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Testing your metal 

Two-day festival downtown

DOWN AND DIRTY: Vore.
  • DOWN AND DIRTY: Vore.
We bet you never knew that there are different subsets of the metal genre, including death, black and doom. Here’s your chance to get a taste of those and others at the Frozen Dawn Metal Festival at Downtown Music on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7. Friday’s headliner is Northwest Arkansas’s Vore, who recruited Fallen Empire member Jeremy Partin six months ago to play bass. Also appearing on Friday’s bill are Debris, Brutal Mentality, 1000 Points of Pain and Mulattorus. On Saturday, the lineup is Temple of Blood, Epoch of Unlight, Quinta Essentia, Disarray and Incineration. The shows are for all ages — that is, all ages may be admitted — and the music begins at 8:30 p.m. both nights. Admission to each show is $5. For those who prefer a more benign expression of the spirit, Second Place Cafe will host contemporary Christian artist and record label entrepreneur Travis Brant on Friday, May 6. Local mountain dulcimer player Jerry Jenkins, who has appeared on “Good Morning Arkansas” and with the Rackensack Society shows, will open at 7:15 p.m. Admission to the no-alcohol, smoke-free event is $6 for adults and $3 for seniors or children 12 and under. The event is at Second Baptist Church, Eighth and Cumberland streets. For more information, call 374-9284. If your tastes slant more toward the down and jukey, the Press Box hosts yet another broken-down (in every sense of the phrase), two-man traditional, heavy-on-the-slide blues band, the Scissormen, on Friday, May 6. The duo consists of Ted Drozdowski on lead guitar and vocals and Larry Dersch on drums; and they’re from, of all places, New England. Their latest album is “Jinx Breakers.” The show starts at 9:30 p.m., and admission is $5. Sticky Fingerz on Thursday, May 5, brings in Coloradoans (via Oklahoma) Green Lemon, whose members describe their music as “reggadelic conceptual improv jam intergalactic skank.” The quintet of space cadets includes Wayne Allen, Jesse Fioravanti, Chris Cox, Jon Cordero and Steve Schaben. The show starts at 8 p.m., and admission is included in a $10 River Market Cinco de Mayo pub crawl arm band, or a single charge of $5 for that show only. The club will continue the jam on the weekend with local band Weakness for Blondes playing with openers Daybreak Down on Friday, May 6 (9 p.m., $6). Bruce Springsteen-like true-blue rocker Will Hoge plays Saturday, May 7, with Norman, Okla.’s Hosty Duo opening (9 p.m., $8). Alt-country band Micky and the Motorcars drops by for the club’s “Roots in the Rock” series on Tuesday, May 10 (8 p.m., $5), and blues artist Sean Costello performs Wednesday, May 11 (9 p.m., $5). Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom will have an all-ages “School’s Out” show on Thursday, May 5, with radio rockers Rwake and Anxiety, along with Adam Hambrick and Clay Cash (8 p.m., $6). If you haven’t relieved your after-final-exam angst, Strange As Fiction and Scar Season are scheduled for Friday, May 6 (10 p.m., $6, ages 18 and up). Then, a trio of well-loved locals and Max Recording artists appear Saturday, May 7: Il Libretina, Kevin Kerby and the Boondogs (9 p.m., $6, ages 18 and up). With a name like Pootenanny — we wrongly assumed it was a raunchy soul singer — we felt like we needed to find out who or what the heck was happening at the White Water Tavern on Saturday, May 7. We found out it’s a local take-off on a hootenanny, with the webbed network of the Salty Dogs/Amy Garland Band/Big Silver guys, who get together and invite other area artists bring their instruments and sit in. Says Amy Garland/Salty Dogs bassist Mike Nelson, “It’ll be us, along with Conway native Chris Lipsmeyer, as well as any other local musician we can con into coming down to the White Water Tavern to play songs we all don’t know. The only redeeming part of the show is that the musicians play semi-nude.” Music starts around 9 p.m. and admission is $5.
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