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WEDNESDAY 6/13

DAVE CHAPPELLE

7 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $64.

Who saw this one coming? Anybody? The comedy world's closest equivalent to J.D. Salinger is coming to ... Little Rock and Memphis? The last I'd read of Dave Chappelle was back in July 2011 when he did a two-night stint for charity at a Miami casino, and the first night ended with him standing there at length, answering text messages and telling all of one joke, apparently because a bunch of yahoos in the front were filming the set with their phones. Now that is some tacky behavior for sure, but did it warrant giving the silent treatment to the non-mouth-breather contingent of the audience as well? I don't know, but I'm inclined to sympathize with Chappelle on this one because probably more than most comics, he's had to deal with obnoxious fans ("Man, I bet everybody'll think it's hilarious when I scream 'I'm Rick James, bitch!' right in the middle of Dave's set!"), but also because I just really, really want everybody to put away their $*¥%@#! phones for one minute. But aside from the Miami incident (for which he apologized and mocked himself the next night) I'm intrigued by reports of Chappelle working out new material at impromptu late-night sets at small comedy clubs. Daily Beast columnist Touré described one of these shows and said that while the set meandered a bit and didn't really have a theme, Chappelle killed and his "comedy muscles remain cock diesel." The crowd at Robinson will get to find out for sure, but please (and I really shouldn't have to say this), people: keep your catchphrases and your phones in your pockets. RB.

FRIDAY 6/15

WAR CHIEF

9 p.m. Stickyz.

Of all the best Arkansas bands playing right now, I think War Chief has as much of that elusive and mysterious "break-out potential" as any other group going. The band did well in the 2012 Times Musicians Showcase, making it to the final round and getting the crowd onboard with its melodic rock-folk. Their songs are accessible and contemporary, and while the group certainly draws on the influence of giants — think a less shaggy Crazy Horse — they've got their own sound. Essentially, the band plays a tasteful, smart, modern version of classic rock: the music is rocking (as opposed to cheekily "rawking"); there are guitar solos; front man Grayson Shelton is a singer, not a yarler. I've only heard a couple of tracks from War Chief's forthcoming full-length, but I was certainly not disappointed. The two tracks were allegedly rough mixes, but they sounded fine to these ears, with soaring six-string action and a Hammond B3 (or something close to it) swirling around in the mix that's reminiscent of prime, mid-'60s Dylan. The album, titled "Love Letters from Prester John," should be available at this show. Opening acts are the raucous country-rockers Swampbird and a solo set from Fayetteville showman Randall Shreve. RB.

SATURDAY 6/16

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

Noon. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Free.

Juneteenth, which commemorates the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas, is now a state holiday or observance in 41 states, including Arkansas. Though the Emancipation Proclamation became official in 1863, it wasn't until 1865 that the news reached Texas and Gen. Gordon Granger began enforcement of emancipation on June 19. The holiday was typically observed at churches and in rural areas — because of segregation — and usually entailed barbecues, games, rodeos, fishing and prayer services, according to Juneteenth.com. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will celebrate with activities for kids, food vendors, live entertainment, a rock climbing wall and more, from noon to 7 p.m. The celebration includes live music from Nicky Parrish, Afrodesia with Tim Anthony, Essie the Blues Lady, The Girls & Boys Choir of Little Rock, Butterfly and Irie Soul, Billy Jones Bluez, The Gloryland Pastors Choir and Foreign Tongues poetry group. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a short play about the importance of celebrating Juneteenth. RB.

SATURDAY 6/16

S.L. JONES

8 p.m., Vino's. $7.

When the Arkansas rap world bemoans its lack of representation in the national conversation, it often forgets S.L. Jones. Sure, he's far from a household name, but he's been doing his thing for a sizeable underground audience for at least five years, coming up through Killer Mike's Grind Time clique in Atlanta and firmly establishing himself as a mixtape force to be reckoned with in the ATL and on finer rap blogs everywhere. Jones hasn't lived in Little Rock in ages, but he never misses a chance to shout it out, and he's long been a champion of EDubb and 607. See how this expat is evangelizing for the A-state with a full bill that includes performances by Kari Faux, Flint Eastwood, Nick Ward and Joe Average. LM.

SATURDAY 6/16

RWAKE, PALLBEARER

9 p.m. Revolution. $7-$9.

At the risk of repeating myself, I've got to ask this question: Why are there so many great metal bands from Arkansas? I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm very, very happy about this fact and I've got more state pride than a county fair's worth of good ol' boys hopped up on Mini-Thins, Mountain Dew and Skoal. But it's still remarkable that a state this small has birthed, to name a handful just off the top of my head: Deadbird, Vore, Iron Tongue, Seahag, Snakedriver, Rwake and Pallbearer. The latter two are headlining this show. Rwake's "Rest," from last year, is an apocalyptic metal masterpiece, a mix of post-Neurosis bleakness and Southern sludge, with a core of contemplative psychedelic guitar wizardry. Rwake recently played the Maryland Deathfest, one of the biggest metal fests in the world. Pallbearer's debut, "Sorrow and Extinction," has gotten critical raves for its haunting, innovative doom metal, and the band has played several high-profile shows since its release, including recent gigs in New York and a Scion A/V showcase in L.A. back in April. I've got to cop to having not seen Rwake play live in several years, and I've never seen Pallbearer, so I'm way excited about this show, as are many other folks, no doubt. Also playing this 18-and-older show are the local young thrashers Severe Headwound and the classic hardcore revivalists R.I.O.T.S., so all ya'll remember to show up on time, it's gonna be a major rager. RB.

SATURDAY 6/16

'RICHARD III'

7:30 p.m. Reynolds Performance Hall. $22-$27.

The next play on this year's Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre lineup is "Richard III," directed by Robert Quinlan. The play follows Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, as he schemes and betrays and murders his way to the throne, letting the audience in on his intentions via soliloquies. "But there's also something infectious and appealing about this hunchback King," Quinlan writes in his director's note. "He looks us in the eye when he speaks. He's got a wicked sense of humor. He's ambitious ... just like us. What's so wrong with that? It's not until we start to see the intense human suffering and grief that he leaves in his wake that it becomes clear that a leader without a conscience can be a dangerous thing, indeed." Quinlan also notes that the production blends modern elements into the historical play as a reminder about the ever-present threat of tyranny. "Richard III" runs June 16, 20, 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and July 1 at 1 p.m. at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall. Tickets are $22-$27.

SUNDAY 6/17

RICHARD LLOYD

8:30 p.m. Revolution. $10 adv., $12 day of.

Attn. Central Arkansas guitar geeks: Richard Lloyd is playing in Little Rock. That's right, the same guy who was responsible for one half of the blazing, virtuosic guitar duels snaking throughout Television's stone-cold classic debut "Marquee Moon" and its worthy (though not as revolutionary) follow-up "Adventure." And check this: I'm told the drummer on this tour is none other than Billy Ficca, whose tricky, polyrhythmic percussion was as integral a part of Television's sound as those magical, intertwining guitars. And now check this: Also performing with Lloyd and Ficca is Danny Tamberelli, the musician and actor known for his role on the surrealistic Nickelodeon series "The Adventures of Pete & Pete." Got all that? Let's recap: half of Television, plus the guy who played Little Pete are playing Sunday at Revolution. Pardon me for a sec while I go ask somebody to help me figure out whether I'm tripping balls or having a stroke or something right now. Look for Lloyd and crew to play some of his recent tunes, some Hendrix covers and maybe a couple of Television classics as well. The opening act is Grand Stand, which features Kelley Anderson of the Tennessee retro-rockers Those Darlins.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the title of War Chief's album.
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