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.
Local troubadour Isaac Alexander plays at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Athens, Ga.'s Ponderosa brings some crunchy southern indie rock to Juanita's, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. Little Rock piano maestro John Willis takes the stage at the White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Ol' Puddin'haid plays all your favorites at the Thirst n' Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. For some skull-crushing, Christian metallic hardcore, Run With the Hunted, Words Within and Something to Stand For mosh it up at Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $7. The Hitchcock whodunit "The 39 Steps" returns to The Rep, 8 p.m., $20-$40. The Ted Ludwig Trio plays jazz at the Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free.
The Weekend Theater opens its production of "Gypsy," the Steven Sondheim musical based on the memoirs of famed striptease Gypsy Rose Lee, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through July 10, $16-$20. Egypt Central, Madam Adam, Abused Romance and Candlelight Red offer a night of dark modern alternative rock at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. San Antonio's Pop Pistol and Fayetteville pop-punkers Dreamfast roll into Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 d.o.s. The Salty Dogs get down with their Bakersfield-style country at the White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Thomas East tickles the ivories at Sonny Williams' Steak Room, 7 p.m. June 17 and 18. Local faves The Wicked Good and Iron Tongue welcome Russellville post-rockers The Sound of the Mountain at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. Riverflicks screens "Coraline" at North Shore Riverwalk, 7 p.m., free. Just can't get enough Christian metalcore? Get a fix with Inhale/Exhale, To Speak of Wolves and Even the Dogs at Vino's, 8 p.m., $10.
Ahead of some out-of-town dates later this month, The Elise Davis Band brings its catchy, sturdy folk rock to the stage of the White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Anyone in the mood for some moody punk rock should check out Embrace the Crash at Flying Saucer, 9 p.m. Those afflicted with '80s Hits Nostalgia Syndrome (8-HNS) might find relief via the slick covers of Members Only at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Shannon Boshears plays blues-inflected rock at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 9 p.m., free.