7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $54.50-$64.50.
Nobody draws better in Central Arkansas than George Strait. On
Saturday, the country legend will try to best the Alltel attendance
record he set last year (18,004). For 25 years, Strait has been one of
country music’s sturdiest stars. With Marlboro Man looks, a knack for
choosing material and an effortless ability to make traditional country
sound fresh, Strait comes to town touring behind “It Just Comes
Natural,” his latest Grammy-nominated album. With more than 30 records
and 400-plus songs, Strait has more albums certified gold and platinum
in the U.S. than anyone but Elvis and the Beatles. He’s a prime example
of someone in pop music who has found his niche and is content to stay
true to it until the cows come home. His fans certainly seem willing to
stick with him. Better buy your tickets early.