"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS
9 p.m. Stickyz. $10 adv., $12 day of.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business probably don't need much introduction for the discerning fan of goodtime rock 'n' roll living in Central Arkansas. Dudes have played here multiple times over the last six years or so. But if you still haven't heard them yet, I'd give it a go. J. Rod himself is the main-man of the band, tickling the ivories and strumming the guit-box. They make a kind of Southern rock/power pop hybrid that's pure, beer-swilling recreation music. This is not the band that you're gonna put on so you can sit around your bedroom in the dark wallering in self-pity and overanalyzing all the places your life went off track and who's done you wrongly. I was going tell you they're kind of a hybrid of Thin Lizzy energy and Skynyrd-y swagger. Then I looked back in our archives and Times Editor Lindsey Millar has already pretty much said the same thing: "Think Thin Lizzy channeling Jerry Lee Lewis." So there's that. They just signed to ATO Records and have recently been recording down in Georgia, so some newer songs will probably be on tap. Also on the bill at this 18-and-older show is the very, very good Nashville rocker Pujol. He's been through town a couple times as well and has a crackerjack album out, "The United States of Being."
FRIDAY 4/26-SUNDAY 4/28
Various times. Walton Arts Center. $53-$79.
For a certain species of crusty old punker — maybe, say, the sort of miscreant who grew up worshipping Cometbus and once dubbed all of Sewer Trout's records onto one handy cassette — it's still really weird on some level that Green Day made a Broadway musical. Sure, the band has been enormously famous for the better part of two decades now, so there's certainly a case to be made for telling those sorts of folks to just get over it, you know? And it's not that there's anything wrong with making a Broadway musical ... with a pop-punk soundtrack ... about a bunch of bored suburban kids who turn to drugs and alcohol ... and have names like St. Jimmy and Whatsername ... which would become hugely popular and go on to gross millions of dollars and win a Grammy and two Tony Awards among others ... . Sure, there's nothing wrong with any of that. But man, it still seems kinda weird. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
SATURDAY 4/27- SUNDAY 4/28
'RODEO IN THE ROCK'
9 a.m. Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $15 per day or $24 for both.
All right, rodeo fans, it's time for "Rodeo in the Rock," presented by the Diamond State Rodeo Association. The event, sanctioned by the International Gay Rodeo Association, is three days of ropin' and ridin' and racin' and all-around good times. On Thursday night, Miss Kitty's Saloon hosts "A Loyal Royal Welcome" for all the out-of-towners and on Friday night, they'll host "A Rodeo Royal Night" after registration at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Also on Friday, Trax in North Little Rock hosts a Homorodeo.com meet-and-greet and will be firing up the grill to provide the rodeo fans with burgers and fixings, starting at 5:30 p.m. The rodeo competitions start up Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and there's lots of other activities throughout the day. There's a cookout at 6 p.m. and a dance party at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The awards ceremony will be Sunday at 6 p.m.