FRIDAY 3/20-MONDAY 3/23. Low Key Arts, Maxine’s, Arkansas School for Math and Sciences, Pocket Community Theater, Kollective Coffee + Tea. Free-$35.
This event has been canceled.
Something of an “antifestival” lovingly produced by Hot Springs artists, musicians and weirdos of all stripes, Low Key Arts’ annual Valley of the Vapors is both a musical marathon and community frolic. It’s also a supremely chill framework in which to fall in love with roughly 10 bands in the span of six hours, and to bop around quirky downtown Hot Springs in the process.
This year, there are “secret”/location-TBD shows from Thanya Iyer, Billy Moon and Weird Music; a book reading from Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks); workshops on virtual audio effects and guitar pedal building; and sets from a host of bands from Arkansas and elsewhere — Bird Bones, White Mansion, Bera Bera, Benadriil, We Are the Asteroid, Crush Diamond, Carinae, Various Blonde, Faux Real, Control Top, Begonia, Super City, Lung, Skull Family, V.V. Lightbody, Corridor, Deeper, Kevin Krauter and a ton more.
Oh, and an opening reception on Thursday, March 19, co-presented by the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute, is a must for Sonic Youth fans. Stuart Swezey’s documentary “Desolation Center,” about Reagan-era guerilla art and music movements, will be screened, as well as the Sonic Youth concert film “Daydream Nation.” Swezey and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley will be in attendance. Get tickets and a full lineup and schedule at valleyofthevapors.com. SS