Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL
7 p.m., Downtown Eureka Springs. Free-$30.
Loudon Wainwright III found a kindred spirit in Charlie Poole. Wainwright, famous for his 1973 hit “Dead Skunk” (“Take a whiff on me, that ain't no rose/Roll up your window and hold your nose”), which he brags in his bio held the number 1 spot in Little Rock for six weeks, headlines the Ozark Folk Festival with a concert at noon Friday in the Auditorium. He's touring behind a new album inspired by the life of Poole, who isn't remembered like the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, but who was a hugely influential folk performer in the Jazz Age. Look for Wainwright to do wonders with Poole's story (he died at age 39 after a 13-week bender) and songs (full of sly humor and drunken bombast). Other acts of note include Gary Jules, known for his version of “Mad World” on the “Donnie Darko” soundtrack, and Michael Brewer, half of the duo Brewer and Shipley, who had a hit with “One Toke Over the Line.” Get the full schedule at ozarkfolkfestival.com. LM.
8 p.m., The Village. $18-$22.
If there's anything I've learned from eight years of constantly going to concerts, it's that you can't predict a crowd. But if anyone can break the Village's streak of big hip-hop concerts (like DMX and Snoop) not drawing, I'm putting money on Tech N9ne. Nearly 30 years into the game, the Kansas City rapper might be the most successful indie rapper in the industry. Last year, he was the third highest grossing urban tour in the country behind only Kanye West and Jay-Z. Look for versatility. Throughout his career, he's dabbled in everything from horrorcore to thug rap to R&B and, accordingly, built a following that includes everyone from hip-hop heads to Juggalos. Tech N9e comes with his Strange Records crew in tow — Krizz Kailko, Kutt Calhoun and Big Scoob. Also on the bill: Slaughterhouse, which XXL has called a “rap fan's dream come true … like having Manny, Vlad, Pujols and Santana all on your fantasy baseball team.” The hip-hop group features revered underground MCs Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9. LM.
ON THE PRAIRIE'
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $20-$52.
Since her star-making run as Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie,” Melissa Gilbert has not always lived the good life. She's been jilted by Rob Lowe twice, received a bad nose job, battled with drugs and alcoholism and guest starred on “Nip/Tuck” as a woman who gets intimate with her dog. But with a new book (“Prairie Tale”) and the lead role, as Ma, in this musical adaptation of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, everything's looking up. With a book by Tony Award-winner Rachel Sheinkin and music by Oscar winner Rachel Portman, the musical's already managed positive reviews in its short run. For die-hards who can't imagine a “Little House” that deviates from the NBC mini-series standard, Gilbert has a few words of warning. “My Ma's a little more feisty,” she told the New York Times in September. “I'm a redhead … So there's some fire under those petticoats.” LM.