EDGEFEST2:30 p.m., Cooper Farm. $35-$40.
So as not to offend any downtown sensibilities, Edgefest this year heads to the country. The daylong metal festival found a spot, miles from any sizeable chunk of people, at Cooper Farm, a great expanse of land off I-440, off Faulkner Road (from Little Rock, you go beyond the airport and over the river on 440). Otherwise, it's the same hard rockin' good time. Everyone's favorite nine-man, scary-masked alt-metal purveyors, Slipknot
, headlines. Lately, the band's expanded beyond merciless riffage to the occasional power ballad. Staind
, from Springfield, Mass., has always been more comfortable with ballads and sweeping moments. Theirs is music made for slowed-down montages of making out in the rain, big displays of patriotism and football plays. Chevelle
, from Chicago, mines a hard rock formula that's served bands from Helmet to the Pixies — the soft/loud dynamic. All also on the bill, a handful of bands with names straight from the metal-band-name generator: Drowning Pool
, All That Remains