Hill Country bluesman Lightnin' Malcolm makes a welcome return to the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $8.
Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band bring the shred-tastic blues jams to Midtown at 12:30 a.m., and again on Saturday, $5.
Eggshibition XXI, a benefit for Youth Home, with food, drinks, auctions for decorated eggs and more gets rolling at the Jack Stephens Center at UALR, 7 p.m., $50-$75.
Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players bring the rock, blues and R&B to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
The mind-blowing psych-trance-blues cosmonauts Tyrannosaurus Chicken play an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, 10 p.m., $5.
If catchy indie pop is what you're looking for, look no further than the Town Pump, which hosts Whale Fire and Matt Anders, 9 p.m., $3.
The Youth Rock Orchestra brings the real-life "School of Rock" to Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $26.
Revolution hosts Amp Out Alz: A Rock & Roll Event benefiting Alzheimer's Arkansas. It's an all-ages show, 7 p.m., $25.
The Swinging Franks swing on into Browning's Mexican Grill, 8:30 p.m., free.
Studio Party: Jazzkapelle is the Arkansas Arts Center's premiere 2012 fundraising event and includes cocktails, live music and dancing in a speakeasy setting, Arkansas Arts Center, 8 p.m., $100-$250.
DJ Big Brown keeps the beats pumping all night and into the wee hours at Discovery Nightclub. Performers include Dominique and Whitney Paige, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10.
The Hidden Rex brings some charmingly shambolic indie rock to Cornerstone, 8:30 p.m.