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For some electro/dubstep jams, Conway's Ford Theater has you covered, with Los Angeles-based DJ HeavyGrinder. It's 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. The SF JAZZ Collective plays music by Stevie Wonder at Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m., $10-$25. Don't miss "The Wiz" at The Rep, 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., $30-$60. Quirky Brooklyn trio Pearl and The Beard brings unconventional instrumentation and twee boy-girl indie pop to Stickyz. Opening the show is Little Rock's Freedom Bureau, made up of a mix of newcomers and old-timers. It's 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $6.
Vino's hosts a bevy of bands returning from SXSW, including Wussy, The Sundresses, The Whiskey Daredevils and Oh My Me, 9 p.m. The Peabody Hotel has a roast and toast of former NFL wide receiver Reggie Swinton to benefit the youth programs at Ministry of Intercession, 6 p.m., $30. Down the street, you can catch an evening of heavy modern rock, with Too Close to Call, Mourning View, Queen Anne's Revenge, Juanita's, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. For some sinister Southern metal, venture to Downtown Music Hall, for VBT, Black Pussy, Holy Angell and Wraith, 8 p.m., $6. "The Miracle Worker" returns to The Weekend Theater with the story of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $12-$16.
Singer/songwriter Eric Somers returns to Midtown for another night of blues-based tunes and top-flight guitar playing, 12:30 a.m., $5. Texas singer/songwriter Hayes Carll returns to Revolution, with Honeyhoney and John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives opening the 18-and-older show, 9 p.m., $15. Old-school soul superstars Maze with Frankie Beverly bring the house down at Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $37-$67. Dugan's Pub hosts a giant St. Patrick's block party starting at 4 p.m. with live music from Peg Loyd Roach, Scott Moye, James Peeples, The Dead Celts Society and Penguin Dilemma and dance performances from the McCafferty School of Irish Dance and the O'Donovan School of Irish Dance. The St. Patrick's Day parade begins at Dugan's at 1 p.m. For raucous, debauched rock 'n' roll hijinks, you won't do better than Memphis' River City Tanlines, with Little Rock bruiser Jonathan Wilkins, 10 p.m., White Water Tavern. The lovely ladies of the Diamond Dames Burly-Q Revue host guest stars Frankie LaFemme, Erin Go Braughless, Jac Start and aerialist Gina Gargano, with comedian Amy Pannell and pre-show entertainment by Rural War Room, Juanita's, 8 p.m., $10.