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Friday, August 15, 2008

Saturday To-Dos: Body Building Championship, Cross Canadian Ragweed and the Munks

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6:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $22-$30.

If the Olympics haven't quenched your thirst for incredible feats of physical prowess, head downtown for the state body building championship. Though there's no actual athletic competition — the contestants are really going head-to-head in a beauty contest for mutants — participants have clearly put in countless hours of training to appear the most-ripped person in Arkansas. The contest requires each body builder to perform a series of poses, though there are some restrictions: According to official guidelines, “the moon pose has been banned by the NPC and will not be allowed.” Female contestants are also advised that they “must maintain a feminine look. Extreme hardness and extreme muscle size is not acceptable.” Three-time Arnold Classic champion and sometimes Muscular Development Magazine cover boy Dexter “The Blade” Jackson will make an appearance.
John C. Williams

8 p.m., Timberwood Amphitheater. $45.99.

Long known to Central Arkansas music fans (the band's played intimate shows at Sticky Fingerz for years) Cross Canadian Ragweed, on Saturday, plays a stage more in keeping with its national status. The Oklahoma-based act — which takes its name from rhythm guitarist Grady Cross, lead vocalist/guitarist Cody Canada, drummer Randy Ragsdale and original bassist Mark Wiedemann (Jeremy Plato fills the role now) — is currently touring in support of “Mission California.” The record, the band's ninth overall and fourth on Universal South, debuted at number six on the Billboard country charts and spawned the songs “I Believe You” and “Cry Lonely.” Look out for big, arena-style rock with a country slant.

9 p.m., the Afterthought. $7.

Needless to say, these guys maintain a pretty busy gig schedule and for all the right reasons — long shows, diverse sets and spontaneous jams. So expect the Munks to crank out their usual lengthy show of three-plus hours, loaded with numbers from their 2006 debut, “Heartbreak Numbers”; their latest, “Sing Dirty Songs”; new originals and a few well-placed covers. Fueled by ambient vocals of singer/songwriter Aaron Grimm and bolted down by locomotive rhythms of drummer Brooks Browning, the band also consists of pedal/steel and traditional guitarist Alex Piazza, violinist Bennett Ryel and bassist Rich Dwiggins. And speaking of covers, the Munks' rendition of the Who's “Eminence Front” on YouTube is worth a gander, especially with Ryel's violin touch. And Dwiggins handles John Entwistle's trampoline bass lines quite nicely, especially while sporting the Motorhead T-shirt.
Paul Peterson

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