THURSDAY, JULY 3
Blue-eyed soulman Big John Miller plays Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5. Hear up-and-coming hopefuls new to the local music scene during Fresh Blood Night at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $6. Lil Boosie and Young Buck play the Statehouse Convention Center, 7 p.m., $22. Get a scoop of hand-dipped goodness at the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at U.S. Pizza at Kavanaugh and Ash, 6 p.m., free. Volcanic eruptions abound at Revolution as Molten Lava takes the stage, 9:30 p.m., $5-$10. Established reggae pros One Stone jam Juanita’s for an 18-and-up show, 9 p.m. The Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio holds down its steady gig at Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Live karaoke presented by the Movement is happening at Crush Wine Bar, 8 p.m., $5.
FRIDAY, JULY 4
Frontier Fourth of July celebrations take place at Historic Arkansas Museum, 2-4 p.m., free. Arkansas’s largest Fourth of July bash, Pops on the River, carries on its tradition at Riverfest Amphitheatre, 8:30 p.m., free. The Peabody RiverTop parties wrap up with Venus Mission, 8 p.m., $15. Guitar fans of all genre preferences should catch Eric Sardinas at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $8. Asking Andy plays West End Smokehouse Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. Celebrate freedom of expression with Playboy Playmates at the Club 2720 Miss Bikini 2008 Finals at Club 2720 in Hot Springs, 11 p.m. Comedian Will Marfori celebrates Independence Day by exercising his freedom of speech at the Loony Bin, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $9.
SATURDAY, JULY 5
DJ Buffet, featuring DJs Swift, Profit and K1, serves up the hip-hop and rap jams at Juanita’s for an 18-and-up show, 8 p.m., $10. William Staggers returns to the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Alley Katz headlines Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5. Two options exist for the fresh produce shopper at the Farmers Market, River Market Pavilion, 7 a.m., and Certified Arkansas Farmers Market, Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, NLR, 7 a.m. The Humane Society hosts its weekly dog wash fund-raiser at Trinity United Methodist Church, 9 a.m., $15 donation. Buy, sell and trade beer merchandise rarities at the Sizzle ‘N Sweat Brewery Collectables Show, Burns Park Louis Gerschner Pavilion, 10 a.m. The Arkansas Warriors take on North Missouri Hawks at the UALR Fieldhouse, 7 p.m., $10.