A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
THE KID CARSONS, SWAMPBIRD
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.
The Kid Carsons is a fairly new outfit hailing from New Orleans. Brother and sister duo Chad and Morgan Carson started the band as an outlet for their interests in country music, soaring harmonies, swelling lap steel, sweetly sad melodies that stick in your head and so forth. They joined forces with some of their top buddies and cut this EP called "Settle Down." I think they mean that as in like get married and put down some roots, not like what you tell your friend so he'll stop throwing chairs into the street. I hear tell from the Swampbird camp that the last time The Kid Carsons came to Capital City, they found out at the last minute that their show had been canceled, so they moseyed on over to the WWT and caught a show and really dug the place. Now they're gonna be back with a proper booking to perform alongside their spiritual colleagues (and Bear America Records labelmates) in the 'Bird. These Central Arkansas boys have a new video out for a song off their latest album, "On Being Alone." It's for the song "What I Start" and it's all dudes having what looks to be the funnest day ever, with carousing, beer-drinking, revelry, shirtlessness, gunplay, and then they go down to south Louisiana.
FRIDAY 9/13-SATURDAY 9/14
2013 JAZZ EUREKA FESTIVAL
Various times and venues.
So Spyro Gyra is headlining the Jazz Eureka Festival this year. I hadn't ever listened to them but my dad digs them and so I thought, what the hey, I'll give it a go. Turns out that the band's pop/smooth-fusion jazz music is so severely mellow and laid-back and tropical-sounding that listening to a few minutes of it made me have a mild panic attack. In fact I had to listen to Slayer's "Reign in Blood" and "Hell Awaits" just to calm back down. To clarify, this is not a criticism of Spyro Gyra's music, because tons of people seem to like them and popularity certainly counts for a lot. But if you're more of a sensitive-type listener like I am, you might want to just know what you're getting into. Spyro Gyra plays at The Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $20-$43. There's also lots of free music all weekend at Basin Spring Park, with the 18-piece Fayetteville Jazz Collective performing Friday from 7-9 p.m. Starting at noon on Saturday, you can catch Alan Gibson & First Line, Richard Brunton Quartet, Walter Savage Trio and NSU Jazz Quartet. The Missouri State Jazz Band performs Sunday at 1 p.m.
10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $7.
This should be really good: Memphis mainstays Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith went and recorded a very nice duet EP of some highly tasteful-sounding country-influenced rock 'n' roll, under the moniker of Motel Mirrors. These two artists should be familiar to Central Arkansas audiences, as they've both played the circuit quite a bit in the last few years. The self-titled record somehow manages to sound off-the-cuff and utterly perfectionist at the same time. As Keith put it in a press release, "One thing that is important to me about the project is that it's not hokey or corny or campy or anything. Sometimes when people try to do something with a classic country influence they can get hokey or self-righteous. I wanted to avoid all that and do something that was kind of romantic. The themes are classic — that's stuff you don't see a lot of anymore. I wanted to just explore that and do something that's timeless." This mix of originals and covers sounds like exactly that.