Keith Sykes has written songs for the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine, Jimmy Buffett and many others. He plays an intimate acoustic show at Stickyz, 8 p.m., $20. Much-loved Mississippi roots/Americana act Blue Mountain is back at the White Water Tavern, with support from local crew The Goodtime Ramblers, 9 p.m., $7. Down in Hot Springs, it's rockabilly revival time, with the long-running Reverend Horton Heat, who play at Maxine's with Ohio country-punkers Two Cow Garage, 8 p.m., $16 adv., $18 door. Laman Library keeps its Live at Laman series going with The Diamond State Chorus, 7 p.m., free. Round 3 of Back Room to the Main Stage features a face-off between Amsterdam, Peckerwolf, Kinfolk Clique and Neon Skin, Vino's, 7:30 p.m., $5. Sheeeooot, looks like country-rapper Colt Ford is back in town for a show at Shooter's Sports Bar & Grill, 10 p.m., $20. The Hot Springs Jazz Festival is going on this week, with performances at various venues. Check online for the schedule at HotSpringsJazzfest.org.
La Pachanga Night Club hosts comedian Del Shores (author of "Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will?" and "Sordid Lives"), with Brittney Paige and Montana Reed, 7:30 p.m., $35 adv., $40 door. If rough-around-the-edges rock is your jam, look no further than White Water Tavern, which hosts a Thick Syrup Records showcase with Brother Andy and Pecan Sandy, Spero and Ezra Lbs., 10 p.m. Stickyz has sample-tastic electro-duo Archnemesis for an 18-and-older show, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 at door. You probably know Stephen Koch as the host of KUAR's Arkansongs, but now you can get to know him as the frontman for the left-field boogie rock outfit Arkopolis, which plays a free show at Historic Arkansas Museum, 5 p.m. Fran Drescher, the actress, author and cancer survival activist, will discuss her work with the Cancer Schmancer Foundation, Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. The Main Thing's two-act comedy play "Electile Dysfunction" is back at The Joint, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $20.
Little Rock's Stella Luss blends contemporary rock sounds with classic rock influences. The band plays an album release show for its record "Chasing Dragons." It's an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, 9 p.m. Thick Syrup hosts another Summer 2012 comp show, with Bloodless Cooties, Color Club and Ventrikills, Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door.