Local staples Tragikly White headline with Tony, Tim and Scott at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m. for the opening act, 9 p.m. for the headline, $5. White Denim plays Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Roller derby girls scrimmage and carouse for Food Not Bombs at their '80s Open Skate, 8 p.m., $5 plus two non-perishable food items, AR Skatium. At Afterthought, the Ted Ludwig Jazz trio plays New Orleans-style jazz, 8 p.m., $5.
If you're willing to make the drive, the “Solid Blues” lineup at Walton Arts Center features Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Krown and the North Mississippi Allstars, 8 p.m., $30-$45. At Counterpoint, the Gypsy Queens, Costanza's, Go Fast, and Josh the Devil and the Sinners play a raucous rockin' rock show for the shorties (a Toys for Tots benefit), $10, half off with a toy. Down-home Americana favorite Big Smith comes to Revolution, 9 p.m., $8.
The Mid-South Battle of the Bands brings together dozens of college and high school marching bands for a showdown at War Memorial, 1 p.m., $15. Blues Traveler peripatetically winds its way into Revolution, surprising all comers who think of them as “that band with the hook song,” 8 p.m., $20 d.o.s. The Gettys play Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. Ramona and the Soul Rhythms play with Greg Madden at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m./9 p.m., $5. Brethren, Cosmic Biscuit and others raise money at Cornerstone Pub for the AR River Blues Society, 8 p.m. Das Gift, Defy, Intheorium play pretty little ditties at Downtown Music, 9 p.m., $6. Mojo Depot plays White Water, 9 p.m., $5.
Do they know it's Halloween? If you're staying at home, buy Mallomars and put a quarter in a UNICEF box. If you're taking out kids, the Big Boo!-seum Bash will keep them occupied for a while, 5:30 p.m., free, museums throughout Little Rock. Boo at the Zoo runs a touch later and has the benefit of the naturally spooky lizard house, 6 p.m., $5. Otherwise, Downtown Music has a totally free surprise guest Halloween show (really), 8 p.m. Halloween parties with and without special guests abound, notably Free Verse at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5.