Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
8 p.m., Afterthought. $5.
After more than eight months of playing a regular Thursday night gig at the Afterthought, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio will celebrate the release of their new album, “Common Ground,” with a special Thursday night concert. Led by seven-string guitar virtuoso Ludwig, the group also features Bill Huntington on bass and Brian Brown on drums. Both Huntington and Ludwig relocated to Little Rock from New Orleans after Katrina hit and Huntington still returns to the Crescent City regularly to play with big-name acts like Ellis Marsalis. Ludwig, who studied at University of New Orleans (he was the inaugural recipient of the ASCAP/Louis Armstrong Foundation scholarship) and under the legendary Hank Mackie, has himself become a highly sought-after guitar teacher. Ludwig's father, Ted Ludwig Sr., who plays alto sax, will sit in on the two-set concert. You can also catch Ludwig and Huntington during brunch every Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., next door, at Vieux Carre.
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $6.
KABF 88.3 FM, the local community radio station, continues its impressive run of “Radio Free Arkansas” benefit concerts with a line-up featuring 607, the Easys, Kevin Kerby and Juggernaut Glitch. Mark Lewis, who plays guitar in the Moving Front when he's not tirelessly promoting KABF, organized the event and says the concert will be recorded and put on the new and improved KABF website (KABF883.com) for download. That's especially noteworthy for fans of rapper 607 and pop-rockers the Easys, who've long talked about collaborating on an album but haven't gotten farther than the stage; their fusing of such rarely combined genres always seems to get the crowd going. Kerby is Little Rock's unflagging alt-country troubadour. Last year he put out the excellent album “The Secret Lives of All Night Radios,” and he's sure to have new material to share. DJ g-force will man the 1s and 2s for Juggernaut Glitch, a local alt-rap group.
BENEFIT FOR TJ DEETER
10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
If you've been around local music even for just a little while, you at least know his name — TJ Deeter. Few have promoted local art and music culture more fervently. As the founder and publisher of Localist, he's devoted countless hours and scrounged for funds (going into debt in the process) to spotlight underexposed local artists and bands, first in a glossy print magazine and lately in a sophisticated web magazine. Before Localist, he established the “Arkansas Rockers Revue” at White Water Tavern, a regular Tuesday night event that traditionally pairs three local acts — be they rap, black metal, folk or pop—with cheap beer specials and no cover charge. Deeter doesn't book the night anymore, but it's become such an institution that you'd be hard-pressed to find a local act who hadn't played. National acts regularly ask to be included, even if their only hope is to pick up gas money through donations. More recently, Deeter founded an after-school hip-hop program, a hands-on school for 13-17 year-olds, where the history and fundamentals of the culture were conveyed. Several months ago, Deeter was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid. Surgery was successful but Deeter was uninsured and faces mounting medical bills. To help mitigate those costs, Thick Syrup head honcho Travis McIlroy organized this benefit, which features the DJing prowess of ATM, '80s blue-eyed soul from Nathan Browningham and ubiquitous folk-rocker Chris Denny, who's just released his sophomore CD.
7:30 p.m., Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, $12.