- Nikki Hill
Carolina soul queen Nikki Hill tears the roof off the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. An exhibition of watercolors by the late Doris Williamson Mapes opens at Wildwood Park for the Arts as part of its Art in the Park series, 6 p.m., free. "The Best of AR&B" at the Rev Room features sets from Dee Dee Jones, Crissy P and Jason Talbert, with host Keith Savage, 9:30 p.m., $15. Comedian Matt McClowry performs a set at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m., $8. Funky Feat, Sad Daddy, Sierra Hull, Mountain Sprout and more convene in Eureka Springs for the 71st annual Ozark Folk Festival, through Saturday, see eurekasprings.org/folk for details. The Read Southall Band takes its red dirt rock to Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, with The Mallett Brothers, 8:30 p.m., $10. Donna Massey entertains at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5, or come early and catch Chris DeClerk, 5:30 p.m., free. Vic Fleming — traffic court judge by day, poet and puzzler by night — headlines Poetry Night at Guillermo's Coffee, Tea & Roastery, 6 p.m.
- Melody Pond, on a new compilation from Bike Rack Records
Venezuelan artist Jose Alejandro performs at La Terraza Rum & Lounge, 9:30 p.m., $25. Big Red Flag takes the stage at Kings Live Music in Conway, with the I-40 Ramblers, 8:30 p.m., $5. Trumpeter/electronic artist Ryan Viser holds sway at Stickyz, with Pineapplebeatz, 9 p.m., $10. Jazz vocalist Dara Tucker and percussionist Keita Ogawa join forces with Charlie Hunter for a show at CALS' Ron Robinson Theater as part of the Arkansas Sounds series, 7 p.m., $10. SeanFresh & The NastyFresh Crew, Dazz & Brie, Tiko Brooks, Ashley Evans and Chris McGehee take the stage at the Rev Room for an all-R&B show, 9 p.m., $10-$15. Guitarist Jake Herzog performs at Fenix Fayetteville (16 W. Center St.) as part of the "Sonic Images" series, 7 p.m., $10. Aaron Kamm & The One Drops return to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $10. Gimme a Second! improv comedy troupe takes over the Griffin Restaurant in El Dorado's Murphy Arts District, 8 p.m. Andy Tanis plays the happy hour set at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, and after dinner catch Canvas, 9 p.m., $5. Comedian Dave Landau goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $12. Mayday By Midnight entertains at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Bike Rack Records in Bentonville releases its Northwest Arkansas compilation with a party at Record, 7 p.m., 104 S.W. A St., $25-$85.
- Kent Burnside
Nightspake, Tranquilo and Heavy Sun & The Non Believers share a bill at Vino's, 8:30 p.m. Stax Records soul machine Southern Avenue returns to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Meanwhile, Dazz & Brie take their rock and soul to Kings, with Tate Smith, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Bernice Garden Vintage & Craft Market kicks off at 10 a.m. in SoMa, with goods from local makers and vendors, acoustic music and food trucks, free. Power pop royalty Paul Collins gives a concert at Four Quarter Bar with Isaac Alexander, Listen Sister, The P-47s and Reade Mitchell & The Personal Space Invaders, 8 p.m., $15. If "Bohemian Rhapsody" left you wanting more, catch a reprise of The Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute at the Rev Room, featuring Randall Shreve, 9 p.m., $15. Blues heir Kent Burnside takes the small but mighty stage at the White Water, 9 p.m. The Shame takes the stage at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5; at happy hour hear Richie Johnson, 5:30 p.m., $5.
- Rockin Ryan
- The Drunken Hearts
Colorado country rockers The Drunken Hearts take the stage at Stickyz, 8 p.m., $8-$10. Four on the Floor, One Knight Stands, The Violet Hour, Liquid Kitty and Stony Ground share a bill at the Rev Room for Kittypalooza, 8 p.m., free.
- "The Maltese Falcon" (1941)
Drive-By Truckers charm and provoke at the Rev Room (fingers crossed for an Adam's House Cat cameo!), 8 p.m., $25-$30. Australia's The Ten Tenors perform at Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway, 7:30 p.m., $27-$40. At UA Fayetteville's Faulkner Performing Arts Center, Latin-folk singer and nine-time Austin Music Award winner Gina Chavez gives a concert, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20. Riverdale 10 Cinema hosts a screening of John Huston's 1941 film "The Maltese Falcon," 7 p.m., $9. Black Horse, Adventureland and Atomicons get loud at White Water, 9 p.m., $5. Poet/author Kai Coggin leads "Words & Wine" at Emergent Arts in Hot Springs, 7 p.m., $12.
- Fred Nice
Zack and Dani Green's spousal harmonies are at the core of Birdtalker, performing at Stickyz with Braison Cyrus, 8 p.m., $12-$15. The Rockefeller String Quartet, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concertmasters Andrew Irvin and Kiril Laskarov and ASO oboist Beth Wheeler perform a program of music by J.S. Bach, 4:30 p.m., UAMS Hospital Lobby Gallery, free. Beatmaker/storyteller Fred Nice takes the stage at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. White Water hosts "Comedy Showcase," with sets from Big Dre & Friends, Ronel Williams, Nick Moore, May Gayden, Devincey Moore and Wan Morgan, 7:30 p.m., $10.