ARKANSAS VS. LOUISIANA-MONROE
6 p.m., War Memorial Stadium. $45.
The Bobby Petrino era is underway. And after last Saturday's nail-biter against Division I-AA Western Illinois, we've learned a few things. The red pants will never work. Our defense will probably be woeful. Once again, our receivers seem likely to drop a lot of passes. We're way, way young. But, you know, at least over the radio and on paper, most of Bobby Petrino's play calls made sense. We're throwing the ball again. Casey Dick apparently looked steely and out-threw all other SEC quarterbacks. That's an unexpected sentence. So even though pre-season expectations could never live up to the reality of our team's talent level, last weekend's underwhelming results aren't likely to keep Central and South Arkansans away from War Memorial on Saturday. It's a party, after all. And even if ULM breaks some big plays open, as long as Casey's still throwing the ball all over the field and improvising big gains, everybody's buzz will stay intact.
BLACK TOP BOOGIE
2 p.m., Riverfest Amphitheater. Free.
An annual country concert sponsored by KSSN 96 FM, this year's Black Top Boogie comes courtesy of your local natural gas driller, Chesapeake Energy, always eager to engender goodwill. Boogie is the culmination of the company-sponsored “Music in the Park,” a two-week concert series at the Riverfest Amphitheater. A who's who of country music up-and-comers headline the all-day concert. The end of the night headliner is likely to be either country-pop pretty Chuck Wicks or contemporary country (read: NashVegas) singer Luke Bryan. Or you never know, maybe one of the ladies will get top-billing. Ashton Shepherd pairs Dixie Chicks-style folk-country with tough-woman lyrics, while former “Dancing with the Stars” winner Julianne Hough does big, beaming country-pop weepers. Tickets are free, but must be picked up at an outlet. Find locations at kssn.com.