• THURSDAY 8/12
Anthemic pop-rockers Thriving Ivory headline a three-act bill at Juanita's that includes "Rock Star: Supernova" contestant Ryan Star and folk-driven locals Free Micah, 9 p.m., $12.50 adv., $15 d.o.s. Vino's is the go-to spot for up-and- coming troubadours; the brewpub offers an open mic night at 8 p.m., free. Local songcrafter Adam Faucett heads to Hot Springs for a free show at Maxine's alongside prog-y instrumentalists Sound of the Mountain, 9 p.m. Alan Hunt Band takes its twang-heavy country rock to Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. The Dr. Rex Bell Jazz Trio smooths things out at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5, while the Ted Ludwig Trio jazzes up the Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free.
• FRIDAY 8/13
Guns n' Roses tribute band, Guns 4 Roses, sha-na-na-nas Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. Downtown Music hosts its first night of Synfest V with a slate of local metal acts, including Between Crows and Thieves, Das Gift, A Plea For Mercy, Land of Mines and more, 7 p.m., $7. Cool Shoes' DJ Shawn Lee takes his wheels of steel to Hot Springs' Low Key Arts building, spinning for the Arkansas Underground Film Festival after party, 11 p.m., $7 or free with ARKUFF ticket stub. Late night/early morning at Midtown Billiards gets soundtracked by bluegrass wunderkinds The Crumbs, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members; they play Cajun's Wharf earlier that afternoon at 5:30 p.m.
• SATURDAY 8/14
Local Southern rockers/whiskey hounds Jeff Coleman and the Feeders lay into White Water with visiting Memphians The Dirty Streets, 10 p.m. Discovery hosts the Annual Miss Gay Arkansas Pageant in its theater while DJ Brandon Peck mans the lobby and DJ Lydia Prim rocks the disco, 10 p.m., $10. Arlington Hotel offers up An Evening With Grady Nichols, saxophonist extraordinaire, 6:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.s. Bar-rockers abound with PG-13 at Bill St. Pub and Grill, 10 p.m., $5; Highball at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m., free; and the Joe Cain Band performing at West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. The Lucious Spiller Band takes its rain-checked, weekly Wednesday stint to Saturday night at Sticky Fingerz; expect Prince songs, 9:30 p.m., $5. At Midtown Billiards, two of the best Little Rock has to offer rock away with Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth and Underclaire slated to play for the dawn-chasers, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members.