Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
FAMILY FESTIVAL AND FREE ADMISSION DAY
10:30 a.m., Clinton Presidential Center. Free.
Peruse a bit of our nation's recent history at no charge on July 4, when the Clinton Presidential Center will offer free admission in celebration of Independence Day. The Delta Brass Quintet will perform in the Great Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the family festival starts at 2 p.m. with children's activities, food vendors, live music and more. The Dell Smith Experience featuring Tawanna Campbell and J. White will provide music and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Watch the Fourth of July fireworks over the Arkansas River at 9:30 p.m. PP
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8.
Sardinas, currently signed to Steve Vai's Favored Nations record label, is a powerful guitar player known for his engaging live shows. A natural left-hander, Sardinas first picked up the guitar at age 6 and eventually converted to a right-hand playing style. After absorbing the soulful realm of Motown, gospel and R&B, Sardinas graduated to the emotionally intense sounds of the Deep South, including Son House, Robert Johnson, Bukka White and Mississippi Fred McDowell. The Dobro dominated his 1999 debut, “Treat Me Right,” and his next two releases, “Angel Face” (2000) and “Devil's Train” (2001). But “Black Pearls” (2003) and this year's “Eric Sardinas and Big Motor,” set for release in late July, reflect the influence of the electric explosions of the 1960s and 1970s. Fireworks are certain to explode at Sticky Fingerz as Sardinas and his crew celebrate their constitutional freedom to rock. PP
DEAN AGUS BAND
9 p.m., Club 2720, Hot Springs. $5.
In its previous incarnation, the Dean Agus Band — then called Crash Meadows — stayed busy winning titles at regional competitions, guest-hosting local radio shows and opening for the likes of Blues Traveler, Confederate Railroad and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Now, these Hot Springs locals have earned a new popularity based on a repertoire of Motown, modern and classic rock and roll, R&B and a well-received assortment of original numbers. Aside from being Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase standouts in 2007, any band with two siblings on its roster is worth listening to just for its bloodline chemistry. DAB consists of brothers Dean (acoustic guitar/lead vocals) and Medo Agus (lead guitar/vocals), drummer Hampton Taliaferro and bassist Daniel Keith.
The music should be all the entertainment you need, but Club 2720 will also be hosting a bikini contest Friday night in the nightclub room. PP
25th ANNUAL POPS ON THE RIVER
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.,
Riverfest Amphitheatre. Free.
As the fireworks go boom, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual patriotic concert — as it has now for a quarter of a century — at 8:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Entry is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for donation to the Arkansas Food Bank Network. Be advised: The Junction Bridge will only be open to the general public until 8 p.m., after which access requires one of the 1,000 passes, available at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Festivities kick off early with a 6:30 p.m. concert by Happenstance, a band whose performances have been said to “slip over you like long-lost flannel shirts,” and opportunities to plunge Democrat-Gazette sportswriter Wally Hall in a dunk tank and to out-sweet-tea Sweet Tea columnist Jay Grelen. Beverages will be for sale; coolers and pets strictly verboten. “Dogs are American” is not an excuse. JW