Vocalist “Sweet Lu” Olutosin joins saxophonist Dave Williams II on sax, keyboardist Chris Parker on keys, bassist Oliver Thomas on bass and drummer Yvette Preyer at Khalil’s Pub & Grill as part of the “A Work of Art” series sponsored by Art Porter Music Education, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $40. Comedian Todd Rexx takes the stage at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. William Shaw and LaChaz Holloway perform for ’90s R&B Night at Empire, 3315 Roosevelt Road, 9 p.m. Levels, Voices in Vain, The Lucid Archetype and Past Comfort share a bill at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse screens the 1959 Bela Lugosi horror film “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” 8 p.m., free. Cosmocean starts the weekend early with a dance set at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. DJ Don D, Dusa Dusse, Travis Winnin Osa, Kevin Johnson, Ronel Williams and more perform for hip-hop showcase Indie Music Night, with Stephan James and host Big Swoll, 9 p.m., Rev Room, $10-$12. Lewd Awakening Revue takes its burlesque sideshow aesthetic to the stage at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $10. Buh Jones brings his melodic set to the happy hour crowd at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free. The El Dorado Film Festival kicks off in the Murphy Arts District, with a Friday night performance from Kiefer Sutherland, see eldomad.com for tickets and a full schedule.
Colour Design releases its new record “They Don’t Exist” with a show at White Water, and will be joined by Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, Headcold and Commander Keen, 9 p.m., $7. Chucky Waggs & Co. perform at Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. Ben Byers performs at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free; catch vocalist Ramona Smith there at 9 p.m., $5. The Gable Bradley Band plays at Kings Live Music in Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. “Porter Players Jam” pays homage to Art Porter Jr. and Art Porter Sr. at 109 & Co., 5 p.m., free. Trey Stevens Band entertains at Silks Bar & Grill at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. Harrisong takes the stage at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. DeFrance rocks at Dardanelle’s Front Street Grill, 9 p.m. The 48 Hour Film Project caps off 2018 with a Wrap Party at Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 10 p.m. Secondhand Cannons releases a new album, “Four Year Fuse,” with a concert at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m.
Smooth jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum gives the keynote concert for Art Porter Music Education’s “A Work of Art,” 8 p.m., Wildwood Park for the Arts, $50-$65. Club Sway celebrates its eighth birthday with “8 at 8,” a drag show and dance party featuring DJ Porterhouse, 8 p.m. Mountain Sprout gets rowdy at Kings in Conway with an opening set from Rayuken, 8:30 p.m., $5. Taylor Madison Monroe, Chloe Jacobs, Cassandra Rae Reality, Victoria Rios and Queen Anthony perform for Discovery Nightclub’s weekly drag show, 12:30 a.m., $10. Control record shop follows up its Stifft Station pop-up with a guest spot at Electric Ghost in SoMa, 10 a.m. Sat.-Sun. Rock Town Roller Derby plays a double header at the Arkansas Skatium, noon and 2 p.m., $12. Leta Joyner plays a set at Core Brewing in North Little Rock, 7 p.m. The Sweet Nothings and DeFrance share a bill at Texarkana’s Hopkins Icehouse, 8:30 p.m. David Miller & Rocktown Revival take their bluegrass-infused boogie to White Water, 9 p.m. Top of the Rock Chorus performs for the “Sing Like a Girl” concert, 7 p.m., UA Pulaski Tech’s Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS), $20. Lauren Alaina of “American Idol” fame performs at Magic Springs Theme & Water Park’s Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., see magicsprings.com for passes. Elsewhere in Hot Springs, Commander Keen plays Maxine’s, with The She and Landrest, 9 p.m., $5. The Big Dam Horns blow into Smoke & Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville, 10 p.m., $3. Irie Lions joins Dana Louise & Friends at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville as part of the Forest Concert Series, 7 p.m., $10. Electric Rag Band boogies at Midtown Billiards, midnight. Courtney Sheppard, Sarah Hastings, Gene Reid, A Rowdy Faith, Justin Patterson of Ten Penny Gypsy and John David Salons perform for Legends of Little Rock at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m. Trey Johnson entertains for happy hour at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, The Shame takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5.
Attagirl, Perspective, A Lovely Hand to Hold, Laith and Pancho Casanova share an early bill at Vino’s, 6 p.m.
The Arkansas Travelers take on the Frisco RoughRiders at Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. Tue.-Thu., $7-$13. The Arkansas Arts Center opens exhibitions “Delta Through the Decades Deux: Selections from the Collection” and student show “Through Our Eyes.”
Deceased, Savage Master, Mortalus and Death of Kings share a heavy bill at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $10.