The Conference on Political Reform at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean explores the former governor's political legacy on the 100th anniversary of his birth. It includes an array of political observers, journalists and scholars, 4 p.m., $25-$90. The conference runs through Friday.
Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck is widely regarded as one of the finest players in the world. He comes to Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville with his band The Flecktones, 7 p.m., $28-$52.
For some country flavored rock with a literary bent, look no further than Kevin Gordon, who plays White Water Tavern with Bonnie Montgomery, 9:30 p.m., $5.
CARTI's 8th Annual Ragin' Cajun Bash has food, music and more to benefit CARTI, River Market Pavilions, 6 p.m., $30 adv., $35 door.