Get set for some virtuosic blues-jamming with Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band, who'll headline at Cajun's Wharf, with happy hour tunes courtesy of Steve Bates, 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. Ohio indie-poppers Bad Veins join Alexander & The Grapes and Nick Brumley for a show at Maxine's, 7 p.m., $5. Heavy modern rockers Hurt are back in town for a show at Revolution, 18-and-older, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. The Meshugga Klezmer Band brings the crazy goodtime klezmer tunes to The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. Mississippi duo Water Liars are back in town for show at White Water Tavern with Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, 9:30 p.m. Water Liars also play in Hot Springs on Saturday, with Ben Franks & The Bible Belt Boys and Brian Martin, Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door.
Memphis singer/songwriter Amy LaVere brings her jazzy Americana and gorgeous, singular voice to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. Folk/blues singer John Fulbright plays at Stickyz, with Ruston Kelly, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $10. Over at Revolution, you can get The Prince & Michael Experience tribute to the two pop giants, 9 p.m., $10 21 and older, $15 ages 18-20. The Weekend Theater opens its production of "13," an all-ages musical comedy in which a transplant to a small-town Indiana has to figure out how to survive the school year, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through June 23.
Two of the biggest rappers around are at Barton Coliseum tonight, but Stuttgart's Arkansas Bo could probably out-rap both of 'em. He's celebrating the release of his new album, "My Pahtnaz Nem," at Club Utopia, 9 p.m., $10 (ladies $5 before 10:30 p.m.). Say, how about some live music and dancing for grownups in a non-smoking environment? That sound good? Well it's exactly what the Little Rock Music Party is offering, along with beer and wine, which will be available, Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 7-10:30 p.m., $6. Earl & Them, featuring the great Earl Cate, are playing an 18-and-older gig at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8. Opera in the Rock presents a Gala Concert at the Arkansas Arts Center, 8 p.m., $65-$100 (a limited number of student tickets are available for $35). Vagabond Swing and Uncle Joe and The Backsliders' Choir will soundtrack your good-time-having at Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will honor inductees Bill Carter, Louie Shelton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mike Utley and Gary Weir, Hot Springs Convention Center, 6 p.m., $75. Former Razorback and professional basketball player Sidney Moncrief will sign copies of his books at CALS Children's Library, 2 p.m., free.