Texas singer/songwriters Adam Carroll and Owen Temple each bring literate country-rock to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. At Cajun's, local cover act Typhoid Mary headlines at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. As usual, seven-string phenom Ted Ludwig starts his night with bassist Joe Cripps at the Capital Hotel Bar, 5 p.m., free, before evolving into a three-piece at the Afterthought, 8:30 p.m., $5.
With Halloween falling on a weekend, there are an almost overwhelming number of things happening. If the River Market is your ticket, seven clubs — Deep, Flying Saucer, Gusano's, Revolution, Sticky Fingerz, Underground Pub, Willy D's — offer the opportunity to buy a wristband that allows entry to each. That includes local party band Tragikly White at Revolution, rising Fayetteville rocker Benjamin Del Shreve at Revolution, 9 p.m., and all sorts of DJs and costume contests. Down the street, the Peabody hosts the “Boo Bash Rivertop Party” with a DJ, a light show and a costume contest with a $1,000 prize, 8 p.m., $10. Fresh off the release of their sophomore album, the Damn Bullets play Juanita's, 10 p.m., $7-$10, with FreeVerse, who later headline at Midtown, 12:30 a.m., $5. At West End, perhaps Arkansas's favorite cover band, the Gettys, performs, 9 p.m., $5. Party DJ Chucky P hosts a get-down at Cajun's, where there's a $500 costume prize, 9 p.m., $5. At Restaurant 1620, local jazz-funk stalwarts Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers team with DJ Swift for a Halloween Masquerade, 9 p.m., $15-$20. The local all-M.D. classic rock cover band the B-Flats plays the hits at the Afterthought, 8:30 p.m., $7. At Cornerstone, the Argenta Community Development Corporation hosts a party with a costume contest and live music by First Impressions, 7 p.m., $10-$25.
After a big Friday, there's less than usual doing on Saturday, but for those who like their weekends full, the cover band Donna Massey and the Blue-Eyed Soul headlines at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. Local reggae standouts One Stone play Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $10. Impressive R&B vocalist Tawanna Campbell comes to the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. At Discovery, Platinumb and Justin Sane man the club, while Kecia holds it down in the lobby, midnight, $10.