Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
10 p.m., White Water Tavern.
Formed in Fayetteville as an indie rock/jam fusion band and uprooted to Tennessee, Heypenny has remained a Nashville favorite since releasing the relentlessly catchy CopCar EP in 2009. But if you're out for even a shred of Nashville country twang, look elsewhere. This is pure, bright colored pop music in the vein of Of Montreal's cartoon-y rhythm or OK Go's inexplicably alluring marching band fetishism. In fact, these guys are known to crank out the jams while decked out in pastel showband suits and faux rabbit fur hats. Heypenny arrives fresh off the release of its long-delayed second album, "A Jillion Kicks," a textbook "grower" full of endearingly weird Beach Boys antics and some of the most ambitious, monstrous production to come from a Southern indie release in recent memory. Check the album out in its entirety at heypenny.com. The pop-warriors play with Bonnie Montgomery, the multi-talented songstress who offers up her melodic, Tennessee Three-style country shuffle to the night. JT
'THE HANGING OF DAVID O. DODD'
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
On Friday, the Weekend Theater celebrates a rare world premiere. A two-act drama of historical fiction by Little Rock author Phillip McMath, "The Hanging of David O. Dodd" centers around a Confederate sympathizer determined to save her wounded son and a Union supporter who is fixed on trying to save the life of 17-year-old David O. Dodd, sentenced to hang as a spy. "I like to mingle history and fiction because fiction frequently provides intimacy without context and history the opposite," McMath said in a statement on the Weekend Theater website. "In combining the two in a historical-fictional drama, I hope to connect the two – the subjective with the objective, the existential with the collective." Libby Smith portrays Confederate sympathizer Medora Pilgrim, Deb Lewis is Union supporter Philomena Tottenburg and Aron Long plays Dodd. The play is part of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial celebration. It continues through March 26. LM
9 p.m., Stickyz. $10.
A burned copy of "Cerulean," the debut album from electronic musician Will Wiesenfeld's glitchy alter-ego, Baths, landed in my hands last summer with a note that said something along the lines of "stop being stubborn about chillwave: this album is great." And it's true: I've managed to keep my ears out of the hyper-trendy, atmospheric pop known as "chillwave" without losing much sleep over the last couple of years. But this music is so much more expansive and, no need to split hairs, amazing than any affixed subgenre would lend you to believe. Gorgeous, laid back and full of rolling glitch beats, wobbly pitch shifts, Prince-aspiring falsetto and cut-and-paste acoustic samples, Baths at once recalls the astral soundscapes of Flying Lotus, the erudite thoroughness of The Books and the creative ferocity of the late, (beyond) great J Dilla. Live, he brings to mind a geekier, younger brother to Girl Talk. On stage, Wiesenfeld jerks and jives in time to his beats, chopped on the spot with unbelievable dexterity on a drum machine/laptop combo. In short, this guy's a box full of surprises you don't want to miss. Baths is joined by electronic, high-energy Sacramento act Gobble Gobble. JT
THE SMALL PONDS/GLOSSARY
8 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
As we've written before, Travis Hill is increasingly pushing his Little Rock label Last Chance Records into the national spotlight. His latest advance? An official SXSW showcase for The Small Ponds, a Raleigh, N.C.-based act that includes folk-rock heroine Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown, Tres Chicas), Matt Douglas (The Proclivities) and Skillet Gilmore (Whiskeytown). On the way to SXSW, Small Ponds show off their easy-breezy, sweet vocal harmonies in an early gig that pairs them with another band en route to SXSW, Glossary, a Murfreesboro, Tenn., rock 'n' roll outfit that has a huge following in Little Rock. LM.