With Friday a holiday for a lot of folks, the weekend starts early. At the Afterthought, the gypsy jazz duo Thurman and Nesbitt plays the club's weekly jazz night, 8 p.m. $5. The fine Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio plays at the Capitol Bar starting at 5 p.m., free. Local rap crew Tho'd Entertainment hosts the Independent Party at Cornerstone with D-Mite and the A-Team DJs, 8 p.m., $5. The Travs open a six day home stand, the first three games of which come against Midland, 7:10 p.m., $6-$10.
Local label Thick Syrup showcases its talent at Sticky Fingerz with garage-folk miscreants Frown Pow'r sharing a bill with country rockers the Drunken Angels and pop singer/songwriter Bryan Frazier, 9 p.m., $5. At the Afterthought, local party band Tragikly White plays songs you know, 9 p.m., $7. Crash Meadows, the latest incarnation of the group formerly known as the Dean Agus Band, plays Ya Ya's new music series, 8 p.m., free. For cruise-minded staycationers, the Arkansas Riverboat Queen offers a Reggae Boat Cruise, with DJs K-One, Ras Levi and Hy-C, 10 p.m., $20 adv., $25 at gate.
The Clinton Center Fourth of July Celebration includes music, kids' activities and free admission to its space exhibit, 9 a.m. (for indoor activities) and 4 p.m. (for outdoor), free. At Magic Springs Timberwood Concert Series, country star Craig Morgan offers hits like “That's What I Love About Sunday” and “Redneck Yacht Club,” 8 p.m., $35.99-$45.99 (park admission). At Sticky Fingerz, Memphis' acrobatic rockabillies the Dempseys return to town, 8 p.m., $7. Two longtime Little Rock favorites, local folk singer Chris Denny and bar-rock champs Smoke Up Johnny, share a bill at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. At Discovery, Justin Sane mans the disco, while Balance works the lobby, midnight, $10. Soul duo Ramona Smith and Carl Mouton share the stage at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. At the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, Damn Bullets play a fund-raiser for Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), which hosts a picnic with a great view of the fireworks, 7 p.m., $25. Earlier, at the Historic Arkansas Museum, there's a Frontier Fourth of July celebration with arts and crafts and more, 2-4 p.m., free.