Live at Laman hosts standout singer Nicky Parrish and Kemistri, Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. Over in Arkansas County, you can hear some of the R&B and soul sounds of yesteryear with tribute act Masters of Motown, Grand Prairie Center, Phillips Community College, Stuttgart, 7 p.m., $15-$30. Singer/songwriter Shawn James brings his soulful, country-inflected blues tunes to Maxine's, 8 p.m., free. If you've been meaning to get your eardrums blasted clean with some caustic metal, hardcore and power violence, Downtown Music Hall can help you out. They've got Holy Angell, Snakedriver, Chronic Ritual, Kruds and Lord, 8 p.m., $7. Hip-hop heads will probably want to check out T. Jay and A Glorious Bang, with Michael Leonard Whitman, The Stick Figures and Black Rambo, The Joint, 9 p.m., $7.
The Weekend Theater opens its production of "The Metal Children," 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. The play concerns a young-adult lit author who travels to a small town whose school board has banned his book, only to find that the work has inspired chaos among the populace. Local MC Epiphany hosts Battle of the Bars Part 2. The three-round MC battle features a prize package including $100, a video shoot and studio time for the winner. Downtown Music Hall, 10:30 p.m., $5-$10. Blues-harp wailer R.J. Mischo performs with the band Unseen Eye, Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8 p.m. The See and Sea Nanners will ease you into the weekend with rock music, White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. We're still a ways off from lake weather, but you can check out the new boats and gear at the Arkansas Marine Expo 2013, Statehouse Convention Center, through Sunday, 10 a.m., $5, free for children younger than 12.
Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe return with their party-starting bayou-country Louisiana jams, 18-and-older, Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. White Water Tavern screens a documentary about the Valley of the Vapors music fest that will have you anticipating this year's festival. The show includes a live performance from post-rockers Blue Screen Skyline, 10 p.m. The UALR Trojans basketball teams take on Florida International University, with the women squaring off at 1 p.m. and the men at 3:30 p.m., Jack Stephens Center, $5-$38. Up in Conway, Whale Fire plays a free show at Bear's Den Pizza, 8 p.m.
Correction: an earlier version of this story included the Nicky Parrish and Kemistri show under the wrong day.