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THURSDAY 5/14

 

SISTER HAZEL

8 p.m., Village, $17 adv., $20 d.o.s.

 

Named in honor of Sister Hazel Williams, an African-American nun who ran a homeless shelter, this five-man crew from Gainesville, Fla., has logged the prior 15 years evolving into a multi-genre recording and touring machine. Their formula involves acoustic, roots-oriented rock, folk and country-tinged layers, appealing grooves, simple, yet sincere lyrical content and, more lately, extended jams and impressive, sweaty guitar work. Solid touring and annual fan gatherings keep the band oiled and inspired, and with Austin folk rockers Nelo and Conway's Adam Hamrick and his band, both also worthy of an advanced listen, this triple bill should soothingly rock the inner soul. PP.

 

 

FRIDAY 5/15

 

INTERNATIONAL GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL

11 a.m., Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Free.

 

It's the 25th anniversary of arguably the best food festival around, and while I suspect I speak for a lot of folks when I say that I'd be content with heaping gyros and falafel, grilled chicken kebabs and four or five pieces of baklava, the festival long ago expanded beyond food. Through Sunday, there's a full entertainment schedule, with everyone from the Greek American Folk Dance Society to the Dancers of India to the UALR Guitar Ensemble taking the stage. Daily, too, there's a kids area, with climbing walls and bounce rooms and small rides and games. Of course, as usual, there'll be tours of Annunciation Church and an indoor Old World Market, where you can by specialty foods, Russian collectibles and other handmade and collectible goods. For those on the go, there's a drive-through offering a limited menu open throughout the festival and an order form, online at greekfoodfest.com, for ordering in advance. LM.

 

 

DIRT NASTY

8 p.m., Revolution. $18 adv., $22 d.o.s.

 

“F*ck finals, we want Dirt Nasty!!” is how promoters are billing this gig, which is probably smart, since the target demographic, those who'd be f*cking away their finals, is the kids singing “I Love College” (“Time isn't wasted when you're getting wasted,” etc.) and meaning it. Yep, joke rap, especially that strain that celebrates a goofy brand of hedonism, is back like never before. Dirt Nasty leads the revolution — at least at Revolution. Otherwise known as Simon Rex, the former porn star and MTV VJ has risen to recent fame on the strength of self-deprecating, junior-high-style locker room anthems (“Baby Dick”) and over-the-top club posturing (“1980,” which includes lyrics like “I shine like Morrissey on Hennessey on Christmas Eve / No, more like Morris Day on hella yay, dressing gay”). Similarly weed- and genital-obsessed rappers Andre Legacy, Beardo and Muck Sticky share the bill along with Chief Greenbud, who sings country-ish odes to take a guess, and locals Suga City and Flaming Daeth Faeries. The show's open to those 18 and above. LM.

 

 

LE CASTLE VANIA

8 p.m., The Village. $10-$20.

 

If the kids aren't getting dirty with Dirt Nasty, they're likely to be in the pit at the Village sweating it out to Atlanta DJ Dylan Eiland, better known by his Nintendo game-inspired performance name, Le Castle Vania. In a market where name DJs making tour stops more often than not tend to be aging trance folks or, when we're lucky, old-school turntablists, this show marks one of the first appearances by someone who's internationally hot right now, on the blogs and in the clubs. Since 2006, dude's toured steadily, sharing the stage with the likes of Justice, Steve Aoki and Crystal Castles and scoring remixes for the likes of Snowden, Walter Meego and the Virgins. He'll probably be selling shirts that say “I LOVE YOU BUT I'VE CHOSEN DISCO.” The show, like most at the Village, is open to all ages. LM.

 

 

SATURDAY 5/16

 

RUNNING OF THE TUBS

9 a.m., Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs. Free.

