Online stores are for suckers. Local rapper and Arkansas Times Showcase Winner 607 is bringing technology back to the streets. Or the park. On May 20, from 4-8 p.m., he and DJ g-force will be holding court at Kanis Park with an external hard-drive, a laptop and a lot of cords. Six invites fans to bring blank CDs, jump drives, iPods — whatever. Songs from his catalog, stretching back 10 albums, will be available in digital form, 320 bitrate. $1 a pop. Eager fans can pick up “Nobody But Us,” the new album from 607 and Bobby (Mr. Morbid in “light and fun” mode, says 607) before it's officially released before and after Six's performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, on Riverfest's Triple-S Alarm Stage. The album sells for $10.
Speaking of Riverfest, the complete line-up and schedule of the festival is at http://www.riverfestarkansas.com/. All of the Showcase finalists are performing. In fact, just about every strong local act is on the bill, early on main stages or all day at the Arkansas Music Tent.
The latest Oxford American — the first since the embezzlement drama — is on newsstands. Continuing a recent trend of releasing theme issues, this is the Home Issue. Paul Reyes, the former OA senior editor, newly installed as editor at large, contributes a piece on “life (and death by fire) of a historic home” here in Little Rock (1020 Rock St.). There's a fund-raiser coming up for the mag in Little Rock. See oxfordamericanmag.com.
The line-up for Movies in the Park, the popular free outdoor movie night at the Riverfest Amphitheatre, has been announced. “E.T.” kicks the season off on June 4, followed by “Rocky” (June 11), “Happy Feet” (June 18), “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (June 25), “Notting Hill” (July 2), “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (July 9), “Casino Royale” (July 16) and “The Wizard of Oz” (July 23). The films screen at sundown. Families, picnics and pets are all welcome.
On Friday, May 16, the popular Hot Springs venue the Low Key Arts Building presents its last scheduled show for the summer, a CD release concert from Hot Springs-based Attractive and Popular, a dance-rock band that's gaining national attention. The album, “Live from Hell/Jungle Fever,” is a split with one-man band, El Paso Hot Button, who'll also perform.