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Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 13:05:00

The best of the 'Fest

All photos by Brian Chilson. A lot more after the jump.

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Monday, May 31, 2010 - 10:33:04

Breakfast Week, part 1: 24 hours of hotcakes a day

It’s breakfast for lunch week again at Eat Arkansas… and we start out the week with a place a good distance from Little Rock.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 14:22:44

Sunday at Riverfest: Ludacris, Robert Cray, Steve Miller Band

LUDACRIS 10 p.m., Miller Lite Stage 
(Riverfest Amphitheatre). Bill O'Reilly's once-sworn enemy and actor in 2004's Academy Award-winning Best Picture “Crash” also happens to be one of the most consistently entertaining rappers out there.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 14:20:48

Sunday: Riverfest Arkansas Tent

Hayes Carli Local songbird with as bonafide a country pedigree as you'll find anywhere, Mandy McBryde (3:30 p.m.), sings heartfelt and witty originals with a twang.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 17:44:32

Saturday: Riverfest Arkansas Tent

The legendary CeDell Davis Saturday's Oxford American-sponsored lineup kicks off with the four-man, one-mic bluegrass of Runaway Planet (3 p.m.), one of the fastest, tightest bluegrass acts in the state.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 17:28:15

Saturday: The Black Crowes, Bell Biv Devoe, Lucero

THE BLACK CROWES 9:30 p.m., Bud Light Stage 
(Clinton Center). This Atlanta-based act is going into its 26th year as America's premiere blues/mod/hard rock band.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:49:45

Friday at Riverfest: Earth, Wind & Fire, Gary Allan, Cross Candian Ragweed, Little River Band

EARTH, WIND & FIRE 9:45 p.m., Miller Lite Stage 
(Riverfest Amphitheatre). Young people might look on Earth, Wind & Fire dismissively, as a cheeseball relic of the '70s and '80s, the shiny, happy, horn-soaked antecedent to wedding bands everywhere.

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:45:44

Friday: Riverfest Arkansas Tent

The Arkansas Tent (again sponsored by Arkansas Times) is back for its third year, holding within it a range of local sounds from gospel to country to shredding bar rock.

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:39:07

Riverfest 2010: Schedules

Riverfest! It's a bit overwhelming at times, isn't it?

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:34:59

Weekend: Cool Shoes 2nd Anniversary, Fuel, Jeff the Brotherhood

FRIDAY 5/28 The monthly Cool Shoes dance party celebrates its second birthday with a summer-welcoming beach-themed party at their regular home, Downtown Music; party architects Wolf-E-Wolf, DJ Shawn Lee and Risky Biz man the decks, 10 p.m., $5, $8 under 21.

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:31:57

Sunday To-Do: Hot Springs Music Festival

HOT SPRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL 6:45 p.m., Arlington Hotel Terrace. Free-$125.

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:28:22

Saturday To-Do: Billy Currington

BILLY CURRINGTON 8 p.m., Timberwood Amphitheater, Magic Springs. $5-$10.

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:20:54

Saturday To-Do: Andy McKee

ANDY MCKEE 9 p.m., Juanita's. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. He's the Steve Vai of the YouTube generation.

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 11:16:15

Saturday To-Do: Saline Summer Daze with Kris Allen

SALINE SUMMER DAZE WITH KRIS ALLEN 3 p.m., Watts Field, Benton. $15-$50.

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 09:20:05

... and salutations

I have on occasion enjoyed an evening at Cheers in the Heights.  But I have missed out on two things -- the Cheers location in Maumelle, and lunch at the local eatery.  I combined both needs on an opportunity Thursday afternoon to sample lunch at Cheers in Maumelle.  But even with the decision to try one of their plentiful non-Louisiana-inspired sandwiches, I still couldn't resist the lure of crab cakes.  After all, why skip out on such a great dish?

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 18:28:49

Greers Ferry does yacht rock on the river

Among all the familiar local talent filling the Arkansas Tent and the main stages during the day at Riverfest, don't overlook Greers Ferry (3 p.m., Sunday, Triple-S Alarm Stage).

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 18:07:53

New chains with potential coming

Bravo! Cucina Italiana opens Friday in the Promenade at Chenal in West Little Rock.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 14:52:30

Non-music stuff to do during Riverfest

The Rock N Stroll 5K Fun Run/Walk kicks off at Broadway and Main Streets at 9 a.m.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 09:51:07

Thursday: Ryan Brunet and the Malfecteurs, Montgomery Trucking, Benjy Davis Project and more

In his ongoing quest to bring the traditional sounds of Mississippi and Louisiana to White Water Tavern, co-owner/booker Matt White's reached down to south Louisiana to snag Ryan Brunet and the Malfecteurs (French for "outlaws") for a gig tonight.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 09:30:11

Thursday To-Do: The Romany Rye

THE ROMANY RYE9 p.m., Union (train) Station. $10.When Chris Denny ditched The Natives — Jesse Bates, Ryan Hitt, Judson Spillyards and Joshua Spillyards — a few months after he and the band cut what was supposed to be their debut on a national indie with juice, the local consensus had the backing unit returning to Little Rock and joining the legions of local musicians who've glimpsed national success only to become the victim of unfortunate circumstance.

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