Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
THE REPARATIONS ALBUM RELEASE
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $6.
Apart from having one of the bitingly best names in the history of Central Arkansas rock music, The Reparations (formerly Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations) have maintained their reputation as top-tier Arkansas bar rockers. Since sharpening its pointed folk sound with Matt Floyd (Smoke Up Johnny) on bass and Will Boyd (American Princes) on drums, the trio has doled out rough-hewn, sharp-tongued American music about, well, just about everything worth singing about: immoral wars, truck payments, the perks of having a steady girl and, on their latest album, "Ride or Die," "Mrs. Huxtable" and "Jewish Girls." Ever political, Wilkins even gives a whiskey-wetted finger to a former Republican senator from New Hampshire on "John Sununu." It's that anything-goes songwriting that pairs so well with the Reparations' primitive roots-punk and keeps our hometown trio a few steps ahead of its sonic peers. And it keeps their CD plugged in my car stereo, too. The night opens with sets from the Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth and The See, which is taking a break from recording its debut album to hit the stage.
THE BUCKINGHAMS/BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS
7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $30-$40
The University of Central Arkansas wraps up this season's "Nostalgia Series" with a night of squeaky-clean AM radio classics from The Buckinghams and Blood, Sweat & Tears, two mainstay bands on golden oldie compilations, state fairs and record store bargain bins. Don't take that as a slam, though. The Buckinghams' breakthough song, "Kind of a Drag," is a canonical piece of late '60s white-boy pop and only suffers from being too tight. That's a great problem to have. Likewise, Blood, Sweat & Tears' early '70s fusion of big-band, jazz and rock on display in their self-titled album is undeniably great, even beating out "Abbey Road" and "At San Quentin" for the Grammy album of the year award back when the honor was an honor.
HOMEBREWERS SHOWCASE 2011
7 p.m., ACAC. $20
Why not double up on Showcases? Before checking out some of the best music in the state at our Musicians Showcase finals at Revolution, check out some of the best homecrafted beers in the area at ACAC. Members of the Central Arkansas Fermenters Association bring an array of their best signature brews to the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative for a tasting-slash-chance to show off the members' hop and barley skills. If your throat is sick of choking down Stroh's and your brain is tired of acting like major brewer "specialty" beers, like Shock Top (Michelob) or Blue Moon (Coors), are anything better than nasty, this night's for you. And if you see a sweet potato beer like the one my neighbor Grant brings to my house on occasion don't pass it up.
7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $25.75-$55.75
How in the name of Megachurch Jesus can two people make music so sickly sweet and so eggshell bland all at once? If you like your country music factory-made with extra layers of dull-eyed plainness, you're not going to miss out on Sugarland, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning, No. 1 single-manufacturing duo. The band's 2004 debut, "Twice the Speed of Life," sold a trijillion copies and set the Atlanta singer/songwriters on the fast track to big-time nu-country megastardom. Since, Sugarland has released three more enormously successful records, a healthy spray of chart-topping singles and, in one of the craziest live collaborations in memory, buddied up with The B-52s during the 2009 CMT Music Awards for a cover of "Love Shack." The same year, the group put a stop to the great Brooks & Dunn's nine-year run as the Academy of Country Music's best vocal duo award winners. You have to credit the band for writing the bulk of its own songs: an admirable feat that becomes more and more of a rarity in Nashville every year. Sugarland is joined by fellow megastars (and occasional collaborators) Little Big Town and "American Idol" bronze medalist Casey James.