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The Smittle Band plays The Afterthought 

THURSDAY 3/31

The Afterthought hosts a night of intricate, toe-tapping jazz/folk from The Smittle Band, 9 p.m., $7. Alize plays the Cajun's Wharf deck for happy hour, 5:30 p.m., followed by Fjord Mustang, 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. DJ Silky Slim mans the booth at Sway, 8 p.m., $3. Thirst n' Howl gets a dose of peppy acoustic folk from Ol' Puddin'haid, 7:30 p.m., free. Country bar rocker Steele Jessup returns to Grumpy's Too, 9 p.m. "The Aluminum Show" ends its three-day run of acrobatic spectacle at Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. Maxine's Pub in Hot Springs brings in a double-bill of poppy, multi-instrumental folk from Nicholas Altobelli and Bravo, Max!, 8 p.m., free.

FRIDAY 4/1

Fresh off of recording an episode of AETN's "On the Front Row," Kevin Kerby + Battery return to White Water Tavern with Chris Michaels and the Cranks, 10 p.m. Vino's hosts a night of country music from Ben Coulter, The Delta Outlaws and Damn Arkansan, 9 p.m., $7. Likewise at Revolution, where Riverbilly, Luke Williams and Chris Stillman take the stage, 9 p.m. Number 2 With Me and Hugh brings its rural Mississippi funk to Midtown Billiards, 12:30 p.m., $8 non-members. West End Smokehouse pop-punk regulars Pop Tart Monkeys return to the tavern stage, 10 p.m., $5. And baseball season keeps revving up with the UALR Trojans taking the field against Western Kentucky at UALR's Gary Hogan Field, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY 4/2

In Conway, the inaugural Jazz and Cuisine Classic of Conway lands in the Agora Conference Center, featuring dinner from a slew of great area restaurants, music from Carl Mouton and the Big Timers and featured guest, Devon Evans, a percussionist who has performed with The Wailers, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, Miles Davis and more, $50/person, $80/couple, 7 p.m. VooDoo Sauce brings swamp blues (and homemade instruments) to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Khalil's Pub hosts karaoke, starting at 7 p.m. The always popular party band Boom Kinetic riles up the crowd at Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. Stalwart bluegrass outfit Runaway Planet lays into Cornerstone Pub, 9 p.m. Grand Serenade makes a welcome return to the stage with a late-night show at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members. Downtown Music Hall hosts Charlotte, N.C., crossover metal act Snakedriver, Memphis psych rockers The Unbeheld and doom/sludge act Crowlord, 9 p.m., $7.

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