Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
9 p.m., Revolution. $16-$22.
Dude. Rock shows like this don't come around often. Unquestionably one of the finest power trios ever and, typically, within music geekdom, acknowledged as the link between the Replacements and Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr. comes to town not as a nostalgia act — though there's bound to be a contingent, maybe of Guitar Hero players, waiting around for “Feel the Pain” — but as a band still putting out strong material nearly 25 years after debuting. Seriously. Dig around the web for “Been There All the Time.” First listen you'll think it's some lost '90s era track. It's got a strong hint of what J. Mascis called “ear bleeding country,” pummeling guitar runs, spastic drumming and Mascis plaintive wail. But it's actually from 2007's “Beyond,” the first album from the J/Lou/Murph line-up since all that awkwardness in the '90s. This tour serves as a “road-test” for new material the band plans to release, through Jagjaguwar, in June. In addition to getting to preview new songs, concertgoers will also score a tour-only 7” with admission. From Augusta, Ga., Dead Confederate works some guitar-laden psychedelics in its alt-rock. The show's open to all ages. LM.
REAL DEAL IN THE ROCK
4 p.m., Jack Stephens Center, UALR, and gyms all over Little Rock and North Little Rock. $8-$15.
After four years as the Real Deal on the Hill, Arkansas's premier youth basketball tournament relocates from Fayetteville to Little Rock this weekend. It's bigger than ever. Some 450 teams, girls' and boys' from 10 and under to 17 and under from around the country, compete. But most the fanfare will revolve around the 17 and under boys. That's where you're bound to catch a glimpse of tomorrow's stars. In years past, NBA stars like Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley and Greg Oden competed. This year, pre-tournament, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center, there'll be a drumline competition and a tip-off ceremony featuring Gov. Mike Beebe and Clark Kellogg, one of the most astute college basketball commentators around. Outside, beginning at 4:30 p.m., there'll be slides and basketball games and all sorts of carnival stuff. At 5:30 p.m., Fox Sportsnet broadcasts the tip-off game. It should be a dandy — a showdown between the All Ohio Red (led by Rivals' No 3.-rated prospect for 2010, 6-foot-8 shooting guard Jared Sullinger, the younger brother of onetime Razorback J.J. Sullinger) and the MBA Elite, a Mississippi AAU team led by Rivals' top-ranked prospect for 2011, 6-foot-8 shooting guard LaQuinton Ross. The tournament runs through Sunday. Get the complete schedule at realdealintherock.com. LM
THE EXCUSE PARTY
9 p.m., Juanita's. $10
Those Conduit Ent. dudes return to the party scene with what not too long ago they called “The Chill,” a night of mixing and mingling and music, with lots of bells and whistles. The formula remains unchanged save the addition of fashion. That added with the music and mingling apparently equals “the perfect excuse to kick it.” Particularly when Korto Momolu's latest designs are involved. Her line and the latest from Pine Bluff ladies wear boutique DimeOne feature. On the music side, R&B crooner Sean West and rapper/jack of all trades Epiphany plan to drop an exclusive mixtape at the show. They'll also be performing, Epiphany with his live hip-hop band One Night Stand, which features the rich vocal stylings of Gina Gee, and West with trumpet standout Rodney Block and his soulful, funky band, the Real Music Lovers. As usual, there'll be door prizes. LM.