A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
Stickyz showcases a trio of Arkansas singer/songwriter talent, with Elise Davis, Amy Garland and Mandy McBryde, 18-and-older, 9 p.m. The Stephen Neeper Band brings the electrified blues wailing to Denton's Back Porch, 8 p.m., $6. This is the last week to see The Rep's "White Christmas," 7 p.m. through Sunday.
The Joint in Argenta hosts the jazz/R&B/neo-soul sounds of Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers, 9 p.m., $10. Alize is the headliner at Cajun's Wharf, with Some Guy Named Robb providing the happy hour tunes, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m.
Folk singer Lisa Lamoureux plays a free show at Hastings in Conway, 6 p.m. Gypsy Riot plays a double-header at West End Smokehouse and Tavern, Friday and Saturday nights, 10 p.m., $5. The B-Flats play The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Fayetteville's The 1 Oz. Jig plays Midtown, 12:30 a.m., $5. If you need some booze-y bluegrass to soothe your soul while you agitate your liver, check out the Whistle Pigs at Maxine's, with Adam Waggs, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. If you were waiting to check out The Main Thing's Christmas comedy "A Fertle Holiday," it's going on Friday and Saturday at The Joint through Jan. 12, 8 p.m., $20.
Stickyz hosts the prog-informed jam stylings of FreeVerse, 9 p.m., $5. Maxine's is the place for the Hot Springs Jazz Society benefit show, featuring Shirley Chauvin, Clyde Pound, Brandon Dorris, Bill Huntington and Jay Payette, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Jeff Coleman and The Feeders bring the Springsteen/Crazy Horse-style rock 'n' roll to Cregeen's Irish Pub, 8 p.m., $5.
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Dallas indie rock trio The Black Frames plays an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, with local rocker John Neal and Searcy indie-folk outfit The Fable & The Fury, 9 p.m., $5. For some from-the-heart country, check out Rob Baird at Revolution. Rick Brantley opens the 18-and-older show, 9 p.m., $5. The UALR Trojans take on Western Kentucky University, the women's teams face off at 5:15 p.m. and the men's game starts at 7:30 p.m., Jack Stephens Center, $5-$38.
Rising country singer Dustin Lynch plays Juanita's, 9 p.m., $18 adv., $20 day of.
Little Rock doom metal faves Pallbearer play White Water Tavern with the Memphis blues/punk demolitionists known as The Dirty Streets and local crust/metal purveyors Snakedriver, 9 p.m.Correction: An earlier version of this story listed the wrong end date for The Joint's "A Fertle Holiday" performance.