Stickyz will host Nightrain, a tribute to Guns N’ Roses, at 8:30 p.m., $10. Nashville’s Whoa Dakota will be at White Water Tavern with Little Rock garage punk group Bombay Harambee (who will be at Maxine’s in Hot Springs the following night), 9 p.m. Little Rock favorite John Willis (along with his newly renamed backing band The Misses) will play at The Joint with Kevin Kerby, 9:30 p.m., $5. Pine Bluff R&B and gospel artist Rod Clemmons will be at the Robinson Center Music Hall at 8 p.m., $43.
Austin alt-country stalwart Alejandro Escovedo will be at Stickyz with BettySoo at 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. Marilyn Burns, the local metal group named for the lead actress in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” will be at Vino’s at 8:30 p.m. with Crankbait and Descended From Wolves, $6. Spinrad will be at the Afterthought at 9 p.m., $5, and Christian pop group For King and Country will play at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater at 8 p.m., $49.99-$54.99 or free with a season pass.
The First Security Amphitheater will host Yoga on the River at 8 a.m., free. The Main Library will host a Science Fiction Writing Workshop at 10 a.m. Author (and radio host) Stephen Koch will read from his new biography, “Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B,” at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville at 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Christian rock band Casting Crowns will play at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater at 8 p.m., $49.99-$54.99, and local sludge metal group Sea Hag will be at Vino’s with Snakedriver, Criminal Slang and Terminal Nation, 8:30 p.m., $7. B Flats will be at the Afterthought at 9 p.m., $7, and Opportunist, Becoming Elephants and Mulehead will play a tornado relief benefit show at Maxine’s in Hot Springs (donations are encouraged).
Guitarists Mike Carenbauer and Bill Huntington will play at South on Main at 7:30 p.m. as part of the restaurant’s Local Live series, free. The Robinson Center Music Hall will host the first night of Sesame Street Live, “Can’t Stop Singing,” with two performances, at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., $24-$38.30. Comedian Tony Tone will kick off a weekend stand at the Loony Bin (through Saturday night) with a performance at 7:30 p.m., $7. Catch a free screening of “Office Space” at Riverfront Park as part of Movies in the Park, 8:30 p.m.