The ACAC (Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative) hosts its weekly night of verse in inVerse Open Mic Poetry Night, 6 p.m., $5. The genre-bending, always entertaining Little Rock Jazz Quintet plays one of its first weekly stints at Ferneau in Hillcrest, 8 p.m., free. Cajun's Wharf brings Fjord Mustang for happy hour, 5:30 p.m., and Tragikly White for the night owls, 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Afterthought gets music led by a pathologist-by-day, musician-by-night with the Dr. Rex Bell Jazz Trio, 8 p.m., $5. Winner of “America's Funniest People” on ABC, Dante continues his stint at The Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $6. Back downtown, the Ted Ludwig Trio provides the Capitol Bar & Grill with its nightly dose of guitar jazz, 5 p.m.
Break out your wettest kicks and your highest pumps: this time around, J-One Productions' weekly First Class Friday party at Bill St. is themed “The Shoe Fetish,” 8 p.m. ACAC hosts a Benefit for Chile with current owner of the clever band name crown, Ezra Lbs., anti-folk crew (clap!) Kidz Pop, acoustic tunesmiths Megamatt, young crews The Pontiacs and The Easels alongside supergroup Physical Science, not to mention raffles, garage sales and a kissing booth, 7 p.m. The frontman of Squirrel Nut Zippers brings his new rockabilly project, Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition, to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. Austin-based guitar rockers Vallejo riff and lick all over Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $7.
North Little Rock skate shop Enjoy offers a night of hip-hop with long-time local emcee extraordinaire Rockst*r, Phoenix's Fresco and buzzy New Orleans party rapper G-Eazy, 9 p.m., $5. Vino's brings a bit of rock/horror/psychobilly to the people with a triple bill of Queen Anne Spades, Josh the Devil & The Sinners, and Ace Spade & The Whores of Babylon, 8 p.m. Runaway Planet, one of the best — certainly one of the hairiest — bluegrass bands in the sizable contingent that the state has to offer, plays White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. The sixth annual Buzz-B-Q, hosted by The Buzz 103.7, has over 80 BBQ teams competing for $5,000 in prizes, not to mention music by rising country star Ty Herndon, Jeff Coleman & The Feeders and a whole crew of other locals, 11 a.m., $5 adv., $7 d.o.e., $10 after 5 p.m.