 

The rules give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. They get fairly technical, but here's the gist: A five-person team, four pushing, one bathing, must guide a bathtub, affixed with wheels (unless you apply for a special “moron” waiver), down the middle of Central Avenue's Bathhouse Row. The four pushers must wear hats of some variety and suspenders and between the four, one must carry a large bar of soap, one must carry a “nice” bath mat, one must wear a loofah mitt and another must carry a bath towel. All items must cross the finish line. Also, the tub must start the race full and finish with at least 10 gallons of water. “We have all sorts of arbitrary rules for this event,” Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Steve Arrison has acknowledged. There's an anything goes governing mentality — you can use water balloons, for example — but that also means that rules are subject to sudden changes, “maybe even after the race starts,” according to Arrison. LM.

 

 

KENNY CHESNEY/ MIRANDA LAMBERT

7:30 p.m., Alltel. $25-$89.50.

 

If it'd stop raining long enough for the sun to come out this would be perfect. 'Cause, if you hadn't heard, country music's most popular performer (really, he's got a 2009 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Award to prove it) loves him a boozy, beach anthem. On his “Sun City Carnival” — previous tours have been called things like “Margaritas 'n' Senoritas Tour” and “Guitars, Tiki Bars & Whole Lotta Love Tour” — Kenny Chesney comes to town in support of his “Greatest Hits II” album, out May 19. So look for a sizeable helping of songs from 2002 to the present, the range the album covers. One of Nashville's finest shares the bill. With hits like “Gunpowder & Lead” (“I'm goin' home, gonna load my shotgun / Wait by the door and light a cigarette / He wants a fight — well, now he's got one/And he ain't seen me crazy yet”), Miranda Lambert's the undisputed queen of the woman-scorned song — and maybe the most empowering woman working in country music. Augusta, Ga.'s Lady Antebellum opens. LM.

 

 

KEVIN KERBY + BATTERY

10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $10.

 

After Mulehead dissolved and Kevin Kerby took a break from the whole band thing and released a solo album, 2005's “Your Disease,” he formed a new band, which he let his son name, and though they've played together since around the release solo album, they haven't released an album until now. On Saturday, they come together to celebrate the release of “Beautiful and Bright” on Max Recordings. If the album's any indication, with Kerby singing and playing guitar, Geoff Curran playing guitar, Joshua Bentley on bass and Marcus Lowe keeping time on drums, the show's likely to be both a showcase of Kerby's keen observational songwriting and the band's punch. Should be ideal for stomping along. Particularly with Jonathan Wilkins and band firing up folks in the opening slot. Also, word on the street says that one of the dudes who runs White Water, whose name starts with an “M” and ends with an “att White,” is celebrating a birthday. Maybe someone will pop out of a cake. LM.     

 

JENNY OWENS YOUNGS / JUKEBOX THE GHOST

9:30 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

 

Ah, indie bills. So often you overload us with dire, fill us full on irony or, worse, too much sun. Rare is the concert, like this one, with so much to offer. In one corner, we've got Jenny Owens Youngs, a dreamy, red-haired folk-y with a strong alto. Her formula, which she's mined on two EPs and two full-lengths (one comes out May 26), involves gentle melodies and dark lyrics. Somewhat off formula, but using a similar juxtaposition, Youngs had an indie hit several years back with her deadpan take of Nelly's “Hot in Herre.” In the other corner, and serving as the night's headliner, Philly trio Jukebox the Ghost specializes in uplifting. Their pop is one of big three-part harmonies and mini-rock opera bombast. Local singer/songwriter Jessica Carder opens. The concert is open to those 18+.  LM

 

 

TUESDAY 5/19

 

FASTBALL

9 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

 

For brevity, consider five albums, a cross-continental tour for each and a new release barely a month old. This should bring us up to speed on this Texas power-pop trio, originally called Magneto USA way back in 1994. With heavy emphasis on lead and supporting vocal harmonies, Fastball delivers a full-bodied flavor that really sounds more like a five-piece crew than three. Credit bassist Tony Scalzo for pulling the additional weight of shared lead vocals, guitar and piano, while Miles Zuniga holds double duty as lead vocalist/guitarist, and drummer Joey Suffield skates clean with no vocal responsibilities, but includes the all-encompassing “percussion” in his skill set. Although the band is no stranger to Little Rock, it'll get a loading dose of local support action by way of pop-rock standout Big Silver, which should result in one Southern-ly comfortable gig. PP.

 

 

 

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