Lenny Schmidt goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. Country superstar Brad Paisley lands at Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $20-$100. Travis Meadows plays an intimate show at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Acclaimed champions of new music The Debussy Trio perform at Christ Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., $15. Mike Frazier, Nathan Perry and William Blackart share a bill at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $8. Maxine’s in Hot Springs hosts a rock show from Austin-based Peyote Coyote and San Antonio’s Holy Knives, 9 p.m. Also in Hot Springs: Don Marchand joins the Clyde Pound Trio at The Ohio Club, 7 p.m., and “Talk Nerdy to Me” focuses on communication and science, 5 p.m., Mid-America Science Museum. Andy Tanas kicks off the evening with a happy hour set at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, or come after dinner for a set from Mayday By Midnight, 9 p.m., $5.
Sean Fresh & The NastyFresh Crew take the stage at the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $10. Dickey-Stephens Park hosts Food & Foam Fest, with over 400 varieties of craft beer and wine, 6 p.m., $20-$65. Afterward, head to Four Quarter Bar for a set from Weakness for Blondes, 10 p.m., $7. Recognizer and Sabine Valley share a bill at Blue Canoe Brewing Warehouse, 1637 E. 15th St., 8:30 p.m., $5. Randall Shreve plays a set at Kings Live Music in Conway, with Amber Wilcox, 8:30 p.m., $5. Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore duet at Hibernia Irish Tavern for a concert from the Little Rock Folk Club, 7:30 p.m., $20. That 1 Guy blends music with invention in a one-man show at South on Main, 9 p.m., $12. The Canvas People, The Dull Drums and Notice to Quit share a bill at Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. Grayslake, Ill., rockers Sworn In join locals Levels, All Is At An End, Past Comfort and Jonesboro’s Abimael for a show at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $13-$15. Mayday by Midnight performs at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming’s Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m.; The Pink Piano Show at the casino’s Pops Lounge is at 5 p.m. Keep Derby weekend celebrations going with Earl N’ Them at The Big Chill, 8 p.m. Elsewhere in Hot Springs, poets Kai Coggin, Jessica Key and Crystal C. Mercer read from their work for “Poet Women of Color Speak,” 6 p.m., Landmark Building, 201 Market St. Nuthin’ Fancy takes the stage at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $5.
DJ Wick-It the Instigator drops the bass for “Exclusive” and other EDM riffs, 9 p.m., $10-$13. If you’re still looking to dance afterward, Dominique Sanchez, Chloe Jacobs, Chichi Valdez and Alura O’Shaunacy take the stage at Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m., show at 12:30 a.m., $10. Songwriter Mark Currey, poet Justin Booth and special guests perform at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro, 10 p.m. The Creek Rocks channel traditional Ozark folk songs at the White Water, 9 p.m. Fox 16 anchor Donna Terrell’s Yoga Warriors Fighting Colon Cancer event begins at the DoubleTree Hotel, 10 a.m., donations. Jaimee and Ron Jensen-McDaniel entertain at Round Mountain Coffee in Conway for “A Taste of Spring,” a benefit for the Arkansas Chamber Singers, 6:30 p.m., $50. Or, catch the Jensen-McDaniels with their band CosmOcean at Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. Liquid Kitty performs at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $5. Canvas plays a happy hour set at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, soul siren Charlotte Taylor takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5.
Video game creator, genre-pusher and country music heir Shooter Jennings lands at Stickyz, 7 p.m., $20-$25. ArkansasStaged puts on Nassim Soleimanpour’s experimental play “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” at 21C Museum Hotel, Bentonville, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. River City Men’s Chorus hosts “The Beat Goes On: A Musical Tribute to the ’60s” at Second Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m.
Members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra follow up “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” with a “Beethoven Festival” program at the Clinton Presidential Center as part of the River Rhapsodies Chamber Music series, 7 p.m., $23. I’m With Her gives a concert at the Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, 7 p.m. Sportswriter Evin Demirel (“African American Athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali’s Tour, Black Razorbacks and Other Forgotten Stories”) speaks at the Department of Arkansas Heritage office as part of its Pen to Podium series, 6:30 p.m., 1100 N. St.
Jazz/neo-soul combo Off the Cuff performs for Jazz in the Park at the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park, 6 p.m., free. Houston rockers Blue October bring “Hate Me” and others to the Clear Channel Metroplex, with Flagship, 8 p.m., $30. At Verizon Arena, “Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars” skates off, 7 p.m. Wed.-Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $16-$51.