It's the first Thursday of the month, which means one thing in Hillcrest: First Thursday Shop & Sip, starting at 5 p.m. There's an ice cream social this month in front of Kroger on Kavanaugh Boulevard. Downtown Music Hall has a mouthful of metal, with Impending Doom, Within the Ruins, The Plot in You, Erra, To Each His Own and From Which We Came, 6 p.m., $13. Murry's Dinner Playhouse's production of the Neil Simon classic "Barefoot in the Park" continues, with shows at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through July 21 and matinees at 11 a.m. Sunday through July 22 and Wednesday, July 11, $15-$33. If you're in Hot Springs Village, check out Village Summer Fest. It includes a variety of summertime events to celebrate Independence Day. Check the website for venue information and the full schedule, www.hsvpoa.org.
Colorado alt-country favorites Drag the River return to White Water Tavern with Tulsa singer/songwriter John Moreland, 9:30 p.m. Cajun's Wharf has Donna Massey & Blue-Eyed Soul playing the headliner slot at 9 p.m. and Brian Ramsey helming the happy hour at 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. If you're looking to hear some Sousa, "The Star-Spangled Banner," "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and more, The North Little Rock Community Concert Band has you covered with a free concert at Lakewood Village Amphitheatre, 7 p.m.
SOMA's Green Corner Store celebrates its third anniversary with a get-together that includes ice cream and float samples, live music, door prizes and more, noon. Memphis-based avant-garage rockers Tiger High take to the stage at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. The Arkansas Queen hosts a Reggae, Hip Hop & Old Skool Cruise presented by Ras Levi. It departs at 10 p.m. and returns at 1 a.m., $25. Local country stalwart Ryan Couron plays at Shooter's Sports Bar & Grill, 9 p.m., $5. Austin-based indie rockers Mobley come to Maxine's with Kansas City's We Are Voices, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door.
CALS' Main Library screens "Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets" as part of an ongoing series of Potter-related events, 2 p.m., free. Christian hardcore band Emery plays Juanita's, with North Carolina metalcore act To Speak of Wolves, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. Get your weekly Dead fix with Grateful Dead tribute act Touch, Stickyz, 8 p.m., $5.