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.
The Arkansas River Blues Society hosts a fund-raiser at White Water Tavern with music from Billy Jones, Clover Blue and youngster Matthew Davidson, the ARBS's entries for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, 9 p.m., $5. Revolution hosts Cross Canadian Ragweed spin-off Cody Canada and the Departed and local country rockers Good Time Ramblers, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 d.o.s. The Afterthought continues opening the tent to local Americana and indie acts when the driving folk of Mandy McBryde and the Unholy Ghosts takes to the jazz bar alongside the colorful, cartoony Winston Family Orchestra, 8 p.m., $5. In Fayetteville, George's Majestic Lounge brings the pedal-steel driven funk and soul of Robert Randolph and the Family Band to Dickson Street, 9 p.m., $20.
Hunters can stop X'ing the days off of their calendar: the Big Buck Classic returns to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds for another weekend of everything deer hunting; doors open at 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, $10 adults. It's been a while since his last gig, but lauded local singer/songwriter Chris Denny is set to bring his unique take on Southern sounds to Town Pump, 10 p.m., $5. Cool Shoes returns to Downtown Music Hall with their dugout of DJs waiting to spin electro, dubstep and hip-hop, 10 p.m., $5 early admission. Always a local favorite, Memphis' John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives brings a slick take on early rock 'n' roll to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. And at the Faulkner County Library, the UALR Guitar Ensemble puts the spin on Joe Pass and The Beatles, 7 p.m., free.
Juanita's goes dark (and heavy) with two Russellville bands in hard rockers Afternoon Delight, nu-metalists Dark From Day One and Hot Springs industrial act The Vail, 9 p.m. Future poet laureate of Pulaski County (if a certain Facebook group gets its way) Kevin Kerby brings his solo set to White Water Tavern alongside Chris Michaels (of Chris Michaels and the Cranks) and Denton, Texas, songwriter Isaac Hoskins, 10 p.m. Revolution invites fresh-faced upstarts to its stage during the "New Music Test"; this weekend features soulful rock from Haven Hill, driving Southern metal from Iron-E, metalcore from Veridium and alternative freshmen Iron Glass, 9 p.m., $5-$10.