It's the first Thursday of the month, which means it's time for the Hillcrest Shop & Sip, with music, drinks, discounts and all that fun stuff, Hillcrest, 5 p.m. The Arkansas Travelers take on the Springfield Cardinals in a four-game series, Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $4-$12. Comedian B.T. is at The Loony Bin with opener Charles Michael, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Fort Worth, Texas, rockers Quaker City Night Hawks play an 18-and-older show at Stickyz with the blistering blues-rock of Stephen Neeper and The Wild Hearts, 9:30 p.m., $7. Maxine's has a wild night with hillbilly hellraisers Mountain Sprout, as well as RK Ellis and Dan Tedesco, 9 p.m. Downtown Music Hall hosts Oceano, Within the Ruins, Reflections, Betrayal and All is at an End, 7 p.m., $15. Tragikly White, Arkansas's premiere good-time party cover band, plays at Denton's Trotline, 9 p.m. $10. Prediction: Shots of tequila will be taken. If you're up in Eureka Springs, they've got Yards and Yards of Yard Sales going on all over town.
Northwest Arkansas-based electro-rockers Fossils of Ancient Robots play at Bear's Den Pizza in Conway, 8:30 p.m., free. Jet 420 brings the good times to Thirst n' Howl 8:30 p.m., free. Shutterbugs take note: PhotoExpo is the trade show for all things photo. Entry is free, though there is a small charge for classes, Embassy Suites, 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Heavy instrumental post-rock outfit Mainland Divide plays an album-release show at Vino's, with Enchiridion, Deras Krig and God City Destroyers, 8 p.m., $5. Poor Young Things bring the upbeat, hook-filled pop-rock to Juanita's, with Chris Alan Craig Band, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Red Dirt favorite Cody Canada rolls through town for a show at Stickyz with Trey Hawkins, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of.
American Idol season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox plays at Juanita's, 7 p.m., $15. Austin garage-pop duo Major Major Major plays an all-ages throwdown at Stickyz, with Whale Fire and Bombay Harambee, 9 p.m., $5.