MULBERRY MOUNTAIN HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL
3:30 p.m., Mulberry Mountain
(outside of Ozark). $59-$129.
The crowds shouldn't reach Wakarusa heights, but look for at least several thousand — certainly what the folks in Ozark would consider hordes — to come streaming in from all across the region for music, camping and general outdoor revelry. Jam fans might disagree, but to these ears, the Harvest Music Fest line-up compares pretty favorably to what Wakarusa brought back in June. To wit, country-rock pioneers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band share the headlining spot with widely beloved modern folk act the Avett Brothers on Friday. Swing-era revivalists the Squirrel Nut Zippers play two two-hour sets throughout the weekend, and just as the Hackensaw Boys, a zany, tradition-minded eight-piece, finishes its set on Saturday, Springfield, Mo.'s Ozark Mountain Daredevils serves up classic country-rock songs you know like “Jackie Blue.” Thursday, the names are slightly smaller (the main stage doesn't open until Friday), but there are still a lot of worthy acts. Pay special attention, on Thursday, to the Travelin' McCourys and the Lee Boys. The former is an offshoot of the legendary Del McCoury bluegrass band and the latter is a preeminent sacred steel band. In the ultimate jam-fan wet dream, they're performing together! For a complete lineup and schedule, go to mulberrymountainmusic.com. LM.
THE LOVELL SISTERS
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.
The Lovell Sisters may be young — Jessica is 23, Megan 20 and Rebecca 18 — but in just a handful of years performing together, the acoustic folk trio's managed to rack up a number of accolades. In 2005, they won a teen talent contest sponsored by “Prairie Home Companion.” The following year, Rebecca, then 15, became the youngest person ever to win the mandolin contest at MerleFest. And last year, one of the band's songs placed first in the John Lennon Songwriting contest. All this from a Calhoun, Ga., family schooled not in bluegrass or classic country, but classical and choral traditions. As the story goes, hearing legendary dobroist Jerry Douglas' “Slide Rule” put the sisters down their current path. It's one that looks a lot like bluegrass traditional — with three-part harmonies and a mix of dobro, fiddle, mandolin and resonator guitar — but sounds more like folk-filtered country pop. Fans of the Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss, take notice. Little Rock's Troubaduo opens. LM.
9:30 p.m., Revolution. $5-$8.
Maxx is back — that's 20-year-old rapper Max Farrell — with his regular concert series. And while seeing the young rapper and his super-tight live band Apples and Spades is always a worthwhile way to spend your evening, Thursday's a must-attend for local hip-hop heads because of the reemergence of Zii, one of the strongest talents to come out of the local hip-hop boom circa 2006. A member of the celebrated, but lately fairly quiet Dat Heat crew, Zii (short for Ziibra) raps with a speed and dexterity that recalls Eminem, has a catchphrase (“Waca Waca Waca!”) and usually wilds out during his live show. For the last several years, the rapper's hopped around the country, nearly landing on VH1's “I Love New York” and signing a major label deal. But now he's back, putting the finishing touches on “Zii Dimensional,” his debut full-length. Stream or download a preview track, “On My Ground,” on Rock Candy, www.arktimes.com. St. Louis' Nite Owl fills out the bill. There'll be card games for those who bore easily, too. LM.
FASTER PUSSYCAT / BULLETBOYS /
9 p.m., Revolution. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.
Cock rock with class, let's say. With three of LA's prominent 1980s hair bands sharing the bill, this “Heavy Metal Whine & Cheez Party” promises to bring it. Full of hard, sleazy glam-rock, Faster Pussycat's first two albums still lurk in my cassette stash, and with good reason. Beneath the glam lies some really bluesy, balls-out rock, led by front man Taime Down's nasal snarl (think Bon Scott screwing a New York Doll). The raunchy glam rockers — named in honor of Russ Meyer's “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Kill!” — have reconvened in support of their live album, “Front Row for the Donkey Show.” Also on the bill are Bulletboys, whose single “Smooth Up In Ya” became a rallying cry for adolescent males eager to offload virginity at the nearest exit, or a chest-beating anthem for those who'd already done so. Their cover of the O'Jays' funky, soul classic “For the Love of Money” lent them a surfeit of cred, too. Bang Tango, had they emerged prior to 1989, probably would have enjoyed more prominence and recognition. Even though they don't signal the halcyon days, we welcome them just the same. PP.
