Christian hit maker Chris Tomlin performs in Alltel Arena’s theater configuration, with openers Israel Houghton and New Breed, 7 p.m., $28-$35.

Times Musicians Showcase runner-up Jonathan Wilkins shows off his songwriting prowess with a free solo gig at Satellite, 9 p.m.

One Little Rock’s most charismatic acts, Loch Ness Monster, brings its post-punk fury to the land of beer towers and chrome, i.e. On the Rocks, 9 p.m., $5.

Nashville’s Kevin Gordon, whose literate songwriting runs against the grain in Music City, returns to White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5, with a long overdue performance from local blues-rock standouts the Greg Spradlin Outfit to kick things off.

The Southern Superstar songwriting contest, sponsored by Stone Ward, culminates at Sticky Fingerz, with songwriters from Ohio, North Carolina and Georgia squaring off, 5:30 p.m.

From Lubbock, Elvis T. Busboy brings his R&B-flavored party music to Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5.

Longtime local jazz patron and player Dr. Rex Bell leads a trio as part of the Afterthought’s weekly Thursday night jazz series, 8 p.m., $5