music Festival in Pine Bluff on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17. The smoke will arise from a state championship barbecue cookoff and world’s championship backyard cookoff on Saturday. More than 80 professional cooking teams are expected for the barbecue portion, and the event drew an estimated 25,000 festival-goers last year.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday at Regional Park, just north of the Martha Mitchell Expressway (U.S. 65-B) and west of Lake Pine Bluff. Admission is $5 Friday and $10 Saturday, with Saturday VIP tickets available for $20.
Gramm (vocalist on “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Double Vision,” “Head Games,” more Foreigner hits and his own solo hit “Midnight Blue”) will headline Saturday’s music at Lakeview Amphitheater, which also includes rock act Starkz, guitar great Anthony Gomes, bluesman Michael Burks and Liquid Groove Mojo. Other bands will be featured on a second stage. The festival will also feature carnival rides, motorcycle and car shows, a paintball field, mechanical bull, outdoor expo and simulated NASCAR racing contest, petting zoo, food vendors, beverages and more.
Call 870-536-8175 or visit www.smokeonthewaterbbq.com.
Dement sings at Mountain View
Singer-songwriter Iris Dement, a native of Paragould who is regarded as one of the top folk performers in the nation, will appear at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Dement is the youngest of 14 children and grew up singing gospel music with her family. As a teen, she was exposed to country, folk and R&B and was influenced by Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. On her latest album, “Lifeline” (a portion of which was recorded at the Folk Center), she revisits the church music of her youth in rural Arkansas and California.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the center’s theater. Tickets are $20. Call 870-269-3851.
Jazz in Eureka
Eureka Springs will celebrate the talents and creativity of regional jazz musicians in a three-day Jazz Eureka festival throughout the city Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18. Performers include the Fayetteville Jazz Mafia, which recreates the sounds of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Pat Metheny and will perform at the City Auditorium on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8.
Other acts and venues during the weekend include Richard Bruton at Chelsea’s, Matlock and Company at the Pied Piper Pub and the Greg Meise Band with Millie Edwards at the Bavarian Inn. Free concerts will also be held at the Basin Spring Park bandshell all weekend, with a Sunday afternoon performance by the Missouri State University Jazz Band.
For a complete listing of performances, events and ticket information, visit www.theaud.org or call 888-855-782.
‘Dog’ and kids
The Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre opens with the regional premiere of “Go Dog Go,” on Friday, Sept. 16, with performances at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The stage will be overrun with color, motion, music, dance and, of course, dogs in this musical presentation based on the book by P.D. Eastman. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for children and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Call the Arts Center at 372-4000 or visit online at www.arkarts.com.
Walk, camp out At Little Rock Zoo
The Little Rock Zoo will welcome parents and children to Zoosnooze overnight camp on Friday. Camp setup is between 5 and 6 p.m. Learn about the animals and participate in a storytime around the campfire. Tickets are $25 for zoo members and $30 for nonmembers.
On Saturday, the Zoo will hold another of its Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walks, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with free registration at 7 a.m. T-shirts will be sold for $25 each.
Call 224-0021 for more information on the walk. Call 666-2401 for more information on the Zoosnooze or other zoo events.
Fish fry benefit
The Camp Aldersgate Fish Fry on Saturday, Sept. 17, is a food- and fun-filled event that includes a silent auction, live music by Blue Suede, Bob Hayes and Jubilation Jazz, a kids area, bake sale and coffee shop. Hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Camp Aldersgate, and tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-11 and seniors, and free for children under 4. All the proceeds benefit the camp. Call 225-1444.
After a 2-1 start, including a “two-fer” sweep in Texas the past two weeks, the Arkansas Twisters Arena Football 2 League team plays its first home game of the season in Alltel Arena on Saturday, April 28, against Corpus Christi.
Also, Red Octopus at the Public Theater, Alcee Chriss III at First Presbyterian Church, Harvestfest in Hillcrest, the Arkansas Times Hog Roast, Wildflower Revue at South on Main and Made By Few in Bentonville.