Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
Fleur Delicious Weekend, a five-day celebration of French-themed fun and cuisine, kicks off events at locations around Eureka Springs. Check fleurdeliciousweekend.com for details. Movies in the Park screens the summertime classic "Jaws," starting at sundown, Riverfest Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., free.
The summer series Live at Laman continues with The Amy Garland Band, Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. "The Greatest of All Time" Tribute Concert pays homage to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Fela Kuti and Michael Jackson, with a special tribute to blues guitarist Michael Burks, featuring Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers, with Joshua and Dee Davis, The Joint, 9 p.m., $10. Woodstock vet and '60s folk icon Melanie plays at The Auditorium in Eureka Springs, with her son, guitarist Beau Jarred Schekeryk, 7 p.m., $22.50.
If your Friday evening calls for a heaping of Pixies-esque guitar rock, Laundry for the Apocalypse has you covered, playing with Winston Family Orchestra, Town Pump, 9 p.m. Bicycle buffs should probably hit the road for Eureka Springs, which hosts the annual Fat Tire Festival, a bicycle events and competitions for all ages all over Eureka Springs, through Sunday. White Water Tavern has Tennessee roots/Americana outfit The Hardin Draw, 9:30 p.m., $5. Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, The Nigh Ends and The Tricks play at Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door.
Miss Arkansas 2012 will be crowned at the Miss Arkansas Pageant, 7 p.m., $38, Summit Arena in Hot Springs. For something completely different, the legendary naughty rappers of 2 Live Crew play Discovery Nightclub, 3 a.m., $10. Stickyz hosts the 3rd Annual Midsummer Night's Jam, and 18-and-older show with FreeVerse, War Chief and Chilly Rose, 9 p.m., $10. Iron Tongue, Venomous Maximus, Sound of the Mountain and Firing Order keep things loud and heavy at Downtown Music Hall, 8:30 p.m., $5.
New Orleans oddballs Quintron & Miss Pussycat bring their eccentric keyboard jams and flamboyant stage show to Stickyz for an 18-and-older show, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. It's an evening of modern rock at George's Majestic Lounge, with Drowning Pool and James Durbin of American Idol renown, $18, 8:30 p.m. Journalist Mara Leveritt will discuss her work in progress, "Justice Knot," the follow-up to her highly acclaimed West Memphis Three book "Devil's Knot," Laman Library, 6 p.m.