The Weekend Theater hosts a benefit for children who are HIV positive in conjunction with its run of “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.” The event includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a special showing of the musical and a guest appearance by lyricist Bill Russell, 6:45 p.m., $30. At On the Rocks regular Thursday concert series, two of our favorites, Smoke Up Johnny and the Reds, headline with fist pumping bar rock and bass-heavy new wave, respectively. Underclaire opens, 9 p.m., $5. Emerging country-rock heavyweight the Eli Young Band comes to Revolution, 9 p.m., $8-$10. Popular L.A.-based metal act Five Finger Death Punch headlines at the Village with In This Moment, Bury Your Dead, Another Black Day, 8 p.m., $20.
At White Water, local collective Eclipse Glasses blends a self-described mix of “funk, soul, electro, Afrobeat, reggae and weirdo disco.” Minnesota's Romantica. Jam band the Heavy Pets headline at Revolution, 9 p.m., $7-$10. Local rockers Midwest Caravan, Riverboat Crime and Luster share a bill at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5. The local DJ collective Cybertribe hosts “Bang 3” at the Village with DJs Wolfgang Gartner, DJ Venom and Jeremy Word AKA Kid Icarus, 9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra returns with “Mozart to the Max” at Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $17-$52. Ultra-talented local diva Gina Gee unveils new solo material with backing by One Night Stand and R&B crooner Sean West performs with Solfude at Crush, 9 p.m., $10. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame inducts Ronnie Hawkins, Joe Nichols, Tess Harper and others with a dinner and a reception at the Hot Springs Convention Center, 7:30 p.m., $60. Blues guitar star Jimmy Thackery teams with Arkansas legend Earl Cate (of the Cate Brothers) for a concert at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $7. Bluegrass heroes Runaway Planet comes to the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Roky Erickson cover band Bloody Hammer returns to White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. Cover band the Gettys plays Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $5-$10. At Midtown, local punkabilly act Josh the Devil and the Sinners plays for their brethren, 12:30 a.m., $5.