The Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio, featuring Bill Huntington on bass and Brian Brown on drums, plays its regular gig at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $2. Amped-up Arizona rockabillies the High Rollers are at Vino’s with local hellraisers Josh the Devil and the Sinners, 8:30 p.m.
Hard but melodic rockers Typhoid Mary come to Cornerstone Pub, 9 p.m. It’s First Friday at Juanita’s, 10 p.m. The Dave Matthews Tribute Band does spot-on covers of KISS songs (joking) at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m. $7. Vino’s has the top two most ridiculously named acts touring today, Geisert 8 and XchadX, plus New Year, 8:30 p.m., $6. Mediums Art Gallery hosts a live poetry reading, 10 p.m., $5.
Sharp local metal outfit Calcabrina performs with Ironclad and Turdy Jones at Downtown Music, 9 p.m., $5. Post-hardcore Christian act Emery plays an acoustic set at Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv/$14 DOS. At Sticky Fingerz, Austin’s Bleu Edmondson plays Southern rock, 9 p.m., $7. 100.3 FM “The Edge” brings rising alt-metal stars Operator to the Village, 8:30 p.m., $1.03. The Travs take on the Midland Rockhounds, 7 p.m., $6; and the Twisters battle the Bossier City Battle Wings, 7 p.m., $10-$38.
Post Postal Service electro-pop outfit the Secret Handshake plays dance songs for the emo set at Juanita’s, 6:30 p.m., $7. The Travs take on the Midland Rockhounds again, 6 p.m., $6.
Guitarist Ed Smith joins Joe Vick on bass and Dave Rogers on drums at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $5. The Arkansas Queen hosts a gospel music dinner cruise, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., $17.95-$24.95. The Travs’ homestand against the Rockhounds continues, 7:10 p.m., $6.
Tom Houston Jones plays blues at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. The Flying Saucer hosts its regular trivia bowl event, 9 p.m., free. Atlanta rockers Gringo Starr come to White Water with local pop-rockers Big Boots, 10 p.m., donations. Dora the Explorer’s cousin Diego is the hero in “Go, Diego Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue,” a stage performance at Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $12.50-$36.50.