The Arkansas Community Institute will present the Little Rock Nine’s Elizabeth Eckford with the 2018 Truth Teller Award at a reception at the Darragh Center Auditorium, 100 Rock St., 5:30 p.m., $35 suggested donation. John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars) performs at South on Main as part of the Oxford American Concert Series, $30-$36. The annual three-day CARTI Little Rock Auxiliary Festival of Trees kicks off with a Sugar Plum Ball at the Statehouse Convention Center’s Wally Allen Ballroom, see carti.com/events for a full schedule and tickets. Jason Boland & the Stragglers take “I Don’t Deserve You” and other outlaw radio earworms to the Rev Room, with opening sets from Cody Canada & The Departed and Mark Currey, 7:30 p.m., $15-$20. Mike Frazier, Nathan Perry, Richard Michael Hall and Avery Mandeville share a show at the White Water Tavern, 8 p.m. Brian Ramsey plays a happy hour set at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by LLC at 9 p.m., $5. The Little Rock Loony Bin hosts Mr. Showtime, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12.
Nashville singer/songwriter Treva Blomquist entertains at the Sounds of Unity series, 2610 Reservoir Road, 6:30 p.m., $10 suggested donation. Soul siren Charlotte Taylor plays a show at South on Main, 9 p.m., $8-$10. Austin country outfit Micky & The Motorcars stops at Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, with Jeff Coleman & The Feeders, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Alice Aida Ayers presents her one-woman show “It’s Me I’m Running From” at Esse Purse Museum, with opening poetry from Writeous Poets, 6 p.m., free. Brian Nahlen and Nick Devlin kick off the weekend at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free, or come later for the Ghost Town Blues Band, 9 p.m., $5. String band Arkansauce makes new fans at the Rev Room, 8:30 p.m., $8-$10, with an opening set from The Rad Trads. Tim Anthony, Roosevelt Harris and Victoria Vibez share a bill at 109 & Co., 9 p.m. Organist Hentus van Rooyen performs works by Bach, Vierne, Durufle and others, 8 p.m., Cathedral of St. Andrew, 617 Louisiana St., free. Illusionist Reza mystifies at Murphy Arts District’s First Financial Music Hall in El Dorado, 8 p.m., $25-$45. Bluesboy Jag & The Juke Joint Zombies play a show at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 7:30 p.m., free. Dazz & Brie share a bill with bedroom pop duo Zigtebra at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $8. The Hollow Jets, Steezy St. and Benadriil share a bill at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. Foul Play Cabaret returns to White Water, 9 p.m. Bluesman Trey Johnson performs at Kings Live Music in Conway, with Do It, Henry, 8:30 p.m., $5. The John Calvin Brewer Band entertains at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. Intruders perform at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m.
Mountain Sprout jams at Kings, with Nathan Perry, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Blind Boys of Alabama join The McCrary Sisters and Paul Thorn for a concert at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 8 p.m., $29-$49. Barrett Baber returns to the Rev Room, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Soprano Kate Sain gives a recital at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 6 p.m. Lies Behind the Fear, Indigo Honey and Us on Fire share a bill at Elixir Night Club in Jacksonville, 7619 John Harden Drive, 9 p.m., $5. Liquid Kitty takes the stage at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $6. Vino’s hosts “Intrigue: An Optica Showcase,” with sets from Au.Dios.Bass, Prana Beatbox, Hooked on Sonics and Any Given Room, 7:30 p.m. The Stolen Faces pay tribute to the Grateful Dead at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $8-$10. The I-40 Ramblers hold down the happy hour at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free; Hazy Nation takes over at 9 p.m., $5. Dallas rockers AhhFugYeahs play a set at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7.
Trio Mae (Multisensory Aesthetic Experience) returns to the Rev Room, with Loyals and Brad Byrd, 7:30 p.m., $17-$20. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra takes its “Holiday Pops Concert” to the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, 7 p.m., $35-$45. The Oh Hellos play a show at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, with Samantha Crain, 8 p.m., $18-$20. Dance Monkey Dance, a project of multi-instrumentalist Doug Dicharry, plays a free early show at Four Quarter Bar, 8 p.m.
Organist Rees Roberts performs “Le Grande Orgue,” a program of French music, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., donations. Pantera’s former frontman takes the stage at the Rev Room with his outfit, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, 7 p.m., $17-$20. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” sequel, “Love Never Dies,” opens at Robinson Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Wed.; 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., $30-$87. William Blackart, Stiff Beats and Pissin’ Comets share a bill at White Water, 9 p.m.
The Body teams up with Author & Punisher for a heavy show at White Water, 8:30 p.m. DeFrance, The Brian Nahlen Trio, Monsterboy and others share a bill at Stickyz, 7:30 p.m., $15.