Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries
Amanda Shires, who Rolling Stone magazine called "the First Lady of Americana," brings her first solo album in three years to Stickyz with Rod Picott, 8 p.m. $12-$14. The King Biscuit Blues Festival kicks off in Helena with performances from Willie Cobbs, Charlie Musselwhite, the Hughes Singers, Sonny Landreth and John Mayall, to name a few, through Oct. 8, $30-$75. Kenny Rogers stops at Verizon Arena on "The Gambler's Last Deal," his farewell tour, 8 p.m., $68-$88. Austin's Doug Strahan and The Good Neighbors land at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Unknown Hinson, the voice of Early Cuyler on "Squidbillies," performs his comedic country routine at Smoke and Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville, 10 p.m., $30.
Singer, songwriter and upright bass player Amy LaVere plays a show at King's Live Music in Conway with an opening set from Will Carlisle, 8:30 p.m., $5. Isaac Alexander plays a solo set at The Undercroft, 8 p.m., $10. Acclaimed guitar ensemble The Mobius Trio plays at Arkansas State University's Fowler Center in Jonesboro, 7:30 p.m., $18-$28. The Avett Brothers bring their banjo-backed harmonies to Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $50-$64. Young Austin bluesmen The Peterson Brothers play the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $7.
Kaliya, Throne of Pestilence and Murkryth make up the night of metal at Vino's, 8 p.m., $7. Self-described "New Orleans prog funk" band Earphunk plays Stickyz with Gravy, 9 p.m., $10-$12. The sixth annual Arkansas Paranormal Expo haunts the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 9 a.m., free-$15. Philander Smith College hosts a discussion and screening of "Not My Life," a documentary about human trafficking, 10 a.m., free.
Film festival favorite "Command and Control," about the Titan missile explosion in Damascus, gets a screening at the Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m., free. The Arkansas Chamber Singers present their fall concert, "In Paradisum," featuring works by Ola Gjeilo and Eriks Esenvald, First United Methodist Church, $10-$15, 3 p.m.
"Author: The J.T. Leroy Story" tells the story behind Laura Halpert's literary hoax, Ron Robinson, 6 p.m., $5. Clutch comes to town with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng, Clear Channel Metroplex, 8 p.m., $29-$30.
South on Main hosts "Out Loud Storytelling" in conjunction with Little Rock Pride Week, 7 p.m., $10-$15, admission includes one-year membership to the Human Rights Campaign Arkansas.
Brian Nahlen and Luke Johnson provide accompaniment for the Arkansas Arts Center's Fountain Fest, 5:30 p.m., $25. The Central Arkansas Library System's "Sounds in the Stacks" series features Del Smith at the Sue Cowan Williams Library, 6:30 p.m., free. Stars of the hidden camera show truTV's Impractical Jokers come to Verizon Arena with The Tenderloins, 7 p.m., $52.50. Texas country icon Ray Wylie Hubbard performs at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, 8:30 p.m., $20. Sam Demaris and Roger Keiss star at the Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. The Hillberry Festival kicks off with a weekend lineup that includes Railroad Earth, The Ben Miller Band, Mountain Sprout, Sad Daddy and Greensky Bluegrass and The Farm at Eureka Springs, $55-$165.
Bob Newhart brings his signature deadpan delivery to Oaklawn's Finish Line Theater, Hot Springs, 7 p.m., $40-$50. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Earl Lewis gives a talk at the Clinton School of Public Service's Sturgis Hall at noon, free. The "Fireroom VI" series features rap collective Young Gods of America, Vino's, 7:30 p.m. Banditos ride into Maxine's in Hot Springs with The Cordovas and Redmouth, 9 p.m., and The Uh Huhs share a bill with Pagiins at White Water, 9:30 p.m.
The KABF-FM, 88.3-sponsored "Blues House Party" hosts the Big Dam Blues Party on the Argenta Plaza, 4 p.m., $10-$15, featuring music from Kenny Neal, Earnest "Guitar" Roy & The Clarksdale Rockers, The Michael Burks Project, Arkansas Brothers, Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon, Blues Boy Jag and The Juke Joint Zombies, The Big Dam Blues Party All-Stars, Cecil Parker and The Spa City Youngbloods, noon, $10. Later that evening in Argenta, Brian Nahlen plays a set at Cregeen's Irish Pub with Stephen Winter, 9 p.m., free. The Little Rock Wind Symphony plays "Winds and Pipes," with works by Eric Whitacre, Camille Saint-Saens and Freddie Mercury, 7:30 p.m., free-$10.
Verizon Arena hosts Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown with Sixx A.M. and As Lions, 6:05 p.m., $53-$73. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson return to Arkansas as Heart plays Arkansas State University's Convocation Center, Jonesboro, $55-$347, 7:30 p.m.