Psych-rock heavy hitters Dead Meadow join Adam Faucett & the Tall Grass and Canaan for a show at the White Water Tavern, 8 p.m., $12. Crystal C. Mercer performs for Poetry Night at Guillermo's Coffee, Tea & Roastery, 6:30 p.m. Terror Pigeon, Ginsu Wives, Spirit Cuntz and Pissing Comets share a bill at E.J.'s Eats & Drinks, 9 p.m., $5. Activist, philanthropist, author and perfecter of the "skyhook shot" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives a free lecture at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, 7 p.m. A.J. Marlin hosts a Comedy Bowl at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., $10. High Waisted puts its sunny surf up on stage at Maxine's in Hot Springs with Cold Front and Bull, 9 p.m., free. Comedian and former cartoonist Steve "Mudflap" McGrew goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $10-$15.
Club Sway hosts "an evening of burlesque, booze and bad behavior" for a Cabaret night, 9 p.m. Polyester Robot — members of Dirtfoot, Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo and Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings — takes the stage at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Hibernia Irish tavern hosts a comedy bill with the Shamrock Showcase, 8 p.m. The Dublin Guitar Quartet performs new classical works at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 8 p.m., $10. Goldy Locks takes the stage at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m., $7. Buh Jones kicks off the weekend with a happy hour set at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by Canvas, 9 p.m., $5. Northwest Arkansas-based combo Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds land at White Water, 9 p.m., $7. Bad Cop, The Merrows and Warm Trickle share a rock show at Maxine's, 9 p.m., $7. The Cody Martin Band performs at Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Heath Sanders, 8:30 p.m., $5. The John Calvin Brewer Band performs at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; The Pink Piano Show is in the casino's Pops Lounge, 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Country radio star Miranda Lambert plays Verizon Arena on her "Livin' Like Hippies" tour, 7 p.m., $43-$78. Songwriter Mark Currey plays a set at Core Public House, 7 p.m., and stick around Argenta for The Salty Dogs, who prove their twangy mettle on the cozy stage at Four Quarter Bar, 10:30 p.m., $7. J-Rod, Dee Dee Jones, Danny B, and Crissy P. perform at South on Main for "Thoroughbred: The Black Derby Brunch," $15-$35, see Eventbrite for tickets. Little Bandit joins Elise Davis for a bill at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Discovery Nightclub's drag show goes for a comic book theme with "Superheroes vs. Villains," with performances from Dominique Sanchez, Taylor Madison Monroe, Abs Hart, Victoria Rios, Chloe Jacobs, and Cassandra Rae, 9 p.m. Steve Boyster plays the happy hour set at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, the Shannon Boshears Band takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. The B-Flats play a show at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m. Living Hour, Look Vibrant and Polly's Pockets share a bill at The Cavern in Russellville, 9 p.m., $3-$5 suggested donation. Break and Enter, MisManage and Good Monday share an all-ages heavy bill at The Sonic Temple, 8 p.m., $5. The Irie Lions put reggae sounds on the stage at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $6. Charlotte Taylor performs a solo set at Cregeen's Irish pub in Argenta, 8 p.m., free. Haywood King performs at Gigi's Soul Cafe & Lounge, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Better Than Ezra vocalist and guitarist Kevin Griffin plays a set at Rev Room, 8:30 p.m., $25. Space Dingus, Escape Tones and Elephantom share a bill at Maxine's, 9 p.m., $5.
Alabama-based Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires bring the blue collar gospel to White Water Tavern with an early show, 7 p.m. The Muses perform Irish and English ballads at Garvan Woodland Gardens, 3 p.m., $35. Michigan rock band Pop Evil gets loud at Rev Room, with Palaye Royale and Black Map, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25. Winter Jam 2018 features Christian artists Skillet, Kari Jobe and Building 429, 6 p.m., $15 at the door. Stone's Throw Brewing holds a Vinyl Brunch with Arkansas Record & CD Exchange, 11 a.m.
The Chris Parker Trio, jazz vocalist and educator Dr. I.J. Routen and Mused perform for Eclectica '18, a fundraiser for the LRSD Artistry in the Rock Scholarship Fund, 7 p.m., $15-$25. Bloomberg News Senior Editor John Hechinger gives a talk on fraternity culture at the Clinton School of Public Service, "True Gentlemen: The Broken Pledge of America's Fraternities," 7 p.m., free.
South on Main hosts a Songwriter's Round with Nick Brumley, Mark Edgar Stuart and Jed Zimmerman, 8 p.m., $10.