Hot Springs filmmaker/jazz pianist Chuck Dodson teams up with celebrated Nashville guitarist Joe McMahan, vocalist Kelsey Waite and Sigur Ros compadre Josh Varnedore for an adventurous night of music at Maxine's, 9 p.m., free. Talking Heads fans look again: country kickers David Byrnes, Ryan Couron and Luke Williams bring their mud-crusted music to Juanita's, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. The Little Rock Film Festival takes to Revolution for the Little Rock Film Festival Music Video Competition and Showcase, featuring music video premieres from a number of local acts, as well as live music from reformed punk wackos Bobgoblin, Roderick Anderson Bryan and the Western Easter Islands, Ear Fear and, back from hiding, The See, 8 p.m., $10. And at the North Shore Riverwalk, this week's installment of Riverflicks offers up "Grease," 7 p.m., free. R.I.P. Kenickie.
The RiverTop Party returns to The Peabody, offering up live music from The Venus Project, which brought out the largest crowd in RiverTop history in 2007 when the band drew more than 1,200 people. Epic. 8 p.m., $5. Local reggaeman Ras Levi celebrates his birthday at Juanita's with a live set from Jamaican dance-hall crooner Everton Blender, 9 p.m. Melodic metalcore act The Black Dahlia Murder returns to Revolution with support from Beast in the Field, 8 p.m., $10. Town Pump gets a triple-bill from songwriters Alisyn Reid, Gene Reid and Justin Patterson, 10 p.m. For the blues fans, the Big John Miller Band returns for another Friday night at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Midtown Billiards is wrangling in another late night with Memphis' Josephus and the George Jonestown Massacre, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members.
Christian metal superstars Skillet land in Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater as part of the park's summer music series, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10 plus regular admission. Velvet Kente takes its genre-mashing sonic fusion to Hot Springs for a gig at Maxine's, $4 adv., $5 d.o.s. VooDoo Sauce fills The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Big Silver makes a rare live appearance this weekend, taking over Town Pump, $10. Revolution hosts an afterparty for the premiere of "Slow Southern Steel," featuring music from Seahag, Music Hates You, Hour of 13 and more, 9 p.m. And at Midtown Billiards, the celebrated, buzzy folk act The Romany Rye takes the stage at 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members.