Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.
If you've managed to find a bootleg copy of the great Stones' documentary “Cocksucker Blues,” you probably remember Bobby Keys. Captured on a Denver stop during the band's debauched 1972 North American tour, he and Keith Richards hurl a TV out of a hotel window 10 flights up. For some 40 years, the Texas-born saxophonist has been stirring up trouble with Keif and co., which makes him probably the most tenured auxiliary member of the Rolling Stones. That's him honking, wildly, on “Brown Sugar” and dozens more of your favorite Stones' songs. It's been a long, wild ride. Born in Slaton, near Lubbock, in 1943 (on the same day as Keith Richards), Keys came up blowing his horn, going out on the road with the Crickets when he was just 15 and later working with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee. In the late '60s, he did session work in Muscle Shoals. Following his appearance, in 1969, on “Let It Bleed,” he became much in demand, playing on albums with Eric Clapton to B.B. King. These days, when the Stones aren't touring, Keys still kicks around Lubbock, stirring up trouble. LM.
10 p.m., White Water. $5.
This is the way it goes. Your favorite local contenders for national indie stardom convene in Little Rock for a week or two (guitarist/vocalist Collins Kilgore lives in New York), practice, write songs and play no more than two shows. Then, they jet away (or van away) to airport terminals or music festivals or a string of gigs somewhere far flung. This time, after Friday's show, they're headed out on a mini-tour — Chicago to New York to Raleigh/Durham to Knoxville. The following weekend, they're in Memphis at Ardent Studios cutting a quick session with Grammy-winning producer/engineer John Hampton, who's worked with everyone from the Replacements to the White Stripes. All that imminent activity should mean that the band's well oiled and ready to unveil some new material on Friday. In fact, they've already debuted two sharp new ones on americanprinces.com for your streaming pleasure. Prolific local singer/songwriter Adam Faucett shares the bill along with Springfield, Mo., Rockers Sweetwater Abilene. LM.
ELECTRIC ACID THEATER
10 p.m., Juanita's. $10.
Gotta dig the name, since adding anything electric to anything acid is guaranteed to result in theater, like the last time I saw the Enigma. We discussed a variety of topics, such as the last time he spoke with Mom and how he engulfs himself in a torrential firestorm of sparks emitting from his trusty axe grinder. Born Paul Lawrence, the entirely tattooed performer, actor and musician has undergone extensive body modification, including horn implants, ear reshaping, multiple body piercings and a full-body jigsaw-puzzle tattoo. With his blindfolded partner Serana Rose, who'll drive a chainsaw through an apple clutched between his jaws, one of this century's most admired and truest-to-form sideshow masters will be accompanied by live instrumentation as he performs stunts like eating a lightbulb sandwich. Setting the mood with its own brand of stage show decadence are the Flameing Daeth Fearies, a costumed cast of gremlins certain to boost audience IQ levels with original numbers such as “Vagina is Amazing,” “Luke is Gay” and “French Bitch.” PP.
ROBERT EARL KEEN
9 p.m., Revolution. $25.
A few years back, Robert Earl Keen put out a greatest hits compilation with a title that says it all: “The Party Never Ends: Songs You Know from the Times You Can't Remember.” For a quarter century, the Houston native's been cranking out country ditties that stay with you. A master of the double entendre and pun — the bedrock of country songwriting — but always with a little bit of edge, Keen's a little to the left of the establishment. His finest narrative songs usually end in death or despair. His love songs forego grand gestures for the simple pleasures — a cold beer in the shade, a glimpse of a grin across the room. Hell, even his Christmas song starts out, “Mom got drunk and Dad got drunk at our Christmas party.” In sum, Keen makes music for the happy misanthrope inside all of us, built around lyrics that are really fun to holler along to drunkenly. In addition to the ultra-familiar (it's the 20th anniversary of “The Road Goes on Forever”), look out for a few you won't know. Keen's first studio album since 2005 is due out Sept. 29 on Lost Highway. It's got a guest appearance by Billy Bob Thornton and a tribute song to Levon Helm. Bet we'll hear about it. LM.
THREE DOG NIGHT
8 p.m., Timberwood Amphitheater, Magic Springs. $35.99-$45.99.
As reunions go, Three Dog Night acquits itself pretty well. Of the original seven-man line-up, four — including two of three lead vocalists, Cory Wells and Danny Hutton — remain in the incarnation of the band that closes out the Timberwood Amphitheater Concert Series at Magic Springs on Saturday. So you should count on this line-up to be able to approximate the band that, in the late '60s and early '70s, enjoyed massive success. To the tune of 21 consecutive Top 40 hits and 12 straight Gold LPs. Even if you weren't around to experience them, you probably know those hits. Many lent early exposure to their songwriters — “One” (Nilsson), “Eli's Coming” (Laura Nyro), “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” (Randy Newman), “Joy to the World” (Hoyt Axton). Look for a hefty sing-along crowd to ring in this Magic Springs finale. LM.
ECLIPSE GLASSES BANDA / VELVET KENTE
10 p.m., Arkansas Queen, North Little Rock. $15.
A normal gig featuring Eclipse Glasses and Velvet Kente should be at the top of anyone's weekend plan. The former is a mostly instrumental local super group of sorts, trading in everything from Ethio-jazz to weird disco — just so long as it bumps. The latter, of course, is the reigning champ of the Times Musicians Showcase, offering a formidable combo of reggae, funk and a bit of Afrobeat, anchored by vocalist joshua's room-quieting vocals. But this isn't a normal gig. It's a dance cruise, y'all. Just about when the old folks are starting to doze off (10:30 p.m.), the Arkansas Queen pushes off shore for a three-hour tour (uh-oh: a three-hour tour!). In addition to live music on the first deck, there'll be records playing up top under the stars — funk, punk, soul, reggae and everything else dance cruise-appropriate. I'm emceeing. What that means, I'm not quite sure. Telling people not to lean too far over the paddlewheel? Pointing out nighttime flora and fauna? Regardless, I'm counting on it being a good time. But, alas, only for those 21 and older, who buy their tickets in advance at the Station Grocery and Deli. To make a reservation, call 372-5777. LM.
ARKANSAS PUZZLE DAY
1 p.m., Clinton School of Public Service. Free.
Puzzle nerds, your day is here. For the third year, Arkansas Puzzle Day comes to the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall for a full day of word and number brain benders. Arkansas crossword king Vic Fleming joins with Bonnie Gentry of Scottsdale, Ariz., to officiate the event, which features crossword and Sudoku contests and a “multi-puzzle fun-and-games hour.” Fleming and Gentry are co-editors of “Random House Casual Crosswords.” On Friday, the Peabody hosts a reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, after the puzzling, Fleming and Gentry will talk crosswords history, strategy and tips. LM.
THE HONORARY TITLE
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz, $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
These indie rockers from Brooklyn are on to something. Soulful, heartfelt lyrics combined with catchy, up-tempo melodic grooves and the low, sultry pipes of lead singer Jarrod Gorbel add up to something that's hard to compare. But with confessional lyrics about childhood and emotional imbalance, the band seems bound to pull in the emo kids. Included on this triple bill is Mississippi-born alt-country folk rocker Cory Branan, a Little Rock favorite who received the Newcomer of the Year Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2000, before he'd even landed a contract. Branan comes to town amidst work on his third full-length and with a recent split release from Drag the River's Jon Snodgrass. The Pennsylvania-based indie trio Good Old War completes the bill. PP.