Friday’s Music

George McConnell.

Giving you the music a day early:

A little over a year since his last visit to Sticky Fingerz, former Beanland, Kudzu Kings and Widespread Panic guitarist George McConnell returns to the River Market club to play his swirling blend of rock ‘n’ roll-, jazz-, country- and blues-inspired music, including an homage to Steve Cropper with “Mr. Cropper” and the searing country blues rock of “Jaguar.” The opening act is Fayetteville’s Charliehorse, an outfit which throws out Ozark-flavored Americana music with a rockabilly kick, starting out the music at 9 p.m. Cover for the 21-and-up show is $7. McConnell’s new focus is releasing, via digital download, rock ‘n’ roll singles recorded in his Oxford, Miss., studio and titled the Virtual 45 Series.

Beastie Boys’ resident DJ Mix Master Mike will finish his current tour with four straight nights of chopping and spinning in London, but before jumping across the pond, Mr. Michael Schwartz is visiting The Village. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with general admission tickets $20 advance and $25 at the door. Called one of the greatest DJs of all time by USA Today, Mix Master Mike has been multicoloring the Beastie Boys’ mixture of hip-hop, punk, garage rock and funk with turntable tweaks and scratches since the trio’s multiplatinum album Hello Nasty in 1997. But the turntable sorcerer has also left his crazy scratching on albums and EPs as a solo artist, and worked with musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne.

Expect to be asked to drink, and then drink some more, plus enjoy some kick-ass rockabilly music as Billy D and the First-Time Offenders play Cornerstone Pub. The music starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Before the outdoors Edgefest VI arrives May 8 at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds with a lineup including Godsmack and Rob Zombie. 100.3 The Edge is presenting a couple of Edgefest veterans indoors at Verizon Arena with Canadian alternative rock band Three Days Grace and Pennsylvania alternative rock band Breaking Benjamin. Three Days Grace, known for their hook-filled songs such as the polished “I Hate Everything About You,” and Breaking Benjamin, who reached the masses with their crossover smash “The Diary of Jane,” will be joined by Flyleaf, a Temple, Texas-based rock band best known for the single “I’m So Sick.” Doors open at 6 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $39.75.

The Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative is holding an opening of Kat Wilson‘s Habitat: A Photographic Experience by Kat Wilson from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the ACAC building on Rodney Parham Road. It’s the first time the entire series has been on display, and a film by Wilson will also be screened with musical accompaniment by Zach Holland. Video poems by Walt Whitman-award winning poet, Tony Tost, will also be displayed. Hors d’oeuvre, beer and wine will be available; donations are encouraged. The works will be on display until March 28.

Here’s George McConnell in action with his “Kill the Man”: