Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
8:30 p.m., Windsong Performing Arts Center. $35
Some enterprising sort ought to option Jody Evans' life story. It might be the stuff of a biopic, albeit an offbeat one. Here's the pitch: As a child in Prairie Bayou, Ark., Evans wore glasses and suits and ties to school to emulate Clark Kent. But after seeing Buddy Holly (or at least Marshall Crenshaw as Buddy Holly) in “La Bamba,” he kept the suits and the glasses, but redirected his focus on playing music like Holly. Soon he started entering talent shows whenever he could. He managed to place third in one for the Arkansas Association of Blacks in Energy — a young white kid with a pompadour doing Buddy Holly songs for a predominantly black audience. Another brought him in contact with the brass at Sun Studios, who asked him to make a record. Without any original material and a limited window in which to record, he had to come up with six songs in just five days. Those sessions didn't catapult him into fame — or even get released — but they did get passed around within the industry. When Dale Hawkins heard them, he said Evans was the best songwriter he'd ever heard. Through an Arkansas connection, Dwight Yoakam heard Evans' “Sittin' Pretty” and decided to record it. Then, in 2005, Evans' had his brightest moment in the spotlight, when he placed third on the “Nashville Star” reality TV show. Through the promises and pitfalls of music, Evans has alternated between Nashville and the Arkadelphia police force. Still slightly pompadoured, bespectacled and apt to wear a suit and tie, Evans is sure to mix his rockabilly rave-ups with Buddy Holly classics for the home-state crowd.
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9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Localistmagazine.com has long been fond of putting wildly different acts on the bills for its promo concerts. At its web launch party several years back, the gritty and often lewd rap collective Grim Muzik played along with Blair Harris, a lo-fi rocker still in high school; folky singer/songwriter Sarah Thomas and the Contingencies, a pop-rock foursome. That same formula is at work on the latest Localist party, a concert to celebrate the relaunch of the magazine's website. Expect Christopher Denny, the golden-voiced local singer, to be in fine form. He's just gotten married (to M.C. Ferguson, a founding partner in the White Water management team) and two weekends ago he triumphantly celebrated the national release of his sophomore album, “Age Old Hunger,” with two full-house shows. Pine Bluff rapper Goines co-headlines. The fashion-forward half of Suga City, Goines favors laid-back, soul-infused samples and spits with a thick Southern drawl, laying out his thoughtful lyrics deliberately, so that no one misses a word. His debut mixtape, “Lead by Example,” is easily one of the best local albums of the year thus far. Beeping Slag, a DJ collective comprised of ATM, DJ I.K.E. and TJ Deeter, the publisher of Localist.
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $7.
Formed by long-time members of Harry Connick's band, Bonerama takes pieces of the funk, jazz and brass traditions in New Orleans and points them toward rock 'n' roll. Even with five pieces of brass, they're far from a brass band. Four trombonists hold down the band's frontline, and a Sousaphone player handles low-end, emitting deep, funky notes like a slapped bass. A drummer, on a traditional drum kit, and an electric guitarist round out the line-up. They come to town in support of “Bringing It Home,” their newly released live album recorded at the legendary New Orleans venue Tipitina's. There's original material on the album, but it's the covers that really convey the band's M.O. The seven-piece takes on Led Zeppelin's “Ocean” and two songs from “The White Album,” “Yer Blues” and “Helter Skelter.” No meaty guitar riffs here, though — the trombones get to have all the fun.