Collin Vs. Adam at White Water 

Also, Hillcrest HarvestFest, the Main Street Food Truck Festival, Charlie Wilson at Verizon Arena, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Pulaski Academy and Ty Dolla $ign at Juanita's.

BLOODSUCKER: Collin vs. Adam be at White Water Tavern Friday.
  • BLOODSUCKER: Collin vs. Adam be at White Water Tavern Friday.



10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $7.

The band Collin vs. Adam started recording its second album in late 2012. Originally a synth-pop two-piece, two guys named Collin and Adam, they'd added a bass player and a drummer. Midway through the recording, while they were gearing up to play the first round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase in January, bassist Mason Mauldin, a pilot and a fixture of the local music scene who fronted Sugar And The Raw and Big Boots, died in a plane crash on a trip from Texas to Louisiana. "He was an equally serious and silly guy — and silly is the right word," drummer Mike Motley said at the time. "He was an original thinker and he wasn't afraid to do something bold musically or artistically and to make it work. He wasn't afraid to stick his neck out."

It took some time, but the band's finished the album. It's called "Bloodsucker" and will be released officially on Saturday via Max Recordings. It's good — full of dark, desperate dance-punk that recalls the mid-aughts' mutant-disco revival of bands like LCD Soundsystem. "This is an important occasion for us," Motley said in an email, noting that Mauldin played bass on most of the songs. He said for him, the record "represents the culmination of over a decade of playing in different bands with Mason, and it's a way for us to make good on something that he started and wasn't able to see completed." Friday night, they'll play a release show at White Water with Ginsu Wives, Sea Nanners and DJ Baldego. A copy of the new CD is included with the cover charge. WS



11 a.m. Hillcrest. Free.

On Saturday, Kavanaugh Boulevard will be closed off from Walnut to Monroe streets for the annual Hillcrest HarvestFest, which includes a pancake breakfast, a car show, a rigorous and highly prestigious cheese dip competition, a massively popular fashion show, a bird walk and, maybe most importantly, its best live music lineup yet, which kicks off at 1 p.m. with The Casual Pleasures, followed by Bombay Harambee (2 p.m.), Pockets (2:30 p.m.), Sea Nanners (3:30 p.m.), Kevin Kerby (4 p.m.), Little Joe and The BKs (5 p.m.), The Frontier Circus (5:30 p.m.), Isaac Alexander (7 p.m.) and headliners Amasa Hines (8 p.m.). There will also be beer and wine and a kids zone, which I'm told will feature not one but two bouncy houses. WS



10 a.m. Main Street. Free.

If you've somehow missed the massive growth of food trucks in Central Arkansas over the last few years, you've been blowing it. But now you have a chance to catch up. On Saturday, nearly 30 trucks will gather on Main Street between Fourth and Eighth streets from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the third annual Main Street Food Truck Festival. The participating trucks include Almost Famous, Blackhound BBQ, Bryant's BBQ & Catering, Cheto's Authentic Mexican, Eat Clean 101, Eat My Catfish, Fat Buoys, Food Commander, Garrett's Funnel Cakes & More, Haygood's BBQ Concession, Hot Rod Wieners, Jackie's Mobile Cafe, Katmandu Momo, King Boulevard, Kona Ice, La Herradura, Le Pops, Loblolly Creamery, Red River Catering, Roxie's Hot Dogs, Southern Salt Food Company, Taqueria Jalisco San Juan, The Beast, The Pie Hole, Southern Gourmasian, Tiger Q BBQ, Waffle Wagon and Yvette's Sandwiches. There will be a stage at Capitol and Main with music by The Smittle Band (10 a.m.), Whale Fire (11 a.m.), Mark Currey (12:30 p.m.), Ben "Swamp Donkey" Brenner (1:30 p.m.), Kirk and Quentin Blues Duo (2:30 p.m.) and American Lions (3:30 p.m.). To capture some of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure early morning crowd, many of the trucks will offer breakfast from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. All vendors will accept credit cards and will stick around until 4 p.m. (or until they run out of food). LM



7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $49.50-$82.50.

In the eleven-part Ken Burns documentary "Funk," narrated by Snoop Dogg, the segment on The Gap Band begins with a photograph of the three brothers Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson alongside fellow Tulsa native Leon Russell, who hired them as his backing band out of hometown loyalty. The brothers, we are told, originally named themselves the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band, after the historically black business district then in the process of being dismantled by encroaching urban renewal. The Gap Band, Snoop intones dramatically, found a home in that space of surreal theatrics and post-soul experimentalism opened up by Parliament/Funkadelic (and pursued also by Cameo, The Bar-Kays, et al). They focused less on surface eccentricity, though — "Beep a Freak" aside — and more on glassy, perfect production, effortless danceability and intangible charisma. We see a clip of the group performing "Outstanding" on "Soul Train," the brothers wearing red and silver reflective cowboy suits that sparkle against the multicolored stage lights.

Further on in the episode, R. Kelly provides a short reading from his memoir "Soulacoaster," picking up the story decades later at a Tuesday night pick-up basketball game in 2004. Charlie shows up unexpectedly says, "I'll be honest with you, Bro. I need a hit." By this point he has been nicknamed Uncle Charlie, and The Gap Band's "Yearning for Your Love" is best known as the source for the beat in Nas' "Life's a Bitch." He spent two years in the '90s homeless and addicted to cocaine. The Associated Press: "He used a brick for his pillow, cardboard for a bed and shopping carts to surround him." Kelly, though, is star-struck and immediately pens "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," which will become the title track to Wilson's next solo album, kick-starting his return to the limelight. The documentary briefly notes his subsequent work with Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, before proceeding to Chapter 7, "Zapp." WS



7:30 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. Connor Performing Arts Center, Pulaski Academy. $19-$58.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, lately exiled in Maumelle on account of the Robinson Center's ongoing renovations (which, incidentally, you can follow at, will be holding its Acxiom Pops Live! Series in town this weekend, at Pulaski Academy's Connor Performing Arts Center. Multiple Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer Bill Conti will guest-conduct the orchestra for a program of Hollywood scores. This is something Conti knows about, having written the scores for films like "Rocky," "The Karate Kid," "For Your Eyes Only" and "The Right Stuff," plus TV shows like "Dynasty," "Cagney and Lacey" and "American Gladiators." WS



8 p.m. Juanita's. $15.

Ty Dolla $ign's dad was in the funk band Lakeside ("Fantastic Voyage," etc.) and his uncle played with the Isley Brothers. Along with DJ Mustard, YG and HBK Gang, he's helped reinvigorate West Coast hip-hop, as a singer who compares himself to the killer whale Shamu and, in the music video for his biggest hit to date, "Paranoid" (ubiquitous on Power 92), delivers the entire song from the floor, lying in a puddle of his own blood. He is literally and figuratively obsessed with the beach, having now titled three mixtapes, "Beach House," and he is responsible for the incredible 2012 single, "My Cabana," which isn't so much misogynistic as it is about misogyny, an absurdist, cathartic, libidinous nightmare. "I'm not tryna promote being the best fucking American man," he told The Fader earlier this year. "I'm promoting partying and having fun and being that type of American. I don't wanna hurt nobody's feelings." WS



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