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Afterthought: The long-time home for jazz in Little Rock also hosts acts that specialize in blues, soul and roots-rock, 8 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation presents local, regional and national jazz acts, including, notably, New Orleans' contemporary masters Astral Project, 8 p.m. Mon. Cover varies. 21 and up. No smoking. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd., 663-1196, www.vieuxcarrecafe.com.
Cajun's Wharf: A sprawling restaurant and bar, where local and regional rock, blues, cover and funk acts converge. Free happy hour entertainment, often on Cajun's massive deck overlooking the Arkansas River, begins at 5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri. Headliners 9 p.m. Thu.-Sat. with $5 cover after 8:30 p.m. 21 and up for bar (not restaurant). No smoking inside. 2400 Cantrell Road, 375-5351, www.cajunswharf.com.
Capital Bar and Grill: Arguably the state's best jazz ensemble, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio, is the house band at this swank hotel bar. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 8 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. 111 W. Markham, 374-7474, www.capitalhotel.com/CBG.
Cornerstone Pub: Argenta's most active music venue hosts local and occasionally regional and national acts of all genres, usually Thu.-Sat. Times and cover charges vary. Smoking is allowed, which means only those 21 and up can enter. 314 Main St., NLR, 374-1782, www.cstonepub.com.
Discovery: The venerable (or notorious?) Riverdale nightclub expanded its dance floor in 2010. Now the large theater, previously the exclusive home of drag shows, hosts a "mainstream" dance crowd, the lobby area caters to a hip-hop audience and the compact "disco" room continues to offer house music. Open 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Sat. only. Adjoins Triniti, a gay dance club and bar open 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Fri. only. Private club. 1021 Jessie Road, 664-4784, www.latenightdisco.com (Discovery); 664-2744, www.trinitilr.com (Backstreet).
Downtown Music: An ownership change in 2010 meant that the traditionally metal-oriented club broadened its booking scope, but more often than not you're still likely to hear something with a heavy edge here from local, regional and national acts. Also, the home of popular monthly dance party Cool Shoes. Times, cover charge varies. Concerts and events — save Cool Shoes which is 18 and above — are open to all ages. 211 W. Capitol Ave., 376-1819. www.downtownmusichall.com
Electric Cowboy: Dance music of all genres and occasional live acts Wed.-Sun. Open 7:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. Fri.-Sat., at least 2 a.m. Wed., Thu. and Sun. 21 and up. Smoking allowed. Private club. 9515 Interstate 30, 562-6000, www.electriccowboy.com/littlerock.
Ernie Biggs' Chicago Style Piano Bar: A dueling piano bar with an upstairs lounge, usually manned by a DJ, and occasional special events. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. daily. 307 President Clinton Ave., 372-4782, www.erniebiggs.com.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium: A popular River Market hangout thanks to its 75 beers on tap, where you can watch sports, play group trivia competition at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tue. and listen to local musicians, usually 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat, with around a $3 cover. 21 and up. 323 President Clinton Ave., 372-7468, www.beerknurd.com.
Fox and Hound: Sports pub and private club that hosts local and regional acts 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., open mic 10 p.m. Sun and karaoke 9 p.m. Tue. 21 and up. Smoking allowed. Lakewood Village Shopping Center, NLR, 753-8300, www.foxandhound.com.
Gusano's: Local and regional rock mostly on weekends. Cover and times vary. 21 and up. No smoking. 313 President Clinton Ave., 374-1441.
Juanita's Cantina Ballroom: Under new ownership in 2010, the venue turned its focus to "mainstream" acts. That still encompasses most genres, but there's an emphasis on hard rock, pop and country. Age limit, cover and times vary. No smoking. 614 President Clinton Ave., 372-1228 (restaurant and bar), 374-3660 (concert info), www.juanitas.com.