Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
by John Tarpley
DISNEY ON ICE: 'PRINCESS WISHES'
7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $12-$45
Heading to the refreshingly cool, darkened confines of Verizon Arena for a couple of hours to munch on junk food and geek out over Disney characters — balloon-headed cartoons and dime-piece princesses alike (Tinkerbell, holla) — pantomiming canned dialogue and whirling through the air like human gyroscopes may just sound like the single greatest imaginable way to observe Wednesday's unofficial holiday. But being stoned around a gaggle of squealing children is awful creepy. Not as in "children are creepy when you're high" (although we have no doubt they are): as in "great idea, but that's something creepy people would do." We here at the To-Do List in no way, shape or form condone either creepiness or celebrating 4/20 by getting baboon-butt ripped and going to a family event. No way, Cheech. We know you were thinking it, too. The ice show stays at the arena through Sunday.
'UP IN SMOKE'
9 p.m., Revolution. $4.20
This, on the other hand, is an appropriate place for folks who plan on getting high as a Martian fart. Exhibit A: Headliner Muck Sticky has smoked himself stupid. Or brilliant. He looks like something you'd find scratched into a junior high kid's denim Trapper Keeper skin, right in between the peace frog and the "take me to your dealer" alien. A mish-mash of Bloodhound Gang, that talking poop from "South Park" and "Narduwar, the Human Serviette," the Tennesseean ups his hazy ante with a little-person back-up dancer and supporting vocals from his own mom. Young, local rap duo Adam Bomb & Lilo Eskimo open the night, right off of releasing their latest mixtape, "The Joint," which is available for free streaming on datpiff.com. Long-time goof-rap greats Futuro Boots remind the crowd that "the only F-bomb [they] want to hear out of your mouth is 'Futuro.' " DJs Digital Love and Kichen handle the "School of Dub" afterparty, offering up a 4/20 coda full of dubstepping wubwubwubwubwubwubwubwubwubbery.
BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH
7:30 p.m., Revolution. $18
In a nutshell: Guy co-founds Korn, one of the heaviest, most successful bands of metal provocateurs in the '90s. Guy earns millions of dollars and fans; falls into a nasty addiction to booze, meth, Xanax and general pessimism; stays spun all day for years, becomes manic depressive, removed from wife and daughter. One day, after having a line of meth, he has a religious revelation; quits Korn; Korn gets pissed off, but posts a nice, succinct press release on its website, saying Head has "chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end." Head goes to India to build orphanages; releases Christian metal album and memoir, both named "Save Me from Myself"; everyone notices that Head has looked a whole lot like J.C. the entire time. The story's changed, but the music's still the same: shrieking, chunky and raw, as in both "painfully honest" and "undercooked." Christian acts Decyfer Down and The Letter Black open alongside Fayetteville act The Wedding.
BOONDOGS ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Appearances of the unified melodic front known as The Boondogs are rare. As far as we can tell, the last time the band performed publicly was over a year ago, during a fund-raiser for John Adams' (unfortunately) failed bid for Vic Snyder's congressional seat. The members of the band, busy multi-talents all, are ubiquitous around town, though. Indy Grotto is wrapping up her anticipated, upcoming solo record, Jason Weinheimer has taken to fronting Love Ghost, Chris Michaels is still leading The Cranks, Jesse Aycock (the resident Oklahoman) is keeping it Okie and Isaac Alexander is up to his usual: quietly making everyone else in town look lazy and uninspired in comparison. Pulaski County's pop X-Men are set to play short solo sets and, BoonGod willing, will squad up to showcase some of the band's effortless melodics. Also performing: Greg Spradlin, who last Friday at White Water wailed his way into this writer's choice for "best guitarist in Little Rock," at the very least.
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