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'Cool Shoes' amps up the summer fun 

THURSDAY 6/23

Crash Meadows offers an evening of earnest modern rock at Cajun's Wharf at 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. DJs Deja Blu and Silky Slim helm the wheels of steel at VIP Thursday at Sway, 8 p.m., $3. The Lucious Spiller Band takes to the stage at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. Ben Creed brings the yucks at the Loony Bin, 8 p.m., $7. For some virtuosic jazz guitar, check out the ever-impressive Ted Ludwig Trio at the Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. For outdoor flicks, "The Tuskegee Airmen" is playing at Dreamland Ballroom, 8 p.m., free, or if you're in the mood to never want to swim in the ocean ever again, Riverflicks is showing "Jaws" at North Shore Riverwalk, 7 p.m., free.

FRIDAY 6/24

The summer fun doesn't stop 'til the wee hours at Cool Shoes' "Beach Party," featuring a grip of local DJs, Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $7. Need a country fix? How about Colt Ford, Sonny Ledford, Jason Helms Band and Ryan Couron, 6 p.m., Clear Channel Metroplex, $15 adv., $20 door. Fire & Brimstone take the Irie jams to Capi's at 8 p.m. Bop your head to Russellville pop-punkers Half Raptor, playing alongside Little Rock melodic indie-pop outfit Catskill Kids at Stickyz, 9 p.m. Iron Tongue and The Dirty Streets mix things up at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Wes Jeans takes his bombastic electric Texas blues to Maxine's, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 d.o.s. Over the years, jazz guitarist Tonk Edwards has backed up some serious heavyweights, including Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie. Check him out at the Quapaw Bathhouse, 6 p.m., $10. Bid adieu to the Impressionists exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and music, 7 p.m., $20.

SATURDAY 6/25

DJ Jeremy Word keeps you up way too late at Discovery, 9 p.m., $10. Watch a boatload of up-and-comers battle it out at the Gorilla Music Finals, 4 p.m., Downtown Music Hall, $9 adv., $12 door. The Intruders and Tiffany Christopher play Cajun's Wharf at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively, $5 after 8:30. The burlesque beauties of the Memphis Belles will titillate your senses, with tunes from self-professed "outlaw honky tonk hell-billy anarchist crooner" Izzy Cox, Maxine's, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. The Sara Hughes Band plays White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5.

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