9 p.m. Afterthought.
Arkansas’s greatest living songwriter returns to a Little Rock stage for the first time in recent memory on Friday with several added bonuses: Jim Mize has just wrapped the recording of his eagerly awaited third album, which Big Legal Mess plans to release sometime this fall. So he’ll likely be playing some new songs.
Laurie Stirratt, a roots-rock hero in own right for her time in Blue Mountain, plays her first gig as part of Mize’s backing band. She’s on bass. Chris Michaels plays guitar and Dave Hoffpauir plays drums. Last bonus: Killer songwriter Kevin Gordon returns to town to open