Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
MULBERRY MOUNTAIN HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL
3:30 p.m., Mulberry Mountain
(outside of Ozark). $59-$129.
The crowds shouldn't reach Wakarusa heights, but look for at least several thousand — certainly what the folks in Ozark would consider hordes — to come streaming in from all across the region for music, camping and general outdoor revelry. Jam fans might disagree, but to these ears, the Harvest Music Fest line-up compares pretty favorably to what Wakarusa brought back in June. To wit, country-rock pioneers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band share the headlining spot with widely beloved modern folk act the Avett Brothers on Friday. Swing-era revivalists the Squirrel Nut Zippers play two two-hour sets throughout the weekend, and just as the Hackensaw Boys, a zany, tradition-minded eight-piece, finishes its set on Saturday, Springfield, Mo.'s Ozark Mountain Daredevils serves up classic country-rock songs you know like “Jackie Blue.” Thursday, the names are slightly smaller (the main stage doesn't open until Friday), but there are still a lot of worthy acts. Pay special attention, on Thursday, to the Travelin' McCourys and the Lee Boys. The former is an offshoot of the legendary Del McCoury bluegrass band and the latter is a preeminent sacred steel band. In the ultimate jam-fan wet dream, they're performing together! For a complete lineup and schedule, go to mulberrymountainmusic.com. LM.
THE LOVELL SISTERS
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.
The Lovell Sisters may be young — Jessica is 23, Megan 20 and Rebecca 18 — but in just a handful of years performing together, the acoustic folk trio's managed to rack up a number of accolades. In 2005, they won a teen talent contest sponsored by “Prairie Home Companion.” The following year, Rebecca, then 15, became the youngest person ever to win the mandolin contest at MerleFest. And last year, one of the band's songs placed first in the John Lennon Songwriting contest. All this from a Calhoun, Ga., family schooled not in bluegrass or classic country, but classical and choral traditions. As the story goes, hearing legendary dobroist Jerry Douglas' “Slide Rule” put the sisters down their current path. It's one that looks a lot like bluegrass traditional — with three-part harmonies and a mix of dobro, fiddle, mandolin and resonator guitar — but sounds more like folk-filtered country pop. Fans of the Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss, take notice. Little Rock's Troubaduo opens. LM.
9:30 p.m., Revolution. $5-$8.
Maxx is back — that's 20-year-old rapper Max Farrell — with his regular concert series. And while seeing the young rapper and his super-tight live band Apples and Spades is always a worthwhile way to spend your evening, Thursday's a must-attend for local hip-hop heads because of the reemergence of Zii, one of the strongest talents to come out of the local hip-hop boom circa 2006. A member of the celebrated, but lately fairly quiet Dat Heat crew, Zii (short for Ziibra) raps with a speed and dexterity that recalls Eminem, has a catchphrase (“Waca Waca Waca!”) and usually wilds out during his live show. For the last several years, the rapper's hopped around the country, nearly landing on VH1's “I Love New York” and signing a major label deal. But now he's back, putting the finishing touches on “Zii Dimensional,” his debut full-length. Stream or download a preview track, “On My Ground,” on Rock Candy, www.arktimes.com. St. Louis' Nite Owl fills out the bill. There'll be card games for those who bore easily, too. LM.