Batista gets raw.
7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $21.75-$61.75.
The Raw superstars bring the drama and pile-driving action back to Alltel Arena with a star-studded card pitting the sons of two legends in a tag-team bout: Cody Rhodes (son of “The American Dream,” Dusty), and Ted DiBiase (son of “The Million Dollar Man,” Ted) against Cryme Tyme, for the WWE World Tag Team Championship title. Other matches include Primo Colon vs. William Regal, D’Lo Brown vs. Snitsky, and another tag-team bout with two titles on line featuring Kofi Kingston/Mickie James vs. Santino Marella/Beth Phoenix for the Intercontinental and WWE Women’s Tag Team titles. Also on the card is Rey Mysterio vs. Kane, Batista vs. JBL and the main event, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, for the World Heavyweight Championship belt. Die-hard and younger fans alike should have plenty to cheer about, considering the big names and the likelihood of watching gold-studded belts exchange hands. Paul Peterson
LUCERO FAMILY PICNIC
2 p.m., Riverside Park, Batesville. $15-$40.
For the second year, one of Central Arkansas’s favorite adopted acts hosts a handful of its favorite bands on the banks of the White River in Batesville. This year’s line-up is stout. Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell launched a solo career two years ago with the meditative Southern rocker, “Sirens of the Ditch.” Steve’s son Justin Townes Earle aims to follow in his footsteps, and those of the likes of the Re-placements and Kurt Cobain, with ramshackle, literate songs of unease. From Fayetteville, Cory Branan is the decorated singer/songwriter and frequent duet partner of Lucero‘s Ben Nichols. Local favorite the Good Fear, which features former Lucero guitarist Todd Gill, deserves broader exposure, but all the dudes in the band are married and settled and will probably never tour steadily beyond Little Rock and Fayetteville. Our gain. Dan Montgomery is one of Memphis’ more respected folk rockers. For those clamoring to get close to Lucero or their pals, a $40 VIP pass scores access to the artists, food and booze. An after-party at Josie’s follows the all-day concert.
ALSO: Check out the schedule here. Early in the afternoon is the redneck games: moonpie eating contest, tobacco spitting contest, cow chip toss, etc.