Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
TRAVS SEASON OPENER
7:10 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park, North Little Rock. $6-$10.
It's a new year for the defending Texas League champion Arkansas Travelers, and one that could prove just as exciting as last. In minor league ball, of course, there's no predicting the vagaries of call-ups. I'd venture that most of those who take in games care more about seeing prospects passing through or flashes of offensive brilliance than about the team's record. There should be plenty of the former this year. The Travs' opening day roster features eight of Baseball America's top 31 prospects in the Los Angeles Angels organization, including power hitting catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo, both of whom played, for a time, for the Travs last year. New faces include outfielder Peter Bourjos, who stole 50 bases with Rancho Cucamonga last year; second baseman Ryan Mount, who got 49 RBIs and 16 home runs in Class A, and the organization's number two prospect, right-handed pitcher J.T. O'Sullivan, who'll start on opening night. Thursday marks the start of a six-day home stand for the Travs, who'll take on Midland through Saturday and Frisco Sunday through Tuesday. LM.
10 p.m., Revolution. $20.
Continuing an impressive streak of attracting neo-soul talent, Little Rock gets another potentially rising star on Friday. Anthony David, from Atlanta, comes to town co-signed by India-Arie, whose Soulbird imprint (distributed by Universal Republic) released his “Acey Deucy” last year. Ironically, it was David who encouraged his longtime friend Arie to get started performing professionally and even bankrolled some of her early sessions with his rent money. Karma seems to be coming round. David was nominated for a Grammy this year for the single “A Part of My Life.” His “Bill Withers meets Mos Def” sound, as Arie has described it, should bring out the crowds in droves. Particularly since it's also a joint birthday party for local trumpet standout Rodney Block and One Stone front man Christopher Bowen, who'll also perform. LM.
MUSIC OF DISNEY'
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$66.
You can't accuse the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra of being inaccessible. In two performances (same time, place and price on Saturday), it takes on the music from Disney classics such as “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Hercules,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Mulan” and more. Movie stills, from each featured film, will be projected during the performance. Pre-show, at 6:45 both nights, actors and dancers from Radio Disney's “Rockin' Road Show” will perform on the steps of Robinson. LM.
JOHNATHAN WILKINS/ THE REDS/THE SEE
10 p.m., White Water Tavern, $5.
Three's not always a crowd, but this three-band group of 2008-09 Musicians Showcase performers, all trios, coincidentally, should certainly attract one. The evening begins with the See, a powerful modern rock outfit that continues to hone its live delivery with an increasing gig schedule. They'll set the mood for sure. With a scarce live presence bordering on criminally (but understandably, due to jobs and families) absent, the Reds, hands down one of my faves from last year's competition, have re-emerged. After re-familiarizing myself with their “Economy of Motion” disc, I carved my Friday night's plans in stone, still pondering whether the name could represent Communism, old-school slang for barbiturates or simply colors. And Jonathan Wilkins' songs, strong as they are when performed solo, are a much thicker sandwich when bassist Matt Floyd and drummer Will Boyd apply the rhythmic mustard (with a possible assist by sometimes keyboardist Isaac Alexander). Not much else to say about this show except try to arrive early and plan on staying late. PP