Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
BLACK STONE CHERRY
5:30 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheater. Free.
On their way to becoming Central Arkansas regulars, Kentucky's Black Stone Cherry return to play Music in the Park, the Riverfest Amphitheater free concert series that Chesapeake Energy, your friendly neighborhood natural gas driller, is bankrolling. Blending post-grunge sensibilities with big Southern rock riffs, BSC comes to town behind its new album, “Folklore and Superstition.” Louisiana-based post-grunge act 12 Stones opens with American Bang, a rock group whose song “Move to the Music” was recently selected as a theme song for WWE Wrestling.
9 p.m., Revolution. $10.
Keith Richards called “In Dis Ya Time,” the bright, swaying, signature song of the Itals, the “perfect reggae song.” And you know, Keif knows a thing or three about (appropriating) African-rooted music, so don't take that endorsement lightly. For more than three decades, even when dancehall took over the airwaves, the Itals have represented for roots reggae in Jamaica. Named for a Rastafarian term for “natural” and “pure,” the group made their bones on three-part vocal harmonies, singing songs about Jah, dreads and other Rastafari tenets familiar, at least superficially, to anyone who's been in a college dorm recently. Internationally known reggae acts don't come this way often. If you rock steady, you'd be ill advised to miss this gig.
9 p.m., the Afterthought. $7.
The smoothest trumpeter in our neck of the woods, Rodney Block, returns to the Afterthought for a varied night of jazz, soul, funk, gospel, bebop and hip hop. An Arkansas native, Block honed his talent in Kansas City. Since he returned several years back, Block and his band the Real Music Lovers have been moving between the hip-hop and jazz scenes (Block calls his music “hip-hop jazz”), opening for the likes of Dwele, Frank McComb and Wynton Marsalis. Last year, the horn man was nominated for a regional Emmy for his performance on the AETN show “Front Row.” He's sure to impress on Friday.
9 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
You might remember Saving Jane from a few years back. The Columbus, Ohio, band landed the single “Girl Next Door” on the Billboard charts, on MTV's “TRL” and on one of those insipid “Now That's What I Call Music” albums. The song, an anthem of unabashed jealousy (“She is the prom queen, I'm in the marching band … She's Miss America and I'm just the girl next door”), helped the band get picked up by Universal Records, which co-released the group's follow-up, “One Girl Revolution.” On the title track, lead singer and songwriter Marti Dodson seems to be railing against the pop-marketing machine that feeds on nearly naked ladies, with lyrics like “You don't even stand a chance/I'm not taking off my pants.” The band brings its shiny pop-rock to Juanita's for an all ages show. Junior opens the show.
REEL STORIES: ‘WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR'
7 p.m., Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain. $10.
The Rockefeller Institute's film series returns with a recent documentary that examines the origins and demise of the GM EV1, the first modern electric car. Beyond tracking the EV1, filmmaker Chris Payne also delves into consumers' aversion to the car, the auto industry's reluctance to adapt and the oil industry's power in the equation. After the film, representatives from Electric Transportation of Arkansas will be on hand to discuss electric and solar vehicles today. ETA will have vehicles on display, too. Space is limited, so advance registration, via uawri.org or 501-727-5435, is recommended.