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At Fayetteville Roots Festival this weekend: The Wood Brothers, Taj Mahal, Bettye Lavette, North Mississippi Allstars and more

Founded by Bryan and Bernice Hembree of the band Smokey & the Mirror and chef Jerrmy Gawthrop of Woodstone Pizza, the festival continues to emphasize roots music of all stripes and culinary excellence. Among the big names this year are The Wood Brothers, Taj Mahal, Bettye Lavette and the North Mississippi Allstars.
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The Arkansas Times Film Series is back

From his earliest films, Weerasethakul has always played in the liminal space between wakefulness and sleep. Languid pacing, long shots, and an emphasis on visual actions over dialogue. The director isn’t really concerned with whether or not the audience is able to remain alert though the course of the film and actually encourages viewers to zone out or even nap for a bit if the mood strikes you, the better to let the film seep into your subconscious and allow it to take the form of a dream.
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The Black Crowes at First Security Ampitheater Tuesday night

Here, the Atlanta-born rockers will play all of “Shake Your Moneymaker,” the band’s hit-filled 1990 debut record — along with “all the hits” from Crowes’ subsequent career.

Dazz Murry debuts 'King Honey' solo EP at White Water Saturday night

She’ll be debuting that music, under the name King Honey, at White Water, where she’s encouraging attendees to don ’70s attire, perhaps a hint at what the new jams sound like. The first single, “Liberate,” came out yesterday, so there's plenty of time to learn the chorus ahead of the concert.
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Milkdadd, Emily Moll Wood, Shaeffer, Lex Blevins, Meikel Church at Third Friday Argenta Art Walk

Touring the Argenta Arts District Friday night means a feast of art in one walkable stretch of gallery space, including work by Milkdadd, Michael Shaeffer, Emily Moll Wood, Meikel Church, Lourdes Valverde, Briseida Ochoa, Jayne Pyle and more.

Melissa Carper at White Water Tavern tonight

Whether or not Monday deserves such beauty and wit, multi-instrumentalist Melissa Carper, the Sad Daddy bassist and half of the duo Buffalo Gals who put out a hell of classic country/jazz solo record during the pandemic, is playing at the White Water Tavern tonight.
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Two chances to see Rachel Ammons in Central Arkansas this weekend

The mighty Rachel Ammons will be firing up her "one-man band" operation tonight at Kings Live Music in Conway and tomorrow at South on Main in Little Rock's SoMa District. If you haven't seen Ammons obliterate your preconceived notions of what a single musician can do with two hands and two feet, here's a chance to remedy that. 

Annie Ford, Hillbilly Casino, The Mask of the Phantasm, Various Blonde on lineup for 10th annual Hot Water Hills fest

Hot Water Hills Music & Art Festival, an all-ages festival put on in downtown Hot Springs every fall by Low Key Arts, is back for its tenth year, and the lineup looks awesome.
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Keith Sweat, Babyface and Jody Watley at First Security Ampitheater Sunday

What’s a reasonable estimate for the number of babies made while listening to Shalamar, solo Jody Watley, Keith Sweat, LSG, Babyface or any of the jillion jams Babyface produced? It’s gotta be a million.

Elise Davis at White Water Tavern Friday

Davis makes her return to Little Rock, for the first since 2019, ahead of the release of a new album in October. The early self-assured and moody singles suggest it’s one we should be highly anticipating.
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Emo Night at The Hall on Friday

Think My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday. Grab your eyeliner. And maybe some skinny jeans.

Halestorm at Walmart AMP Wednesday

Show up early to catch opening acts The Pretty Reckless, Lilith Czar and The Warning for a show that packs a punch.

Kevin Hart at Simmons Bank Arena Saturday, with cashless and cell-phone-free arena policies

If Kevin Hart is any indication, being an international celebrity in 2022 is wild, y’all. Also: No cash and no cell phones. Simmons Bank has gone cashless for its concessions, and the Hart show is prohibiting cell phones in the performance area.

Hank Williams Jr. at Simmons Bank Arena Friday

He’ll be joined by Old Crow Medicine Show, whose song “Wagon Wheel” has become an anthem that all of Simmons Bank Arena is sure to sing along to. 

Emily Moll Wood exhibit opens at THEA Friday

“Working from the many flower studies, combined with sketches from old photos of myself, my mother, my grandmothers, and great grandmothers, I create large paintings on inherited old tablecloths to draw attention to undervalued domestic work,” Wood wrote in an artist statement. She’ll be celebrated Aug. 5 with an opening reception.

Seven concerts to hear in Central Arkansas this weekend

DeFrance at Stickyz, Beethoven and Bartok at the White Water Tavern, Tiko Brooks at Four Quarter Bar, Vince Neil Emerson at Rev Room and more.

Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy brings his trio to Stickyz Wednesday night

The gospel-anchored player and producer is behind the ivories of some of the biggest Kirk Franklin tunes to sweep modern American churches, but Martin’s known in jazz circles as one of many creative engines behind the touring supergroup Snarky Puppy (riyl: Chick Corea, Weather Report, being rendered dumbstruck at what humans can do with musical instruments).

Free show from Gina Chavez in Argenta Friday night

Free outdoor show from Gina Chavez at Argenta Plaza Friday night.

'Memphis' opens tonight at Argenta Community Theater

Arkansas-based actor Satia Spencer stars in the lead as Felicia, and anyone who's ever seen Spencer onstage knows full well that she can bring it. Don't miss this one, y'all.

Canadian comedian and YouTuber Kurtis Conner at Robinson Center Sunday

Saddle up, we’re going to KurtisTown … or, actually, KurtisTown is coming to us.
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