Revolution hosts “Rock Out for Research,” an event to benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital, featuring local music by A Plea for Justice, Whale Fire, Haley Stephens and Brothers with Different Mothers, 7 p.m., $15. Continuing its tradition of booking young, popular screamo and metal acts with peculiar names, The Village hosts Carnifex, Suffokate, Upon a Burning Body, Enfold Darkness and Collapsing Nation, 7 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Fronted by local pathologist and jazz pianist, the Dr. Rex Bell Jazz Trio gets smooth at Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Good Time Ramblers, twang-rockers with licks to spare, play Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5.
Blues legend and unrivaled showman Bobby Rush plays in Jonesboro for a special free show at ASU's Centennial Hall as part of the school's 16th annual Delta Symposium, 7:30 p.m. Always guaranteed to bring out a crowd, synth-happy Boom Kinetic return to Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $8. White Water Tavern hosts one of Little Rock's favorite Memphians, Cory Branan, alongside Tumbledown, a new project from MxPx frontman Mike Herrera, 9:30 p.m. If you find yourself in Texarkana with a hankering for Elvis, you're in luck: Elvis impersonator Donny Edwards plays with former “American Idol” contestant Sundance Head at the Perot Theater, 7 p.m. Local singer Grayson Shelton returns for another of his regular weekend gigs at Cregeen's, 8 p.m., $5. Super cute, super buzzy duo Mandy and Bonnie play lovely summer porch music on a porch in the summer at Town Pump, 5:30 p.m., free. Underground Pub brings one of the best bands with a Coen Brothers allusion for a name in Unpainted Arizona, 9 p.m., $5.
Dirtfoot, a romp-stompin' band of Southerners with a heavy following, head to Hot Springs to play Maxine's, 8 p.m. Vino's houses a benefit for the Humane Society with performances by regulars Maybe We Should, Science of Sleep, Nick Ward, Chad Robb and 16th Walk, 7 p.m. The rooftop of Conway restaurant Michelangelo's plays home to a birthday party for local musician and Afterthought regular Rodney Block. His band, Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, and Cody Belew provide the soundtrack, 9 p.m., $10 regular, $15 reserved.