Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go to the Juneteenth Celebration, Fouke Monster Festival, and more.
Around Little Rock
Avenue Q/ The Weekend Theater – 1001 W 7th St./ June 14-16, 21-23,27- 30 / Sunday matinees start 2:30 all other shows 7:30 / $22 adults, $18 students, seniors and military.
The Tony Award-winning musical comes to the Weekend Theater stage to kick of its 2019-2020 season. This show is recommended for adult audiences due to language and adult situations like full puppet nudity. Often described as “Sesame Street-meets-South Park,” Avenue Qconveys life’s tough lessons through the trials and tribulations of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, where he and his new friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in live. Get your tickets here.
Dave Rosen Big Band / CALS Ron Robinson Theater – 100 River Market Ave./ 8-10 / $10
After 2nd Friday Art Night, head over to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for a Flag Day Celebration with the seventeen-piece Dave Rosen Big Band as they play your jazz, pop, and patriotic favorites. Get there at 7 to grab the best seats. Get your tickets here.
Dial Up/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave./ 9 / $10
Come celebrate Stickyz 19th Anniversary as one of the premier live music venues in the Rock as 90’s rock cover band Dial Up brings you all the hits from the decade that brought us so much great music and a great music venue.
Robert Kimbrough Sr. Blues Connection/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $10
A night of down home Delta blues from Holly Springs, Miss.’s Robert Kimbrough Sr., the son of the late blues great Junior Kimbrough.
Rodney Block/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 10 / $15 advance, $20 at the door
Join the Rodney Block Collective, Bijoux, and special guest in a celebration of Black Music Month for a pre-Juneteenth concert and social. Get your tickets here.
Juneteenth 2019 / Mosaic Templars Cultural Center – 501 W 9th St. / 12-6
Come out for this community celebration of African American freedom and achievement as we join together in the nation’s oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. Tour the Mosaic Templars latest exhibit “Finding Freedom in the Forest: Opportunities and Challenges for African Americans in the Timber Industry” and enjoy a day of family fun, local vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment including Rodney Block, Akeem Kemp, Big John Miller, Bijoux, Grammy-nominated artist Carl Thomas and more.
Puppies and Pints/ Fassler Hall – 311 East Capitol /12-2
Come grab some lunch, a pint, and meet your new best furry friend as Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Fassler Hall welcome Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE) to their patio. Come meet the six orphaned golden retriever mix puppies recently rescued, and others that are looking for their “furever” home.
2019 East Village Jam/ Clinton Presidential Center – 1200 President Clinton Ave. / 5-11 / $5 admission, children under 5 free.
Come out to the lawn of the Clinton Presidential Center as Riceland Foods presents the 2nd annual East Village Jam. This family friendly evening celebrates Arkansas music with local artists Dazz & Brie, Dial Up and The Cons of Format. Enjoy food from one of the many food trucks, a brew from Rebel Kettle, or a cocktail from the Mule Bar.
Eyes are the Windows/ The Bernice Garden – 1401 Main St./ 6-9
The garden turns into an art gallery as local artists bring life to old windows for the Eyes are the Windows project. All of the pieces will be for sale. Enjoy food from El Sur Street Food Co. and music from Marquis Hunt.
Runaway Planet/ Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. – 822 E 6th St./ 7-9
Central Arkansas’ favorite bluegrass band and winners of the 2019 Arkansas Country Music award for Bluegrass Artist of the Year, Runaway Planet comes to Rebel Kettle for a Saturday night of music and dancing in the beer garden.
Brae Leni & the Blackout with Icon/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave./ 9-12 / $5
Long before and ever since the release of his great new soul R&B album The Drift, Central Arkansas artist Brae Leni has been hard at work both on his signature sound and the promotion behind it. Don’t miss this up-and-coming local artist at Saturday night show, and turn up his latest single “Planet Earth” in this great video.
Akeem Kemp Band/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9-12 / $7
A night of rockin’ blues from Morrilton’s own Akeem Kemp Band.
The Big Dam Horns/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave./ 9:30 -12 / $8
One of Central Arkansas’ favorite party bands The Big Dam Horns is taking to the Stickyz stage this Friday, combining New Orleans style brass band and alternative rock band to bring you their special stylings to your favorite rock/funk/jazz/R&B hits from the 60’s to today.
Kadela/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10-1 / $7
This Arkansas psychedelic electronic jam project is returning to Four Quarter for a very groovy Saturday night.
First Annual Father’s Day Fest/ MacArthur Park – 503 E 9th St. / 1-6 / $5-$10
Celebrate Dad with a day of food, music, games, local brews. $10 gets you a collectable cup and a beer token. Designated drivers, those that don’t drink, and those under 21 are $5, and children under 10 are free. It is kid and fur kid friendly. Tickets available online until June 14 and then at the gate only. Get your tickets here.
All Things Bowie & Amy Winehouse TributeShow / George’s Majestic – 519 W Dickson St. / 9-1 / $10
The Drummerboyinfinity crew is BACK with another amazing production. Tonight, they bring you the music of David Bowie, played by American Idol’s Charlie Askew, and Amy Winehouse, played by Nashville’s Julia Morgan Struthers. Both artists will be backed by a full horn and rhythm section for a one-of-a-kind production you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
SeanFresh/ Smoke & Barrel Tavern – 324 Dickson St. Ste 2/ 10:00-1:00 / Free
R&B /Hip-Hop artist from Little Rock SeanFresh returns to the Tavern.
Steve Miller Band & Marty Stewart & his Fabulous Superlatives/ Arkansas Music Pavilion – 5079 W Northgate Rd. / 7 / $35 – $129.00
A night with the Space Cowboy himself along with the Grammy-winning country artist Marty Steward and his fabulous band The Fabulous Superlatives.
Charlotte Taylor/ Rod’s Pizza Cellar – 3350 Central Ave. / 6-9
An acoustic evening with Central Arkansas’ lady of the blues, Charlotte Taylor.
White Mansion & Barbarians of Tomorrow/ City Auditorium – 36 S. Main St. / 8-11 / $10
The summer concert series Alt @ the Aud presents its June feature: the alternative shoegaze pop of Fayetteville’s White Mansion and the electro-pop of Eureka’s own Barbarians of Tomorrow.
2019 Fouke Monster Festival/ Fouke Community Center City Hall / 9:30am-3pm / $9.09 – $32.28
Come celebrate with the Boggy Creek Monster with a day dedicated to this monster of Arkansas folklore. Attendance is limited to 200. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fouke School District. The Festival will feature presentations on the subject of the Fouke Monster and Bigfoot, guided bus tours with author Lyle Blackburn and author/Bigfoot researcher Jerry Hestand, and several of the actors and actresses from the original movie The Legend of Boggy Creek. Get your tickets here.
Community Concert Flood Relief Fundraiser/ Ross Pendergraft Park – 200 Garrison Ave. / 11am-10pm
A day of family-friendly fun with a bounce house, dunk tank, food, karaoke, local vendors, a raffle, live music from Rachel Ammons at 8 pm and The Eric Matthews Band at 9pm.
Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon’s CD release party / Griffin Restaurant – 101 E Locust St. / 8-10 / Free
The feel good rockin‘ blues of guitarist/vocalist Trey Johnson and the harmonica of Jason Willmon makes for one of Arkansas’ favorite musical duos. Come out and celebrate the release of their latest CD and be sure to pick one up for yourself.
Arkansas Song of the Week
“Back Home in Arkansas” by Joanne Cash
Cash won the 2019 Arkansas Country Music awards for Video of the Year, Inspirational Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year for “Unbroken.”
Images courtesy of the artists