"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Searcy native Sean Williams fronts the Nobility, one of Nashville's finest pop acts. He and Little Rock pop kingpin Isaac Alexander have collaborated since early in college. They play a rare acoustic set early at the House, 8 p.m., free. Free Micah specializes in angst-y indie-pop, full of boy-girl harmonies and folk flourish. The local rockers share a bill at Sticky Fingerz with Austin indie act the Rocketboys and big “Bottle Rocket” fans Dignan, 9:30 p.m., $5. At the Afterthought's regular jazz night, the two Bills, Thurman and Nesbitt, play hot club and gypsy jazz, 8 p.m., $5. Tragikly White plays songs you know and, more often than not, can dance to, at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5.
Reigning Musicians Showcase winner Velvet Kente's concert at White Water doubles as a birthday party for front man joshua; Minneapolis' Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps open with chirpy indie-pop, 10 p.m., $6. No cover band that plays Little Rock commands a more devoted following than '80s-focused Venus Mission, who play at Revolution, 9 p.m., $6. In “The Time Is Now,” the Arkansas Chamber Singers take on selections from Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Purcell, St. Mark's Episcopal, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15 (the singers reprise their performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Clinton Library). The 4X4 Crew, Mike Streezy and North Rock are among those scheduled to perform at Booze and Barz, an underground hip-hop party at Downtown Music, 9 p.m., $5. Young, popular Christian rock bands Skillet, Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down and the Letter Black play the last installment of Music in the Park at the Riverfest Amphitheatre, 7 p.m., $10-$45. From Memphis, the Teenage Eyes play awesomely wobbly power-pop at Vino's, 8:30 p.m.
Self-made underground superstar Corey Smith returns to Revolution, which he always sells out, 9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s. It's a night of riff-heavy local rock at Juanita's with Go Fast and San Antokyo sharing a bill, 9:30 p.m., $5. Or, at White Water, it's a night of cheeky garage-pop with the Weisenheimers and throwback hard rock with Conway's the Muddlestuds, 9 p.m., $5. Red Dirt country standout Stoney LaRue shares the bill with Nashville's the Dirt Drifters at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.