Local music producer and event planner J-One kicks off "Forever Young," a three-day birthday party, tonight at Deep Ultra Lounge, 9 p.m. The Ted Ludwig Trio doubles up its already busy gig duties tonight: The trio plays Capitol Bar & Grill at 5 p.m., free, before taking its guitar jazz to The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Camden native and blues warrior Michael Burks heads to Benton's new hub for bar band action, Denton's Trotline, 9 p.m. Classic rock radio staples and masters of the power ballad, R.E.O. Speedwagon, play Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater, $22.99-$44.99. The Rep plays on with "Smokey Joe's Cafe," the Tony-award winning musical revue celebrating the greatest hits from songwriting duo Lieber and Stoller, 8 p.m., $20-$40.
Those missing the glory days of raves, direct your attention to The Village. Promoters Cybertribe present "Wicked" with DJs Datsik, Reid Speed, Justin Sane, Sleek, Sleepy Genius and a whole mess of others, 9 p.m., $15-$25. Vocal jazz act Cody Belew & Co. croon the standards at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Hot Springs gets two of Little Rock's most respected, beloved acts with the smart guitar pop of Love Ghost and the blues rock of Greg Spradlin Outfit; they'll be at Maxine's Pub, 9 p.m., $5. Mojo Depot, the shuffling country act, celebrates its 25th anniversary at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. New hard rockers Afternoon Delight and Siversa join long-tenured experimental modern rock act Underclaire at Juanita's, 10 p.m., $5. The musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" continues at the Weekend Theater, $14-$18.
Verizon Arena gets a night of big names in Christian music with singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin and former DC Talk member TobyMac, 7 p.m., $26.75-$36.75. Local folk-rock songsmith Jonathan Wilkins plays a solo gig at Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3. White Water Tavern throws a summer dance party with two of Little Rock's best, DJs g-force and Cameron Holifield, 9:30 p.m., $3. Off the heels of a new album, "Blackwater Sessions," pop-punkers Embrace the Crash head to Bill St. Grill and Pub, 10 p.m., $5. Ambient, industrial, definitely experimental act Medicide trucks to Hot Springs to celebrate the release of its debut album, "Hazardous Garbage," at Maxine's Pub; the band's joined by Southern Goths What Army and the chill, freeform electronica of Chitinous Reflex/Circadian Drone, 9:30 p.m., $5.