Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
C.J. RAMONE8 p.m., Downtown Music Hall. $15 adv., $20 door.
You could make a pretty solid case that The Ramones were one of, if not the, quintessential American rock bands. "Da bruddahs" from Queens rose from working class backgrounds and took the things they loved – buzz saw garage rock, AM bubblegum pop, lowbrow culture and self-aware, misanthropic humor – and wedded it all to some of the catchiest tunes ever written, in the process permanently altering popular music. On July 4, 1976, the band went to England and more or less single-handedly upended the musical order of the motherland. As the band's first manager, Danny Fields, put it in "Please Kill Me," the beyond-essential oral history of punk rock, "On the two-hundredth anniversary of our freedom, we were bringing Great Britain a gift that was forever going to disrupt their sensibilities." It's really hard to believe that 35 years later there's only one founding member still alive – original drummer and later producer Tommy Ramone. That leaves drummers Marky and Richie, and bassist C.J., who replaced Dee Dee in 1989 and is now hitting the club circuit playing Ramones tunes with the band's former producer Daniel Rey. This tour could be seen as a blatant cash-grab, if you want to be all cynical about it. Or you could go to the show and hear a bunch of your favorite songs played by some folks who shared the stage and studio with the founders of one of the greatest bands ever. After all, this is about as close as you're ever going to get to seeing The Ramones. Northwest Arkansas can check out the show Thursday in Fayetteville at George's, 9 p.m., $13.
9 p.m. Juanita's. $21 adv., $25 door.
Sevin Dust the gardening product was what my grandma used to spray on her tomatoes to keep the bugs off. Sevendust the musical act is exactly the kind of band you'd expect to be included on 1997's "More Kombat," the "Mortal Kombat" soundtrack sequel. Not the soundtrack to the sequel to a movie about a videogame, the sequel to the soundtrack to a movie about a videogame. (Bonus trivia: the original "Mortal Kombat" soundtrack included "What U See/We All Bleed Red" by none other than Batesville's Mutha's Day Out!) That is to say, Sevendust is firmly a second-tier '90s nu metal act, playing an ever so slightly more accessible version of the mosh-friendly fare of acts like Slipknot and Linkin Park. Call it pop-Korn. But whatever. The band's still going strong, carrying the nu metal banner in 2011. This stuff has a surprisingly durable popularity. While it's not exactly at the top of the charts, nu metal has far outlived its predecessor genres of funk metal, groove metal, rap metal and the little-discussed but nonetheless historically significant salsa metal. Opening the show are Adelita's Way, Seven Day Sonnet and Violence to Vegas.
'MY FAIR LADY'
7:30 p.m. Weekend Theater. $16-$20.
It's hard to imagine now, but back in the '50s, when Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe sat down at the piano to create a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," their task was seen by many to be an impossible goal. That opinion was shared by no less than Rodgers and Hammerstein, who'd already attempted it and given up. But Lerner and Loewe managed to find the music in a play that didn't fill the traditional requirements for a musical, writing timeless numbers such as "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly." They had an enormous hit in 1956 with "My Fair Lady," helping make Julie Andrews a star along the way. The Weekend Theater's take on the musical runs through Aug. 13, with 7:30 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 matinees on Sundays.