The great Willie Nelson & Family perform at El Dorado Municipal Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., $30-$100. Atlanta multi-instrumental rockers Gringo Star return to White Water Tavern with Shantih Shantih, 10 p.m., $5. Stickyz hosts Shreveport's Dirtfoot, "the only Front Porch, Whiskey Swillin, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie band in the land," with openers Yarn, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $7. Live at Laman is back this month, with folk-country singer/songwriter Shannon Wurst, Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. They're having a Thunder on the Mountain Throwdown over at Revolution, with Trey Hawkins Band, Dry County, Good Time Ramblers, Junior Hill & The Settlement and Greg Ward, 9 p.m., $5.
Gwendlyn Kay recently competed in the Times Musicians Showcase and wowed the judges with sassy country songwriting chops. She plays Denton's Trotline, 9 p.m., $6. For a very different 2013 Showcase alum, check out Peckerwolf, with openers Teenagers from Fayetteville and Little Rock bruisers Jab Jab Suckerpunch, White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. If your Friday could use some charming and talented ladies performing in a burlesque setting, The Foul Play Cabaret will be just the ticket, with The Bohannons, Maxine's, 8 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. If you never got to see the legendary Queen perform, the Walton Arts Center has the next best thing, with "One Night of Queen" with Gary Mullen & The Works, who have been hailed as an uncannily similar tribute act, 8 p.m., $25-$55.
Red Dirt country is gonna roll into town, when The Josh Abbott Band plays an 18-and-older show at Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. For some catchy, awesomely unfussy Southern rock 'n' roll, don't miss Nashville up-and-comers Modoc, with Siversa, Stella Luss and Knox Hamilton, Juanita's, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. 2013 Showcase finalist and all-around ass-kicking machine The Stephen Neeper Band plays an 18-and-older at Stickyz, with Mad Nomad, 9 p.m. Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson helms a DJ set after-party, with Rufio, Jason D, Neuraal, g-force, Dominique Sanchez & The Discovery Dolls and a Salsa dance party with DJ Mr. Suave, Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m-5 a.m. For some St. Paddy's Day revelry, check out the 3rd Street Merchants St. Patrick's Day Block Party, with vendors, beer, food, music, dance, arts and crafts, and more, Third and River Market, 2-10 p.m. and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.
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