"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
6:30 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheatre, $10-$20.
The first concert in the Music in the Park's Summer Series features a four-act lineup geared to the faithful. But though Switchfoot is often referred to as a Christian act, mostly due to its debut album's distribution by a Christian label, the band shuns the label. Switchfoot — named after a surfing maneuver — has sold multi-platinum albums since forming in San Diego in 1996 and produced a string of radio hits, including “Dare to Move” and “One Girl Revolution.” Switchfoot's sound has evolved from the predominantly lo-fi, indie rock of early albums to more layered, synth-influenced material that's helped launch it into mainstream popularity. Steering clear of preachiness, Switchfoot lyrics instead question the status quo, probe existential issues and appraise the human condition. Sharing the bill are Christian contemporary rockers and 2009 Grammy nominees Superchick, as well as local performers Kingsdown and Tyler Bass. PP.
8:30 p.m., Clear Channel Metroplex. $15 adv.
For the first time in years, Juneteenth came and went in Little Rock without a concert showcase of national rap and R&B acts. Though the names might not be quite as big they were in years past (or on the bill slated for Alltel in June that got done in by the economy), Summer Explosion looks to fill the void. Mostly upstarts fill the line-up. South Florida MC Ace Hood was the first to sign to DJ Khaled's We the Best Music. The names of his two albums, “Gutta” and “Ruthless,” serve as good descriptions of the tone of his songs. Detroit's Teairra Marie started out, several years back, with Roc-a-Fella as the “Princess of the Roc.” It didn't take. Now she's with Warner Bros., which is slated to release her new album, featuring the Kanye West-assisted “Diamonds,” later this summer. Dallas's B-Hamp is the man behind the massive dance hit, “Do the Ricky Bobby.” St. Louis native King James II recently graduated cum laude from Jackson State. Now he's riding “The Train,” a dance track that appeals mostly by mimicking a whistle pull. K. Michelle is yet another voluptuous R&B singer who sings about empowerment and heartbreak. Dallas MC Dorrough has made some noise with the singles “Walk that Walk” and “Ice Cream Paint Job.” In sharp contrast to the rest of the line-up, Memphis' 8ball and MJG have been one of the South's most respected acts for the last 15 years. A host of local acts open the show, too. LM.
8 p.m., the Village. $10 adv., $15 d.o.s., $20 after 9 p.m.
Local dance promoters Cybertribe aim to fill the voluminous Village like few, if any, have before. From 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., they've got nearly 20 DJs slated for two areas, in the pit near the stage and in the lobby. The Bay Area's Propa Tingz is probably the biggest name. He's a UK émigré whose official bio claims that he is “widely acknowledged as the pioneer of Glitch Step.” I'm not sure anything in arcane DJ culture is “widely acknowledged,” but Tingz' description, on paper and through speakers, sounds pretty good — a geographical “sound clash” of Bay Area hyphy, Dirty South Crunk, UK Bass and the latest in Glitch, music built around what we think of as the sounds of digital error (clicks, scratches and glitches). A good number of local DJs also fit in the bill, including the rising DJ/producer trio Deviant Soundsystem, Conway party starter Wolf-E-Wolf and Cool Shoes co-founder Shawn Lee. Get the full line-up and schedule at myspace.com/cybertribe.
Congratulations Tara, beautifully written!