"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Just when we've finally got all the songs of “A Thousand Ships” memorized, the Boondogs are back with new material. Lead singers (and husband and wife) Jason Weinheimer and Indy Grotto have spent the last couple of months writing new songs, and on Thursday, they'll essentially teach the rest of the band new songs onstage. With another group, that might make for a laborious evening, but the Boondogs' supporting cast — Charles Wyrick, Chris Michaels, Isaac Alexander, Dylan Turner — are all seasoned players, gifted at improvisation. Look for new low-watt pop gems about love and loss. Dreamy alt-pop band Meryll opens. How's this for indie cred? They're from Austin and have a U.S. and Japanese record label.
7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $17.75-$87.75.
Even in this age of Lebrons and Kobes and And1 streetballers with their 720s and off-the-head alley-oops, the Harlem Globetrotters could never be called passe. Sure, they're still goofy (read: family friendly); they've still got names like “Moo Moo” and “Sweet Pea,” and I'm sure they're still doing granny-shot tricks. But the 'Trotters still reign supreme at cool, effortless basketball acrobatics. They knee dribble, blind-fold dunk, shoot hook-shots from half-court, do between-the-legs alley-oops — all the moves you mastered in your room on your Nerf goal long ago. For fans of sportsmanship, you're not likely to find another team so apt at dunking on people that'll smile through it all. Plus, “Sweet Georgia Brown” might be the best theme song ever. Whistle away. Bonus Harlem Globetrotters tidbit: Top three most unlikely honorary Globetrotters — Bob Hope, Henry Kissinger and Pope John Paul II.
10 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv./$15 d.o.s.
Local promotional company Upscale Underground picks up in 2008 what it began late last year: urbane, soul-oriented line-ups of ahead-of-the-curve local and national artists. Dwele, a Grammy-nominated crooner who appears on Kanye West's latest single, “Flashing Lights,” hosts Friday's “Soul'd Out” concert. He's likely to perform a song or two, but three local groups will get more stage time. A new four-piece R&B act, Smooth September, features three vocalists: Desmond and Maya Ellington and Delya Chandler. Rodney Block is surely Little Rock's most accomplished brass man. The trumpeter (multi-instrumentalist, really) leads his group the Real Music Lovers in a kind of jazz that embraces hip-hop, bebop, funk, soul and gospel. One Night Stand needs to change its name. The live hip-hop band came together on a whim to support local rapper Epiphany early last year, and they've stuck around for more than a dozen gigs, steadily emerging as one of our most dynamic local live acts. The concert is open to ages 18 and up.
MICHAEL FELDMAN'S ‘WHAD'YA KNOW'
9:30 a.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $25-$45.
n Quiz-master Michael Feldman brings his hit radio comedy “Whad'Ya Know?” to Little Rock Saturday morning. Broadcast live for two hours to nearly 1.5 million listeners on Public Radio International (heard locally on KUAR-FM 89), the show features interviews with audience members and local celebrities (at press time only Heifer International's Ray White was confirmed); the infamous “Whad'Ya Know?” quiz and a segment called “All the News that Isn't,” a list of fake headlines inspired by real headlines that's sure to take an Arkansas focus. Along with the show's jazz trio, impressive local bluegrass act Runaway Planet will guest.
TRINA / PLIES
8 p.m., Statehouse Convention Center, Governor's Hall. $22.
Congratulations Tara, beautifully written!