Self-appointed "masters of the face-guitar and smack-smack drum" Caspian Hat Dance return to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.
Adema the band, not edema the illness, brings a night of post-grunge shredding and shouting to Juanita's, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
He's a Damn Bullet, a Sad Daddy and a banjo plucking machine: Joe Sundell lands in Pizza D'Action for a special solo engagement, 10 p.m.
Smooth crooning, genre-hopping man-about-town Cody Belew belts it out at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
Matt Joyce, front man for local party band The Gettys, goes solo for the Flying Saucer, 9 p.m.
The Mighty Groove Kings get, well, groovy at Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $5.
No Justice and Dry County kick off a Red Dirt Country weekend at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $7.
Jonathan Wilkins and the Reparations preview songs off of their upcoming album at Town Pump; Americana wailer J.R. Top opens, 10 p.m.
Cregeens hosts a night of rambling folk from Troubadour frontman Mikal Evan Childers and Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase semi-finalist Michael Leonard Witham, 9:30 p.m., $0.00.
And jazz is flying at Dizzy's when the Dizzy 7 provides the bug jump for Lagniappe Friday,
It's a band that needs no introduction: Lucero hops to it at Maxine's a week after being added to the 2011 Warped Tour lineup. They're joined by rowdy local super group Sweet Eagle, 8 p.m., $14 adv., $16 d.o.s.
Local indie-rock veterans Whale Fire dive into White Water Tavern with Americana act Troubadour and buzzy Musicians Showcase semi-finalists Sea Nanners (formerly Reptar), 10 p.m., $5.
The Arkansas River Blues Society raises money to send its entries to the International Blues Challenge with a night of music from Clover Blues Band at Parrot Beach Cafe, 8 p.m., $5.
Town Pump hosts a triple bill of fresh, indie rocking faces when Ezra Lbs., Catskill Kids and Haunted Pontiacs take the stage, 10 p.m.
Rock 'n' roll cover band Tragikly White bring the party to Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $5.
On the club front, DJ Ja'Lee bumps speakers at Sway, 8 p.m., $5.
At Discovery, radio personality DJ Kramer mans the lobby, Michael Shane and Justin Sane do work in the disco and reliably awesome local g-force takes to the hip-hop room, 10 p.m., $12.