‘JEKYLL AND HYDE'
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $14-$18.
The basic outline of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale should be familiar to all, but a little coloring in: In Victorian England, Dr. Henry Jekyll (Greg Robinson) seems to have the perfect life. He runs a thriving medical practice, has a beautiful and loving fiancee (Heather Goodson) and enjoys a deserved reputation in his community for his work with the poor. But he's a kook. He thinks separating a person's evil side from his good could help one to control his baser impulses. When he's denied the authority to experiment on a patient, Jekyll takes a chemical mix himself and becomes, of course, the dastardly Edward Hyde. A showgirl (Micah Qualls) gets caught in the mix when she comes to Jekyll for treatment, but can't help being intrigued by Hyde. Now, imagine all that set to music and you're ready for the Weekend Theater's production, which runs through Aug. 30. LM.
2:30 p.m., State Fairgrounds. $35 adv., $40 d.o.s.
Back in May, 100.3 FM “The Edge” dubbed Edgefest 4, which featured the likes of Slipknot and Staind, “the biggest party of the year.” Rain made it more like “the wettest party of the year.” So, just a few short months later, the radio station is back with Edgefest 5, “the redemption.” Some heavyweights in the metal genre fill the bill. Korn's catalogue boasts nine consecutive Top 10 album debuts. Mudvayne's technical “math metal” has crossed boundaries not unlike one of its main sources of inspiration, King Crimson. Fronted by the baddest guitarist Ozzy's employed since Randy Rhodes, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society has delivered Southern-fried blistering rock for a decade and counting. “Evil disco” industrial metal heavyweights Static X return soon after its May Village gig, along with Bury Your Dead and award-winning deathcore masters Suicide Silence. An additional six bands will be featured on a second stage — Dark From Day One, Bombay Black, Wishtribe, Burn Halo, Wasting Days and Since October. Should be intense. PP.
RIVER CITY TANLINES
8 p.m., Vino's. $6 adv., $8 d.o.s.
Fresh from playing a Roller Derby Conference (just like on “$5 Cover”!), one of Memphis' finest brings its fiery stage show to newly energized Vino's. Led by the irrepressible Alicja Trout, the three-piece has spread the gospel of Memphis rock ‘n' roll throughout North America and Europe since 2004, releasing two LPs and a host of seven inches along the way. The band, like just about all of Trout's seemingly endless projects, is punk in presentation and often in sound, but with a generous helping of garage rock and riot grrl in the mix. Local pop-punks Shoplift (Wesley Broadstone and Jacob Pruett) open. LM.
8 p.m., Revolution. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.
Call them post-grunge, hard or alternative rock, just don't call them washed up. Almost one year to the day since they last came to town, Candlebox is back, still logging miles while harvesting new material for their upcoming 2010 album. Lest you've forgotten, the Seattle band's 1993 debut album sold an impressive 4 million copies, with plenty of assistance from radio and MTV's rotation overkill. After albums in 1995 and 1998, Candlebox remained below mainstream's radar for an entire decade. Until recently. Last year's long-awaited release of “Into the Sun” spawned a single, “Stand,” that's picked up airplay on mainstream rock stations. Known for hard-hitting live performances, Candlebox has toured with the diverse likes of the Flaming Lips, Rush, Henry Rollins, Living Color and Metallica. Vocalist Kevin Martin delivers his signature plaintive wails with his hard-rocking cohorts at Revolution for this 18-and-up show. Still no word on who's booked in the opening slot. PP.