July 04--Editor's note: This article was updated to reflect that an incorrect date was given for the concert by Brazilian group Choro das 3 at Lane Music in Germantown. That performance is scheduled for Saturday, July 12. We regret the error.
It's the Fourth of July weekend, so many of us will be cooking out or watching fireworks (here's a list of public fireworks displays), but here are a few ideas for getting out of the house over the three-day break.
1. Water slide world record attempt, Saturday: Shelby Farms Park has a great way for families to beat the heat through the end of July with its Splash + Splatter water play festival, which offers slippery slides, kiddie pools, sprinklers and a sand volleyball court along with food trucks and occasional deejays and live music. It could be the site of a Guinness world record as an expected 200 volunteers try to tally up the most trips down a 30-foot slippery slide in an hour (the goal is 7,200 slides for a total length of 216,000 feet). Volunteer sliders, who must be at least 16 (those under 18 need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver) get free admission to Splash + Splatter. Interested in sliding? Contact Natalie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Mark Richens
Registration and practice at 9 a.m. World record attempt at 10 a.m.$5 admission.
2. K. Michelle, Saturday: Memphis-bred, Atlanta-based R&B singer K. Michelle first charted in 2009 and made her name as a cast member on VH-1's reality series "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta," scoring a memorable minor hit with 2011's "How Many Times" along the way. But she didn't really break out until last summer with her Atlanta Records debut album, Rebellious Soul, an R&B chart-topper whose tough-talking, rap-friendly style evoked early Mary J. Blige. K. Michelle played Minglewood Hall on the eve of the album's release and has spent some time since opening for Robin Thicke on a major tour. She's back this weekend for a homecoming concert at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. -- Chris Herrington
8 p.m. 255 N. Main. Tickets: $47-$77 at the Cannon Center box office, at Ticketmaster.com or via 901-576-1201. Visit memphistravel.com/conventions/cannon-center for more info.
3. Fuel, Saturday: The Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel inaugurates a new free concert series with a show by veteran alt-rock band Fuel. The Henderson, Tennessee, outfit, known for the chart hit "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" from the 2000 album Something Like Human, dropped their latest release, Puppet Strings, this past March. A free fireworks display immediately follows the music. -- MR
9 p.m. Tunica Roadhouse Riverstage Bar, first floor, 1107 Casino Center Drive, Tunica Resorts, Mississippi. 800-391-3777. More information and hotel reservations at tunica-roadhouse.com.
4. Fourth at the Tone, Friday: The word daikaiju refers to the super-size "strange beasts" like Godzilla, Mothra and Gamera who terrorized major cities and sometimes each other in countless Japanese monster movies. Daikaiju is also the name of a band from Huntsville, Alabama, that combines the sounds of instrumental surf and ska with prog-rock song structures and musicianship (think Los Straitjackets playing works inspired by Rush's 2112 album). The band, which shows its love for manga culture by wearing Kabuki-style masks and giving songs titles like "Double Fist Attack" and "Escape from Nebula M Spacehunter," headlines a Fourth of July cookout and rock show at the Hi-Tone CafÉ. Also playing: Tanks, Round Eye and Hombres. -- MR
8 p.m. 412-414 N. Cleveland. 18 and up. $7.
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