SAMANTHA CRAIN

  • SAMANTHA CRAIN

FRIDAY 5/6

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We’ve never made anything even resembling an attempt to hide our love for Samantha Crain, the powerhouse Oklahoma songwriter, And, well, we’re certainly not gonna start now. She returns to White Water Tavern with another top-tier Times favorite, Bonnie Montgomery, 10 p.m., $5.

Town Pump hosts a triple-bill of indie rock from piano-laced rockers Free Micah, Musicians Showcase finalists Year of the Tiger and Aussie-pop from Catskill Kids, 10 p.m., $3.

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Soul, jazz and R&B gets fused at The Afterthought when Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers hits the stage, 9 p.m., $10.

Revolution’s regular Zodiac Party returns to fete local Tauruses (woot!) with a slate of DJs including Big Brown, Ewell, Sex With Robots, Mix Mafia, Michael Shane and more, 9 p.m., $10.

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Bar rockers PG-13 rock at a bar, this time Fox and Hound, 10 p.m., $5.

Cornerstone flaunts area rappers and hip-hop crews during the regular D-Mite and Tho-D Studios Showcase, 9 p.m.

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Perennial party band Mister Lucky heads to Benton for a night at Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m.

WILL JOHNSON

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  • WILL JOHNSON

SATURDAY 5/7

ACAC cross-dresses it up on the Arkansas Queen for its annual “Drag the River” party, featuring live music from club kid Jason Dottley; emceed by female impersonators Miranda Meridian, Brittany Paige, Tionne Iman, Krystal Karrington and M’Shay Foster, 10 p.m., $50 general, $75 V.I.P.

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Two of the best traditional roots musicians in the state, Damn Bullet Joe Sundell and Hot Springs’ Brian Martin, boogie in White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.

Jocephus & the George Jonestown Massacre provide the music for the “Dandy Day in the Park” after-party at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members.

In the afternoon, UAMS hosts its annual Julep Cup Jaunt, featuring silent auctions, food, mint juleps, live music from The Real Thing and, of course, the Kentucky Derby, at the Fred Smith Conference Center of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute, 4 p.m., $25.

And Will Johnson of the great, prolific Centro-matic will be in town as part of his house show tour. But you’re gonna have to buy tickets or do some serious Google sleuthing to find out where it is. $15, 8 p.m.

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