by John Tarpley
And it's a wrap! The five semi-final winners of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase face off against each other at Revolution. Post-blues duo Tyrannosaurus Chicken, electro-rockers The Year of the Tiger, driving folk-rockers Sea Nanners, country and western act Mandy McBryde and the Unholy Ghost and the winners of Thursday's semi-final round take to the stage to determine who leaves with this year's honors — and a whole slate of prizes, 8:30 p.m.
Colin Hay, the lead vocalist of Men at Work and "Garden State" soundtrack contributor, brings his acclaimed singer/songwriter sounds to Juanita's, 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s.
The Afterthought hosts the great Isaac Alexander, who, tonight, does his thing with a backing band, 9 p.m., $7.
Midtown Billiards hosts Memphis heavy-country act Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members.
Cabot Community Theater's modern-day comedy of manners, "The Nerd," opens at Cabot Community Center, 6:30 p.m.
And in Conway, Michelangelo's plays home to "Launchapalooza Extravaganza," in which Kevin Brockmeier, Marck Beggs, Times contributor Bernard Reed and many more celebrate the release of the new Toad Suck Review (formerly Exquisite Corpse) with readings, food, drink and more, 8 p.m.
Verizon Arena hosts this year's installment of Winter Jam, the annual Christian music festival, featuring Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Kutless, Francesca Battistelli, Sidewalk Prophets, Chris Sligh of "American Idol" and many, many more, 6 p.m., $10 at the door.
The Mo Dedz of Arkadelphia, featuring members of Life Size Pizza, make their Little Rock debut with Musicians Showcase semi-finalists The Yipps at Town Pump, 10 p.m., $3.
Acoustic duo Team Lieblong lands in Markham Street Grill and Pub, 9 p.m.
And Fayetteville gets a visit from a Cuban jazz icon when trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval swings at the Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $18-$26.
Runaway Planet gets reliably awesome at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m.