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G. LOVE AND THE SPECIAL SAUCE
9 p.m., Revolution. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.
If you've visited, attended, graduated, dropped out or couch-surfed at any college campus in America in the last 17 years, you've heard your fair share of Misters Love and Sauce. There's probably a good chance that, whether you like it or not, you know most of either “Baby's Got Sauce” or “Cold Beverage” word for word. Their music is a mumbled mish-mash of jam, blues, hip-hop, frat-rock, zydeco, neo-soul and so forth that'll probably stay profitable as long as marijuana and Jeep Wranglers are around; they defined the sound of '90s road-trip movies and soundtracked even more real-life ones. Not quite as relevant in the '10s but hardly another '90s nostalgia band either, G-Love and Special Sauce is, let's face it, cheesy, harmless fun. In the meantime, white-boy roots reggae fans, heads up: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad opens the all-ages show. JT.
7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. Free.
After pushing fiction from Brockmeier and Fitzgerald and memoirs from Rick Bragg and Shirley Abbott in years past, the Arkansas Center for the Book has given up. This year's charge is Charlaine Harris' 10 Sookie Stackhouse books, which sounds like a lot unless you've ever read one. But then again, as long as people are reading, who cares if it's trash? Especially if it's Arkansas trash. And while I'm qualifying everything, I should say that, if Alan Ball's HBO adaptation is any indication, Harris is the Tolstoy of the trash novel. So gather one and all, let's pile in Reynolds Hall and hear Harris talk about life in Magnolia with nine books on the New York Times bestseller list and line up to ask questions: Are there any more elastic metaphors than vampires? Has she's ever seen a werepanther in real life? And, most importantly, who's dreamier, Bill or Eric? A book signing will follow the lecture; reserve tickets via the UCA box office. LM.
8:30 p.m., Revolution, $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
This Austin singer/songwriter and judge for the first season of the now-defunct “Nashville Idol” (which gave Camden native Buddy Jewell the big win and songstress extraordinaire Miranda Lambert the boot, pun totally intended) is upfront about his newest LP, “Beautiful Day,” saying “let's get this out of the way up front … this is the divorce album.” But the split from his ex-wife, Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks, has cranked up his signature, self-reflexive wit with lines like “she's hanging down in Venice with her Siamese cat/she's telling everybody she's a Democrat.” One of the most familiar, welcome voices in a landscape of pickups and coolers, Robison is always reliable to bring out a sizable crowd. This time around, he's accompanied by Jason Eady, a fellow Austinian with a flair for New Orleans-style stompers. JT.
JACK OBLIVIAN/ JOHN PAUL KEITH/ THE DIRTY STREETS
9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern. $7.
Today's Memphis music scene doesn't have anything on Little Rock save size and a bunch of recording studios and the thrust of history and tourists and — OK, so it's got a few things. But I bet we can match Memphis good band to good band without too much trouble. That said, anytime Jack Oblivian and John Paul Keith come to town is cause for celebration. The former might be the most important figure in the Bluff City's vibrant '90s garage-rock revival for his work in The Compulsive Gamblers and, especially, The Oblivians. Lately, he's toured as Jack O and the Tennessee Tearjerkers and put out blues and roots-tinged rock 'n' roll of the first order. John Paul Keith, surely you'll remember from his frequent visits, is a guitar whiz and golden-era of rock revivalist (think: Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly), who's pretty much a guaranteed party starter. This go-round, they're joined by The Dirty Streets, an up-and-coming Memphis act that did some national dates with Lucero last fall. Keith predicts the rockers will go over “VERY well” at White Water. LM.
‘SOUNDS OF LIBERATION'
8 p.m., Cotham's in the City. $10
A music, word and visual art event described as “an aural baptism,” “Sounds of Liberation” will try to pack a lot of talent in Cotham's event space. New Orleans poet, emcee, singer and intellectual Sunni Patterson has taken her brand of socially conscious song and poetry everywhere from the Def Comedy Jam stage to Ghana's Panafest. Jumping from language to language and spoken word to song, she points her verses at political, racial and sexual hypocrisy with hugely clever barbs and hyper-aware twists that'll send people from claps to gasps at the turn of a phrase. Velvet Kente, if you're a regular reader of this section, should be familiar to you as one of the best bands in the state. If you haven't seen them in a while, come out if only for one of their new tracks, “Shalom, Salaam.” Songs, they don't come much better. Memphis poet FW Love and local jazz singer Ramona Smith support, while emcees Osyrus and Epiphany emcee. JT.
COMMUNITY EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
7 a.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre. Free.
Since 1989, the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church has hosted this ecumenical service down by the river. Every year, it brings in community leaders, students and area choirs and vocalists to fill the program. This year marks the 18th — and last — community sunrise service Pulaski Heights' Rev. Vic Nixon will preside over; he's retiring in June. He'll be joined by Mayor Stodola; Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe, who's reading the gospel scripture; Assistant Little Rock City Manager Bryan Day and his wife Betsey; Stacy Sells; Dr. Jeffrey Hampton; Rev. Lynn Lindsey; Central High sophomore Ty Spradley and the Allison Presbyterian Church dance ministry. Plus, there'll be music by instrumentalists Ozark Point Brass, the Christway Missionary Baptist Church Choir, the Philander Smith College choir, two Parkview High School choirs, the Pulaski Heights United Methodist choirs and baritone vocalist Isaiah Bailey from Central High. A community offering benefits local charities Village Commons and City Connections. LM.
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY & THE BROKEOFFS
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $7.
From the Teddy Boy movement of the '70s to the brogued hounds that still scour through dusty boxes of 45s in Memphis' record stores, it's no secret that the UK harbors a sizable population of Southern garage-rock fetishists. With 19 albums in 15 years, Holly Golightly is certainly one of the most prolific, if not well-loved, of their ilk. Equal parts Lynn Anderson, Robert Pollard and John Lurie, with a flair for fashion akin to Granny's in “The Beverly Hillbillies,” Holly and her new backing band, The Brokeoffs, can jump from balladic torch song to slide-heavy porch stomper with such ease that we less talented Southerners sometimes can't help but shoot a jealous eye their way. Thankfully, one of Arkansas's best soul-folksters, Brian Martin, will be on hand to represent the deep South. JT.
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