In it's second year, the Arkansas Tent
remains one of the best and most diverse concentrated helpings of local music you'll find.
In a departure from last year, organizer Rob Bell's grouped days into loose genres. And that probably makes sense. You've rhythm-oriented stuff on Friday. Country and roots on Saturday. And rock on Sunday.
I should have the complete schedule, including all the local acts playing main stages, sometime next week. In the meantime, here's a rundown of all the big names coming
At the Arkansas Tent:
(6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.) Central Arkansas' most impressive soul singer backed by a live band.Eclipse Glasses
(8 p.m.-9 p.m.) Popular genre-bending supergroup. A lil' bit of funk. A lil' bit of Afrobeat. A lil' bit of post-punk. Lots of grooves.Cool Shoes
(9:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) The popular monthly dance party takes a field trip. Now that's it's gone 21-and-up, this'll be a chance for the kids to come back to the fold.SATURDAY, 5/23The Shelby Avenue Baptist Singers
(2:30 p.m. -2:45 p.m.) Traditional hymns in winning folk arrangements from Searcy native Bonnie Montgomery and her husband Jim Yates.
(3 p.m.-4 p.m.) Another set from Bonnie Montgomery. This time she performs her catchy original folk numbers. Good Time Ramblers
(4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) Rowdy sing-a-long country-rock.
Amy Garland Band
(6 p.m.-7 p.m.) After a long hiatus, one of Little Rock's favorite singer/songwriter's returns with an ace backing band. Chris Denny
(7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.) North Little Rock's golden-throated folk singer comes with one of the tightest bands around.* Dale Hawkins
(9:30 p.m. -11 p.m.) The rockabilly legend who penned "Suzie Q." SUNDAY, 5/24An Orangutan
(3:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.) Prog rock upstarts.
(5 p.m.-6 p.m.) A new wave/post-punk powerhouse. The See
(6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) Indie rock done right. Kevin Kerby + Battery
(8 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) Raucous, roots-tinged jams from one of Little Rock's favorite singer/songwriters