At White Water, Stella Fancy does hook-laden garage-lounge with indie-pop rock act Whale Fire sharing the bill, 9 p.m., $5. For GNR fans letdown by “Chinese Democracy,” the tribute act Paradise City, built on a foundation of Axl's finest '80s moments, returns to Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m. At the Afterthought, local jazz stalwart Rex Bell leads a trio, 8 p.m., $5. Young local singer/songwriter Elise Davis is at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. At Vino's Battle of the Bands, With A Plea For Mercy, Chrysallis, the Battle Within, Inner City Limits and A Darkened Era square off, 8 p.m., $5.
Cool Shoes returns with DJ sets by Ettiem and Carpenzo, who are part of the live, groove-oriented, mostly instrumental band Eclipse Glasses; Eclipse Glasses will play a special, short set. As always, Cameron Holifield provides video collage, 10 p.m., $5. At Revolution's monthly Girls Night Out series, DJs g-force and Deja Blu keep it moving, while Jagermeister and Go-Go Revolution Girls strut their stuff, 8 p.m., ladies free, guys $10 after 9 p.m. To celebrate the opening of the new restaurant the House in Hillcrest, Chris Denny performs from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., presumably with breaks, free. From northeast Tennessee, GoodSpeed specializes in party-friendly rock 'n' roll at the Peabody's RiverTop Party, 9 p.m., $5. At Sticky Fingerz, Fayetteville's Boom Kinetic performs synth-heavy pop rock, 9 p.m., $7. The Afterthought hosts local soul belter Big John Miller and his band, 9 p.m., $7. At Ya Ya's Euro Bistro's new music series, local party band Big Stack covers music from the last three decades, with particular focus on '80s hair bands, 8 p.m., free. Fayetteville folk-favorite Sarah Hughes brings her band back to White Water Tavern with Blackberry Bushes, 10 p.m., $5.
Famous for singing adult contemporary-style R&B and being Halle Berry's ex, Eric Benet croons at the Timberwood concert series at Magic Springs, 8 p.m., $45.99 (park admission). For DMB fans who can't wait until September when the band comes to Dickey-Stephens, the Dave Matthews Tribute is at Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. Local trumpeter Rodney Block joins B-Rich in providing musical entertainment for Sexy Saturday at Juanita's, where ladies get in free until 10 p.m. and no T-shirts or tennis shoes are allowed, 9:30 p.m.