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Austin's Mickey and the Motorcars play a rocked-up brand of country at Sticky Fingerz, 10 p.m. Little Rock's finest jazz trio, the Ted Ludwig Trio, starts at its regular gig at the Capital Bar, 5 p.m., free, before playing the Afterthought's regular jazz night, 8:30 p.m., $5. Oklahoma folk-rocker Travis Linville shares the bill at White Water Tavern with rockabilly revivalist Willie Heath Neal, 9:30 p.m., $5. Blues woman Charlotte Taylor headlines at Cornerstone Pub, 9 p.m., $5. After flood damage shut it down for several weeks, Murry's Dinner Playhouse returns with the comedy “Natalie Needs a Nightie,” 5 p.m., $22-$30.
Steve Azar of Greenville, Miss., plays blues-influenced country at Juanita's, with the Trey Hawkins Band, 10 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Memphis folk-pop trio Star and Micey return to town for a free show in North Little Rock at Reno's, 8 p.m., free. Atlanta's Outformation does Southern rock at Sticky Fingerz with local rockers Interstate Buffalo, who used to go by South 61, 9:30 p.m., $8. The Sallings Family Band plays classic rock and standards at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Fayetteville's '80s-influenced Boom Kinetic plays to the hordes in town for the Razorback game at Revolution, 9 p.m., $8. Local singer/songwriter Paul Sammons comes to Satellite for a free show, 9 p.m. Neil LaBute's “A Dark, Dark House” begins its last weekend at the Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $14-$18.
Unknown Hinson is huge in the irreverent country world. Hank III has a tattoo of his face on his bicep. Billy Bob Thornton recruited him to tour as a member of the Boxmasters, and Adult Swim's “Squidbillies” cast him to voice the redneck squid. In concert, he looks like a hillbilly vampire and plays slightly deranged honky-tonk; he comes to Juanita's, 9:30 p.m., $15 adv., $18 d.o.s. At White Water, acclaimed singer/songwriter Cory Branan shares the bill with Velvet Kente's joshua, 10 p.m., $5. Local trumpet standout Rodney Block brings his band the Real Music Lovers at SpeakEasy, 9 p.m., $10-$15. At White Water, local rockers Weakness for Blondes perform, 9 p.m., $5. Late night, local jam band Freeverse is at Midtown, 12:30 a.m., $5. Discovery celebrates its 30th anniversary with drink specials and 30-year-spanning DJ sets, 11 p.m., $10 (see more on page 19).
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