Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
'UK DUB BREAK'
9 p.m. Revolution. $8-$13.
Dudes, listen up man, because it's SPRING BREAK! What does that mean? Time to PARTAY! But where to partay? And how to partay? Well how's about at Revolution with a big ol' sweaty, shakin', strobe-lights-flashin', rental-car-bashin' dance party, with a massive system and tons of drops and all that? They're gonna be hosting veteran U.K. outfit The Freestylers. Wikipedia tells us that the group "has incorporated more of a drumstep sound" nowadays. There's so many steps to keep up with: drumstep, dubstep, techstep, hardstep, jazzstep, darkstep, stepstep. Is there garagestep? Anybody remember garage? Not like The White Stripes, but like the British techno (pronounce it like you would "carriage" only with a hard "G" sound, like The Clash did). It was kinda fast, like "thump-thump-thump-thump," but faster? I think it came after deep house but before jungle and it might have turned into grime or eski. Anyways, if you're steady on the electronic dance music, you've likely heard The Freestylers crossover hit "Cracks" from 2011. These guys are going to be doing a three-turntable set, with openers Lawler, Wolf-e-Wolf, Gdash and Mix Mafia. RB
ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 'AMERICAN SONGBOOK'
8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $18-$58
This weekend, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra sets its sights on the Great American Songbook. Conductor Philip Mann, in a preview for the show, said audiences will be in for "a glitzy and glamorous evening." On the bill are favorites by many of the greats: George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Hoagy Carmichael, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more. "We listen to you at the symphony," Mann said, "and you asked for Gershwin, you asked for Hoagy Carmichael, you asked for Irving Berlin, and you get them all and more on this great concert that's full of surprises and sure to entertain." Sounds like a good time and a chance to remember that these songs are called "standards" for a reason. RB
7 p.m. Beebe High School. $15.
Beebe native Cody Belew gives back this weekend by returning to his hometown to play a benefit concert to raise money for Project Graduation. According to his Facebook profile, Belew will be performing some of his new original tunes. If you haven't checked out the video for his version of "Purple Rain," you need to get yourself to an Internet and get to watching. Just in case you were wondering, his show at BHS will be appropriate for all ages. There was some sort of question about that, and he addressed it using social media: "I have received word that there is mild concern regarding the nature of my upcoming concert benefiting the Beebe High School senior class and their 'Project Graduation.' Some have wondered whether or not it will be family oriented. Let me ASSURE you that I will put on a show that is both family friendly and MIND BLOWING! So bring your kids, grandmother, preacher, and babysitter cause we're raising money for a good cause and we'll be doing it in the spirit of community and TOGETHERNESS!" Right on, Cody. I suppose the concerns were on account of he used some cuss words when he found out he'd been picked for Team CeeLo when he was on NBC's "The Voice." But first of all, come on, dude was excited; and secondly, come on, seriously. RB
8:30 p.m. Cornerstone Pub and Grill.
Well this is a bummer: After three years, an album, and a bunch of shows (including the 2012 Times Showcase and shows benefiting St. Jude's and the Boys and Girls Clubs) Central Arkansas rockers Se7en Sharp will be hanging it up. From their Facebook: "We have loved playing for you over these past 3 years, and we intend to go out with a bang. It won't be a time of regret, but rather a celebration of everything we've accomplished since our inception. More details will be coming soon, but know that we would love nothing more than to see you one more time! P.S. Brad's coming back to play drums for this show, and we're gonna blow the roof off! Plus it's Shayne's birthday party!" Proceeds from the show are going toward recording sessions to get down the band's most recent songs. It sucks when a band you like stops playing, but them's the breaks, unfortunately. There's really nothing else to do except come to their last show, buy 'em a shot and a beer and say "Well done, y'all." RB
BERNIE WORRELL ORCHESTRA
8 p.m. Revolution. $10 adv., $15 day of.
That former child prodigy Bernie Worrell cut his teeth as the original keyboardist for Parliament/Funkadelic — providing the deep, infectious synth groove on some of the biggest hits of the late-'70s and early-'80s, including "Mothership Connection (Star Child)," "Flash Light," and "Aqua Boogie" — should tell you something about what you can expect from his appearance with the nine-piece Bernie Worrell Orchestra at Revolution this Sunday. They're hot off several appearances at South by Southwest in Austin, and sound great. My favorite track I've heard so far is "BWO is Landing," a funky, bubbly piece that seems ripped from the soul charts circa 1976, with lotsa cowbell, bongo drums, a tight and well-used horn section and plenty of Worrell's innovative work at the keyboard. Come on out and catch a living legend. DK
FIRST EVER 10TH ANNUAL WORLD'S SHORTEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
6 p.m. Downtown Hot Springs. Free.
For all its cheeseball, tourist-trap attractions, I like Hot Springs a lot — that city built on horse racing and the idea that bathing in and drinking really hot water will fix anything from impotence to kidney stones. Like the other jewel in Arkansas's quack medicine crown, Eureka Springs, Hot Springs seems to relish not taking itself all that seriously these days. Case in point: the Spa City's yearly "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade," which traverses exactly 98 feet along Bridge Street, and yet draws thousands of revelers. That's, like, a kazillion gallons of green beer per foot. Another oddity this year: dual, in-a-relationship Grand Marshals (or should that be Marshals Grand?) Bo Derek and John Corbett, both of whom have previously presided individually over the parade. Always a good time. DK