Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
CEDRIC BURNSIDE AND LIGHTNIN' MALCOLM
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $7.
Hill Country blues, that raw and rhythmic sound of North Mississippi, came into widespread prominence just as the towering figures of the genre, R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, were near the end of their lives. Fat Possum, the Water Valley, Miss., label that released their albums, built itself on the backs of the last of the Mississippi blues men. Now the label puts out mostly indie-rock; just about all of its blues acts are dead or dying. But just as we're ready to call the Hill Country sound dead and gone comes Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm, the self-dubbed “juke joint duo.” Burnside, the grandson of R.L., soaked up plenty from his grandfather, not just from living with him, but also from years on the road with him as his drummer. And guitarist Malcolm, raised in rural Mississippi on the blues and in juke joints, also brings an impressive grasp of the Hill Country sound. The two aren't revivalists; they infuse thick hip-hop beats and rock flourishes into their blues, but damn if it doesn't have that hypnotic swing. Burnside and Malcolm come to White Water to celebrate the release of their new album, “2 Man Wrecking Crew.” They'll follow the show with two others, at Chelsea's in Eureka Springs on Friday and Maxine's in Hot Springs on Saturday. LM.
9 p.m., Revolution. $15-$18.
Indie rockers, stand up. If you've ever bitched about Little Rock being a backwater that never, or hardly ever, pulls name indie talent, it's time to put up or shut up. Because within the Pitchfork set, few names are bigger than Canada's Wolf Parade. Originally championed by Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, the band signed, in 2005, to Sub Pop, where it's put out two critically beloved full-lengths. Its music, a textured combination of sounds and styles from the last three decades of rock 'n' roll, often reaches into soaring, anthemic heights. Perfect for fist-pumping. Listening Party opens the concert, which is open to ages 18 and older. LM.
LARRY THE CABLE GUY
7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $42.50.
Not that you can't be a redneck without stretching your diphthongs, but have you heard Larry the Cable Guy's actual accent? It's pure Nebraska cornfield, as twang-less as Tom Brokaw. If that undermines his “git-r-done” shtick, no one's showed sign of caring. The 45-year-old comedian, real name Daniel Whitney, is perhaps the most beloved funny man in the country. Two of his comedy albums, “Lord, I Apologize” and “The Right to Bare Arms,” have been certified gold. He's starred in a number of films — “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,” “Delta Farce,” “Witless Protection” — all of which have inspired critical skewering, but made money at the box office. His endless string of one-liners (he's said he often packs 700 punch lines into a set) might baffle a lot of us, but you better believe Alltel will be packed out. LM.
OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL
City Auditorium, Eureka Springs, $20-$65.
The nation's longest continuously running folk festival returns to Eureka Springs for four days of as authentic a genre celebration as you're likely to find anywhere. The event features 14 performers, several free concerts, a songwriting contest, open mic events, a downtown parade and arts and crafts. Nightly headliners include Noah Earle and 3 Penny Acre, Vagabond Van and Patty Larkin. This year's featured headliner, New York-born Melanie Safka, who performs on Sunday at 2 p.m., hit the national stage as the voice of “flower power” with her song, “Beautiful People,” at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in 1969. She was booked as the first solo pop/rock artist ever to appear at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Sydney Opera House, and in the General Assembly of the United Nations. The event is guest hosted by Greg Klyma, noted by the Buffalo News as “a man hellbent on becoming Buffalo's own Woody Guthrie.” The festival is divided among venues including the City Auditorium and the Gem. For a complete performance schedule and venue listing go to www.ozarkfolkfestival.com/schedule.html or call 888-855-7823. PP.