Eric Sommer, one of the most mind-blowing acoustic guitarists in recent memory, comes to Vino's alongside Fort Smith blues rockers Cloud 9 and anthemic indie rockers Ellison's Cage, 8 p.m., $6. Dreadlocked Hendrix alum Graham Wilkinson and his band, the Undergound Township, play taut, groovy Americana for the crowd at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. In Hot Springs, Maxine's Pub brings the hook-a-minute throwback dance sounds of Sugar & Gold and electroboogie from the Of Montreal-remixing Yip Deceiver, 8 p.m., $3. Dr. Rex Bell rallies his lineup of local musicians for a night of jazz at The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. The jazz keeps rolling downtown, as well, with the guitar sounds of the Ted Ludwig Trio at Capitol Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., and pianist Jim Dickerson holding down Sonny Williams' Steak Room, 7 p.m. "A Raisin in the Sun" returns for another weekend at The Rep, 7 p.m., $25-$40. And at Hendrix College, Matthew Pitt, whose new collection of short stories has been garnering praise as of late, speaks in the Murphy Seminar Room, 1:15 p.m.
No strangers to River Market stages, Cowboy Mouth and Dash Rip Rock bring no-frills rock sounds from the Crescent City to Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. Local Chris Henry does acoustic rock 'n' soul at Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. Town Pump offers up the melodic indie rock of Whale Fire and sax-infused instrumental bangers from Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase semi-finalists Echo Canyon, 10 p.m., $5. Rockabilly mainstays Josh the Devil and the Sinners land in Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. Teen sex farce "Speech and Debate" returns to the Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $14.
Red Dirt country icon Stoney LaRue retuns to Revolution alongside Charliehorse, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. Cajun music revivalists Ryan Brunet and the Malfecteurs bring bayou honky-tonk rhythm to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. Locals Rip van Shizzle hit Thirst n' Howl, 9 p.m., free. Party band Boom Kinetic takes its high-energy covers set to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5 early admission. The Big Cats continue storming the town with a string of live shows with another gig at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Never Shout Never brings one-man teen rock to Juanita's, 8:30 p.m., $15 adv., $18 d.o.s. Conway rockers Mayday by Midnight play Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3.