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6:30 p.m., Laman Library Plaza, North Little Rock. Free.

Brave Combo, the Denton, Texas, polka band, has an unimpeachable resume. First and foremost, they've endured 28 years on the road. In that span, they've won two Grammys, backed pop icon Tiny Tim on his last album, appeared on “The Simpsons” (and performed at the cartoon's 200th anniversary party), played David Byrne's wedding and released nearly 30 albums. Brave Combo's latest, “Polka's Revenge,” explores the band's typical stylistic terrain, a blend of dozens of disparate genres — everything from klezmer to surf rock to zydeco — filtered through polka. In the combo's tradition of polka-izing classic rock hits like “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” and “People Are Strange,” the new album also includes a bouncy cover of the Who's “I Can See for Miles.” The concert winds down Laman Library's “Thursday Music Series.” Inclement weather will move the event into the Lecture Hall.


7:30 p.m., Barton Coliseum. $17.50-$32.50.

Oh, nostalgia, what a wily temptress you are! There's no way that the memory I have of “Birdman” Koko B. Ware, the '80s WWF hero who often had rainbow-colored hair and whose pet Macaw “Frankie” stayed perched on the ring during matches, matches the “Birdman” Koko B. Ware of today. (Really: Frankie's dead and Birdman's 50). But I can't help really wanting to go anyway — even if only to see golden era wrestlers approaching AARP eligibility. Also on the card: Kamala (“The Mississippi Mauler”); Abdullah the Butcher, who's 70 (!) and spends most of his time running Abdullah the Butcher's House of Ribs and Chinese Food in Atlanta; Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart, who formed and sang in the Memphis pop-band the Gentrys; 6'9” West Memphis native Sid Vicious, who began his career as the masked wrestler Lord Humongous; and more contemporary brawlers, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, late of the nWo. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Big Brothers of Little Rock.



6 p.m., Main Street, North Little Rock. Free.

Down-home rock 'n' roll will close Main Street in downtown North Little Rock for the first ever Argenta Street Beat on Friday. Sponsored by the downtown development project Main Street Argenta, the concert features Southern country-rock heroes the Kentucky Headhunters. Although they formed initially and briefly in the late '60s, the Headhunters didn't officially debut until the late '80s, when they put out “Pickin' on Nashville,” a country album, that, as its title suggests, didn't quite cotton to the strictures of Nashville. In debt more to Lynyrd Skynyrd than George Jones, the album featured the biggest hits of the band's career, “Dumas Walker” and “Oh, Lonesome Me.” Over the last two decades, through line-up changes and ebbing popularity, the Headhunters have continued to kick out a Southern hybrid of blues, rock and honky-tonk. Sonic (and actual) descendants of the Headhunters Black Stone Cherry also features on the bill. (Drummer John Fred Young is Headhunters drummer Young's son.) Firmly rooted in Southern rock, BSC leaves behind the country of its forbears in favor of hard-charging modern rock, with hints of '90s grunge acts like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Local rockers Monoxide Project open. The concert will close several downtown North Little Rock roads and alter trolley routes. See www.mainstreetargenta.org for more info.


9 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.

Here, fair readers, are Bob Log III's bona fides — or if you like, six reasons to stay the hell away or get really excited, depending on your bent: He's huge in Japan (like distributed by Sony-huge and plays auditoriums-huge). He's Tom Waits endorsed (“I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold,” Waits said of Log). A one-man band, he plays slide guitar while stomping on a kick drum and stepping on a drum machine. He always performs while wearing a motorcycle helmet wired with a telephone microphone. Because he sings fast and through the telephone microphone, he's almost always incomprehensible. On his three albums, he has songs called “Drunk Stripper,” “Boob Scotch,” “Ass Computer” and “Land of a Thousand Swirling Asses.”



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