Christian hit maker Chris Tomlin performs in Alltel Arena's theater configuration, with openers Israel Houghton and New Breed, 7 p.m., $28-$35. Times Musicians Showcase runner-up Jonathan Wilkins shows off his songwriting prowess with a free solo gig at Satellite, 9 p.m. One Little Rock's most charismatic acts, Loch Ness Monster, brings its post-punk fury to the land of beer towers and chrome, i.e. On the Rocks, 9 p.m., $5. Nashville's Kevin Gordon, whose literate songwriting runs against the grain in Music City, returns to White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5, with a long overdue performance from local blues-rock standouts the Greg Spradlin Outfit to kick things off. The Southern Superstar songwriting contest, sponsored by Stone Ward, culminates at Sticky Fingerz, with songwriters from Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia squaring off, 5:30 p.m. From Lubbock, Elvis T. Busboy brings his R&B-flavored party music to Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. Longtime local jazz patron and player Dr. Rex Bell leads a trio as part of the Afterthought's weekly Thursday night jazz series, 8 p.m., $5.
At White Water, prolific local singer/songwriter Adam Faucett shares the bill with roots rock standout Big Silver and Kevin Kerby and Battery, who should be playing songs off their forthcoming album, 9 p.m., $5. The always-packed monthly dance party Cool Shoes returns to Downtown Music with DJs Shawn Lee, Uniq and Discipline and video art by Cameron Holifield, 10 p.m., $5. At Juanita's, Conway's Ocean celebrates the release of its new album with help from the Breakthrough, 9:30 p.m., $7. From Memphis, Venus Mission offers all the '80s songs you like to dance to at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $7. “The Improv Strikes Back: The Star Wars Spoof!” pairs Improv Little Rock with members of the National Symphony Orchestra at Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., free.
Eclipse, a Pink Floyd Tribute band, serves up a slice of prog rock at Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. From Sacramento, folk-rockers 2Me come to White Water behind their album “Chasing Silhouettes.” They share the bill with local favorites the Damn Bullets, 9 p.m., $5. Old-timers who remember S.O.B. Restaurant fondly congregate at Cajun's Wharf for a reunion, 5 p.m., free.