9 p.m., The Peabody. $5.
RiverTop Party finale signals the crest of summer, when it's too hot to
hang out at night down by the river. The Peabody's send-off, Venus Mission
— “the hottest band between Memphis and the Sun” — might be the most
popular touring act to come regularly to Little Rock. The seven-piece
includes three miniskirt-clad vocalists, a drummer, bassist, guitarist
and keytarist. Their repertoire spans the last 30 years, encompassing
everything from disco to contemporary pop, but with, as the band's
attire suggests, a focus on the music of the '80s. This year's parties
have drawn crowds of 800, according to the Peabody. Looking to build on
that success, the hotel is considering adding a fall series, with
parties in October leading up to its second annual Boo Bash on Friday,
Oct. 30. As usual, admission is free prior to 9 p.m.