Loudon Wainwright III with Lucy Roche.
OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL7 p.m., Downtown Eureka Springs. Free-$30.
Loudon Wainwright III
found a kindred spirit in Charlie Poole. Wainwright, famous for his 1973 hit “Dead Skunk” (“Take a whiff on me, that ain't no rose/Roll up your window and hold your nose”), which he brags in his bio held the number 1 spot in Little Rock for six weeks, headlines the Ozark Folk Festival with a concert at noon Friday in the Auditorium. He's touring behind a new album inspired by the life of Poole, who isn't remembered like the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, but who was a hugely influential folk performer in the Jazz Age. Look for Wainwright to do wonders with Poole's story (he died at age 39 after a 13-week bender) and songs (full of sly humor and drunken bombast). Other acts of note include Gary Jules
, known for his version of “Mad World” on the “Donnie Darko” soundtrack, and Michael Brewer
, half of the duo Brewer and Shipley, who had a hit with “One Toke Over the Line.” Get the full schedule at ozarkfolkfestival.com