Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
9 p.m., On the Rocks. $5.
And the prize for the young year's most unlikely bill goes to … Even forgetting that this is happening at On the Rocks — a River Market area club that always draws the out-of-town throngs, most of whom couldn't care less about some local band they've never heard of and spend their bar hours drinking ridiculously cheap beer and staring cock-eyed at the stage — this line-up is just plain strange. For one thing, it's been many moons since the Boondogs played out a weeknight. One fifth of the band lives in Tulsa; everyone else has kids, and late night babysitters, I'm told, are in short supply. But the 'dogs have new music (their fourth full length, “Take Shelter,” came out in November) they're eager to share with fans of cheap beer. Playing in support, the See is a much-buzzed about new-ish, noisy indie rock trio and Father Maple are four musicians who, according to their MySpace page, “play music you like.” Resident DJ Sleepy Genius closes out the night with a blend of “top 40, club classics and bangin' vocal house.” LM.
2ND FRIDAY ART NIGHT
5 p.m., Downtown.
A new venue joins the 2nd Friday Art Night bunch this Friday: The Arts Scene at 110 La Harpe. The trolley will add this stop to its rounds that take gallery-goers to the Historic Arkansas Museum (opening “John Bridges: Echoes”), Hearne Fine Art (featuring art talks by Marjorie Williams-Smith at 6 p.m. and Garbo and Archie Hearne at 7 p.m.), River Market ArtSpace and the Cox Creative Center. Showing at The Arts Scene will be paintings by Jon Shannon Rogers, who graduated from the Chicago Art Institute in 2008. Singer-songwriter Charlotte Taylor will perform. The HAM show features the work of the director of the photography department of the Arkansas Arts Center's Museum School. Art Night hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturday, in conjunction with its “Collaborations: Two Decades of Excellence” exhibit, artists Rex Deloney, George Hunt, Anthony D. Lee and Alvin Roy will give a talk at 2 p.m. LNP.
9 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
A week after Lucero played White Water, the band returns to Little Rock about five months ahead of schedule. The quick turnaround is a tribute to the Memphis heavyweight's admiration for the American Princes. As I've reported in this space and online, Princes bassist Luke Hunsicker recently underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. The prognosis is for a full recovery, but like so many musicians, Hunsicker lacks health care coverage. His bills, of course, are substantial. To help cover the costs, his friends have set up a donation page, which can be accessed via americanprinces.com, and they've made really cool T-shirts, which will be on-sale at this show. All proceeds go to benefit Hunsicker. Big Boots, a popular local pop-rock act in which Hunsicker also plays, opens the show with young rockers Whale Fire.
8 p.m., Vino's. $5.
“Maxx is back!” That's how the young MC Max Farrell introduced himself to the local rap scene a couple years back. It rhymed. But now it's fitting. The 19-year-old, who rose in the local rap ranks after a series of much-ballyhooed live shows this summer, returns to the stage for his first full set after a semester in college. In the waning days of his holiday break from Grinnell College in Iowa, Farrell's debuting a new live hip-hop band, Apples & Spades. He won't be the only rapper with a band. Osyrus opens with his band, Blacc Zephyr, and Little Rock's resident rap superstar 607 also puts in some stage time. He'll be performing songs from his just-released, much talked about 31st album, “Mirrors of Time.” DJ g-force spins all night long, too. Last time Maxx hosted a concert, some 300 people came out, so get ready for Vino's to be cozy. LM.