The last Big Downtown Thursday event happens at the River Market Pavilion, 5-8 p.m., free. The band 2 Strange Birds will play for the first half of the night and then Arthur Murray Dance Studio will offer a group salsa dance lesson. Guitarist Eric Johnson brings blues power to Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $23.
Throwback pop-rockers Ms. Mac and Groovetone call to mind Fleetwood Mac at the RiverTop Party on top of the Peabody, 8 p.m., $5. Sharply melodic local indie rockers the Global Test headline a showcase of local bands at Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $7. Friendly Friends, Benjamin Del Shreve and Randal Shreve play in support. “The Full Monty” continues at the Rep. The drum-and-bass collective Planet of the Drums comes to the Village, 9 p.m., $20 adv./$24 d.o.s.
The Boondogs, Mandy McBryde and Mustang Sally will perform at 4402 Woodlawn (behind Ferneau) at a benefit concert to raise money to bring water to a Kenyan boy and his village, 6 p.m. Hoodtech presents a showcase of local rap acts at Downtown Music. DP Block, Goon Squad, Swintown, Silence, Li’l Speedie and more, 8 p.m. Local blues-flavored singer/songwriter Shannon Boshears plays Cajun’s Wharf, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Arkansas Twisters return to Alltel Arena to take on the Oklahoma City Dawgz. Sgt. Slaughter, the ’80s wrestling star and G.I. Joe-in-the-flesh, will appear, 7 p.m. $10-$38.
NOTE: The print version of the Times this week incorrectly reported that the Conway PRIDE Festival would take place June 16. The festival, which includes a parade and performances by Sally Miller, the Mob Kings, DJ Moon God and more, starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Pink House, 1605 Robinson Ave.
Former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland brings his new band, Black Light Burns, to Juanita’s with Vanished, 6 p.m., $10 adv/$12 d.o.s.
Former Drive-By-Trucker Jason Isbell is touring behind his debut solo album, “Sirens of the Ditch.” He brings his band the 400 Unit to Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $10. “Shrek 2” screens for free at dusk at the Riverfest Amphitheatre. Local alt-country-tinged punk obscurantists Hector Faceplant play with the Fillmore and the Peekers at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5.