AY About You Magazine has your complete guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This weekend, go see the Amy LaVere album release, SeanFresh, the Freddie Mercury tribute show and more
Around Little Rock
Second Friday Art Night/ Downtown Little Rock/ 5-8/ Free
Come enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown as the galleries, shops, restaurants, bars, and museums, open their doors with new exhibits, music, food, drink, and more.
The Historic Arkansas Museum will feature the opening reception of “soothSAY” by Culture Shock Arkansas and entertainment by the Shannon Boshears Band.The Old State House will have Central Arkansas bluegrass favorites Runaway Planet.
Monsterboy/ American Pie Pizza 9709 Maumelle Blvd, NLR/ 7-10/ Free
Indie pop husband and wife duo of Chris Long and Veronica Wirges create a unique blend of pop, alternative rock, folk, and EDM for a sound that is only Monsterboy.
Friday the 13th Fright Night 2019/ Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave/ 7:30/ $7 advance $10 door
This is a night of fright, mystery, and fun with local vendors, and music from Little Rock Metal band ThirteenX, Little Rock Dixie Metal band Hell Camino, Metal band Jekyll Doesn’t Hyde, and alternative Hard rock from Jacksonville Eddie and the Defiantz, with special guest host actor/entertainer duo from Hellfire Radio Scoops and Mischief. Get your tickets here.
Julian Dawson/ Hibernia Irish Tavern 9700 N Rodney Parham Rd/ 7:30-10/ adults $15, Military $10, students with ID $8 for tickets and more info
The Little Rock Folk Club is proud to welcome back UK/American singer-songwriter, author, guitar and harmonica player Julian Dawson, currently celebrating his 40th year as a writer and musician, and in support of his latest album “Life and Soul Vol. 2 Bargains Galore (A Retrospective 1997-2017)3-CD Box Set. To quote the Austin American Statesman (SXSW), Dawson is one of “one of the most startling, marvelous performances I’ve witnessed. A must-see act.” Get your tickets here.
Blue Anchor Comedy/ The Public Theater 616 Center St./ 8-11
Blue Anchor Comedy presents Piper Shepherd of Denver, Colo., currently on her Milennia Hitchhiker Tour and featuring local comics Zane Lovelady, Paul Hodge, and Nick Moore, and hosted by Little Rock comic Dustin Vance.
Shonen Knife with Me Like Bees/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave/ 8:30 – 12/ $15
Rock trio from Osaka, Shonen Knife, comes to the Rock for a stop on their Sweet Candy Power North American Tour. Opening the show is a indie rock band from Joplin, Mo., Me Like Bees. Get your tickets here.
Fonky Donkey Trio featuring Gil Franklin/ 365 Pub 26611 Hwy 365 N. Maumelle/ 9-1
Central Arkansas blues men Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner, Gil Franklin, Lynn Fitzgerald and Lance “Bug Tussel Slim” Womack join forces for a night of rockin’ blues.
Amy LaVere/ White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St/ 9-12/ $10
A White Water favorite: from Memphis, singer-songwriter Amy LaVere combines the sounds of classic country, gypsy jazz, and Southern soul for a one of a kind sound, and man can she play that upright bass. She returns to the tavern joined by famed Austin guitarist Will Sexton, and the great Memphis drummer Shawn Zorn in support of her new record “Painting Blue.”
Big Red Flag/ Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St., NLR/ 10-1/ $7
Get on those dancing shoes for the ragtime gypsy-grass of North Little Rock’s Big Red Flag. Their foot stompin’ feel-good high-energy originals will keep you moving long into the night. Don’t forget Four Quarter’s delicious late night kitchen (open till 1:30).
Jeff Coleman/ Stones Throw Brewing (Stifft Station Taproom) 3015 W. Markham St./7-9/ Free
Join your friends at Stones Throw’s new second location in Stifft Station for Riffs at Stifft every Saturday in September. On Saturday, they welcome local singer-songwriter Jeff Coleman, and featured food truck is PopPop YumYam with delicious BBQ, wings, and more.
Mister Morphis/ Bear Creek Country Store. 26910 Kanis Rd / 6:30-9:30/ Free
Come away from those city lights for an evening in the country, and enjoy the one-of-a-kind feel good music of one man band Mister Morphis, singing some classic and original tunes.
Rikki D Revue/ White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St/ 7-12
A night of rocking blues with Little Rock guitar man Rikki D and his new Revue. Opening the show is The HoodBillies with some country blues.
DeFrance/ Little Rock River Market Entertainment District 400 President Clinton Ave./ 7-10/ Free
As you wander up and down the new Entertainment District, stop by St. Vincent Plaza at the corner of River Market & President Clinton Avenues for some classic rock & roll from one of the hardest working bands in Arkansas, DeFrance.
The Mad Deadly/ Nexus Coffee & Creative 301 President Clinton Ave./ 7-9/ $10
One of my favorite finds in Little Rock music this year has been The Mad Deadly. This four-piece instrumental dance rock will keep you moving and grooving with their melodic grooves, showmanship, and energy that is contagious.
Micky & The Motorcars with Lazy Desperados/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave/ 8:30/ $10 advance $12 day of show
A favorite of the alt-country/Americana circuit, Mickey and the Motorcars from Austin, , returns to the Rock in support of their upcoming album “Long Time Comin.” Opening the show is the Lazy Desperados, an alt-country band from Benton. Get your tickets here.
SeanFresh/ South on Main 1304 Main St./ 9-12/ $10 advance $15 door
Central Arkansas soul/ R&B crooner SeanFresh returns to the South on Main Stage with the Nasty Fresh Crew, and he’s brought some talented friends with him: Davison Davison, Osyrus Bolly, Alexis Ray Parker, and more. This is an All Black affair so ladies throw on your favorite LBD (little black dress) and fellas put on that smooth button-up and come out and enjoy a vibe that is truly Fresh. Get your tickets here.
Chasing Pictures and Modeling/ The Auditorium 36 S Main St./ $10
ALT at the AUD, a live alternative music concert series, welcomes, from Fayetteville, the electronic, ambient dreamy soundscape of Modeling, and the classic alternative rock of Chasing Pictures.
Dazz & Brie with Cosmic Farmer and Tiny Towns / Maxine’s Live 700 Central Ave./ 9-12
Central Arkansas rock & soul duo Dazz & Brie bring the party to Maxine’s for a fun and fabulous Friday night. Joining the fun is the psychedelic soul of Conway’s Cosmic Farmer.
Friday 13-Saturday 14
Byrdfest/ Byrd’s Adventure Center 7037 Cass Oark Rd/ $60 advance weekend $75 at the gate, $30 advance Saturday only $40 at the gate
Celebrating its ninth year and 18th event in the series, Byrdfest returns to Byrd’s Adventure center for a weekend of camping, swimming, canoeing, workshops and more on the banks of the Mulberry River, highlighted by two nights of groovy music headlined by Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag, and featuring Deep Sequence, Me & Him, Sublime Tribute, Flintwick, Rachel Ammons, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, Semzlegit and many more. For full information and tickets, click here.
The Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute/ The Majestic 817 Garrison Avenue/ 9-12/ $10 advance $15 door
Sell Out Risk! The Drummerboy Infinity Crew returns to The Majestic with their most popular tribute show yet as Randall Shreve brings the music of Freddie Mercury to life like you’ve never seen, backed by a band of Arkansas finest musicians and vocalist. Get your tickets here.
Gimme a Second/ Griffin Restaurant 101 East Locust St./ 8:00/ Free
Join local improve trope Gimme a Second as they bring you a night of freewheeling comedy. Ages 18 and up suggested.