Rising country act The Josh Abbott Band comes to town, with Rob Baird opening. Abbott captures small-town Texas life via image-rich tunes, like "Idalou," "Flatland Farmer" and the humorous sketch "FFA," all from his latest album, "Small Town Family Dream." The all-ages show is at Revolution and starts at 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is throwing a 90s-themed party to celebrate its 14th anniversary. There will be live music from Chris Henry and they'll be giving away prizes and tapping several rare beers for the event, including a Bourbon Barrel Coffee Stout from Goose Island. Memphis garage-rockers Tiger High play White Water Tavern with Booyah! Dad and The Foul Play Cabaret, 10 p.m. All three also perform at Maxine's in Hot Springs on Friday, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. Beer-lovers take note: The American Craft Brew Week Beer Dinner includes craft beer and food from Vino's and Bosco's, with additional beers from New Belgium and Boulevard Brewing, Vino's, 6:30 p.m., $35.
The renowned Fayetteville salsa group Calle Soul plays Salsa night at Browning's Mexican Grill, 9:30 p.m., $10. Exhale at RiverTop is back at The Peabody, featuring DJs Brandon Peck and Durden, 9 p.m., $8. Fans of high-octane blues rock and over-the-top instrumental virtuosity should not miss Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band, who play a two-night stand at Midtown starting Friday at 12:30 a.m., $5. Singer Gina Gee hosts an album release party for her "Evolution of a Woman," with performances from Justin Paul, Da Saw Squad and DJ KP, Big Whiskey's, 8 p.m., $5. The International Greek Food Festival returns with an array of Greek and Mediterranean favorites to benefit several area nonprofits, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 18-19 and noon-6 p.m. May 20, free admission. The Arkansas Festival Ballet's "Aladdin" is a storybook ballet version of the classic tale, Arkansas Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $15-$25. The Arkansas Travelers take on their in-state rivals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., also 7:10 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday, $6-$12.
Fayetteville stalwarts Earl & Them with Earl Cate play a show at Denton's Trotline, 9 p.m. It's time once more for Music in the Garden, with barroom songstress Bonnie Montgomery, as well as educational events about gardening, activities for kids, food from local restaurants and more, Dunbar Community Garden, 3 p.m., $3-$5. Banjo-pickin' ramblin' troubadour Joe Sundell is back in town for a show at Pizza D'Action, 9 p.m., $3. Vino's has The Tricks, Ezra Lbs. and Indie Bullshit, 8 p.m., $8