John Knowles, one of five guitar players in the world playfully designated by Chet Atkins as a "CGP" (Certified Guitar Player), finger-picks at The Joint, 7:30 p.m., $20. Film-a-clef musical "Dreamgirls" finishes its run at the Studio Theatre through May 22, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $20-$25. ASU alums, pledge your allegiance: The UALR Trojans are up at bat against ASU's Redwolves at Gary Hogan Field, 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, $6-$10. Memphis' country-blues rambler Grace Askew plays Stickyz, 8:30 p.m., $7 adv., $10 day of.
Hill Country combo Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings takes the stage at Four Quarter Bar in Argenta, 10 p.m., $7. The Uh-Huhs, winners of the 2016 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, join forces with newly formed trio Daughters of Triton, along with fuzzed-out Nashville rockers Idle Bloom, at Pizza d'Action, 9 p.m., $5. Charlie Rich Jr. performs a tribute to his father, joined by Rockabilly Hall of Famers Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, at the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $15. Things are going to get very doomsday at Vino's: Sheridan's All Is at an End hosts an all-locals show with Izuna, Throne of Pestilence and Conviction, 8:30 p.m., $5. Sultry New Orleans songstress Maggie Koerner comes to King's Live Music in Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Oxford American and Drawl Southern Contemporary Art host the opening reception for The Gun Show, a juried art competition exploring the role of the firearm in Southern culture, Cache Restaurant and Lounge, 6 p.m., $50-$75.
The Acro Van, an old technicolor-painted touring van outfitted with harnesses, Cyr wheels (large rings that acrobatic people roll around in) and all manner of acroyoga equipment, rolls into Hot Springs at 211 Lost Lake Drive for a two-day workshop, 10 a.m., $149. Sarah Stricklin's whip-smart, keyboard-forward ensemble Bad Match joins doom rockers Sumokem and Deadbird at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Head for the hills for Spa City Blues Society's Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival at the Hot Springs Convention Center, 6 p.m., $30. While you're there, keep the party going and catch a powerful lineup at Maxine's (complete with a Lost 40 takeover at the taps): Duckstronaut, Ginsu Wives and Androids of Ex-Lovers, 9 p.m., $5. Roots rockers DeFrance take the stage at the Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m., free.