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CEDRIC BURNSIDE AND LIGHTNIN' MALCOLM
9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern. $10.
So far, so good. In October, Lucero took the Juke Joint Duo on the road, stopping in big venues in Nashville, Philly, New York and elsewhere. And at least so far, those shows haven't propelled the North Mississippi bluesmen into their deserved place in the stratosphere. And maybe it'll never happen. Maybe Ced and Malcolm will grow gray before they quit coming to White Water every couple of months. But if you've caught them live, you can't blame me for being worried. Their Hill Country blues — the raw rhythmic sound of North Mississippi — always turns the tavern into a dance party without compare. They've got an almost hallucinatory power. Last time I saw them, my feet weren't moving, the floor was. Best keep on as if this is your last chance to ever see 'em again. LM.
HILL COUNTRY REVUE/ THE LEE BOYS
8:30 p.m., Revolution. $10.
Hill Country Revue operates in a mode similar to the North Mississippi Allstars — all jam-y juke joint-inspired blues rock — which isn't much of a surprise considering the groups share guitarist Cody Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew. While Cody's brother Luther's off playing with the Black Crowes, Hill Country Revue will keep us shakin' on down, no problem. Openers the Lee Boys should get crowd circulation flowing. The Miami-based outfit plays a spicy blend of gospel-themed funk in the Sacred Steel tradition spawned from origins within the House of God church. PP
8 p.m., the Village. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.
Lucero's bringing it all back home. Or home away from home. Two months after the Memphis rockers unveiled their sixth studio release, “1372 Overton Park,” Little Rock gets a taste. The album is the band's major label debut and, as major label debuts often do, it features a new sound. But only the most intractable fans of the band's busted-up country-rock will object. Because nothing livens up barroom rock 'n' roll like a horn section. Lucero front man (and Little Rock native) Ben Nichols points to Stax as a key influence in the new direction, but to these ears what comes out is much more the Boss, Replacements-style. So cross your fingers that the horn section hasn't been released from the tour. Even if they have, a Lucero gig in Little Rock's always an occasion for a mass audience sing-along. Look for this to be the rare gig that fills the Village to the brim. Two of Little Rock's pop-rock contenders, Whale Fire and Big Boots, open the show. LM.
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
In case you didn't get the subtext in the title of the latest drama to play at the Weekend Theater, there's a subtitle: “A Play About Neighborhood Terror.” Co-written by novelist and poet Marge Piercy and her husband, Ira Wood, the play tells the tale of inner city neighborhoods in mid-'70s Boston at the advent of court-ordered public school desegregation. An African-American family living in a white neighborhood plays a central role. They're surrounded by whites who believe that public education as an institution will cease to exist after the last white class graduates. Naturally, there's a lot of tension for Piercy, Wood and director Ralph Hyman to work with. The drama runs through Dec. 19. LM.
10 p.m., Revolution. $18 adv.