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.
MIX MASTER MIKE
9:30 p.m., Juanita's. $20.
Fresh off playing an inauguration party with the Beastie Boys (he's long been the group's resident DJ), perhaps the world's foremost turntablist makes a stop at Juanita's. He comes pedigreed. In the early '90s, he took home a pair of DMC World Championships (the Super Bowl of DJing), alone and with his longtime collaborator DJ Qbert. Soon thereafter, he and Qbert formed Invisibl Skratch Piklz, a collective that's largely been credited for bringing turntablism into the mainstream. For the unfamiliar, the form encompasses not just simple record blending, but deftly manipulating turntables like one would an instrument. Check a video of Mix Master Mike at work if you remain unconvinced. Though he's known to mix in all sorts of genres into his sets, MMM is first and foremost a hip-hop DJ, so leave your glow sticks at home, people. LM.
9 p.m., Vino's. $5.
Emboldened by the success of the Cool Shoes parties, local promoter TJ Deeter is branching out. He's launching two regular branded parties early this year, Rock Street and Reverb. After some 450 tried to squeeze into Downtown Music last December, Cool Shoes goes to 18 and above to enter in January. Reverb, which debuts in February, is essentially the Cool Shoes concept, but open to all ages. Friday's inaugural Rock Street event takes that dance music concept and applies it to a hip-hop party. Local rappers and promoters 4x4 Crew host. Standout local MC Rockst*r performs a couple of new songs. Ditto for Bonafide Music, an upcoming duo of hip-hop school alums. But the DJs get top billin': DJ Fatality, DJ Trukula and Mister Deetrix (the latest of Deeter's ever-evolving DJ names) spin all flavors of hip-hop — old-school, blog fresh, bounce, snap, hyphy, hip-hop house, East Coast and, surely, a hearty dose of Dirty South. There'll be graffiti artists, hip-hop dancing and open-mic slots, too. LM.
COL. BRUCE HAMPTON AND THE QUARK ALLIANCE
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
Five years after I first saw Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, my former band mate Sterno turned me on to Hampton Grease Band, which featured a wily and screaming side of Hampton. You may also have glimpsed him in “Slingblade” and “Outside Out,” or recall his musical tenure with the Fiji Mariners. Or the Codetalkers. Never one to stand idle, the veteran colonel returns for what's becoming at least a bi-annual Little Rock appearance with another of his tenured projects, the Quark Alliance. Expect heavy, yet intricate guitar work and stellar musicianship, as Hampton is known for recruiting and training heavyweights before turning them loose on the world. With books, additional movies and more CDs on the horizon, he's not putting on the brakes anytime soon either. There's no opening act, so expect a lengthy show, and one worth arriving early for. PP.
7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $6.25-$21.75
In these gas-conscious, economically unsure times, one issue not getting enough coverage in the mainstream media is the burden borne by average Americans who might otherwise be buying huge trucks driving them over large obstacles and through the mud. Thank God, for those oppressed thousands, many undoubtedly Arkansan, for Monster Jam. For a couple hours, the truck-less can live vicariously through behemoths with names like Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Raminator, Ramunition and Prowler as they smash clunker cars and pop wheelies. The crushing continues on Saturday, same time, same place. LM.