SANDWICHING IN HISTORY TOUR
Noon. Woodruff House, 1017 E. Eighth St. Free.
William Woodruff is not just the originator of the Arkansas Gazette (whose demise begat this newspaper’s weekly format), but also the publisher of the first newspaper west of the Mississippi River. OK, they’re one in the same, but still, this guy Woodruff helped tame the wilds of this state when it was still merely a territory. He’s also the namesake of Woodruff County — that’s how respected the press once was. Woodruff’s home on Eighth Street here in the Rock is a pretty awesome structure, though perhaps slightly less so than the man’s stature as an Arkansawyer. How amazing is it that this man’s house still stands in the city? Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, this house is in the historic Hangar Hill
8 p.m. Kings Live Music, Conway. $10.
Here’s a wild one: Southwestern Energy field operator Heath Sanders — a songwriter by night — posted a video of himself singing Chris Stapleton’s “Either Way” earlier this year. The internet goes apeshit for it, fellow Arkansas native and nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones invites Sanders up to Nashville to perform on “The Bobby Bones Show,” Sanders performs in front of a panel of Music City gatekeepers, and decides to put oilfield work on hold for a while to try out this country music thing. Expect to hear the original tune that elicited a “You need to do this for a living” from Sugarland’s Kristian Baker — “Bloodline” — and likely a few of the covers that got Sanders his big break. SS
MOBLEY, DAZZ & BRIE
9 p.m. Maxine’s, Hot Springs.
Consider Mobley’s 2018 release “Fresh Lies, Vol. I” unfinished business. “Themes of nationhood and identity and alienation are ones that I’ll need decades to explore personally, let alone artistically,” the Austin-based one-man band said on a January blog post accompanying the release. “I’m hardly equipped to make an album-sized statement about them right now. I want a place to work with those ideas, but I also want the freedom to put them down, imperfect and incomplete, to go chase other concepts.” That said, Mobley’s single “Young Adult Fiction” reads as anything but unpolished. In the song’s “Read-Along Video,” Mobley strolls into what looks like a set from a 1965 talk show, complete with a potted palm and a wooden stereo cabinet; the only apparent anachronism is the stack of books by Audre Lorde and Dorothy Roberts, and the “[R.I.P. Fred Rogers]” note that appears with the lyrical captions in an interlude between verses. “Young Adult Fiction” is a pop anthem and a single continuous crescendo, its plaintive tone countered by a hefty bass bounce with Mobley’s enormous and supple voice at the core. And, on a week in which we’re to celebrate the ennobled ideas our forefathers espoused when this whole America project kicked off, I can’t think of any better inspiration/required reading for that jubilee than Mobley’s recent work, which he describes as “love songs that use romantic interplay as a metaphor to explore my relationship, as a black man especially, with my country.” He returns to Maxine’s with Little Rock’s own “rock and soul” girl gang, Dazz & Brie. SS
LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern. $15.
With all due respect to the likes of Antoine’s and Cafe du Monde, mainstream Mardi Gras certainly wasn’t in the cards for Anthony Bourdain when the TV star went to capture Cajun Louisiana culture for his travel show “Parts Unknown.” In a posthumously released episode, Bourdain is dropped into a madhouse scene of flying chickens, rural residents in full costume who have been blitzed on wine for the better part of a week, “the thundering hooves of many horses, the sound of a thousand beer cans popping open. And music. Always music.” That music came from the Lost Bayou Ramblers, a 19-year-old outfit that makes it their business to channel and reinvent the deep South Louisiana sound — Cajun French, rowdy accordion, swampy Acadiana. Grammy win notwithstanding, the group had planned to take a hiatus this year, making this White Water Tavern engagement likely to be one of the group’s last romps in Central Arkansas for a while, in a perfect setting to recapture some of the magic from Bourdain’s/Lost Bayou Ramblers’ party that day in Grand Coteau. “The mud that was flying from the boots sloshing on the dance floor, which had turned into
JOURNEY, DEF LEPPARD
7 p.m. Verizon Arena. $50-$180.
Perhaps at one time in America, Journey and Def Leppard fans would not have been able to find common ground. The Lep started out metal-leaning, you see, while Journey trended pop. We’ll discuss the folly of such distinctions after enjoying these dual prolific hit machines of the decades of the last
‘SUMMER SOLSTICE 7: MARVIN EVER AFTER’
9 p.m. South on Main.
Anybody privy to Joshua Asante and The Funkanites’ ode to Otis Redding for a Winter
9 p.m. Maxine’s, Hot Springs.
The city of Denton, Texas, has acted as a low-key hip northern cousin to Austin for a while now, and it’d be a mistake to assume the scene there is homogenously country. Exhibit A: the kinky, spacey pop riffs of Pearl Earl. They’re the B-52s of the DFW metro area, with silver jumpsuits and songs about exorcisms and Ouija board fonts and the post-election Bizarro World we currently occupy, as on “Meet Your Maker”: “Why do they keep shooting to kill and rainbow love is seen as mentally ill?/Well I wanna meet your maker/I wanna meet your maker and ask him/How could they even vote for a man who paid a million for his tan?” SS
‘FIELD NOTES FROM MOTHER EARTH’
7 p.m. 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville. $5 suggested donation.
Playwright Ashley Edwards is the
‘HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL’
6 p.m. CALS Ron Robinson Theater. $2.
Just forget that whole 1999 mess of a “House on Haunted Hill” remake ever happened. Even Geoffrey Rush couldn’t save it with what was essentially a lukewarm portrayal of the same “Casanova Frankenstein” villain he embodied that same year in the unjustly maligned “Mystery Men.” Instead, go dig this, William Castle’s 1959 “House on Haunted Hill,” screened as part of the Central Arkansas Library System’s “Terror Tuesday” series. (And kudos to CALS for doing this; roast turkey and dressing
8:30 p.m. George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville. $25-$30.
The fact that Jenny Lewis isn’t considered America’s sweetheart represents everything that’s wrong with this country. Lewis rose up through the ranks of child stardom through the Britney