Music News & Reviews

First Friday time

And just like that, it's already First Friday again. Once again, venues around downtown will be filled with live music tonight. Organizers are particularly excited about indie rock band Ad Astra Arkestra, which will perform at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum.

Following is a sampling of the rest of the lineup:

* Oeno, 7 p.m., Emily and Jacob (jazz, Christmas songs)

* Larkspur, 7:30 p.m., jazz

* Riverside Perk, 8 p.m., Robin Roberts & Billie Preston (acoustic folk)

* Mead's Corner, 8 p.m., Dave Owens singer/songwriter)

* Rock Island Live, 9:30 p.m., Radio City, The New Imperialism, Hot Dog Skeletons, Sons of Great Dane (rock/indie)

* Kirby's, Tom Page Trio, Erik Mallory (dust bowl rock 'n' roll)

Guitars for Kids

The seventh annual Guitars for Kids benefit will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Artichoke Sandwich Bar, 811 N. Broadway. Admission is $5. Money raised will go toward giving guitars to area young people. The Songwriter Circle at the Artichoke and the Kansas Acoustic Arts Association are sponsors.

Each year, enough money has been raised to allow the Songwriter Circle to purchase about a dozen acoustic guitars, which have been donated to the Salvation Army, Youthville, Hope Street, Maude Carpenter Children's Home, the Wichita Children's Home, the Boys & Girls Club of Wichita, Judge Riddel Boys Ranch, the Keepers of the Plains, Communities in Schools and the Urban League of the MidPlains. Performers at this year's event include Back Porch Buddha, Wayne Gottstine, Tom James and Nikki Moddelmog. For more information, call 316-992-7393 or e-mail

Loud night

T-95's Not So Silent Night concert at 8 p.m. Thursday will feature hard rockers Hellyeah with Hail the Villain and Anew Revolution. Doors open at 7, and tickets are $20, available by calling 316-722-4201. Tickets at the door are $23.