The Rep's annual “Startin' Early, Staying Late” fund-raiser precedes the theater's fancy-schmancy Saturday night “Saints and Sinners Ball” and aims for a different audience — those who want to support the city's only professional theater company, but can't afford a $300 ticket or don't want to don black tie. At “Startin' Early” at the Governor's Mansion, a $50 ticket scores you hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and music from the Bob Boyd Sounds and an opportunity to bid on a silent auction. Dress is cocktail, 6:30 p.m. Little Rock's finest jazz act, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio, does its monthly night of double duty, starting, as usual, at the Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., and then shifting to the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Party-style cover band Mr. Lucky returns to Cajun's Wharf, 9:30 p.m., $5. Revolution hosts a night of local hard-edged rock at Revolution with Calling Drake, Iron Ton and Eddy and the Defiantz, 9 p.m., $5. At SpeakEasy, local pianist and vocalist John Willis gets an assist from Hanky Pank, 8 p.m., free.
Murfreesboro rockers and Little Rock favorites Glossary return to White Water after what's been, for them at least, a long absence. Birmingham's Vulture Whale shares the bill, 10 p.m., $6. At Vino's, Fayetteville standouts David Family Pegasus perform deeply infectious songs about the adventures of King David, a refugee of a (made-up) Bible-themed video game. With visuals! Matt Anders and Megan Parochka open, 8 p.m. At Revolution, throwback metal act Four on the Floor co-headlines with local alt-country band the Good Time Ramblers; the Go-Go Revolution Girls will be out, too, 9 p.m. The always-engaging indie three-piece Winston Family Orchestra offers a free show at Satellite, 9 p.m. free. At the Weekend Theater, the comedy “Sordid Lives” continues, 7:30 p.m., $10-$14. The Arkansas Children's Theatre debuts a stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's “Little Women,” 7 p.m., $11-$14.
The eight-piece Meshugga Klezmer Band returns to the Afterthought for a rare performance, 8 p.m., $8. Out at Denton's Trotline in Benton, Big John Miller belts out soul hits with support from his band, 8 p.m., free. Local singer/songwriters and roommates Bonnie Montgomery and Mandy McBryde share the stage at a free show at the Town Pump, 9 p.m.