Weekend: Velvet Kente/607, Magic Hassle/Literature, Leon Russell | Rock Candy

Weekend: Velvet Kente/607, Magic Hassle/Literature, Leon Russell

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FRIDAY 4/30

One of the most reliably mind-blowing bands anywhere plays with one of the best rappers, period, for my show pick of the night: Velvet Kente hits the Juanita's stage with 607 at 10 p.m., $5. 

Sticky Fingerz brings a second night of tribute bands with the band that could have been called “Ants Marching” or “Tripping Billies,” but that would have been way too obvious, right? The Dave Matthews Tribute Band plays, 10 p.m., $6 early admission.

April's Cool Shoes dance party at Downtown Music brings out DJs Kichen, Johan, Risky Biz and B. Pleiss, 10 p.m., $5 or $8 if you're under 21.

Austin's Literature returns after a fantastic show at White Water; the band shares the bill with local garage-pop outfit Magic Hassle at Union, 10 p.m., donations.

UALR Opera Theatre
updates Mozart's “The Magic Flute” with a contemporary English translation and new setting in the NYC subway; Wildwood Park for the Arts hosts, 7 p.m., $15, $5 students.

Speaking of universities, UCA takes out Reynolds Performance Hall to showcase the school's cinematic talents with a night of shorts, docs and music videos in the sixth annual UCA Film Festival, 5:30 p.m., free.

SATURDAY 5/1

If you feel like getting off the beaten track, the legendary Leon Russell plays the Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, 7 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.

Bluegrass outfit Pope County Bootleggers will be drinking at Town Pump, music to follow, 10 p.m., $5.

Speaking of drinking, if you plan on getting in it to win it, you could do worse than bellying up at Counterpoint for a night of music by party band The Gettys, 10 p.m.

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