Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
At White Water, Little Rock honky-tonk heroes the Salty Dogs play music to two-step to, 9 p.m., $5. Local aggro-folk singer/songwriter Jonathan Wilkins offers a free acoustic set early evening at the House, 7 p.m. Later, prolific local singer/songwriter Adam Faucett serves up his own free acoustic set at Satellite, 9 p.m. For the Afterthought's regular Thursday jazz series, local duo Bill Thurman and Bill Nesbitt do a mix of hot club and gypsy jazz, 8 p.m., $5. North Little Rock rockers Third Degree headline at 9 p.m., $5. In Spa City, Brian Martin plays folk ditties made for dancing at Maxine's, 9 p.m., free.
Acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon returns for what's becoming just about a monthly gig at Satellite, 9 p.m., free. Three local rock acts, Big Boots, Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth and Flash Larue, share a bill at Juanita's, 10 p.m., $5. Southern gospel quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound offers its message outdoors at the Riverfest Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $15-$25. Bob Noggins III, AKA DJ Dirtbag, hosts the Braxe, a new monthly hip-hop event at Vino's. It kicks off on Friday with performances by Arkatext, Element of Surprise, DJ Fatality, Bobby and the 4X4 Crew, 8 p.m., $5. Arguably North Little Rock's finest rock band, Riverboat Crime, blends elements of pop and blues in its upbeat live show at Cornerstone, 9 p.m., $5. The Travs kick off a four-game home stand against the Naturals at Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m., $6-$10.
Shine on, crazy diamonds, at Eclipse, the Pink Floyd tribute show at Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. The Little Rock Music Party returns to Studio Joe with musicians Steve Struthers and Charlie Macom and special guest Steve Rook. As always, the party's aimed at grown folks, so it starts early 7:30 p.m., $8. At Pulaski Academy's Performing Arts Center, the Top of the Rock Chorus presents “Red Hot August Night,” a program of a capella music, choreography and costumes that features the Dallas quartet Flirt, a guest performance by former Miss Arkansas Beth Anne Rankin and a tribute to Barbie's 50th anniversary, 7 p.m., $15-$20. Earlier, the 24th annual Arkansas Books and Paper Show kicks off at the Jacksonville Community Center, 9 a.m., $5.