Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
7 p.m., Village, $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.
Self-described as “evil disco,” industrial metal heavyweights Static X haven't lost momentum since their 1998 debut “Wisconsin Death Trip,” which reached platinum status in 2001. With six studio albums, one compilation, one EP, 12 singles, 12 videos and a guitar anthology book, the band is touring behind two-month-old album “Cult of Static.” In a cool nod to its fanbase, founding member, lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and programmer Wayne Static has said, “The ‘cult' part of the title is not to be taken in any religious manner. I am referring to and giving respect to the loyalty of all you good people that have supported us through the years.” With hardcore acts Bury Your Dead, Seventh Void (with two Type O-negative members) and thrashers Dirge sharing the bill, you've gotta believe the loyalists will be out in force. PP.
10 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.
There are few, if any, new local bands with as much buzz surrounding them as the See. Formed last summer by Tyler Nance (drums), Joe Yoder (vocals) and Dylan Yelenich (bass/keyboard), the trio's built its reputation on steady gigging and a sturdy, infectious brand of indie rock that recalls power trios of yore. You know, back before everything got all twee and feely. Or went disco. In other words, the See offers the right mix of dissonance and melody, features a drummer who beats the hell out of his kit (not long ago that meant he spent the last song of the band's set standing up) and a bassist/keyboardist who plays meaty riffs and typically bounces around the stage like he's having a seizure. Plus, lead singer Yoder — tall, broad-shouldered, with short hair, a beard and severe eyes — looks kind of like an evil Russian wrestler and isn't afraid to fist pump unironically. Paired with big, earnest vocals, that helps give everything an epic, anthemic quality. All the qualities we've come to expect in the band live come across in its fine new EP, “Bars of Gold.” Its release is the reason for the show. Stella Fancy and Big Boots open. LM.
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $10.
Clarksdale-born Jimbo Mathus makes “Mississippi music,” he says. “I keep the old stories alive while they help keep me alive.” Luther Dickinson, of the North Mississippi Allstars and the Black Crowes, once did Mathus one better when he described him as a link in “the ‘crazy Mississippi white-boy' chain of music that goes all the way back through Elvis Presley to Jimmie Rogers … white musicians playing black music and influencing people in both cultures.” Most, however, probably remember Jimbo as the cheeky front man of the swing revival act Squirrel Nut Zippers. After a five-year hiatus, that band reunited to tour in 2007 (it'll appear at the Mulberry Mountain Music Festival near Ozark in August). But since the early 2000s, Mathus has been busy with his own projects. He's toured with Pine Bluff's CeDell Davis, served as musical director for Buddy Guy, recorded Elvis Costello in his Delta Recording Service studio in Clarksdale and released a host of records, moving easily between swamp rock, country and the acoustic blues. His latest, “Jimmy the Kid,” stretches across all those genres. Live, it's bound to sound like an ideal soundtrack for White Water Tavern. LM.
7 p.m., Timberwood Amphitheater, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls. $35.99-$60.99.