Rising Atlantic Records recording act Need to Breathe plays alt-rock at Revolution, 8 p.m., $10. Ace's Wild headlines at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. At Juanita's, popular local groups Weakness for Blondes and Mr. Happy perform as part of a benefit concert Safe Places, 8 p.m., $12-$15. Former dreadlocked Harding University basketball star Steve Meadors leads the jam band Satchel Boogie at Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. “The Muppet Movie” screens at Market Street as part of the continuing Jim Henson film festival, 7 p.m., $7.50. The Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio holds it down at the Afterthought, per usual, 8 p.m., $5.
White Water Tavern favorites Roger Hoover and the Whiskeyhounds play heartfelt alt-rock. The keepers of the tavern are so excited about the show they're frying up catfish, with all the fixin's, beforehand. Food will be served at 8 p.m., the music starts at 10 p.m., $5. An unlikely bill of rock 'n' roll miscreants raise money (and toys) for Toys for Tots at Counterpoint, with punkabillies Josh the Devil and the Sinners and Southern rawkers Go Fast, 9 p.m., $10. Local reggae act One Stone is at Juanita's, 10 p.m.
Jucifer makes whip-smart indie-punk that's leavened by lead singer Amber Valentine's vocals. The band comes to Downtown Music, with Collapsar, Ginsu Wives and Boy/Girl, 8 p.m., $8. Cabot country act Highway 5 plays Juanita's, 9:30 p.m., $6. Local cover band Superlow is at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Throwback country duo the Wrights play Sticky Fingerz, with local rockabillies Damn Bullets, 9:30 p.m., $5. Impressive jazz pianist William Staggers headlines at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Smart, folk-tinged singer/songwriter Dolores Alfieri plays a free show at the Coffee Beanery in West Little Rock, at 8 p.m. Early Saturday morning, thousands of women and their supporters will gather downtown to Race for the Cure. The run/walk starts at 8 a.m.
Dwele, a rising nu-soul star, headlines a show at Juanita's. Soul-jazz outfit Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers also perform along with impressive rapper Epiphany, rising vocalist Delya Chandler and more, 7 p.m., $25 adv./$30 d.o.s.