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LITTLE ROCK ROYALTY: American Princes headline a show at Juanita's on Friday.
  • LITTLE ROCK ROYALTY: American Princes headline a show at Juanita's on Friday.

FRIDAY 9/28

THE AMERICAN PRINCES/ THE GOOD FEAR

10 p.m., Juanita's. $7.

It's been four months (a third of a year!) since Little Rock's favorite sons played a show here. That's the longest we've ever been American Princes-less, and you can be sure that won't be lost on the band or its ever-widening local fan base. A new album — the group's fifth — should be mixed and mastered by the time the APs get to town, though because they've signed on with a big PR firm, a large advance promotional push means it won't go on sale until mid-February next year. The fellas are excited about the new record and sure to be antsy for folks to hear it, so expect quite a bit of live preview. Also worth noting: After years touring as a four-piece, the Princes last year added a third guitarist, Will Boyd (late of Evanescence). In the handful of times they've played here since then, he's added a noticeable lift to an already dynamic act. The Good Fear, based largely in Fayetteville, rarely play Little Rock. They specialize in epic Southern pop-rock, full of dramatic arrangements and swirling guitar work. Among the six-piece, Jason “T-shirts” Rich's swelling pedal steel is a particular highlight. Look for new material from the Good Fear, too. J. Roddy Walston and the Business also fit into the bill, which'll play an encore show at George's Majestic in Fayetteville on Saturday. Walston and the Business put on a raucous show at Pizza D several months back that folks still rave about.

‘THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT'

7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14

Nearly a hundred years ago, a fire in New York City's largest shirtwaist factory took only half an hour to kill 146 workers, who either got caught by the flames or died as a result of jumping out of windows or down elevator shafts. It remains the largest industrial disaster in the city's history. The play, by Christopher Piehler with Scott Alan Evans, tracks the background of the factory — most of its employees were young immigrant women working long hours for little pay — and the headline-dominating trial that followed the fire, where the factory owners, who kept exit doors locked and let flammable fabrics pile up in the building, escaped criminal charges for the deaths, but were forced to pay civil penalties. The fire and its aftermath gave the labor movement the impetus and strength to successfully push for a lot of the labor standards we enjoy today. Frank Butler directs the social commentary.

‘A RIDE WITH BOB'

7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $30-$35.

Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel have made a career out of carrying the torch for the music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys (and won nine Grammys along the way). In “A Ride with Bob,” they take their reverence for Wills and the Western Swing music he popularized to a logical culmination: They perform as Wills and the Texas Playboys. “Part memory play, part loving homage, part country concert,” the show features 30 actors, dancers and musicians in a musical journey that follows Wills from his early genre-mixing days, making dance music out of pop, jazz and country-string music, to his years of waning popularity, to the reemergence that followed Merle Haggard's 1970 album tribute, “The Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World.” Anne Rapp, who wrote the screenplays for “Cookie's Fortune” and “Dr. T. and the Women,” penned the musical, which runs through Sunday.

SATURDAY 9/29

THE ROCKIN' GUYS

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