8:30 p.m., Revolution. $19 adv., $23 d.o.s.
Okay, dig this: A guy who looks like your younger uncle that spends his summers stoned, kayaking and cooking at a Yellowstone resort with folks in their 20s, is going to come to Rev on Thursday with a mounted guitar, stand-up bass, loop pedals and a drum machine. He's gonna beatbox, he's gonna dance and he's gonna turn the stage into a spectacle by transforming into a one-man jam band. Kind of a synthesis between Trey Anastasio and Loudon Wainwright III, Keller Williams received a good bit of attention in 2002 for his album “Smile,” its subse-quent remix album, “Dance,” and “Freeker by the Speaker,” a classic of the genre and one of my all time favorite guilty pleasures. It's a totally inoffensive, clever, jam-y affair that's worth checking out. And it's open to all ages. JT.
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
?It's hard to think of anyone who's stayed busier in local music in recent years than Jason Weinheimer. When not recording albums for acts like the Moving Front and Chris Michaels and the Cranks at Lucky Dog Audio, he's lent his sideman skill to bands like Jim Mize and the Germans and the Greg Spradlin Outfit. Then, of course, there's his regularly consuming work with the Boondogs, the band he co-leads with his wife, long Little Rock's most reliable pop group. But with Weinheimer's latest project, the pop-rock band Love Ghost, he's been forced to slow down. Mainly because Love Ghost's lead guitarist spends most of his days traveling the world and playing award shows. So when Jeff Matika gets a break from touring with Green Day, Love Ghost is playing. It'll be a rare opportunity to see Weinheimer, Matika and mates play punchy pop-rock that's bound to get stuck in your head for just about as long as it takes the band to schedule another date. Chris Michaels and the Cranks open. LM.
ARKANSANS 4 HAITI
5 p.m., Statehouse Convention Center. $25 and donations.
ROCK 4 HAITI
8:30 p.m., Revolution. Free-$5.
Two rock benefits titled like a Prince song? Surely, there's brand collaboration at work here. In any case, the first gig is the big tent gather-ing. The governor and first lady are hosting. All proceeds will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Relief Fund. It'll be held in one of the giant base-ment ballrooms at the convention center, and it lasts a really long time. Local R&B act Kemestri featuring Nicky Parrish opens the event at 5 p.m. and party band Tragikly White hits the stage at 11 p.m. In between a host of Little Rock's longest running cover acts — The GroanUps, First Impressions, The Rockets, Crisis — perform. And at 8:40 p.m., in what's sure to be the most anticipated perform-ance of the night, 16-year-old Little Rock native and “American Idol” hopeful Charity Vance offers a short set. At Rev, admission is free to those of drinking age and only $5 for those below, which Dwaine Roark, lead singer of the headlining act Kingsdown, says is meant to get as many people into the club, where the Red Cross will have a donation center. The concert, which also features Siversa (the latest project from former members of After the Tragedy), WishTribe and Third Degree, marks Kingsdown's final Little Rock gig before it heads to Nashville to record an album with Grammy-nominated producer Travis Wyrick. Over the last several years, the pop-rock band's toured 35 states. It's hoping that this album will propel them on the road pretty much fulltime in the near future. LM.
'CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF'
8 p.m., Arkansas Repertory Theatre. $20-$35.
Brick! The Cat! Big Daddy! They sweat! They drink! They lie and bicker! It's Tennessee Williams' best-known work and possibly the most famous contribution the South ever made to theater. And yes, it's deserving of an egregious amount of exclamation marks! Is there a plot? Of course! But it all hinges on the aforementioned sweating, drinking and lying. And, brother, there's a whole lot of each. If you frequent thea-ter, you'll know The Rep's production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is a must-see. If you shy away from the stage, this is a great opportunity to not only take a chance on one of the great American plays but also to add the word “mendacity” to your vocab. The drama runs through Feb. 21. JT.
10 p.m., Juanita's. $15.
Sounding like “Midnight Mile” Rolling Stones one minute and a rootsy Smashing Pumpkins the next, Lucero's poppier compadres, Ghostfinger, have developed a reputation around these parts for their eclectic, manic live shows and attention-deficit twist on Tennessee alt-country. Led by a frenzied, mustachioed Richie Kirkpatrick (named Nashville's best front man of 2007), they're a three-piece that doesn't hesitate to bounce back and forth from post-punk to anti-folk to straight-up metal. For a taste of their peculiar twist on the ordinary, dial up their unbelievable, Auto-Tuned cover of Fleetwood Mac's “Landslide” on YouTube. Drunken Angels and Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth open the 18-plus concert. JT.
NEW FOUND GLORY/ SAVES THE DAY
7:30 p.m., The Village. $18 adv., $21 d.o.s.
I won't name names, but there's an unspoken understanding that a chunk of Little Rock's biggest music snobs and musicians intend to indulge their inner 15-year-old by forgoing the usual Friday night shows to dive into The Village. Like Southern preachers in a liquor store, there will be a lot of silent nodding and not much eye contact. Let's face it, for people of a certain, small age group, bands like The Ataris, The Get Up Kids and Friday's headliners occupied a now questionable lump of our, ahem, their CD wallets. But it was inescapable: For two awkward years before the end of the century it seemed dudes singing like, about and for girls echoed in mom basements and Mazda Miatas everywhere. So if you're through being cool for a night, check out the show. It may not be something to write home about, but here's betting you'll be able to spot the nostalgia peeking out through lowered hats and sunglasses towards the back of the room. Join us, er, them. Hel-logoodbye and Fireworks share the bill. JT.
2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $24.35-$31.35.
?Of all of Verizon Arena's annual events — the Globetrotters, the Gaithers, Monster Trucks, wrestling — this one is the most bad-ass. Granted, there's a lot to peel back before you get to the essence of the Lipizzan. Epaulet-adorned jackets are de rigueur for those who ride the centuries-old breed. And riders do so in a style called dressage, which is all about harmony between horse and rider, but, at its highest levels, embraces moves that recall both ballet and battle. The latter is what makes the Lipizzan “world famous.” In four ancient maneuvers called “Airs Above the Ground,” the horses do moves originally intended for war. Each has a name — Mezair, Capriole, Courbette, Levade — that sounds misleadingly effete. One involves a horse “punching” with his forequarters. Another, the most difficult apparently, features the horse hopping on its hindquarters in a move meant to break through infantry lines while protecting the rider. Yet another finds the horse leaping and kicking mid-leap, presumably to ward off pursuers while jumping gulleys. Still, I bet they still look real pretty amidst all the equine boxing. LM.
8 p.m., Vino's. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.
?Real-deal metal heads know the name. Before Iron Maiden blew up stadium-sized, before Bruce Dickinson, there was Paul Di'Anno. Maybe he didn't have Dickinson's gates-of-Hell pipes, but on Maiden's eponymous debut, Di'Anno brought a raw, street-beat punk holler that, together with instrumental touches of prog and New Wave, helped to significantly build onto the foundation of metal laid by the likes of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. So it's fair to think of Di'Anno as one of metal's founding fathers. Maybe not Jefferson or Adams. But dude was there. Now, he's coming to Vino's on his first U.S. tour in 15 years. He'll be doing a mix of Maiden material and his own solo work. He'll probably also spend some time promoting his forthcoming book, “The Beast: Singing with Iron Maiden — the Drugs, the Groupies … the Whole Story.” Guess you've got to read it to find out all that's contained in the ellipses. Little Rock's finest Iron Maiden acolytes Sweet Eagle and Iron Tongue open along with The George Jonestown Massacre. LM