Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
High-voiced progressive rockers Coheed and Cambria hope to pack them in at the Clear Channel Metroplex, 7 p.m., $19.99. At the Afterthought, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio performs its regular Thursday night gig, 8 p.m., $5. Brit-pop/garage-rock outfit the Redwalls shake it down at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $10. Good-time rockers Ace's Wild headline at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. One of our favorite Showcase contestants, Josh Stoffer of Riverboat Crime, plays a solo gig at Reno's in North Little Rock, 9 p.m., free. Old-time purveyors the Can Kickers headline at White Water with Pine Hill Haints and Counterclockwise, 9 p.m., $5. Comedian Angel Salazar is at the Looney Bin, 8 p.m., $6. The Annual Ebony Fashion Fair is at the Statehouse Convention Center, 7 p.m., $21-$35. UALR takes on Denver at the Jack Stephens Center, 7:30 p.m.
If you don't already have a ticket to the Foo Fighters concert at Barnhill in Fayetteville, you'll have to try to con someone out of one. The show, featuring Against Me! and Hello Stranger is sold out, 7:30 p.m., $37.50. Local acts Silverton and the Damn Bullets put a new-school twist on old time music at White Water, 9 p.m., $5. In the Pecan Grove on Hendrix College's campus, the fantastic power-pop band the Nobility, from Nashville, play a free show, 9 p.m. At the Afterthought, local favorites Brenda and Ellis perform, 9 p.m., $7. Cover band Quadraphonic headlines at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. The preeminent Grateful Dead cover group the Schwag plays Juanita's, 9 p.m., $17. Last year's Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winner Cooper's Orbit is at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5. The Cut the Cheese to Cut out Colon Cancer benefit is at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 6:30 p.m., $20-$100.
The Nelson Family, the Old School Bluegrass Band and the Wooten Brothers, three of the state's top bluegrass bands, hold a benefit show for tornado victims in the Clinton High School Auditorium. 6 p.m., $10. In Fayetteville, Arlo Guthrie is at the Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $25-$45. Riverboat Crime, the excellent pop-rock, blues-tinged local group, celebrates the release of its debut CD, at Reno's, 10 p.m., $5. At Cajun's Wharf, the blues-rock-brother group the Eoff Brothers headlines at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5.