If you’re emerging from your the ice huts slightly cracked after last week’s mind shattering storm, it’s probably time to get Slightly Stoopid. Yeah, go for it. Head to George’s on Wednesday night and join the join Slightly Soopid fans, aka the Stoopidheads, for a little mellow, but rockin’ reggae. Everyone knows the band’s popular “2 am,” right? The California group has been around for awhile and has toured the world from Europe to Australia and even won a coveted spot on the New Orleans Jazz Fest stage. Let the congas and horns take you away. As their publicist puts it: A Slightly Stoopid concert will re-energize you, groove you, rock you, make you laugh. You’ll be smiling on the drive home.
Joining Slightly Stoopid on this leg of the tour, which also touches down at Dallas’ House of Blues and The Pageant in St. Louis, is a reggae group, from the other side of the nation, Florida’s Supervillains. Their newest CD, “Grow Your Own,” features a nice mix of Supervillain anthems as well as a cover of Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out.”
This is one killer double bill. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. An 18 and up show. Tickets are $20.
A fashion show to benefit the Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Agency of NWA will roll at 8 p.m. Saturday at George’s and in addition to some great looks there will be some great music. Models will be showing fashions from local boutiques like Something Urban, Private Gallery, MACA, Maude and Lola as well as fashions from NWA designers. There will be music by DJ Luminfire, DJ Beat Bachs and an after party with music by the bands Jane Says Go, Apples & Spades and Hardaway & The Commoners. A $20 cover (or $15 in advance by calling 927-1025) gets you hor d’ouevres and a chance to bid on some very special silent auction items.
We were royally impressed by the gypsy music of the 1930′s that the Hot Club of San Francisco brought to the WAC last weekend and now we’re geared up for two shows happening this week that will soar with that gypsy spirit.
The traveling performer that sometimes calls Fayetteville home, Darlene, will do an 8 p.m. show at GoodFolk on Saturday night. Darlene is one of those performers who puts her heart into every song whether it’s a folk ballad, a jazzy number or an upbeat swing. Darlene performed at the NAMA’s a few years ago and wowed the shoulder to shoulder room full of musicians. It’s hard to get the attention of a crowd like that when you’re doing a solo act, but Darlene had no trouble at all. Tickets are $12 by calling 521-1812.
Wednesday night it would be worth your time to go to Fort Smith for the Second Street Live show which will feature a man who has become a legend in his on time…and at an early age. Terrance Simien, who Rolling Stone called “the master of Nouveau Zydeco” will put on a show that you won’t forget. In addition to being a long time staple at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Simien has wowed audiences in Cuba and Carnegie Hall. Simien and his band, The Zydeco Experience, took home to Louisiana, last year’s Grammy for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music. The show will be at the Fort Smith Event Center. Tickets are $45 by calling 479-369-2221.
An exhibit of 20th century prints by African American artists will open Friday at Crystal Bridges at The Massey in downtown Bentonville. The exhibit is on loan from Fisk University and features 40 prints. Among the artists represented are Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Martin Puryear, James Wells, Hale Woodruff and Ted Jones. The work spans several decades, from the Harlem Renaissance to today. The exhibit will run through May. 3. Crystal Bridges at the Massey is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.