Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries
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.
Did Riverfest whet your appetite for massive crowds, nostalgia-driven concerts, funnel cakes and people misguidedly not wearing shirts? From Saturday through the end of August, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls hosts a weekly concert series every Saturday in its Timberwood Amphitheater that will help you re-experience that festive feeling. For just park admission — or $10 more if you want a reserved seat or $15 for a VIP seat — you can finish a day of water-parking or ride riding at concerts by everyone from Colbie Caillat (June 13) to Three Dog Night (Aug. 29). The series kicks off with a Southern institution, the Charlie Daniels Band. At 72 and looking more and more like Santa Claus with every passing year, the fiddle-playing Southern rocker has emerged, particularly in the last decade, as a right-wing firebrand, advocating for a stringent immigration policy, arguing that global warming is a myth and regularly railing against the “gonadless politicians” in Washington. LM.
6:45 p.m., Arlington Hotel. $5-$125.
Now in its 14th season, the Hot Springs Music Festival continues to pair musician mentors from respected orchestras, conservatory faculties and the like with promising pre-professional musicians, all of whom receive full scholarships and housing for the two-week festival. The two groups, playing side-by-side, offer 20 concerts and more than 250 rehearsals open to the public. This year the theme is “Sound and Fury.” The highlights include an English-language production of Peter Brook's re-staging of Bizet's “The Tragedy of Carmen,” an orchestral performance of Ravel's “Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2” and a joint performance, by the orchestra and festival chorus, of Mendelssohn's “The First Walpurgis Night.” The festival runs through June 13 in downtown Hot Springs. A limited number of season passes are available for $125. Otherwise, single concert tickets range from $5-$25. The complete schedule is available at www.hotmusic.org. LM.
FOUND MAGAZINE'S ‘DENIM AND
8 p.m., ACAC Building. $5.
Eight years ago Davy Rothbart found a note on his car, meant for someone else, that began with, “Mario, I fucking hate you … whys your care HERE at HER place??” and ended with, “PS Page me later.” That find led Rothbart to launch FOUND magazine, an annual-ish collection of found love letters, poetry on napkins, to-do lists — anything discovered by a stranger that offers an insight into someone else's life. Rothbart's project lives on largely because, as he says, it's evolved into a sort of community project, with 100-200 found things mailed to FOUND HQ (his parent's house) per week. Earlier this month, Rothbart released his third FOUND book, “Requiem for a Paper Bag,” a collection of stories about found stuff from mostly hipster-ish celebrities, people like Andy Samberg, Miranda July and Chuck Klosterman. To celebrate, Rothbart and his brother Peter are on a 55-city cross-country tour, where they're spreading the gospel of FOUND with readings of the latest and greatest that have landed in their mailbox and through Peter's songs, which are based on FOUND notes. LM.
Sundown, Riverfest Amphitheatre. Free.
After two special presentations — “Fried Green Tomatoes” to celebrate the opening of the Farmer's Market and “Field of Dreams” at Dickey-Stephens during the film festival — the summer movie series Movies in the Park officially launches its fifth season with what's surely John Hughes' greatest teeny bop film. Really, it's hard to think of a greater wish fulfillment movie from the '80s. Here's the gist, for those of you who've managed to resist the film's charms on TBS every other week: High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) skips school with his girlfriend, Sloane, and dour best friend, Cameron, to travel to Chicago in a Ferrari. There, the threesome catch a Cubs' game, visit the Sears Tower, lead a parade crowd in a rendition of “Twist and Shout” and dine in a fancy restaurant after convincing the maitre d' that Ferris is the “sausage king of Chicago.” Meanwhile, back at school, Ferris' sister (Jennifer Grey, in her breakout role) and the dean of students try to expose Ferris as a truant, and Ben Stein launches his career with “Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” LM.
10 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8-$10.
Pitchfork, with a measured amount of snark, recently said, “If Kanye West came into the game as ‘the first with a Benz and a backpack,' then Mr. Lif was surely ‘the first with dreadlocks and Harry Potter glasses.' ” It's funny because it's true. Since the late '90s, the Boston MC has been the champion of the liberal arts set, a politically and socially conscious rapper, known for a dexterous and didactic flow. He comes to Little Rock behind “I Heard It Today,” a recently released album that's been likened to an unfiltered blog. In fact, Lif did write, record and release the songs on the album to blogs during the fall of 2008, and their subject matter — the Obama presidency, the recession, the TARP program (seriously) — reflects the times. Grieves, Willie Evans Jr. and Statik open the show. LM.