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Friday To-Do: Haiti Benefits

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'Idol' hopeful Charity Vance.

ARKANSANS 4 HAITI
5 p.m., Statehouse Convention Center. $25 and donations.

ROCK 4 HAITI
8:30 p.m., Revolution. Free-$5.

Two rock benefits titled like a Prince song? Surely, there's brand collaboration at work here. In any case, the first gig is the big tent gathering. The governor and first lady are hosting. All proceeds will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Relief Fund. It'll be held in one of the giant base-ment ballrooms at the convention center, and it lasts a really long time. Local R&B act Kemestri featuring Nicky Parrish opens the event at 5 p.m. and party band Tragikly White hits the stage at 11 p.m. In between a host of Little Rock's longest running cover acts — The GroanUps, First Impressions, The Rockets, Crisis — perform. And at 8:40 p.m., in what's sure to be the most anticipated performance of the night, 16-year-old Little Rock native and “American Idol” hopeful Charity Vance offers a short set. At Rev, admission is free to those of drinking age and only $5 for those below, which Dwaine Roark, lead singer of the headlining act Kingsdown, says is meant to get as many people into the club, where the Red Cross will have a donation center. The concert, which also features Siversa (the latest project from former members of After the Tragedy), WishTribe and Third Degree, marks Kingsdown's final Little Rock gig before it heads to Nashville to record an album with Grammy-nominated producer Travis Wyrick. Over the last several years, the pop-rock band's toured 35 states. It's hoping that this album will propel them on the road pretty much fulltime in the near future.

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