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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.
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $7.
Just a few weeks after he made his directorial debut at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Legendary Shackshakers front man J.D. Wilkes returns to Central Arkansas with a new band he's calling Dirt Daubers. The bluegrass-influenced side project, which also features Wilkes' wife, Jessica, and “Slow” Layne Hendrickson, put out its self-titled debut in June. The album's full of rollicking, hillbilly-hokum — righteous kazoo solos, articulate banjo picking and rowdy vocals. The Western Kentucky hooligans mix in a few standards, too. With self-cited influences including Dock Boggs, Cab Calloway and the Louvin Brothers, Dirt Daubers seem sure to get the crowd a-stompin'. PP.
‘A DARK, DARK HOUSE'
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
Neil LaBute loves to write about the people you hate. The dramatist, a Weekend Theater favorite, has built a career on the backs of sexual predators, misogynists and the white-collar vacuous. But within his typical men-behaving-badly framework, LaBute's plays offer a rare and unclouded glimpse into the psyche of the American male. Or at least that's the conventional, critical wisdom, and the angle the Weekend Theater is pushing in promotion of “A Dark, Dark House,” a drama that centers around two brothers, one stuck in a psych unit after a booze- and drug-fueled car crash and another visiting. Corroborating details from a shared past, the psych patient believes, is key to his release. As anyone familiar with LaBute knows, there's never anything pretty behind that door. The play continues through Nov. 21. LM.
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $20-$58.
It's back to Beethoven at the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Last month, audiences heard Beethoven's fifth piano concerto. This weekend, they'll get a taste of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, perhaps the most recognized symphonic composition of all time. George Hanson, candidate three among five in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's search for a new conductor, returns to the ASO as a finalist in the search for the second time. He was in the hunt back in 1992, the year David Itkin won the job. For more than a decade, he's served as music director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Along with Beethoven, Hanson conducts the ASO in selections by two more German composers — Brahms' “Tragic Overture” and Schumann's Cello Concerto, which features guest cellist Joshua Roman. The program repeats on Sunday at 3 p.m. Same place, same price. LM.
8 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $7.
These rockers from Knoxville know how to get experimental. Royal Bangs mixes fuzzboxed, synthesized, highly percussive instrumentation with spacey, warped vocals — a combination that would've been right at home in the mid-'80s. But beneath the strange layering lies quality songwriting and smart lyrics, as is evident on tunes such as “Brainbow” and “Maniverse,” where we're coached: “If you love something you should fight for it, if it fights you back you should conquer it, if it conquers you, you should crawl right back, but at least you tried to get your love back.” What may separate this crew from others of similar ilk is a jovial approach to being raucous while simultaneously groovy. Currently Royal Bangs has two CDs under its belt, “Let It Beep,” and “We Breed Champions.” PP.
7 p.m., Juanita's. Free.
What's not to love about a free show? So here's one to take advantage of. Claiming to have been engulfed by music after Dad handed over the sticks to his drum kit, Trevor Hall's been writing and performing since age 14. Crediting the Bobs Dylan and Marley, Ben Harper and Bjork as primary influences, the acoustic rocker has released six albums in just four short years, as well as the song “Other Ways” on the “Shrek the Third” soundtrack, and an appearance on “The Endless Highway,” a tribute album to the Band. Today, we find him supporting his 2009 self-titled CD, courtesy of Vanguard Records, which just nosed its way into the Billboard album chart upon debut — at No. 199. PP.
8 p.m., The Village. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.
No matter how many times I see the proper pronunciation, I can't read Deadmau5 anyway but “dead-mao-five.” Probably because I don't do “leet,” a mostly web language that substitutes numbers and characters for letters. That Joel Zimmerman, the Canadian DJ behind Deadmau5, does should come as no surprise. He's the latest superstar in electro-house, a dance subset built on four to the floor beats and endless blips and bleeps. He comes to the Village after just being named the sixth best DJ in the world in DJ Mag's influential Top 100 poll. Look out for crazy visuals, not the least of which will be Zimmerman rocking a deranged, cartoon-style mouse head throughout the show. Gotta think there'll be some kids calling in sick on Wednesday. LM.