It’s opening day at Dickey-Stephens Park as the Travs take on the Midland Rockhounds, 7 p.m., $6-$10. Adopted Arkansan Cory Branan (Memphis claims him, but he lives in Fayetteville now) is an acclaimed singer/songwriter. He plays an intimate show at White Water, 9 p.m., $5. Tulsa throwback rockers the Effects perform at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5. Kate Voegele of Ohio has had her music featured prominently on the teen soap “One Tree Hill.” The singer/songwriter performs at Juanita’s with the Whitest Light, 9 p.m., $8-$10. Good-time soul cover act the Memphis Soul Revue comes to Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5. Northwest Arkansas blues heroes the Eoff Brothers Band stop in at Cornerstone, 9 p.m., $5. As always, the Ted Ludwig Trio stirs up foot-tapping jazz at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. The Sandman, billed as “the number one comedy hypnotist,” lulls the unsuspecting with laughter at the Looney Bin, 8 p.m., $6.
Sticky Fingerz hosts the Guns N’ Roses tribute act Paradise City, 9 p.m., $7. At White Water, Fayetteville folk-rocker Sarah Hughes performs with her band, 9 p.m., $5. The Peabody kicks off its run of River Top parties with popular cover act the Gettys and a dance show from the Arkansas Twisters Sirens, 8 p.m., $5. Memphis Soul Revue closes out a two-night stand at Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Blue-eyed soul man Big John Miller belts out all the hits at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $5. It’s First Friday at Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $5. The Sandman returns to the Looney Bin, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $9. If you can’t get tickets to opening day with the Travs, here’s a second chance, 7:10 p.m., $6-$10.
Party band favorites Tragikly White play West End, 9 p.m., $5. Silky smooth piano man William Staggers performs at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Singer/songwriter Justin Teal Morgan plays Cornerstone with alt-country standouts Sean Rock and the Toltecs, 9 p.m., $5. Next Level Events hosts the Centurion Circle Annual ’80s Masquerade Party as a benefit for the Centers for Youth and Families with live and silent auctions, 8 p.m., in the train station, $40 adv., $50 d.o.s. More hilarious hypnotism from the Sandman at the Looney Bin, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $9. The Travs take on the Midland Rockhounds, 7:10 p.m., $6-$10.