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CLUNKER CAR NIGHT
7:10 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$10.
Though lots of things have changed in the Travelers promotions department since the move to Dickey-Stephens Park — bingo night is a thing of the past, Captain Dynamite is dead, lucky scorecard numbers are now shown on the scoreboard rather than announced over the PA — Clunker Car Night remains the marquee event on the team's calendar. The concept is simple: Every inning Bill Valentine's boys will roll out some ancient jalopy, each more decrepit than the last, and give it away to one dubiously lucky fan. If you don't want to drive it — assuming it's street legal, that is — then you can at least mine it for parts. That will be a more palatable prospect this year — each car comes with free installation of a sound system, keyless entry and remote ignition. There's a baseball game to boot, against the Corpus Christi Hooks. -JCW.
7:30 p.m., Arkansas Music Pavilion, Fayetteville. $30-$65.
There was a two-year hiatus and then a two-year period of line-up changes and general tumult. Let's call them the Kate Hudson days. With the release of “Warpaint,” the band's seventh album, earlier this year, things have calmed down a bit for the Crowes. Luther Dickinson, son of Jim and member of the North Mississippi All-Stars, officially joined up as a second guitarist. They brought their Southern-fried pyschedelia to Australia, New Zealand and Europe. They launched liveblackcrowes.com, a download site that offers current and archived concerts. They sued Gretchen Wilson for copyright violation. Ho-hum. Maybe playing a show close to Wal-Mart HQ, which refused to carry the pube-bearing album cover of the band's third album, “Amorica,” will inspire some deep-down angst to resurface. Northwest Arkansas, long a dead zone for live shows from big name acts, needs a jolt of wildness. Tickets, available via arkansasmusicpavillion.com, were still available at press time. LM.
FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE': GRIDIRON 2008
8 p.m., the Rep. $35.
There will be skewering. And prodding and poking fun and satire anyway you like it. Gridirion, the Pulaski County Bar Association's biennial stage show, returns this weekend to take on local and national politics. The actors? Local litigators from all walks of law. Early word suggests that among the cast there are passable look-alikes for all the big national players — Bush, McCain, Hillary, Obama. But it's the local ones who're sure to make the crowds howl. Surely, Lu Hardin will get roasted, and the ever-fertile Duggars promise to figure in. This year, too, as the title suggests, dancing will get top billing in the show. Longtime cast stand-out Kathryn Pryor promises again to be an audience favorite. The show also runs again on Friday and Saturday, at 7 and 9 p.m., same price.
MAXXIMUM IMPACT: THE HIP HOP SEND OFF
9 p.m., Downtown Music. $7.
Maxx, AKA Maxx the Great, AKA Max Farrell, who as you might've figured out is the impetus behind the Maxximum Impact concert series, is lucky that he's young and has high-school age friends, who still think going to all ages shows at clubs is a novelty. Because the grown folks' hip-hop audience in Little Rock is jaded, y'all. Last weekend, three of the state's most bona fide acts — 607, Suga City and XXzotic — played to an embarrassingly slim crowd at Downtown. Undeterred, 607 and Suga City are back for more to help Farrell, who's soon off to start his freshman year at Grinnell, celebrate his last show for a while. Here's betting that the line-up, which also features Epiphany, Osyrus with the live band SolFude and 4X4 Crew, will play to a full (or at least fuller) crowd. Farrell has a lot of friends and an impressive way with the mic that belies his age. LM.
NPC STATE BODY BUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP
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. JCW.
CROSS CANADIAN RAGWEED
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. LM.
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. PP.
DAVID ALLAN COE
8:30 p.m., the Village. $15-$25.
David Allan Coe has never been wary of extending the middle finger. When he first came to Nashville — after nearly 20 years in jail, with tattoos, earrings and wild, long hair — he lived in a hearse in front of the Ryman Auditorium, the ex-church that then housed the Grand Ole Opry. His first albums, the bluesy “Penitentiary Blues, Volumes I and II,” exclusively featured songs based on his prison experiences. Coe toured with Grand Funk Railroad, and took to wearing a rhinestone suit and a Lone Ranger mask onstage, calling himself the “Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy” and regularly mounting the stage on a motorcycle. Surprise, surprise, mainstream success didn't follow. But after Tanya Tucker scored a No. 1 hit in 1973 with Coe's “Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone)” (Tucker, who was 15 at the time, almost makes Britney and her ilk look tame), he became one of Nashville's most in-demand singer/songwriters. He also released two X-rated albums in the mid-70s filled with deeply misogynistic and racist lyrics that he sold exclusively in the back of Easyriders magazine. He's since defended the albums as “bawdy fun.” “I've got a black drummer who's married to a white chick,” he told Country Standard Time in 2000. “I've got Leon Spinks' pictures all over my bus, pictures he took with my family. My hair's in dreadlocks. I'm the farthest thing from a white supremacist that anybody could ever be.” Today, only his beard is in dreadlocks, his hair's a wig that he might've borrowed from Dolly Parton, and he's still repping Confederate imagery to the fullest. LM.
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