The greatest hits of summer 


Summer traditionally begins in Central Arkansas with Riverfest, the three-day arts and music festival on the Little Rock and North Little Rock riverfronts. Admission is $10 for the three-day pass in advance, $15 at the gate. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sat., and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sun., when the festival concludes with fireworks.

Riverfest music headliners:

May 25: Smash Mouth, amphitheater; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Triple S Alarm stage; Montgomery Gentry, Budweiser stage (NLR).

May 26: Keith Anderson, Blake Shelton, amphitheater; Keb’ Mo’, Triple-S Alarm Stage; Soul Asylum, George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars, LL Cool J, Budweiser Stage (NLR), Trout Fishing in America, Kidzone stage.

May 27: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Ruben Studdard, amphitheater; Georgia Satellites, Marshall Tucker Band, Triple S Alarm stage; rock headliner still to be announced, Budweiser stage (NLR), Trout Fishing in America, Kidzone stage.

Other concerts, music festivals

From Norah Jones to rockabilly, with symphony and band concerts in between, summer is tuneful.

MAY 24-JUNE 28: Fort Smith Summer Concert Series. River Park Amphitheater. A different live music performance every Thu. at 8 p.m. Free. 479-785-4225.

MAY 31-JUNE 3: Eureka Springs Blues Festival. Top national and regional blues acts. Schedule to be announced. www.eurekaspringsbluesfestival.com or 479-253-2586.

JUNE 1-2: Pinnacle Mountain Music Festival. Nationally recognized artists perform noon-6 p.m. Fri., 1-9 p.m. Sat., Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Free, bring lawn chairs. Parking is $5. Food and drink available. 868-5806.

JUNE 3-16: Hot Springs Music Festival. Young apprentices and symphonic mentors gather for two weeks for rehearsals and concerts, culminating with the “Grand Finale” at 7:30 p.m. June 16 at Hot Springs Fieldhouse/Youth Center. Ticket prices and times vary. 501-623-4763 or www.hotmusic.org.

JUNE 7: Norah Jones and the Handsome Band with M. Ward. 7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $58, $48 through Ticketmaster.

JUNE 8: Edgefest, featuring Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Puddle of Mudd, Sevendust, Skillet and Red. Gates open at 1 p.m., North Shore Riverwalk, NLR. $35 through Ticketmaster or www.edgelittlerock.com, children age 8 and under admitted free.

JUNE 10: Little Rock Wind Symphony, “A Stars & Stripes Celebration.” 7 p.m., MacArthur Park. 666-0777.

JUNE 7: Gerald Johnson and Company. 7 p.m., William F. Laman Public Library Plaza, 2801 Orange St., NLR. Free. 758-1720. www.laman.net.

JUNE 24: Natural State Brass Band. 3 p.m., Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford. 217-8785 or www.nsbb.org.

JUNE 30: Conway Symphony Orchestra, “Pops in the Park” concert. 6 p.m., Beaverfork Lake near Conway. Free. Presented in conjunction with City of Conway fireworks display. www.conwaysymphony.org.

JULY 1: Natural State Brass Band, Hot Springs. 6 p.m., Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Road. 217-8785 or www.nsbb.org.

JULY 4: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, “Pops on the River.” With the David Rosen Big Band. 6:30 p.m., concludes with fireworks over the Main Street Bridge. Free.

JULY 10: Widespread Panic. 7:30, Riverfest Amphitheatre. $32 through Ticketmaster, 975-7575.



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