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.
Out at Denton's Trotline in Benton, Big John Miller belts out soul hits with support from his band, 8 p.m. The Last Waltz Ensemble, a tribute act to The Band during its time with Bob Dylan as well as its output from the Big Pink, plays Revolution, 9 p.m., $8. On the other side of the River Market, another, completely different tribute act shreds away as Battery pays tribute to Metallica, 9 p.m., $10. Vino's brings in a night of post-hardcore with Moment of Fierce Determination, Burning the Past, Taifias and Hourglass, 7 p.m., $5. On Louisiana, the new club, Sway, lights up with help from DJ Silky Slim, all night, $3. Throwback cock-rockers Triple Cobra roll into Hot Springs for a show at Maxine's; they're joined by self-described "comedic cabaret pop-punk sensations" Flameing Daeth Fearies, 8 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
Cool Shoes returns for their monthly dance party; this time around, Cool Shoes regulars DJ Wolf-E-Wolf and Sleek man the decks at the Downtown Music Hall stage, 10 p.m., $5 over 21, $8 under 21. The Arkansas-born, Austin-residing Ouachita brings its dusky take on '70s Southern rock to the brave souls at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. High-energy classic rockers Katmandu play a free show at Capi's, 8:30 p.m. The party rock band familiar to Little Rock clubbers and nightlifers, Boom Kinetic, plays Sticky Fingerz, 10 p.m., $8. Juanita's hosts promoters I Love the Good Life's monthly Zodiac party with Final Fridays: The Virgo Zodiac Affair, 9 p.m., $5 early admission.
Super-sized Springfield, Mo., family band Big Smith brings its backwoods, traditional sounds to Revolution; local country deconstructionists Mockingbird Hillbilly Band pick and grin first, 8:30 p.m., $8. Vino's hosts a thumping, flashing night of techno with a house music dance party, 8 p.m., $5. Conway's long-time home for metal, Soundstage, brings a night of thrashing and wailing with Safe to Shore, Forever Eternal, Medic Red and Kingdom Under Siege, 8 p.m., $7. Singer/songwriter Shannon Boshears plays Markham Street Grill and Pub, 9 p.m. At Sonny Williams' Steak Room, Thomas East rounds out his standing weekend stint as house pianist, 7 p.m. At the Weekend Theater, the "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" continues its run, 7:30 p.m., $14-$18.