Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see the Charley Crockett, Christine DeMeo and more.
Around Little Rock
Hognado with The Main Thing/ The Joint Coffeehouse 301 Main St. NLR/ 8:00-10:00 Friday & Saturday/ $25
Central Arkansas comedy troupe The Main Thing is back with its summer show “Hognado.” Their first disaster comedy, about a super-sized storm system that cuts the Natural State a new one! See how Arkansans adapt and survive when a giant tornado swoops up the last remaining wild hogs in the Ozarks and hurls them at Little Rock at 180 miles per hour. Get your tickets here or call 501-372-0205
Stonewall Uprising/ CALS Ron Robinson Theater 100 River Market Ave. / 8:00-10:00/ Free
Join CALS and AETN/PBS for this important documentary screening commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that started June 28,1969 and lasted for the next six days and marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.
Fourth Friday Comedy Night/ Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee 10700 N Rodney Parham Rd. Ste A2 / 8:00-9:30/ $10 (students, military, & first responders $5)
Zakk Sicking will host this night of comedy from some of the Mid South’s finest entertainers. Come see Nashville’s Vala Bird, Memphis’ Lisa Michaels and Will Wininger, and Northwest Arkansas’ Ray Porter. Get there at 7:30 to sign up for the open mic portion of the show and show us what you’ve got.
CosmOcean/ Dugan’s Pub 401 E. 3rd St. / 9-1
One of Central Arkansas’ favorite party bands ComOcean comes to Dugan’s for a night of food, fun, and dancing as they play your favorites from yesterday and today.
Charley Crockett with Joshua Ray Walker/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack/ 9-12/ $12 advance $15 day of show.
Hear Texas swing, Louisiana blues, New Orleans R&B from a true descendant of Davy Crockett: Charley Crockett. He has gained a loyal following here in Little Rock, myself included, and I hear tickets are moving fast. The icing on this musical cake is Texas-Country, Honky-Tonk artist Joshua Ray Walker who recently released his debut album “Wish You Were Here.” Don’t just take it from me, Rolling Stone named him one of winter 2019’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists” you need to know. Get your tickets here.
Dirtfoot with Polyester Robot/ Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR/ 10:00 / $10
The one-and-only gypsy punk country grumble boogie band in the land from Shreveport, Dirtfoot returns to Four Quarter Bar. They’ve brought their friends from Northwest Arkansas, the feel-good music of Jamie Lou Connolly, Leno Binning, Derek Russell, Garrett Brolund, & Sam Apperson otherwise known as, Polyester Robot.
RuPaw’s Wag & Drag Brunch/ Bark Bar 1201 South Spring St. / 12-3pm/ $40
Celebrate Pride with Bark Bar and Sway with this special brunch for you and your pup. $40 gets you admission for one human and one dog, brunch from Chef Mindy Mitchell, Spaniel Sundae for the dogs, bottomless mimosas, Puparazzi with the Queens, and a contest with prizes for the best dressed dog, & dog + human combo. Humans must be 21+ and dogs must have up to date shot records, submit them here at www.barkbar.com
Pattern Blu/ Atlas Bar 1224 Main St/ 8:00-11:00
Join Atlas Bar Tuesdays and Saturdays for their Blu Note Summer Jazz Series, every Saturday is the Pattern Blu jazz quintet with alternating artist on Tuesdays. Enjoy one of their craft cocktails, an appetizer or dinner, and sit back and enjoy a night of great music at Little Rock’s hottest new jazz venue.
10th Annual Firefighters All White Affair/ Little Rock Marriott 3 Statehouse Plaza/ 8pm-2am/ $35-$600
VIBE events and FIRES Entertainment present the 10th Annual Firefighters All White Afair, an indoor/outdoor experience this year featuring Kid Capri, the PC Band from Memphis, and the one and only DJ Nick Hud on the Rivertop. Get your tickets here.
Willi Carlisle, A Rowdy Faith, Aaron Smith/ White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St./ 9pm-1am/
A night for Americana lovers as Arkansas folk singer Willi Carlisle comes to the Tavern with folk Americana duo A Rowdy Faith, and singer/songwriter and 2019 Kerrville new folk finalist, 2019 Power of Music Festival-BMG Songwriter Showcase winner Aaron Smith.
