Cody Belew , man of multiple musical hats, marks the release of his solo album, “Paradise,” at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. Dallas teeny bop power-punkers Forever the Sickest Kids and electro rap-rock outfit EKG join School Boy Humor for a Spring Break homecoming show, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $18 d.o.s. Hot Club Arkansas, purveyors of gypsy jazz/jazz manouche a la Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, bring their new act to the Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free. Popular metal-core bands Harp and Lyre, All's Quiet, Fit For a King, and Legend Has It take to Vino's, 8 p.m., $7.
Billboard-charting Three Days Grace brings a night of rock to Verizon Arena alongside angsty ilk Breaking Benjamin and Flyleaf, 7 p.m., $48.50. Floridian bluegrass-soul outfit Bowlegged Rooster takes to the White Water Tavern stage as part of its ongoing tour, 10 p.m. Downtown Music hosts a night of psych-folk with Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters and Boston's Stranger Than Fiction, 8 p.m., $6. In Benton, Little Rock radio rockers 3rd Degree play Denton's Trotline, 8 p.m. For those wanting to jazz up their Friday, Afterthought offers a free show with Ramona Smith and Carl Mouton, 8 p.m., while The Ted Ludwig Trio continues its standing engagement at the Capital Bar and Grill, 8 p.m., free.
At North Little Rock's Parrot Beach Cafe, 26 acts play an all-day festival to raise money to help pay local musician Charlotte Taylor's stacking chemotherapy bills. The benefit goes from 1 p.m. to midnight; there's a suggested $5 donation at the door. After releasing its new album, “Roots, Shoots and Wings,” country-folksters Big Smith bring their dusty, authentic sound to Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $6. New Little Rock shredders Forty-Two return to Lucky's Bar and Grill, in Maumelle, 8 p.m. Stark Naked and the Car Thieves play Stevie Wonder-infused bar music at Fox and Hound, 9 p.m., $5. Conway's Bear's Den Pizza brings Little Rock's Falcon Scott alongside Climax, 8 p.m., $5. Whurm takes its heavier, more experimental take on the jam band sound to Juanita's; Luke Pruitt and Brandon White support, 9 p.m. Meanwhile, Electric Cowboy takes a stab at comedy by presenting the 2nd Annual Arkansas' Funniest Person competition, 6 p.m., $10.