A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
ROCK CITY KICKS OPENING
4 p.m., Rock City Kicks. Free (with shoes to buy).
Sneaker fiends of all stripes, your prayers are answered. No more bribing your big-city friends into trips to the store and the post office. No more chancing the pitfalls of online shopping. On Thursday, in conjunction with Hillcrest's monthly Shop-n-Sip, Rock City Kicks celebrates its grand opening. Located at 623 Beechwood, next door to Hillcrest Junk and across from Kroger, the store will service a discerning sneaker clientele, folks who want more than the run of the mill selection the chain footwear stores offer. Think sneaker boutique. Proprietor Cory Bacon, who out-on-the-towners will recognize as the shred-tastic lead guitarist for Smoke Up Johnny, says he hopes to cater to a broad audience, one that includes, but isn't limited to, the urban world, skaters, vegans and his parents. He's carrying shoes from brands like Nike, Adidas Original, Puma, Asics, Onitsaka, Castle and Tiddies (a brand of sandal he says his parents wore in the '70s), as well as several apparel lines. In the beginning, Bacon plans on staying open seven days a week, from around 11 a.m. or noon till 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. The opening night party will likely stretch into the night a little while. TJ Deeter and Dirtbag DJ. LM.
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
9 p.m., Revolution. $20.
Take an upright bassist raised by musicians and nurtured by his dad's Big Band expertise, a proud college dropout guitarist who discovered the mandolin, a skateboarding metalhead-turned-acoustic-guitarist/forestry student and a college student who was playing banjo gigs almost immediately after first laying hands on one, and you've got Yonder Mountain String Band, formed in 1998 in Nederland, Colo. Within two years they were playing at historic venues like San Francisco's Fillmore. After a decade together, they've built a devout following among bluegrass and jam band fans. The sound, captured on four studio albums and five installments of the “Mountain Tracks” live recording series, is a melding of electric/acoustic guitars, banjo, upright bass and mandolin, accompanied by articulate harmonies and soulful lyrics. Songs such as “Hope's Half Full” conjure uplifting images of overalls, rocking chairs, front-porch sunsets and jugs of wine. PP.
LIVING SACRIFICE REUNION
8:30 p.m., Vino's. $15 adv./$17 d.o.s.
Unless you're conversant in bands like Demonhunter, here's a fun fact you probably didn't know about Little Rock: In the '90s our fair city was at the center of Christian thrash/death metal movement. Thrash, you say? Christian death metal? That's right. Dressing in black, screaming incomprehensibly and playing faster and louder than everyone else is not the exclusive province of the hail-Satan crowd (or even the spiritually ambivalent). There's a strong contingent that does all those things, but for Jesus. Perhaps none deserves more credit for shaping the scene than Living Sacrifice, a band formed in Little Rock in 1989 that toured all over the place, released nearly 10 albums and included members who would later go on to join bands such as P.O.D. and Evanescence. Like those bands, Living Sacrifice's popularity transcended the Christian music crowd. Now, after a five-year hiatus, Living Sacrifice has reformed with not quite the original line-up, but one that no one's likely to complain about. The band kicks off a long tour opening for Demonhunter with a big show at Vino's, featuring North Little Rock metal heroes Rwake, Ashes of Augustine and Soul Embraced. LM.
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