White Water Tavern has a rowdy night in store, with genuine country-punk hellraiser Joe Buck, blues-rockers The Hooten Hallers and local hardcore troupe The God City Destroyers, 9 p.m., $7.
All you metal maniacs can get a Metallica fix, with tribute act Battery — Masters of Metallica, 18-and-older, Revolution, 9 p.m., $5. White Water Tavern hosts "Comin' on Christmas: Little Rockers Sing Songs of Joy and Peace," featuring Isaac Alexander, Adam Faucett, John Willis, Amy Garland, Sydney Hunsicker, Phillip Huddleston, Mandy McBryde, Audrey Dean Kelley, Phillip Huddleston and more, with readings by Michael Inscoe, Rhett Brinkley and Matt Carey, 9:30 p.m. Cocktails for Crohn's is a fundraiser for the Arkansas chapter of Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America. The 18-and-older show features Amy Garland and Nick Devlin, Stickyz, 6 p.m., $8. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts an evening in remembrance of legendary jazz pianist Charles Thomas with Chris Parker, Joe Cripps and Brian Withers performing, 7 p.m., free (but RSVP to 683-3593 required). The Funkanites play at The Joint in North Little Rock, 9 p.m., $7. The Little Rock Wind Symphony's "A Christmas Celebration" is at Second Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10, free for students. The "Tie One On" fundraiser for Our House homeless shelter includes food, drinks, entertainment and more. Pavilion in the Park, 6 p.m., $55.
Ballet Arkansas presents its production of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker," Robinson Center Music Hall, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $15-$20. Fayetteville's The 1 Oz. Jig plays Vino's, 9 p.m., $5. The Arkansas Chamber Singers present "Singing for Joy," 7:30 p.m., Old State House Museum, free (see calendar for additional performances). Electro-rockers Super BOB play Juanita's, with openers After the Fifth and Cinders to Ascension, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Maxine's has an evening of tasty psych-blues, with Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Deep Fried Squirrel, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. Weakness for Blondes plays The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Low Key Arts screens the "Valtari Film Experiment," which consists of several short films to accompany the release of the new album from Sigur Ros, all ages, 8:30 p.m., $7.
The Shannon Boshears Band brings blues rock to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Maxine's hosts singer/songwriters Amy LaVere and Adam Faucett, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door.
The riotously funny musical act/comedy troupe 10 Horse Johnson is at The Joint, 8 p.m., $10, and again on Dec. 13, 8 p.m., $10.