To get you in the holiday spirit, there are two opportunities to catch Handel's “Messiah” — at First Baptist Church in Little Rock with the Arkansas Choral Society and the NLR High School Chorus, 7:30 p.m., $12, and at Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall as the UALR Community Chorus performs, 8 p.m., $10. Meanwhile, at the Afterthought, the Ted Ludwig Trio serves up jazz, New Orleans-style, 8 p.m., $5. Local honky-tonk heroes the Salty Dogs play their last show of the year with Austin's Stevie Tombstone at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. At Revolution, singer/songwriter Chris Henry headlines a benefit for the Arkansas AIDS Foundation, 8 p.m. Local rockers Six Strings Down play at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. At Juanita's, local prog-rockers Strange as Fiction perform with Karnaim, 9 p.m., $6.
Austin, Texas, country-rockers Reckless Kelly barnstorm into Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv./$12 d.o.s. At Downtown Music, KABF's “Radio Free Arkansas” hosts a benefit featuring girl-group garage-rockers the Chicklettes, alterna-rapper Mad Trucker and new wave outfit Kyoto Boom, 9 p.m., $6. Blueswoman Charlotte Taylor performs at Cornerstone, 9 p.m. At Flying Saucer, Cooper's Orbit plays rock, 9 p.m. Roots jam band Parachute Woman plays at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5.
The luckiest of tweens will get to see pop sensation Miley Cyrus and her alter ego Hannah Montana at Alltel Arena, 4 p.m. Noted trumpeter Michael Ray returns to the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. New Orleans alt-rockers Cowboy Mouth come to Revolution with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, 9 p.m., $12 adv./$15 d.o.s. Former “American Idol” contestant Sean Michel celebrates the release of his new CD with a show at Juanita's, with Green River Ordinance, 9:30 p.m., $7. At White Water, Fayetteville's Sarah Hughes Band performs at 9 p.m., $5. Cornerstone hosts a benefit for the Arkansas River Blues Society with Brethern, Jelly Brown, Dan & Al and Cosmic Biscuit, 8:30 p.m., $5.
The Detroit sextet Electric Six mixes disco, garage, new wave, metal and punk in silly, consumer-culture-skewering dance floor jams. They come to Revolution at 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 d.o.s.