Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
9 p.m., Revolution Room. $10.
It’s a phenomenon — all-female cover bands playing blustery, often misogynistic, cock rock. There’s AC/DShe, Cheap Chick, Iron Maidens, the Ms. Fits and the Ramonas. And of course there’s Lez Zeppelin, a group of four women who foster an air of ambiguous sexuality (though they’ll admit that they picked the name strictly because it sounds cool) and who play, apparently pretty well, the biggest rock songs ever made. The feminist appeal of women appropriating dude rock is pretty obvious. And it’s not surprising that guys swoon at ladies playing big riffs and extended drum solos, but in an article in Spin a couple years back, Steph Payne, who plays the Jimmy Page role, offered a more provocative idea about the band’s appeal. “My theory is that there were a lot of guys … who were sexually turned on by Led Zeppelin, because Page and Plant were f***ing beautiful. They were thin, they had long, flowing hair — they looked like girls. My theory is that a lot of male Zeppelin fans really did want to sleep with Led Zeppelin. So those guys love the fact that we’re girls, because they can watch us play those songs and still feel normal.”
Well then. Who’s up for a gender-confused night of rawk?
9 p.m., Cajun’s Wharf. $5.
Shannon Boshears, longtime vet of local stages, got a bump last year from “Come Early Morning,” Joey Lauren Adams’ film set in North Little Rock. Her song “If Anybody Asks (You Callin’)” was featured prominently on the film’s soundtrack. Since the DVD of the film came out, Boshears says she’s gotten invites from churches all across the country to play the “gospel” song. Gospel might factor in to Boshears’ decidedly Southern material, but so do the more profane Southern genres of blues and rock ’n’ roll. In “I Am the Blues,” off her debut album “chicksinger” (2001), she sang, “I spent 15 years in Parchman for practicin’ voodoo/I mixed the goober dust up with the elephant tusk and I got the John De Conquer Root.” Last month, she went in to the studio to record a new album, which she’s tentatively calling “Black Mascara.” So look for her to try out some new tracks.
LOUIS JORDAN TRIBUTE
7:30 p.m., Cornerstone Pub. $6.
Louis Jordan might give Johnny Cash a run for his money as the seminal musician to come from Arkansas. Jordan, a Brinkley native, laid the foundation for R&B and chiefly influenced rock and soul giants like Chuck Berry, James Brown and Ray Charles. He scored hits with “Caldonia Boogie,” “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” and “Beans and Cornbread,” all of which you’ve heard, on movies and commercials, even if you don’t know it. “Arkansongs” host Stephen Koch started the Louis Jordan Tribute in 1997 to raise money to create a memorial honoring Jordan in Brinkley. Every year, he assembles a line-up of sympathetic local musicians to play the tribute. Local alt-country-tinged rockers the Munks headline this year. The band will be fresh off its West Coast tour supporting Jason Morphew. Also on the bill: Brinkley native Larry Freeman performing as Louis Jordan; the Nasty Abbotts, an infectiously deranged rock band composed largely of the Abbott brothers of Cabot; college roots-rockers the Honkies; and Koch’s band, Low Profile. Vintage Jordan films will also be screened.