Favorite

The To-Do List, Nov. 11-17 


THURSDAY 11/11


MOUNTAIN VIEW BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
6 p.m., Ozark Folk Center Auditorium. $20-$55.

Twice a year since 2003, folk traditionalists and bluegrass sticklers the region over have taken to the Ozark Folk Center for a three-day pick 'n' grin of pure bluegrass. Place an emphasis on that "pure." Case in point: In 2007, the festival saw its own "Dylan goes electric" debacle that saw progressive, Death Cab for Cutie-covering act Blue Cadillac dwindle a crowd of 600 into the double digits and ended with the act getting booted from the festival after the first of five scheduled sets. But fear not: This year's celebration stays faithful to authentic hill music. Thursday, as always, kicks off the festival with an all-gospel night, this year featuring The Link Family, a nine-piece family affair, as well as Paul Williams, the venerable, mandolin-strumming elder who, for years, played with the "king of bluegrass" Jimmy Martin in the Sunny Mountain Boys. Friday features the father-and-daughters trio of Posey Hill, bayou-grass outfit Louisiana Grass and decades-long veterans of the bluegrass circuit Lost and Found, while Saturday highlights the Grammy-nominated Blue Highway as well as Hickory Hill, which recently celebrated its 30th year of pickin' and singin'. In addition to the round robin inside the auditorium, you can count on a flood of jam sessions outside, under what's shaping up to be a gorgeous — dare we say harmonious — weekend in the Ozarks. Concerts begin on Friday and Saturday at noon. Tickets are $20 per day or $55 for the weekend.


SOUL NITE: "NORTH VS. SOUTH" EDITION
9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern.

There's a great scene in "Wonder Boys" — the novel and its movie adaptation — that leaves me shrill with envy every time. It's the setting that gets me: a dingy, yellowing club in a crumbling pocket of Philadelphia where watered-down Dickel whiskey is the usual and the speakers are full of deep cuts from the house's collection of soul 45s, requests dialed into a payphone off of the dance floor and cued up by an operator behind plate glass. As far as we know, there's nothing like it in Central Arkansas, but twice a year, White Water Tavern does the trick with its Soul Nite dance parties. This time around, the dance floor turns into a battleground when the beat-heavy sounds of Southern soul, provided by local soul music brainiac DJ Seth Baldy, face off against the melodic "stonking" tunes of Northern soul, manned by, well, me, in my first time DJ'ing the party. But self-advertisement this ain't; I'm an old, evangelical devotee of the bar's dance nights whether I'm behind the DJ booth or not. So come shimmy. Or tell me I suck. Also, all proceeds go towards a prostate cancer fund.


FRIDAY 11/12


AC SLATER
8:30 p.m., The Village. $15

"Wub wub wub wub wuub wuub bwub wubwuub." Dubstep: It sounds like Super Mario time warping on whippets. It's all the craze for the dance kids, and AC Slater, the jet-setting Brooklynite, is watching his DJ stock rise thanks to his special, electro-heavy wub wub bwuub wubbery. The knob-twiddler is racking up the lion's share of blog love as well as flooding the Internet with remixes and releasing a string of ready-to-party DJ sets on his website. This weekend brings him to the stage in The Village before taking off on a weeks-long tour of European clubs.


SATURDAY 11/13


DAVID ALLAN COE
10 p.m., Hog's Breath Grill. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by John Tarpley

  • The Beatles anew

    Daniel Whelan's remixes expose hidden treasure in the Fab Four's catalog.
    • Aug 17, 2016
  • Walter was the worst

    But Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, the Danettes and Steve Winwood wow at Verizon Arena.
    • Jun 30, 2016
  • A new era for Riverfest

    In its 38th year, Little Rock's annual summer music festival reinvents itself.
    • Jun 2, 2016
  • More »

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Little Rock will next week host a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems led by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change.
  • Rapert compares Bill Clinton to Orval Faubus

    Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway)  was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

Latest in To-Do List

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Event Calendar

« »

December

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Most Viewed

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation