Wilco, Riverfest, Film Fest ease in the season 

The sights and sounds of summer

Summer approaches, and with it, another season of great music to satisfy pretty much any tastes. You've got your mainstream pop and country, your critical darling indie acts, your rockabilly legends, your classic rock superstars, your post-grunge giants, your blues festivals, your folkies, your heavies and just about everything in between.

The season gets rolling when veteran rock act Wilco comes to Fayetteville's Arkansas Music Pavilion on May 10 with the excellent Philadelphia band Purling Hiss, 6 p.m., $44.

On May 11, Little Rock label Thick Syrup hosts an anniversary show doubleheader at White Water Tavern, kicking off with The See, The Bloodless Cooties, The Alpha Ray and Michael Inscoe. Over at Dickey-Stephens Park, the 15th Annual Food & Foam Fest Beer Festival promises a variety of food, a silent auction, live entertainment and, of course, suds by the bucketful, 6 p.m., $40.

On May 12, you can catch the second night of Thick Syrup goodness going down at White Water Tavern, with Browningham, Androids of Ex-Lovers, Ezra Lbs. and Inscoe, 9 p.m. All you old-school rock 'n' roll heads won't want to skip the 2nd Annual Arkansas Delta Rockabilly Festival, boasting sets from Ace Cannon, Stan Perkins & D.J. Fontana, Charlie Rich Jr., Sun Records icons Sonny Burgess & The Legendary Pacers, Texas giants Asleep at the Wheel, The Kentucky Headhunters and more, Downtown Helena, 11 a.m., $20. Chris Knight brings some country-flavored heartland rock to Revolution for an 18-and-older show, 9 p.m. $12-$15. Over at Riverfest Amphitheatre, contemporary country troubadour Dierks Bentley performs, with openers Eli Young Band and The Cadillac Black, 7:30 p.m., $22-$40.

On May 13, Deitrick Haddon continues the Praize Sundays series at Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater, 6 p.m., $30-$65.

The Portland, Ore.-based psych-pop outfit Morning Teleportation is on tour with electro-tinged Philly weirdoes Nico's Gun. The bands stop off at Stickyz for an all-ages show May 15, 8:30 p.m., $8-$10.

Mark your calendars for May 18, because it's gonna be another magical evening to remember followed by a hung-over morning to survive after Glossary, Austin Lucas and Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires play White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Over at Juanita's, Oklahoma's Hinder brings the modern radio rock, with colleagues in Trapt and The Dreaming, 9 p.m., $25-$30.

Here's one that's a bit of a head-scratcher, but nonetheless is sure to be entertaining. You might remember Jesco White, a.k.a. The Dancing Outlaw, from the documentaries that have been produced about this West Virginia madman. White comes to George's in Fayetteville May 18, 9 p.m., $18, and he stops at Revolution May 19, 9 p.m., $15-$17. It's time once again for the Lucero Family Picnic, featuring the Memphis bar-rock veterans, along with country royalty Shooter Jennings, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and more at Riverside Park in Batesville.

On May 20, rotund standup comic Gabriel Iglesias brings his fluffy self to Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $48 (he'll be at the Walton Arts Center the next day, 7 p.m., $42). Also May 20 is Books in Bloom at the Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, featuring authors Crescent Dragonwagon, Kevin Brockmeier and more than a dozen others. It's from noon to 5 p.m. and it's free.

Here's one the metal fiends won't wanna miss: on May 23 the New Orleans supergroup Down — featuring members of Corrosion of Conformity, Pantera, Crowbar and Eyehategod — comes to Juanita's, 8 p.m., $25. Also that night, San Francisco garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall makes a welcome return to White Water Tavern, with the warped psych-pop outfit White Fence, 9 p.m., $10.

Riverfest kicks off May 25, with headliners Gov't Mule, Staind, Neon Trees, Boyz II Men and Sleeper Agent and keeps rolling May 26 with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mute Math, Chevelle and Third Eye Blind. Down in Hot Springs, you can catch The Charlie Daniels Band at Timberwood Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m., $30-$65.



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