- IN THE VALLEY OF THE VAPORS: KC's Roman Numerals.
Fumes will be emanating from downtown Hot Springs Thursday, Oct. 20, through Oct. 29 with the “Valley of the Vapors” Music and Film Festival at Schapiro’s on Central, 601 Central Ave. The promoters scheduled the festival in tandem with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, running Oct. 21-30 at the Malco Theater, and the unveiling of the Human Rights Mural at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The lineup of music and films is more underground than mainstream, with local, regional and national acts. On Thursday, Oct., 20: the Tiny Terrors, a punk duo whose combined age is 16, start at 9 p.m., followed by the Roman Numerals from Kansas City at 10 p.m. and the River City Tanlines from Memphis at 11 p.m.
On Friday, Oct. 21, Conway act J. Wilkins starts at 9 p.m., followed by psychedelic Hot Springs outfit Drove at 9:30 p.m., Tel Aviv, a Fayetteville-based, keyboard-heavy punk band at 10:30 p.m., and the percussion-heavy music by Drop Sonic at 11:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, Lafcadio from Jonesboro plays at 9 p.m., followed by Little Rock rocking faves Underclaire at 10 p.m., and New Black from Chicago at 11 p.m.
A potluck picnic is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday at Whittington Park, with some casual jamming and outdoors games planned. Families are invited.
Rock films will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the VS. Gallery, 801 Central Ave. “Plaster Caster,” a film about that groupie whose claim to fame is immortalizing rock gods’ nether regions, kicks off the films on Monday. Tuesday’s will be “Fearless Freaks,” a documentary on the great, lush, pop-rock band the Flaming Lips. Wednesday’s is “X — The Unheard Music,” about John Doe and fellow veterans of the trash punk eraExene, DJ BoneBrake and Billy Zoom.
Beat box, rap and rhythm rule Thursday, Oct. 27, with a hip-hop night featuring Dirty Black, Trigga Mann, Versus, Money Made Ent., Swang Wide, MC Spookytuth, starting at 9 p.m. A Halloween costume ball is planned on Friday, Oct. 28, with quirky quasi-lounge act Mr. Quintron. Miss Pussycat, an adult-themed puppeteer and maraca player, will perform at 10 p.m., with Harry Merry, a kooky keyboardist from Holland who combines pop, rock and classical with Serbian turbo-folk, at 11 p.m.
The music festival concludes Saturday, Oct. 29, with local acoustic act Brian Martin at 9 p.m., the Arkansas-themed country rock and blues group Bug Tussle Boys at 10 p.m., and headliner Siderunner, a punkish rockabilly act, at 11 p.m.
Music shows are for ages 18 and up, with a $5 cover each night. Weekday films are open to all ages with a $2 admission.
Katrina relief efforts continue in the area clubs this week. At North Little Rock’s Parrot Head Cafe on Saturday, from 2 p.m. to midnight, catch Cosmic Biscuit, NTO, Family Dog, Port Arthur, Delta Mudd, Bill Jagitsch and Greg Madden. Donations will be accepted to benefit hurricane victims and their pets. The cafe is at 9611 MacArthur Drive. Call 771-2994.
The Tulane University Alumni of Central Arkansas are getting together for their school and New Orleans mates in a Hurricane Katrina benefit on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Cajun’s Wharf. Starting around 8 p.m., the show includes a semi-rare appearance by beloved Arkansas group the Greasy Greens, along with the B-Flats and the Intruders. Admission is $10, with proceeds going to the relief fund.
Sticky Fingerz will be hosting former Whiskeytown (and current Tres Chicas) member Caitlin Cary, who has forged a creative partnership with singer/songOn Saturday, Oct. 26, the venue will host an early 4:30 p.m., all-ages pre-Widespread Panic show featuring Starroy from Jonesboro. Later Saturday, party band First Impressions will be on stage at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
The Old School Bluegrass Band at a bar? Yes it’s true, the locally heralded, well-dressed, fun-loving ’grass quartet will be at Fatback’s in North Little Rock on Saturday, Oct. 22. The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $10.
Tulsa’s Full Flava Kings, coming to Cajun’s Wharf on Thursday, Oct. 20, are known to pack dance floors around the Oklahoma-Arkansas region with R&B-styled old- and new-school music with jazz and hip-hop undertones. The group is based around a tight rhythm section, and completed with guitars, keyboards, horn, soulful vocalists and a rhyming street rapper. Admission to the 9 p.m. show is $5.