A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
7 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $17.
Drowning Pool started off back in the early aughts as one of the tens of scores of dozens of nu-metal bands that soundtracked the free-floating mall-angst of all those young men who favor oversized athletic wear, attempted dreadlocks and extreme goatees. The video for the band's hit song, "Bodies," starts off with original singer Dave Williams aggressively whispering "Let the bodies hit the floor" over and over at this helpless old man. He goes on to loudly and repeatedly grunt "Let the bodies hit the floor" at the poor fellow, although oddly, at no point do any bodies hit the floor. In 2002, Williams passed away unexpectedly from a form of heart disease and was replaced by another guy who looked kind of like him and who was pretty good at whispering and grunting "Let the bodies hit the floor." But then that guy left, and like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon inside of a Hot Topic, Drowning Pool 2.0 was born. The current singer doesn't look or sound like those other guys - he can sing sometimes - and according to the band's videos, he also doesn't harass old men, instead opting to take bubble baths with hot girls and talk about how if you want to step up, then you are going to get knocked down, presumably by him. So, you know, fair warning. Opening acts include Kyng, Burn Halo and Echoes the Fall.
WEST MEMPHIS THREE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
6 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center, Wally Allen Ballroom. Free.
Last week's release of the West Memphis Three was a bolt out of the blue, and the legal maneuvers it entailed were perplexing even for seasoned court observers and those who were deeply familiar with the case. After serving 18 years in prison, Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr. are now free men, and although they continue to assert their innocence in the brutal 1993 slaying of three young boys, they had to plead guilty to the court in a rare agreement known as an Alford plea. There are still plenty of unanswered questions about the case, and this panel discussion will seek to address some of them. On the panel will be Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Times contributing editor and "Devil's Knot" author Mara Leveritt, Arkansas Take Action leader Capi Peck and attorneys for Baldwin, Echols and Misskelley. RSVP by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 501-683-5239.
CULTURE FEATURING KENYATTA HILL
9 p.m. Stickyz. $10.
Things were bad all over back in 1977, but in Jamaica, the times were especially rough, with the economy in the tank and violence in Kingston rampant. Culture singer Joseph Hill had a vision - based, he claimed, on a prophecy by Marcus Garvey - that July 7 of that year would see even more chaos. The band had a huge hit with "Two Sevens Clash," the single inspired by Hill's intense vision. The album of the same title is easily one of the best reggae LPs ever, up there with Burning Spear's "Marcus Garvey," Toots and the Maytals' "Funky Kingston," Dr. Alimantado's "Best Dressed Chicken in Town" and the many other timeless albums recorded on the tiny island. The band broke up for a few years, but reformed in the mid '80s, releasing more albums and touring the world. In 2006, Hill died while on tour in Germany. His son, Kenyatta Hill, is leading the current version of the band, which includes founding member Albert Walker. While the elder Hill can never truly be replaced, his son bears a striking resemblance to him, in both voice and visage.