TIME magazine columnist and political pundit Joe Klein stops off for a chat at the Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. Rwake comes to White Water Tavern for an evening of epic, crushing, epically crushing metal, 10 p.m. If you're up northerly, rising country star and native Arkie Justin Moore plays ASU Mountain Home, 7 p.m., $25-$45.
The Cleverlys are five Arkansas-born, Kentucky-dwellin' boys that went and formed a tight harmony bluegrass quintet that plays humorous originals and cornpone renditions of them there pop hits that they play on the radio. You know, Beyoncé and The Black Eyed Peas and whatnot. The band plays Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Nashville-based songwriter Kevin Gordon crafts rootsy numbers that draw from a wide swath of American music. He's joined by Chris Canterbury, White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5.
Chris Hillman was a founding member of at least two of the best American bands of all time – The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers – and was one of the originators of country rock. He plays a lot of bluegrass these days, with Herb Pedersen, who joins him at The Ozark Folk Center State Park, 7 p.m., $20. The O.D. returns to Cornerstone Pub with a lot of rappers we've never heard of — Kastro, Knowledge Nick, Southwest Boaz, Sutter Kaine, J-Flow, Young King — plus the always dependable Bware and Epiphany featuring Gina Gee and our favorite slow-talkin' Arkansas rapper of all time, Arkansas Bo, 10 p.m., $10.
Richard Leigh has written eight No. 1 country hits, including "I'll Get Over You" and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" for Crystal Gayle. Leigh offers a songwriting workshop at 10 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, $50 and he plays Khalil's Pub at 7 p.m., $20 adv., $25 door. Interstate Buffalo plays jam-tastic, shredder-ific blues rock at Discovery, 9 p.m., $7 before 11 p.m. At Downtown Music, Grim Muzik's YK and Shea Marie share a bill with the irrepressible Bobby and the 4X4 Crew, 9 p.m., $7. You'd better not scoff at the idea of women's tackle football, because it is a real thing and those ladies are tackling the ever-loving hell out of each other. Sound like something you want to try out for? The Arkansas Banshees host tryouts at MacArthur Park, 2 p.m., $25.