Odds & Ends: Eric Clapton, Barclays Center, Adam Levine, ‘Boston Strong’ and ‘Riverfest’

Eric Clapton and Hard Rock International are selling charity T-shirts; Barclays Center to provide bicycle valet service for upcoming concert; the nation awaits Adam Levine’s apology; benefit concert “Boston Strong” streams tonight, and a little pepper spray was all that was needed to subdue an alleged “groper” at the annual Riverfest in Little Rock, Ark.

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Crossroads Guitar Festival, Madison Square Garden Arena, New York City

It’s a fact of life that you can never have enough Eric Clapton T-shirts.  Now Slowhand and Hard Rock International have teamed to launch the limited edition Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight merchandise program benefiting Clapton’s substance abuse rehabilitation facility, Crossroads Centre Antigua.

The Eric Clapton Artist Spotlight T-shirt features a signed image of the guitar master doing what he does best along with an artist-drawn guitar sketch.

Hard Rock is donating 15 percent of the retail price to Crossroads.

Not only is Clapton pleased with Hard Rock’s involvement but he sees as “particularly fitting” that the photo on the T-shirt was snapped by someone who was an integral part of Crossroads.

“I am delighted that hard Rock is once again supporting the Crossroads Centre Antigua by launching a charity T-shirt,” Eric Clapton said.  “It is a great project and I hope that people will be proud to wear the T-shirts and pins in the knowledge that those in need of rehabilitation from alcohol and drugs will benefit.  It is particularly fitting that the photograph reproduced on the T-shirt was taken by one of the founder trustees of the Crossroads Foundation, the late Brian Roylance, who was instrumental in the setting up of Crossroads.”

Wanna help Clapton help Crossroads?  Grab your credit card and click here.

Photo: Hard Rock International

If you’re pedaling to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to see The National June 5, the venue wants you to know that your bicycle will be welcomed.

The building has teamed with Transportation Alternatives to provide free valet service for people using 400 or so parking spaces set aside for bikes.  Bicyclists will be able to check their helmets as well as their emission-free foot-powered vehicles.

“We are delighted to accommodate our guests with a complimentary service that is fitting to the Brooklyn lifestyle,” Barclays Center GM David Anderson said.  “We are all about making Barclays Center the most accessible and environmentally friendly venue in the city, so we are thrilled to have our guests ride their bikes to The National show.”

You would think someone with Adam Levine’s show biz experience would know the old axiom about always treating microphones as if they’re turned on.

But the Maroon 5 singer evidently missed that piece of advice.  During Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice” Levine could clearly be heard muttering “I hate this country” after viewers voted two of his singers off of the show, according to People.

Now the magazine is asking its readers if Levine should apologize for his remark.  Although the singer has tried to downplay the remark by posting definitions of the words “misunderstood,” “lighthearted,” “humorless” and “joke” on Twitter, he actually hasn’t said those two magic words – “I’m sorry.”

However, he did release a statement in which he said “I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration.”

Photo: John Shearer / Invision / AP
KIIS FM Wango Tango, Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

Tonight’s the night for featuring Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Dropkick Murphys, Extreme, J. Geils Band, Carole King, New Kids On The Block, James Taylor and Steven Wright.

Benefitting The One Fund Boston which is assisting people affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, the evening will be streamed by several media partners, including CNN.com, iHeartRadio.com, Last.fm, and others as well as local radio station websites and official artists’ sites.

Show time is 7 p.m. EDT.

The stream is brought to you by Live Nation, Faculty, Blind Vision Films, Live Alliance, Music Mix Mobile and TD Garden.  Visit Boston.com for more information.

Photo: John Davisson
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Fla.

While any event that attracts thousands of people will have its share of lawbreakers, in Little Rock, Ark., certainly saw a few oddballs during its May 24-26 run.

Consider the case of Zachary Alexander.  The 26-year-old was arrested after he was allegedly seen “groping several females” while entering the event, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  Police reported that the perp smelled like a distillery of alcohol and that he was “unsteady on his feet.”  He probably also smelled like pepper spray because that’s what the cops used to subdue him.

Speaking of alcohol, a 31-year-old woman was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after police stopped her from reportedly trying to sneak her son into Riverfest sans armband.  Actually, the act of trying to get sonny in for free probably wasn’t enough to get her arrested, but swearing at an Arkansas State Trooper before slapping him across the face apparently did the trick.

Police also busted up a one-man crime syndicate allegedly responsible for stealing 150 “Riverfest Bucks” used for purchasing ride tickets and food, and popped a man for third-degree battery after he reportedly started a dust up with his ex-wife’s boyfriend outside the Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack.  Guess some people just can’t learn to let go.