Nostalgia fiends spill out of the woodwork all week in celebration of “Towncraft,” the film that documents the late-’80s, early-’90s Little Rock punk scene. On Thursday, old punks (who’re not so punk-ish anymore) will reappropriate the Belvedere, the gazebo in Riverfront Park that used to be one of the go-to underground venues in town. Clicking Beetle Bad Omen Band, which as a depleted unit has been performing lately as Bad Omen Band, reforms to play glass-cutting post-punk with Loch Ness Monster and the Magic Cropdusters, skewed longtime local rockers who’ll be playing new songs off their album, “The Apartment.” Lately ubiquitous, Chris Denny and the Old Soles finish off the bill with folk-rock as good as you’ll find anywhere.
“Towncraft” has its world premiere Friday at Riverdale 10. You’ll have to have an all-access pass to attend (they’re available at www.towncraftmovie.com). Later, two seminal local bands reform at Vino’s: country-rockers Mulehead and Ashtray Babyhead, the late-’90s alt-pop quartet. Smoke Up Johnny, Little Rock’s (and, I’ll venture to say, the whole mid-South’s) best bar-band, rounds out the line-up.
“Towncraft” screens again on Saturday as part of the Little Rock Film Festival. Later, three of Little Rock’s most important bands headline the culmination of Towncraft Week at Revolution. Singer/songwriter Jason Morphew joins national recording artists American Princes; perhaps the most prolific local rock group, Ho-Hum; and a re-formed Trusty, which was probably the most widely beloved act of the Towncraft era.
7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, the Belvedere, Riverfront Park. $5.
7 p.m. Friday, May 18, Riverdale 10. All-access pass-holders only. $40.
9 p.m. Friday, May 18, Vino’s. $5. 375-8466.
6:15 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Riverdale 10. Donations.
9 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Revolution. $8. 823-0090.