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Afterthought: The long-time home for jazz in Little Rock also hosts acts that specialize in blues, soul and roots-rock 8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Regularly occurring events include a Sunday jazz brunch, a rotating cast of jazz musicians on Monday nights, a Tuesday jam session with pianist Carl Mouton and an acoustic open-mic night every Wednesday. Occasional dancing breaks out, but for the most part, this is a sit-down venue. Cover varies. 21 and up. No smoking. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd., 663-1196, www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
Cajun's Wharf: A sprawling restaurant and bar where local and regional rock, blues, cover and funk acts converge. Free happy hour entertainment, often on Cajun's massive deck overlooking the Arkansas River, begins at 5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri. Headliners 9 p.m. Thu.-Sat. with $5 cover after 8:30 p.m. 21 and up for bar (not restaurant). No smoking inside. 2400 Cantrell Road, 375-5351, www.cajunswharf.com.
Capital Bar and Grill: Arguably the state's best jazz ensemble, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio, is the house band at this swank, bustling downtown hotel bar. 5-8 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 9 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 111 W. Markham St., 374-7474, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
Cornerstone Pub: Argenta's most active music venue hosts local and occasionally regional and national acts, usually Thu.-Sat. Times and cover charges vary. Smoking is allowed, which means only those 21 and up can enter. 314 Main St., NLR, 374-1782, www.cstonepub.com.
Cregeen's Irish Pub: This Argenta pub has a solid menu and a good selection of beer, as well as a real Irish pub-like atmosphere. The venue hosts live music, usually on the weekends and often of the acoustic solo variety, but bands play there too. 301 Main St., NLR, 376-7468, www.cregeens.com.
Discovery: The Riverdale nightclub is one of a handful that stays open until 5 a.m. and is one of the longest running dance clubs in the state. There are several big rooms with DJs playing everything from old-school hits to hip-hop to Top 40 and the latest Eurohouse dance tracks. A rotating array of female impersonators performs weekly. Open 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Sat. only. Adjoins Triniti, a gay dance club and bar that's open 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Fri. only. Private club. 1021 Jessie Road, 664-4784, www.latenightdisco.com, 664-2744.
Downtown Music: This venue books all kinds of acts, but more often than not you're likely to hear something with a heavy edge here from local, regional and national acts. It's also home to the popular monthly dance party Cool Shoes, which is now all ages. Times and cover charge varies. Concerts and events are open to all ages. 211 W. Capitol Ave., 376-1819, www.downtownmusichall.com.
Electric Cowboy: Dance music of all genres and occasional live acts Wed.-Sun. Open 7:30 p.m.-5 a.m. Fri.-Sat., at least 2 a.m. Wed.-Thu., Sun. Ages 21 and up. Smoking allowed. Private club. 9515 Interstate 30, 562-6000, www.electriccowboy.com/littlerock.
Ernie Biggs' Chicago Style Piano Bar: A dueling piano bar with an upstairs lounge, usually manned by a DJ, and occasional special events. Shows start at 8:30 p.m., hours are 8 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. 307 President Clinton Ave., 372-4782, www.erniebiggs.com.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium: A popular River Market hangout, thanks to its 75 beers on tap and 125 in bottles, where you can watch big sporting events on a projection TV, play in the group trivia competition at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tue, and listen to local singer/songwriters and bands, usually 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., with around a $3 cover. All ages. No smoking. 323 President Clinton Ave., 372-7468, www.beerknurd.com.
Fox and Hound: Sports pub and private club that hosts local and regional acts 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., open mic 10 p.m. Sun and karaoke 9 p.m. Wed. Also hosts UFC fights. Free membership required. Cover charge is $5-$10. 21 and older. Smoking allowed. Lakewood Village Shopping Center, NLR, 753-8300, www.fhrg.com.
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