Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
North Little Rock's Audrey Dean Kelley brings her fine singing and understated, roots-informed singer/songwriter pop to Markham Street Grill And Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. Dread Clampitt rolls its blend of rock, blues and funk into Stickyz, for an 18-and-older show with The Forrest Williams Band, 9 p.m., $8. Memphis songstress Grace Askew is recommended if you dig sultry, bluesy fare. She plays a free show at Maxine's in Hot Springs, 8 p.m. On Saturday, Askew and Adam Hood open up for southern rock/country singer Chris Knight at Revolution, $12 adv., $15 day of. Revolution hosts the final round of its battle of the bands, Last Band Standing, 8:30 p.m., $5 for 21 and older, $10 for ages 20 and younger.
Roots-rock fans won't want to miss out on seeing War Chief, which has a fantastic, brand-new record out and is back in town after a run of shows in Texas. The band plays with Fayetteville rocker Benjamin Del Shreve at an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $6. The always enjoyable Bonnie Montgomery plays at White Water Tavern with country/folk duo Carolina Story and the old-timey outfit Humming House, 9:30 p.m. Up in Fayetteville, the Arkansas Music Pavilion hosts the Taste of Country music festival, with Miranda Lambert, The Pistol Annies, Randy Houser, Chris Knight, Adam Hood and Amanda Cramer, 6 p.m., $47.
White Water Tavern hosts Field Hands, a benefit show for the Field, which is an urban farm run by nonprofit The One Inc. The Field assists homeless people by providing food and the chance to earn a day's wages by working on the farm. The show is $10, starts at 8 p.m. and features performances by The Salty Dogs, Monkhouse and Jody Evans. Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players keep the house rockin' with classic blues, rock and soul covers, The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Jason Campbell & Singletree bring rockin' Red Dirt country to Denton's Trotline, 9 p.m., $10.
Up on The Hill, '80s superstar Pat Benatar plays at The Walton Arts Center with her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo, 7:30 p.m., $27-$102. As part of its exhibition, "Tattoo Witness: Photographs by Mark Perrott," the Arkansas Arts Center hosts a live demonstration from Dragon Works Tattoo Studio, 2 p.m., free.