Springfield, Mo.'s Ha Ha Tonka returns to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $12. The Meshugga Klezmer Band brings its musical frenzy to The Joint, 8 p.m., $8. Fayetteville death metal veterans Vore play at Vino's with San Antonio heavies Hod and Splattered in Traffic, 8:30 p.m., $7. UCA's Dixieland Jazz Band plays a free show at Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m. Downtown Music Hall has a huge hardcore lineup, with Counterparts, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, State Champs, Living with Lions, Between You and I and Our City Decays, 6 p.m., $15.
The Main Thing kicks off "A Fertle Holiday" at The Joint, 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28, $20. CruzWay (featured on the cover of last week's Times) plays Salsa Night at Juanita's, beginning with a one-hour salsa lesson, 9 p.m., $8. It's time for another installment of Indie Music Night at Downtown Music Hall, with Bobby Tillman, Ricky Pleasants, Lil Van, Pimp T, Doe Boi, Khris Brown, April MsGlamorous Carruth, Ashely Desi J, Kinfoke Clique and more, 9 p.m. Noisem, Snakedriver, Jungle Juice and Severe Headwound bring the noise to Vino's, 7:30 p.m., $5. Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra presents "Selections from 'Swan Lake'," with Ballet Arkansas's Youth Division and dancers from Ballet Arkansas, Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20. For some late-night trance-blues, don't miss Tyrannosaurus Chicken at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. Former Secret Service agent Bill Carter will recount his experiences in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination, Oxford American, 5 p.m., free.
Matt Stell and Deep Roots play at Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. There's an Anti-Child Abuse Benefit for Corey Alexander Raposo, with All is at an End, 540, Burning Addison, As Tall As Giants, More Than Sparrows, Lefty Williams and Apothecary, Downtown Music Hall, 4 p.m., $10. The Big Dam Horns bring the horn-y sounds to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Oklahoma veterans Hosty Duo play an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. It sold out in a flash, but Rosanne Cash plays at South on Main, $50.
Lisa Ling, a veteran journalist and producer and former co-host of "The View," speaks at Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, 7:30 p.m., $15.
The always entertaining and utterly charming Bonnie Montgomery plays at South on Main, 7:30 p.m.