The 2011 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase returns to Stickyz for Round 2, featuring the instrumental explorations of Echo Canyon, grown and sexy lounge grooves from The Smittle Band, '60s Brit rock from The Yipps and a buzzy new act from members of Underclaire and The Moving Front, The Year of the Tiger, 8:30 p.m., $5. Mediums Art Gallery opens up for a night of neo-soul from Butterfly and Irie Soul, 9 p.m., $10. Two of Arkansas's greatest songwriters land in White Water Tavern when Joshua (Velvet Kente) and Isaac Alexander (The Easys, Big Silver, the brilliant solo album "See Thru Me") co-headline, 10 p.m., $5. Cajun's Wharf keeps the evening musical with Crash Meadows jamming for the happy hour crew, 5:30 p.m., and Jet 420 rocking out for the late night crowd, 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. And the Faulkner County Film Society gets ready for Spike Lee's appearance at UCA on Monday: They screen the bracing civil rights doc "4 Little Girls" at the Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free.
Club Hollywood kicks off its Friday Night Concert Series with Lil Jon protege Lil Scrappy, 10 p.m., $10. Fayetteville's TheatreSquared debuts its newest production, "Sundown Town," a racially-charged play set in rural 1918 Arkansas that features live bluegrass and gospel from 3 Penny Acre, at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios, 7:30 p.m., $20-$22. Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus returns to White Water with his band, the Tri-State Coalition, 10 p.m. Prolific pop songstress Elise Davis hosts a singer/songwriter night at Town Pump, 10 p.m., $5. Bonnie Montgomery's throwback Americana act Montgomery Trucking slides into The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
Downtown Music Hall hosts a fund-raiser for Brandon Clendenin, the young drummer for local metal band Siege the City who is undergoing treatments for cancer; a rolling list of acts, including Dying Breath, It Won't Die, Knee Deep, Our Friends Fall Silent, Still Reign and Iron-E, help with the cause, 6 p.m., $10. Indie-pop song man Nick Flora releases his new album, "Hello Stranger," at Juanita's with some help from local folkie Jarred McCauley and anthemic indie outfit Falcon Scott, 9 p.m. And at Cornerstone Pub, Runaway Planet rallies around the mic to tear into some reliably fantastic bluegrass, 9 p.m.