Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
THE WILD FEATHERS
8:30 p.m. Revolution. $10.
Nashville newcomers The Wild Feathers got the kind of start that scruffy rock-band dudes the world over would kill for: Signed to a major label (Interscope) before they'd played so much as a single show. That arrangement didn't last, but Warner Bros. scooped the band up and shortly after their self-titled debut was released, they were on the road supporting Willie Nelson. Singer/guitarist Ricky Young told Paste recently that Nelson and his crew's "whole attitude and outlook and the way they treat other people, other young bands like ourselves, it was a great learning experience." The Feathers play a propulsive brand of Americana fueled by three primary songwriters and singers who take turns at the mic but can also harmonize beautifully. In its brief existence, the band has been saddled with the traditionalist label, along with a fairly consistent list of influences (Petty, Dylan, Allman Brothers, The Band). While those are fair comparisons, it's also a bit of shorthand that's not entirely accurate, as there's a pronounced pop sensibility going on with the band, along with an undeniable knack for melody shared by each of the three songwriters and deftly showcased by producer Jay Joyce. So are The Wild Feathers headed for Kings of Leon/Black Keys/Alabama Shakes-level renown? Who knows? But you probably don't want to be hearing about this show in a year or two when they're playing much bigger venues and kicking yourself for not going to see 'em at the Rev Room when you had the chance. Opening up are John and Jacob and Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts.
ARKANSAS TIMES CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
6-9 p.m. Argenta Farmer's Market. $35 adv., $40 door.
Now, obviously, I'm going to be biased in favor of any event organized by the Times. But this right here is one of the most sure-fire good times of the entire year for the suds-lover with discriminating tastes. Have you ever wanted to wander a giant candy store, sampling as many different candies as your taste buds desire? Well that's what's you'll get at the 2nd Annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival, only instead of candy, it's craft beer. There will be about 50 different brewers from across the state, region and country, all ready to dole out samples of their beers for your delectation. Of course, moderation in all things and all that, and for sure get yourself a cab or DD if you're planning on imbibing. But last year I found that if you eat a bunch and drink plenty of water, you can taste lots of beers and it won't really get on top of you. Another thing that's great is that there's not too much in the way of commitment. Don't dig something? No problemo, just discreetly pour it out into one of the trashcans and move on to the next one. It's not like you're into it for a $7 pint, so don't be afraid to branch out. Be sure to check out our guide to the festival from last week's issue, which provides a rundown of each brewery and what they'll be pouring.
THURSDAY 10/31-FRIDAY 11/1
BOO AT THE ZOO
6-9 p.m. Little Rock Zoo. $5-$20.
There's probably no place else in the metro area with more Halloween fun per square foot than the Little Rock Zoo. Boo at the Zoo has been an institution for more than two decades, and a cursory glance at all of the offerings makes the case: trick-or-treating in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere (natch), live music, carnival rides, a haunted house, carousel rides, a haunted hayride or veldt walkway, a Day of the Dead celebration, bounce house inflatables, s'mores, food trucks, animal presentations and much more.