- DAVID DONOVAN EVANS
- THE AVETT BROTHERS
In Searcy, Harding University brings in a slate of bands—a few killer ones, too—for their inaugural First Thaw Festival
, which benefits Heifer International
. (Could the week in Live Music to Benefit Non-Profits be any more packed?)
Friday opens with a 6 p.m. screening of "Food, Inc." before starting the night's music at 8 p.m. with the folk sounds of Cheyenne & Priscilla Medders, followed by M.O.R. from Nashville's Andy Davis.
Saturday afternoon starts at 1 p.m with The Kernal, bluesy Memphis rockers The Sheriffs of Nottingham, the eight-piece pop experimentalists The Non-Commissioned Officers and a dollop of sincerebro pop by Green River Ordinance.
The night features a couple of big-time headliners from one of my long-time personal favorites, the melodic throwback folkie Langhorne Slim joins omnipresent Southerners (and Robbie Dylan's backing band for a night) The Avett Brothers, who are, in a word, getting huge really fast. Doors open at 7:15.
And Saturday night at 7 p.m., the Designers Choice Fashion Preview
returns to the Clear Channel Metroplex for another year. model and "Shol Food" cast member Boris Kodjoe
and Arkansas's favorite fashion designer, Korto Momolu
, host the night, which features special celebrity guest Reco Chapple
from Bravo TV. Tickets start at $30. V.I.P. passes, which will get you in to a 5:30 p.m. meet and greet with Kodjoe, Momolu and Chapple, go for $50.