Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Kindred strummers and shirtless drummers — that's what this rock band is made of.
Since the last Weisenheimers CD release show failed miserably to deliver on its promise of having merchandise to sell, don't expect tonight's audience to be nearly as understanding and forgiving if guitarist Mark Wyers, who still credits UPS for the mistake, shows up with more empty boxes and promises. He assures me they're in his trunk, which is where he'll be found days later should this happen twice. So anyway, I had the distinct pleasure of sharing suds and grub with this crew sometime last December in celebration of Mark's 103rd birthday, and a nicer bunch of rowdy rockers is hard to find. Drummer “Dirty Sean” wore a shirt (state law) and only had 16 beers before taking his child to a church function. Guitarist Micah Wyers was nice enough to clean calzone from his beard — with a fork. His brother Mark tearfully went on and on about UPS to his infant son and wife and lead vocalist/bassist Karle Johnson remained sharp-witted and pretty well-mannered, considering the company. In any event, this show features two Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase semi-finalists (Magic Hassle opens), and CDs or no, is certainly worth checking out. PP.
THE PRETTY THINGS PEEP SHOW
8 p.m., Revolution. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
Little Rock's been treated to a fair amount of burlesque in recent years, but never as traditional and agenda-less as “The Pretty Things Peep Show.” Like traveling vaudeville shows of yore (or at least the days of yore as glimpsed in “Playboy” cartoons), “Pretty Things” has a fire-breather, a sword swallower, a contortionist, a fast-talking MC and a host of betassled, nearly naked ladies. But you know, with more boas and bustiers than spandex and G-strings, dancing to rockabilly, not rap. (In fact, a promo video for the show features co-founder Bettina May losing her evening gown to “Red Headed Woman” by Sonny Burgess of Newport.) Pin-up devotees can audition online to be a “stage maid” for the peep show online at myspace.com/prettythingspeepshow. All it takes is a stage name, a photo and a pitch. Male or female welcome. LM.
10 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.
The beat goes on … and on and on. Little Rock's dancin'-est monthly shindig returns for the first time in the New Year with the same formula as before: three DJs, a short performance, live art and lots and lots of young folk. Except this go 'round the kids won't actually be “kids” strictly defined. Last month, some 450 tried to pack into the club, so in order to keep the party manageable, organizers are limiting admittance to those over 18 (they've spun off another event, Reverb, that's open to all ages). This time out, look for DJ sets from K. Carpenzo (disco, house), Shawn Lee (hip-hop) and local-gone-international collective Deviant Soundsystem (electro, house). The latter is doing several shows in LA in February and one in Miami in March, so surely it's doing something right. Also, local rapper Shea Marie, Grim Muzik's resident diva, offers a short set and UCA art professor Ray Ogar contributes live art. Vintage boutique Magpie and Birdie hosts a fashion show and trunk sale, too. LM.
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Originally from St. Louis, this singer/songwriter, who you'll often find working the door at White Water, found his way into Central Arkansas's vibrant folk punk scene through Conway, where he schooled at Hendrix. All the guys who run White Water — Mat Mahar, Ben Nichols (at least in part) — they all came through Faulkner County, too. Since his college days, Wilkins, who writes smart, funny, confessional songs and sings them somewhere between a growl and a shout, has performed out often and self-released homemade material, much of which is available for free download at jonathanwilkins.com, at brisk pace, too. But “Highway Robbery,” the release of which he's celebrating on Friday, is his first, real-deal official album. Recorded with Will Boyd (American Princes), Isaac Alexander (Big Silver, the Easys) and Todd Beene (Glossary), the album comes out via fledgling local label Last Chance Records. It's $8. Dallas country-tinged rockers Slider Pines open. LM