5 things to do in Louisville this weekend (1/15)


Monster Jam 
Freedom Hall, Jan.15–16
$12.50-$25; 7:30 p.m.
Remember that scene in “Office Space” where they take a sledgehammer to that copy machine? Remember how cathartic and badass that felt? Now imagine that sledgehammer is a giant five ton behemoth truck and instead of destroying a copy machine it’s crushing smaller trucks with backflips. Redneck? Over-compensating? Stupid? Yes. But you can’t deny its destructive charm. —Ethan Smith

Old Baby / Teal Grapefruit / American Lesions 
$8; 9 p.m.
With a vintage-leaning psychedelic sound that transcends tradition due to the eclectic interests of the band members, since they came from a sweeping range of different projects, Old Baby’s DNA makeup pulls it into a strange little corner that’s gripping and interesting. It’s ominous and eccentric and a bolt of intensity that’s just barely contained.—Scott Recker


Wes-Aid: Benefit Concert for West End School 
Vernon Lanes
$8: 7 p.m.
Live bands include Cool Side of the Pillow, Leaving London and Happy Hour (the band) with specialty cocktails by Ballotin Whiskey and 100 percent of the cover charge benefits the West End School (a free elementary and middle school for at-risk young men). —Ethan Smith

Madonnarama After Party
Play (Louisville)
Free; 10 p.m.
Whether you’re looking to keep the party going after Madonna’s concert downtown, or you’d rather celebrate the Queen of Pop in a more casual (less expensive) way, Play Louisville has you covered with a night of performances by world-renowned Madonna impersonator Aurora Sexton, who will be busting out all of the diva’s iconic looks to the tune of her most memorable hits thanks to Chicago’s own DJ Riley. — Ethan Smith


Keepers of the Dream: An Art Celebration of MLK 
Kentucky Center (Whitney Hall)
Free; 5 p.m.
With MLK day around the corner, it’s important to take some time and commemorate those who dedicate their lives to promoting justice, peace, freedom, non-violence, racial equality and civic activism. But that doesn’t mean we all have to sit around in silence and deep contemplation — this is a celebration after all! — which is why there will be plenty of dancing by local youth troupes, music by the Louisville Leopard Percussionists and others, spoken word poetry and a recitation of MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. —Ethan Smith