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THURSDAY 4/30

At “Beginiversary,” a one-anniversary celebration of the conception of Root Cafe (which still doesn't exist in the physical sense), there'll be door prizes, food, drink and music from local experimental instrumental act Mammoth Orange and Washington state blues man Lonesome Shack, 8 p.m., $5. It goes down at Arkansas Flag and Banner. Just a few weeks before he releases his sophomore solo album, Kevin Kerby plays a free show at Satellite Cafe, 9 p.m. En route to possible pop stardom, Little Rock native Cory Lamb returns to Revolution from the West Coast, where he's been edging his way into the music biz, 9 p.m. From Springfield, Mo., Jah Kings rock steady at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Noted jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon performs with the Central High Jazz Band at Trinity United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10. Northwest Arkansas blues rockers the Eoff Brothers headline at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. And the Rep's production of “The Elephant Man” continues at Wildwood, 8 p.m., $20-$35.

 

FRIDAY 5/1

At White Water, popular Memphis singer/songwriter Cory Branan offers a sing-a-long set, 9 p.m., $5. From New Braunfels, Texas, Bleu Edmonson specializes in a hard-charging brand of country rock, at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. From Austin, Joy Bus plays spiky post-punk, with the Reds and Underclaire supporting, at Downtown Music, 8 p.m., $6. At Cajun's, Donna Massey and Blue-Eyed Soul play, as they say, “the music you grew up with,” 9 p.m., $5. Juanita's hosts Wallace Poole, who offers a tribute to Willie Nelson, 10 p.m., $8.

 

SATURDAY 5/2

Revolution hosts Miss Gay Revolution, an official preliminary to Miss Gay Arkansas (it's a drag show, y'all), 9 p.m., $5 adv., $8 d.o.s.  Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe stirs up a Cajun dance party at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. At Discovery, Justin Sane plays electro, house and such in the disco, while g-force gives you something to grind to in the lobby, midnight, $10. Paul Morphis, from the Damn Bullets, gives a solo performance, for free, at Satellite, 9 p.m. Piano man William Staggers returns to the Afterthought at 9 p.m., $7. From Monticello, Jed Clampit specializes in folk boogie at White Water, 9 p.m., $5. Local improv comedy troupe Red Octopus presents “My Spring-a-Ling” at Off Center, 8 p.m., $8-$10.

 

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