THURSDAY 8/22. 8 p.m. South on Main. $30-$40.
The Oxford American’s 2019-20 Concert Series is themed “Old Friends, New Friends,” and if its season opener Amy Helm can’t claim old friendship here in Arkansas, I’m not sure who can. Helm was in Fayetteville less than a year ago for the unveiling of sculptor Kevin Kresse’s bronze bust of her father, Levon, the centerpiece of the Levon Helm Legacy Project in Marvell (Phillips County). She’d just released “This Too Shall Light,” a collection that included Levon and the Hawks’ “The Stones I Throw,” an old tune called “Gloryland” she learned from her father, the intangible qualities of being recorded live in the legendary United Recording Studios in Los Angeles and — it’s not lost on us — heavy-hitting backup vocals from JT Nero and Allison Russell, who have graced the South on Main stage under the name of their duo project, Birds of Chicago. Get tickets at Metrotix.com or by calling 800-293-5949, and check out the seating information under the “Calendar” tab on South on Main’s website so you’ll know what’s what.