Founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds Jimmie Vaughan performs at UA Pulaski Technical College for the Arts Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS), 7 p.m., $39-$125. Jacob Metcalf brings the crystalline guitar arrangements from 2016's "Fjord" to South on Main, 8 p.m., $10. Local comedians face off at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse for Comedy Cage Match: Season Finale, with music from Miki Gaynor, 8 p.m., $5. The Creek Rocks bring their folklore-based songs to Four Quarter Bar for a free, early show, 6 p.m. Delta Translation plays a happy hour set at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and at 9 p.m., Tragikly White takes the stage, $5. Texas country singer Mike Ryan brings piano ballad "Sad Song" and others to Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10. Appleton, Wis., band Tenement joins locals Fiscal Spliff and Attagirl for a rock show at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Comedian Sam Norton tackles "hard-hitting topics like baboons, Furbys, and the psychology of trees" at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. It's Poetry Night at Guillermo's Coffee, Tea & Roastery, 6:30 p.m., free.
Isaac Alexander brings tunes from "Like a Sinking Stone" to Maxine's in Hot Springs, with Chuck Dodson, 9 p.m., $7. Ballet Arkansas presents "Emergence," featuring Chris Stuart's "Under the Lights by Chris Stuart," set to the music of Johnny Cash, George Balanchine's "Valse Fantaisie" and a world premiere by Mariana Oliveira, winner of the company's 2017 "Winter Visions" choreography competition, 8 p.m. Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall, $10. Mister Lucky brings its high-energy set to Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Howard & Skye fill Cregeen's Irish Pub with acoustic folk, 9 p.m., free. Chicago's Dead Rider shares a bill with Or and Ghost Bones at Low Key Arts in Hot Springs, 118 Arbor St., 9 p.m., $7-$10. Mark Currey plays songs from "Tarrant County" at Core Public House, 5 p.m., free. Memphis hip-hop artist Moneybagg Yo lands at the Clear Channel Metroplex, 10 p.m., $25-$100 with discounted rate for Pine Bluff residents. Pine Bluff native Kami Renee, who plays bass for Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase reigning champions Dazz & Brie, performs at Chi's Asian Cafe for Sushi & Chill, 10 p.m., free admission. Former showcase champions The Uh Huhs share a bill with Missouri's Mouton for Freaky Friday, 11 p.m., Pizza D'Action. Irma Gerd, Jesse Kitten, Electra Complex and Envy S. Hart share the stage for Club Sway's Club Camp: Scream Queens, 10:30 p.m. and midnight. Highway 124 takes its red dirt country music to the stage at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. "Boo!: Images of the Macabre" opens at UA Pulaski Tech's CHARTS with a reception featuring music from saxophonist Barry McVinney and pianist Ron Hall, 6 p.m., Windgate Gallery, free. Airpark makes a stop at Kings Live Music in Conway for a show with Cosmic Farmer, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Little Rock Wind Symphony presents works from Gustav Holst and Adam Gorb, 7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, $8-$15. Guitarist and crooner Liz Brasher returns to the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. The Ben Miller Band brings its rowdy fiddle-forward mix back to Little Rock for a show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10-$12.
Monticello country rocker Ward Davis returns to Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $15-$45. Tulsa-based funk ensemble Henna Roso lands at Four Quarter Bar with an opening set from Good Foot, 10 p.m., $8. Tempe, Ari.'s Ded fills Stickyz with nu metal songs like "Anti-Everything," 8:30 p.m., $10. Dirty Lindsey takes the stage at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m., $7. The Akeem Kemp Band performs at Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) kicks off its 2017-18 season with "Masterworks I: Tchaikovsky 5," a concert featuring works from Haydn and Haas, 7:30 p.m., Walton Arts Center, $30-$52.
Ginger Rogers stars in "A Shriek in the Night," the next horror flick up in Central Arkansas Library System's Boos & Booze series, 6 p.m., Ron Robinson Theater, $2. Author David Jauss ("Black Maps," "Glossolalia") reads from his work at UA Pulaski Tech's (CHARTS) as part of the Big Rock on the Map series, 7 p.m., free. Journalists Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie discuss their book "The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign," 6 p.m., Clinton School of Public Service, free.
John Burnette, Darren Barry, Tyndall Jackson, Rob Moore and others share the stage for Celebrating the Life of Tom Petty at the Rev Room, 8 p.m., $10-$15. Over at South on Main, V.L. Cox's curated month of Sessions concerts resumes with A+B, 8 p.m., $10. Hendrix graduate and University of North Carolina professor GerShun Avilez gives a lecture titled "Vanishing Acts: Black Labor, Social Absence, & Civil Rights Reform" at Hendrix College, 4:15 p.m.