Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
GOOD TIME RAMBLERS
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $6.
During the Times Showcase, judge 607 described the Good Time Ramblers' sound as “highway music.” That sounds about right. The four-piece specializes in an elastic style of country rock. Shuffling and twang-y here. Foot-stomping-ly raucous there. It doesn't hurt matters that front man John Lefler has a natural charisma and favors lyrics about drinkin', wild women and cross-country misadventures. The band, which also features Rich Dwiggins (vocals, bass), Alex Piazza (lead guitar, pedal steel, etc.) and Brooks Browning (drums) of the Munks, comes to Sticky Fingerz on Thursday to celebrate the release of its latest album, “Nashville Cowboy.” (They'll also play after the Travs' game on Saturday at Dickey-Stephens, 'round 10 p.m. or so.) Austin's Band of Heathens works a hearty dose of blue-eyed soul into its country rock in the opening slot. LM.
9 p.m., Revolution. $15.
In the grand tradition of Tegan and Sara, Nina Sky, Kelley and Kim Deal, Robin and Maurice Gibb, Benji and Joel Madden, the Watson Twins and Gunnar and Matthew Nelson (of Nelson, natch), Lisa and Jessica Origliasso are — hold your breath — twins making music together. They've been at it for a while. First, as a five-year-old novelty act in Brisbane, Australia, performing at parties and events as simply the Origliasso Twins. Then, as teeny poppers under the slightly more catchy Lisa & Jessica name. Then, as the less-twin-referencing Teal, under which they developed into somewhat sought-after songwriters. At the ripe old age of 20, the girls moved to LA, changed their name to the Veronicas and scored a deal with Sire Records. Since then, they've put out two albums, a punky teen-pop debut and their latest, the dance-floor primed “Hook Me Up.” The latter's been big for the duo. Certified platinum twice, it's spawned singles like “Untouched,” which you've probably heard, and landed the girls in all kinds of magazines and on MTV and on an upcoming episode of “90210.” But even more appealing for a certain set: Opener Pretty Reckless is very Runaways-meets-Teen People. “Gossip Girl” moppet Taylor Momsen (OMG, Jenny Humphreys) sings lead and plays guitar. She's only 15. For context, old-timers, this would be like Shannon Doherty's band coming to town 20 years ago. There are going to be so many screaming girls. The Love Willows also open. And, not surprisingly, the show is open to all ages. LM.
‘THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD'
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $30-$80.
Hey, stoners. Here's your chance to mix psychedelics with high culture. For this season's SuperPOPS concert, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra shares the stage with a full rock band and Randy Jackson, not the buffoonish “American Idol” judge, but the former lead singer of classic rock and hair metals you probably don't remember (Zebra and China Wind, respectively). Together, the group takes on the mind-expanding catalog of Pink Floyd, including songs like “Comfortably Numb,” “Us & Them,” “Learning to Fly,” “Money,” and “Another Brick in the Wall.” By all accounts, Jackson has a huge voice and this is a traveling show — with “lavish” laser lights! — so it's bound to look slick and sound epic. LM.
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
The winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Lindsay-Abaire's “Rabbit Hole” sounds like the stuff of a weepy Lifetime movie of the week. The plot centers on a couple trying to cope with the death of their only child, a 4-year-old. Later, the young driver who accidentally killed their son in an auto accident contacts them hoping for closure. But Pulitizer Prize-winners don't usually get confused for Lifetime dramas. Writing in the New York Times, Ben Brantley had this to say, “the sad, sweet release … lies … in the access it allows to the pain of others, in its meticulously mapped empathy.” The Weekend Theater promises “generous spoonfuls of humor” will leaven the mood, too. Andy Hall directs the play, which continues through May 23. LM.