RANDY ROGERS AND WADE BOWEN
9 p.m. Revolution. $25.
This is being billed as Round VI of the "Hold My Beer and Watch This" tour, in which Texas Red Dirt giants Randy Rogers of San Marcos and Wade Bowen of New Braunfels join forces to showcase their tunes acoustically. They'll often tell the story of how a particular song came into existence, offering fans a glimpse behind the songwriting process. Rogers and his band have a new album coming out soon called "Trouble." The album's lead single, "One More Sad Song," was released last week. Bowen's latest is "The Given," 10 tracks of his hybrid classic rock, country and thoughtful singer/songwriter fare. This is an 18-and-older show.
9 p.m. Juanita's. $20.
Guitarist and vocalist Max Cavalera formed Soulfly back in the mid '90s after splitting from Sepultura, the enormously popular Brazilian metal band he'd co-founded. While his work with Sepultura looms large in metal history, Cavalera has nonetheless carved out a distinct space and his own legacy in the landscape of heaviness with Soulfly and his other band, Cavalera Conspiracy (which features his brother Igor Cavalera on drums). The band's latest album, "Enslaved," is a particularly brutal slab of harsh vocals, relentless double bass drumming and crushing riffage. This show is a stop on what's billed as "The Maximum Cavalera Tour," which seems appropriate given that the opening bands — Lody Kong and Incite — include his sons Igor, Zyon and Richard. It's important to note that the very next day after this show, Soulfly is headed up to Cave-in-Rock, Ill., to play The Gathering of the Juggalos, described by a dude on the festival's promo video as "a safe haven of free thinking." On the Soulfly website, Cavalera elaborated: "It's a challenge and at the same time it's an honor that they specifically asked for Soulfly to play at the festival. We're gonna give our best show possible and we're going to [eff] [stuff] up at the Gathering of the Juggalos." So good luck and Godspeed to the members of Soulfly as they face the uncertainty and high potential for chaos that's always lurking at the Gathering. Oh, and dudes, if they start tumping over Portapotties, just get the hell out of there as quickly as possible.
7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.
This work, by playwright Jon Klein, is an epic that spans many decades of Southern history, touching on major figures and happenings, as well as lesser-known events. According to a synopsis of the play, some of the more familiar stories it tells are of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's march to the sea, the rise and fall of the legendary Louisiana politician and populist firebrand Huey Long and the Civil Rights struggles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala. Among others, the play stars Byron Taylor as Long, KUAR reporter Malcolm Glover as King and Joe Ochterbeck as Elvis Presley. The Weekend Theater's production, directed by Frank O. Butler, runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 25.
ARKANSAS BOOK AND PAPER SHOW
9 a.m. Jacksonville Community Center. $5.
OK, so I suppose that some awful day in the (hopefully distant) future, the printing presses will shut down and everything anyone reads will be on some sort of glowing screen on a device that's so magical and high-tech that my feeble imagination can't even conceive of it. But until then, there will still be those old souls who want to have it on a physical format, be it vinyl, cassette, 8-track or CD for the music heads or hardbound, paperback or book-on-tape for the bibliophiles. If you're the sort who fits that description, you might want to head to the 27th annual Arkansas Book and Paper Show, which "promises to be an exciting event for collectors, historians, and those who want to view museum quality materials all available for purchase," said Jeff Baskin, show director in a press release. "Many dealers are from out of state, bringing with them postcards, rare books, leather-bound books, printed ephemera, maps, children's books and much more." Sounds like a good time for book geeks, obsessive map collectors and other assorted lovers of the printed word. The show continues Sunday, opening at 10 a.m.
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