Josh Newcom/ South on Main 1304 Main St./ 9:00-10:30 / $7 advance $10 at the door
Independent country artist Josh Newcom brings his one-of-kind sound to South on Main with songs that are made for live shows: one moment you’re rockin’ to the sounds of Southern metal and the next your grabbin’ a cold one for some good ole country music. Josh always has new songs and videos coming; written, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered solely by him, and he loves nothing more than showing them off to a live audience. Get your tickets here.
The Return of the Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute Show/ Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave./ 9:00-1:00/ $20
Need I say more? If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talkin’ about as Drummerboyinfinity brings the Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute staring Randall Shreve back to the Rev Room. This production will blow you away as Randall and the incredible band composed of a who’s who of local instrumental and vocal talent capture the magic of Queen and spread it all over the room. Get your tickets here.
A Love Benefit Concert for Ramona Smith/ White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St./ 7-10/ $10
Little Rock’s legendary lady of soul Ramona Smith has had some serious medical issues that until recently she’s been able to press through with a style and grace that only she possesses, however in the past 2 months her health took another turn and has left medical expenses piling and extensive hospital stays that have left her unable to preform. Tonight group of Central Arkansas artist are joining forces for their friend. Join host Sonta James for a night of great music for an Arkansas music legend featuring: Nicky Parrish, Rodney Block, Charlotte Taylor, Keith Savage, Butterfly, Haywood King, and many more.
SeanFresh/ Bike Rack Brewing / 7-9 / Free
“Live on the Patio” Summer Concert Series welcomes Central Arkansas Soul/ R&B artist SeanFresh.
Common Roots/ Black Apple Crossing 321 Emma Ave/ 8-10/ Free
Indie acoustic folk rock duo from Springdale.
All Things Led Zeppelin: Tribute to John Bonham/ George’s Majestic Lounge 519 Dickson St. / 10-2 / $12 advance $15 day of show
The crew at Drummerboyinfinity is at it again with another amazing tribute show; tonight they pay tribute to one of rocks greatest drummers Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham. All your favorite Zeppelin tunes played by this amazing band featuring: Charlie Askew, Jarrod Ives, JP Jennings, Tyndall Jackson, and F.N. Stewart. These shows are known to sell out and this will be no different so get your tickets today. Get your tickets here.
Spa City Showcase/ 420eats Food Truck Court, 420 Malvern Ave/ 6-8:30
The first in what they hope will be a continued platform to showcase local talent. Tonight they welcome Spa City Youngbloods with Clarke Elmore.
Billy Jeter & Band/ The Big Chill 910 Higdon Ferry Rd. / 9-1
Folk singer/songwriter Billy Jeter & Band will be playing songs from his new album and covers.
Friday 6/28 and Saturday 6/29
The ShotGunBillys / Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort/ 10-2
The ShotGunBillys return to Silk’s Bar and Grill for a night of high energy southern rock mixed with a little Memphis blues.
Paige Van Horn and Bear Morrison/ Gravel Bar Wanderoo Lodge 216 W. Van Buren/ 7-10
Americana/folk duo playing your favorites from Blaze Foley and John Prine to the Grateful Dead and the Beatles.
Drumming in the Park/ Basin Spring Park 3 Spring St./ 6-8
Bring a drum or your favorite noise maker and join the band with Angelo and his troupe of drummers and dancers.
Christine DeMeo / River Bottom Winery at BoBrook Farms 13810 Combee Ln / 5-7
An early evening on the patio. Relax, enjoy a glass of wine and the music of singer-songwriter/one-woman band Christine DeMeo as she brings her originals and your favorites from old school rock & roll to hip hop and R&B.
Music Downtown/ 320 W C St. / 7-9
Come down to Depot Park across from the train depot for the first concert in this Summer music series tonight featuring Holy Smokes, and Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo. Family friendly and free.
The Throwback Concert/ 228 S. Walnut St. / 7 / Free
Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith Presents The Throwback Musical with tributes to The Racy Brothers, Lawana Hunt-Walker, and 3 surprise honorees. Featuring performances by: Marquis Hunt, Rodney Block, Semaj Brown, and a special tribute choir.
Side note: Arkansas R&B and soul singer Dee Dee Jones recently took third place at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night. Check out the video: