Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
JOHN PAUL KEITH AND THE ONE FOUR FIVES
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
John Paul Keith moved to Bluff City just a few years back, but he's certainly made all the right moves musically on his way down the path of becoming a tried-and-true Memphian. After touring around with alt-country and rock acts like Ryan Adams and the Pink Hearts and the V-Roys, he's taken up with some of the city's finest garage-rock bands, like Harlan T. Bobo; Jim Dickinson's garage rock project, Snake Eyes; and Jack Oblivian and the Tearjerkers (seen recently, awesomely at White Water). On top of all that, he also regularly steps out as the front man of John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, a garage-rock band that's not scared to twang it up here and there. Expect covers of songs by the likes of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly mixed with a few JPK originals, notably the single, “Lookin' for a Thrill.” It sounds like a '50s rock 'n' roll version of the Replacements. (You can download it for free at www.myspace.com/johnpaulkeith.) Local singer/songwriter Mat Mahar opens.
MOSIAC TEMPLARS CULTURAL CENTER GRAND OPENING
11 a.m., Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Free.
Almost 100 years after the African-American fraternal organization the Mosaic Templars first opened their doors on Ninth and Broadway and more than three years after a fire destroyed the original building, a new museum celebrates its grand opening in the footprint of what was once the center of African-American business and culture in Little Rock. Fittingly, the new Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is the first state-funded museum dedicated to that legacy and the broader history of African-American life in Arkansas. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. will officially open the museum, with entertainment on Ninth Street to follow. The line-up includes the Hope Drum Ballet, an after-school program in Hempstead County that uses drumming and storytelling to build children's self-confidence; Afrodesia, a local reggae/worldbeat act; the UAPB Vesper Choir and the rhythm section of the 17-time Grammy award-winning Count Basie Orchestra.
‘OPENING NIGHT WITH FIREBIRD'
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra launches its season with works by Ravel, Stravinsky and Dvorak and a guest appearance by renowned cellist Zuill Bailey accompanying the ASO in Dvorak's “Cello Concerto.” Astute TV watchers might remember Bailey from his appearances in HBO's “Oz,” in which he played a cellist imprisoned for murdering a rival with his cello spike. The symphony opens with Ravel's brisk “Bolero,” before moving to Stravinsky's “Firebird,” a suite familiar to fans of ballet and Disney's “Fantasia” alike. The ASO reprises the performance on Sunday at 3 p.m.
POP! IN THE PARK
6 p.m., History Pavilion, Riverfront Park. Free.
Just a few days before summer officially draws to a close, the summer concert series Pop! in the Park finishes its run with another family friendly, BYOB concert featuring a diverse local line-up. Originally from Heber Springs, the indie-rock quartet Grand Serenade has carved out a devoted local following on the strength of its studied guitar rock. After a major label deal didn't pan out, Wynne native Chase Pagan is currently enjoying smaller scale success on the indie label Militia Group. With a Jeff Buckley-ish falsetto, the indie rocker has spent much of the last year touring nationally in support of his debut, “Oh, Musica!” As the head of the local hip-hop label Conduit Entertainment, Chane “Epiphany” Morrow is often out front working the crowd, PRing for his crew. But he's hardly just a face man. Either with his live band One Night Stand or solo, Epiphany's shown himself to be one our most dexterous MCs. Likely in the headlining spot, 607 is Arkansas's most compelling rapper. There's never any telling what might spring from his fecund imagination.