Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries
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.
DOO WOP IN CONCERT
7 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $30-$100.
It's nostalgia incarnate Saturday at Robinson. Once again jointly sponsored by AETN and Celebrity Attractions, Doo Wop in Concert pulls together a handful of singing stars you either haven't thought about in years or are too young to know. Perhaps the biggest of the bunch is Shirley Alston Reeves, the lead singer of the Shirelles, who had hits like “Mama Said,” “Tonight's the Night,” “This Is Dedicated to the One I Love” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” Sharing the bill are the Cadillacs (“Speedo,” “Gloria”), Terry Johnson's Flamingos (“I Only Have Eyes for You”), the Marcels (“Heartaches”) and Frankie Ford (“Sea Cruise”). LM.
7 p.m., Alltel Arena, $46.50-$66.50.
After getting brained in the back of the head with a rock during a Nickelback show at a Portugal festival, lead singer Chad Kroeger asked the crowd if there were any fans among them, got no reply, and hiked offstage after two songs. Although this isn't typical, a massive debate is going on over whether Nickelback represents an insidious and increasing homogeneity in the North American songbook. Even NPR took notice when the 2003 Internet meme “Nickelback to Back” illustrated formulaic similarities between two Nickelback hits, to which bassist Mike Kroeger, replied, “I think that's remarkable for someone to notice that there's a hit quality. If all hits sound the same, then sorry. When you are a band that has a distinct style, such as us or AC/DC, you run the risk of sounding similar.” Seether and Saving Abel in the lineup complete the trifecta. PP.
‘JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR'
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $18-$52.
'Tis the season. Eight days after Easter, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's famed musical about the last seven days of the life of Jesus Christ hits the stage for three performances. Ted Neely, who's starred on Broadway, onstage in Los Angeles in Norman Jewison's 1973 film adaptation and in the current traveling production, might have a God complex. Twenty years after first playing the role, he returned to it in 1992, in what was originally planned as a three-month tour. It lasted for more than five years. Then, again in 2006, he embarked on what was initially thought to be his farewell tour, which continues today. (Interesting side note: Corey Glover, from Living Colour, was Judas early in the tour). In all, that's somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 performances of the musical for Neely. He must walk around with the tune to “The Crucifixion” in his head all the time. In its graduated stage age, the musical, somewhat sadly, has left sparkly Afros and hot pants behind for more sensible hemps and linens. Still, I expect Jesus and Judas and co. still know how to get down. The musical continues with performances on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Same price, place and time. LM.
THE ORIGINAL WAILERS
9 p.m., Revolution, $12 adv., $15 d.o.s., 18 and up.
First, clarification. The actual original Wailers were made up of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and several others. Then, in the early 1970s, members of Lee Perry's studio band the Upsetters, Ashton “Family Man” Barrett and Carlton Barrett, formed the Wailers Band, the backing band of the Wailers and later for Bob Marley solo. Confused yet? Following Marley's 1981 passing, his backing unit soldiered on with Junior Marvin, who after a decade long solo career, joined forces with Al Anderson, from both Tosh's and Marley's crew. Naturally, they decided to call themselves the Original Wailers. This cast also includes keyboardist Earl Lindo, an old Marley mate, American-born guitarist Al Anderson, widely recognized for his work on “No Woman, No Cry” and collaborations with Tosh, James Brown, Traffic and Ben Harper. So this gang is as credentialed as they come. Period. A recent addition to this bill is New Orleans soul diva Butterfly, who makes a quick return to Little Rock following last weekend's North Little Rock performance. Even for a Tuesday, expect a hefty turnout of tie-dyes, natty dreads and chamba-flavored incense to set the mood for this 18-and-up show. Try not to stand too close to the bus. PP
DISNEY ON ICE
7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $15-$45.
Parents, get ready to see your kids geek out as bulbous-headed cartoons come to life and skate acrobatically or at least theatrically. Just about everyone from your kids' video library will represent. Mickey and Minnie, of course. The Little Mermaid, far removed from her preferred mode of travel. Peter Pan, Tinker Bell. And less time-tested characters like Lilo and Stitch (huh?). Six performances follow: 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. LM.