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Little Rock's Whale Fire brings their melodic indie rock to The Joint, with a solo performance from Bryan Frazier starting things off, 9 p.m., $5. Stickyz hosts Open Fields, Knox Hamilton and Catskill Kids, 9 p.m., $5. Up in Conway, The Lantern Theatre's Late Night Series presents "Circle Mirror Transformation," through Saturday at 8 p.m., $10, recommended for mature audiences only. Murry's Dinner Playhouse continues its production of "South Pacific," Tue.-Sat. at 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $15-$35. Alex Summerlin provides the tunes for happy hour at Cajun's Wharf, with Mr. Lucky headlining, 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30. John David Hilliard & Pals perform at The Tavern Sports Grill, 7 p.m., free. Texas country act Whiskey Myers plays at Revolution, with The Cadillac Three and Fayetteville's Damn Arkansan, 9 p.m., $15. Here's something interesting: Kirk Franklin and Super Bowl champ Ray Lewis will be at Verizon Arena as part of The Dynamic Family Conference presented by St. Mark Baptist Church, 7 p.m., $28 - $53.
The Weekend Theater continues its production of Joseph A. Walker's Tony Award winning play "The River Niger," Friday and Saturday through Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. Cow-punkers The P-47s perform with singer/songwriter Mandy McBryde at Reno's Argenta Cafe, 10 p.m. Kansas City blues trio Trampled Under Foot plays at Stickyz with The Bryant Carter Band, 9 p.m., $10.
Bloodshot Records country-rockers Deadstring Brothers play at Maxine's, with Mad Nomad and Swampbird, 8 p.m., $7. Over at White Water Tavern, the boys in Mulehead will convene to corrupt the innocent audience with their ribald song-stories, 10 p.m. The Top of the Rock Chorus Show: Hot August Night will take place at UALR's University Theatre, 7-9 p.m., $15 - $20. Revolution hosts the Texaco Country Music Showdown, featuring Dry County, 8:30 p.m., $10.
Up in Fayetteville, Three Days Grace, Hinder and Otherwise perform at the Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $32-$37.
Nerdcore pioneer MC Chris returns to Little Rock with a show at Juanita's, with Jesse Dangerously, Dr. Awkward and Tribe One, 9 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of.