"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.
8 p.m. Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. plays buzzy indie pop of the post Animal Collective/MGMT species. Think layers of bright twinkling sounds, wistful melodies, clean guitar, ethereal Casio drones, echoing synthetic percussion and reedy, upper middle-class harmonies. All of these elements abound on the group's highly pleasant-sounding 2011 full-length, "It's a Corporate World." It sure is fellas. I read that these guys sent a note to Dale Earnhardt Jr. to let him know they weren't making funny on his name. Supposedly he's cool with it and digs their music, according to DEJJ's Josh Epstein. That's good news because a few years back, someone (not me) dressed up for Halloween as Dale Earnhardt Sr. (after the crash) and went out to the bar, and people got seriously, hair's-breadth-from-a-physical-altercation-level angry about it. You've got to be cautious with your NASCAR joking. Opening up this show are The Tricks and Whale Fire.
WINTHROP ROCKEFELLER INSTITUTE FILM FORUM
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean. $35-$750.
Here's something for the devoted film geeks, who thankfully make up a growing number of us in Central Arkansas. This forum includes a variety of panels and workshops with actors Robert Walden ("Happily Divorced"), Lea Thompson ("Back to the Future"), acting coach and teacher Sandra Seacat, director and teacher Joan Darling ("M*A*S*H*), Craig Renaud (Little Rock Film Festival founder), director Howard Deutch ("Pretty in Pink," "Some Kind of Wonderful") producer Fred Roos ("The Godfather Part II," "Apocalypse Now") and many more, including some surprise guests. The forum runs from March 8-11, and for my money, you really couldn't ask for a better setting.
BOBBY BARE JR.
9 p.m. Juanita's. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.
Bobby Bare Jr. has been at this music thing for a minute. He had his first Grammy nod at age 8 back in '74 for a duet with his father, the legendary country performer. Their version of the Shel Silverstein number "Daddy What If," was a huge success, reaching No. 2 on the country charts. Bare has released several albums for, among others, Bloodshot Records. His tunes straddle Nashville — where he was born and raised — and the wider world of rock 'n' roll. How many other Music City natives can cover The Smiths or The Pixies and make it sound so natural? But even with such a pedigree, Bare seems like a very down-to-earth dude. Looking around on his website, it would appear that he is a most game and good-natured performer. You can get him to play a small concert at your house, and you can — for a minor remuneration — be an executive producer on his next album. Now, you will probably be an executive producer only in a very "loose" sense, and your suggestions will likely be considered only in a very "whatever" kinda manner, but still: You'll get your name on that thing. Opening up this show are The Goodtime Ramblers and First Baptist Chemical, which is Rod Bryan's new band.
JIMBO MATHUS AND THE TRI-STATE COALITION
10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10.
The Mississippi Renaissance man Jimbo Mathus writes and performs the type of tunes that have been described as "catfish music for the masses." Now as you can probably imagine, the Arkansas Times is going to be into something like that. We're pretty populist, we love catfish (we've got one as our mascot) and we dig music. Add it all up and it does indeed sound something like Mathus: It's familiar, Southern, steeped in tradition yet beholden to no one. An aside: Do you think Mathus has ever been to The Lassis Inn? If not, one of ya'll should take him there. I'm being serious now. I know Mississippi's got some good catfish over there, but Lassis is undeniable. If you can't find anyone else to take him to get lunch there, I'll go. I've got my own car. I'm at: 501-375-2985. Ask for "Robert."
Congratulations Tara, beautifully written!