joshua of Velvet Kente. Photo by Brian Chilson.
ECLIPSE GLASSES BANDA / VELVET KENTE10 p.m., Arkansas Queen, North Little Rock. $15.
A normal gig featuring Eclipse Glasses
and Velvet Kente
should be at the top of anyone's weekend plan. The former is a mostly instrumental local super group of sorts, trading in everything from Ethio-jazz to weird disco — just so long as it bumps. The latter, of course, is the reigning champ of the Times Musicians Showcase, offering a formidable combo of reggae, funk and a bit of Afrobeat, anchored by vocalist joshua's room-quieting vocals. But this isn't a normal gig. It's a dance cruise, y'all. Just about when the old folks are starting to doze off (10:30 p.m.), the Arkansas Queen pushes off shore for a three-hour tour (uh-oh: a three-hour tour!). In addition to live music on the first deck, there'll be records playing up top under the stars — funk, punk, soul, reggae and everything else dance cruise-appropriate. I'm emceeing. What that means, I'm not quite sure. Telling people not to lean too far over the paddlewheel? Pointing out nighttime flora and fauna? Regardless, I'm counting on it being a good time. But, alas, only for those 21 and older, who buy their tickets in advance at the Station Grocery and Deli. To make a reservation, call 372-5777