ACAC HALLOWEEN COVER-UP
9 p.m., ACAC Space. $5-7.
As in years past, the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative has assembled a wildly diverse slate of local folks to not just cover but fully impersonate iconic acts. Lots of potential here. Members of Style Guide and Hector Faceplant will be blonde-wigged-up and pop-hooked-out as pop sensation ABBA. Which, hopefully, will be paired with Minneapolis post-punks Husker Du, as covered by Do You Remember, an ad hoc band made up of members of the Thing That Always Explodes, the Evelyns and the STDs. Or even better, next to the quintessential Halloween band, the Misfits, as realized by Little Rock's God City Destroyers, who, at least based on their photo on MySpace, seem to have that burly, Danzig thing going on. Also on the bill: a collection of UALR music students doing Blondie and local punks Jungle Juice doing hardcore heroes Infest. Those in costumes get in for $5. There's a $50 costume contest prize.
THE MOVING FRONT/ THE GOOD FEAR
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
For at least recent memory, White Water has copied the ACAC formula, with some tweaking. Smaller line-ups. Proven bands. Fewer good costumes. This year, the bill — which features the Moving Front as REM and the Good Fear reprising their Six Tom Pettys and the Heartbreaker from last year — is a traveling Halloween hoorah. On Friday, both will be in Fayetteville at the Boom Boom Room warming up. Which is good not just because it means the bands will have a test show under their belts, but even more because, while you could imagine a band winging it for one cover gig, two shows means actual practice. I know that's the case with TMF. Dudes are usually fairly blase about what they're doing, but not about this. They know it sounds good. Practice or no, the Good Fear should be sturdy from their blonde wig extravaganza from last year, which was nothing but fun.