Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
TIM REYNOLDS and TR3
9 p.m., Revolution. $15.
He's one of the most famous sometimes sideman in music today. For more than a decade, guitar whiz Tim Reynolds has toured with the Dave Matthews Band and guested on each of the band's albums. In 1999, he and Matthews released “Live at Luther College,” a double album that captured what's become a semi-regular touring arrangement: the duo playing stripped down, acoustic arrangements of Matthews' songs. But Reynolds is hardly simply a second fiddle. For years, he's led the improvisational band TR3, a three-piece that specializes not only in jam-typical funk-rock, but also diversions into industrial rock and reggae. Reynolds has been known to branch out to play the mandolin, violin and sitar as well. Open to ages 18 and older, the concert is sure to be packed to the brim. LM.
9:30 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.
It's with shame I'll admit that I haven't been to a Cool Shoes dance party since the first one, where there was someone with a video camera spending a lot of time filming feet. That wrinkle, I'm told, went out the door pretty quickly, but the event still remains fairly high concept: A series of DJs or live electronic acts try to put butts on the dance floor, while a local artist creates something in a corner or against a wall. At midnight, a local rap act performs three songs. Spies tell me I've been missing out — that, increasingly, the kids come out full force, sometimes in costume, and everyone dances. So I'm going on Friday, particularly because a new band, briefly known as Bad Balance until members discovered “the NWA of Russia” already had dibs on the name, and now as of press time, nameless, makes its debut. It'll mark Moving Front front dude Jeremy Brasher's return to electronic programming for the first time in four or five years (fantastic news for anyone who was around for his dance jams back then). This go-round, Lydia Washburn and Erin Lang augment his blips and beeps with vocal harmony. Also on the bill: astro-crunk Conway DJ Wolf-E-Wolf (frenetic remixes of Southern rap), DJ Fatality (straight-up hip-hop) and rappers 4X4 Crew. Series curator TJ Deeter will be responsible for the live art. The show's open to all ages. Cool shoes are no longer required. LM.
7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena, $55-$75.
Metallica fans heaving collective sighs of relief that “Death Magnetic” has given the metal pioneers an adrenaline shot and a return-to-roots mindset don't need reminding that the seventh all-time best-selling American band returns to Little Rock Saturday. Backstage at their February 1989 “And Justice For All” show at Barton Coliseum, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich eased down the table of seated fans signing autographs while former band mate Jason Tedford and I eyeballed the buffet. He goaded me into asking Lars to autograph a dinner roll, who, after I did, replied with a bewildered, “Are you out of your fucking mind?” Heading back to the dressing room, he paused as if remembering something, grabbed a roll, scribbled on it and tossed it across the table, shaking his head. A lethal dose of hair spray for mold prevention has kept it shiny and intact for nearly two decades and it remains hard enough to shatter a bulletproof window, which is pretty much what I'm counting on Metallica to do at their “in-the-round” show at Alltel. Rising metal acts Down and the Sword open. PP.