Around Little Rock
Brian Nahlen / Walter’s Coffee & Speakeasy – 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd / 6-9
Come wind down the week at Walter’s with local singer-songwriter Brian Nahlen as he sings some great original tunes and some songs you know and love. (I bet there will be a Beatles tune or two or three.)
The Billy Jones Band and Jocko / Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd / 5:30
Jocko (The Human Jukebox) will get things going on the deck at 5:30, and then the Billy Jones Band will have some great blues inside at 9 pm. Great food and drink specials all night with their Thursday Throwback Menu.
Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr / Argenta Community Theater – 405 Main St. NLR / 7-9 p.m. / $30
This award-winning one-woman show tells the true story of Hollywood beauty and scientific genius Hedy Lamarr as it explores her life, career, inventions. Get your tickets here.
Adam & Chris Carroll / White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 8 / $20
A White Water favorite, Adam Carroll returns to the White Water in support of his brand new album, I Walked in Them Shoes. Joined by his very talented wife Chris, this is will be a special night of some of the most well-crafted, down-home songs you’ll hear.
TAUK with Arkansauce / Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8:30 / $15
Heavy instrumental rock fusion, all-instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, and jazz, from NYC, TAUK comes to the Rev Room on their Let It Ride, Part 2 tour, in support of their latest album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak. Opening the show, the is the home grown Arkansas sound of Fayetteville’s own Arkansauce. Get your tickets here.
Earl and Them & Brian Ramsey / Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 5:30
Enjoy happy hour on the deck with the acoustic sounds of Brian Ramsey. Afterwards, head inside for some blues and rock n’ roll from Fayetteville’s own Earl and Them.
Bluesboy Jag / Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 6-9 pm
Patio season is here. Come enjoy a night on the Stickyz patio with the rock and blues sound of Little Rock’s Bluesboy Jag.
Mark Currey / Walter’s Coffee & Speakeasy – 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. / 6-9 pm
Little Rock singer-songwriter returns to Walter’s for a night of great roots rock, classic country, folk, and Americana as he sings songs off his acclaimed first album Tarrant Countyand some songs you know and love.
Fourth Friday Comedy Night / Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee – 10700 N Rodney Parham Rd, Ste A2 / 8:30-9:30 pm / $10
Jay Jackson hosts Guillermo’s fourth Friday comedy night as some of the Midsouth’s finest entertainers come to make you laugh. This Friday, you can catch Sam Grubb of Red Octopus, from Memphis Topher Shaw, current You Look Like: Little Rock champion Jared Lowry, and Roxxy Haze.
Funny As Ish Comedy tour / Verizon Arena / 8 pm/ $62 – $78
Comedian Mike Epps brings his Funny as Ish tour to Verizon featuring Chico Bean, Rickey Smiley, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, and Lavell Crawford. Get your tickets here.
The Piano Guys / Robinson Center – 426 W. Markham / 8 / $45 -$79.50
“What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.” The YouTube sensation comes to Robinson Center for a special one of a kind show. Every ticket includes a download of their latest album, Limitless.
Monsterboy / Dugan’s Pub – 401 E 3rd. / 9-12:30
Come out for a special acoustic duo performance from husband-and-wife indie-pop duo Monsterboy.
Boom Kinetic / Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9:30 / $10
One of Arkansas’ favorite party bands, Boom Kinetic returns to the Rev Room for a Friday night dance party. They’ll be playing the songs you love from the past few decades and today.
Isaac Alexander, Bonnie Montgomery, and Joshua Asante / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10:30 / $5
Three of Central Arkansas’ finest join forces for this special Arkansas Literary Festival event in support of the release of Ian S. Port’s new book, The Birth of Loud, about Leo Fender and Les Paul.
Makers’ Alley / CALS Ron Robinson Theater – 100 River Market Ave. / 11 am-6:30 pm
The Arkansas Literary Festival presents this special afternoon: a curated makers fair of local businesses, designers, and artisans, at Library Square (the alley between CALS Ron Robinson Theater and Roberts Library.) Visit: Electric Ghost, Control, MilkDadd, Bang-Up Betty, Crying Weasel Vintage, Green Corner Store, Origami Heroes, Sean Sapp, Matthew Castellano of Gallery 360, Dower (Jack Lloyd, and Luna Tick Designs. Then stick around for an evening of music from DOT and Dazz & Brie.
3rd Annual Poetry in the Park / Little Rock River Market – 400 President Clinton Ave. / 1-5
Celebrate National Poetry Month with The Roots Art Connection. It is free and open to all poets. Come enjoy some time in the sunshine at the History Pavilion behind the River Market next to the Amphitheater stage.
Pub or Perish / Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 7-9
Held in conjuction with the Arkansas Literary Festival. Pub or Perish is always a highlight. Join host Chris James and local authors Suzi Parker as she reads from her upcoming essay collection “Fireball Hellcat,” and Erin Wood with her latest “Women Make Arkansas, Conversations with 50 Creatives.” “Eat Drink & Be Literary.”
The Allman Betts Band / UA Pulaski Tech: The Center for the Humanities and Arts – 3000 W Scenic Drive NLR / 7:30 / $20-$55
The sons of rock and roll legends Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts have joined forces to bring you a night of not only their solo projects but also classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band. Add in The Brotherhood of Light – the “original San Francisco psychedelic show – and you have a show that true rock & roll lovers can’t miss. Get your tickets here.
Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 8-9:30 / $7 advance or $10 at the door
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon have finally released an album together. Join South on Main for the celebration of this album release and hear some songs from the new album and some classics you know and love. Get your tickets here.
Confederate Railroad / Jimmy Doyle’s Country Club – 11800 Maybelline Rd / 8 / $25
Classic 90’s country outlaws Confederate Railroad are coming to the Rock bringing you the hits like: “Jesus and Mama,” “Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind,” “Queen of Memphis,” and of course, “Trashy Women,” and more. The Arkansas River Bottom Band will open the show.
Arkansas River Blues Society Spring Party and Membership Drive / The Rail Yard – 1212 E 6th St. / 11am-3pm
Come join the Arkansas River Blues Society for an afternoon of great music, food, and good times. Enter a raffle for a new Fender Telecaster, enjoy beer specials, food trucks, BBQ, and of course music from Olivia Powers, Charlotte Taylor, Bluesboy Jag & Mudhead, Anna “Boss Lady” Benson, Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon, Ben “Swamp Donkey Brenner,” and Gil Franklin. Kids and dogs welcome.
The Evolution of Jazz featuring the Ted Ludwig Trio/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 7 / $20 advance, $25 at the door
A night true jazz lovers have been waiting for as Drummerboy Infinity brings you The Evolution of Jazz featuring The Ted Ludwig Trio, the jazz quintet Sounds So Good, and the debut of the new age smooth sounds of the Tiko Brooks Band. Get your tickets here.
Hearts Like Lions & Support/ 109 & Co. – 109 Main St. / 7 / $8 advance, $10 at the door
This indie rock recording artist from Long Beach, CA is coming to 109 & Co. in support of their debut album If I Never Speak Again. Get your tickets here.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show/ Temple Live – 200 N. 11th St. / 6-9 / $5
Come out for a night of cocktails and classics as Temple Live presents the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 E Locust St. / 8-10
Thursday Night Live welcomes the sweet harmonies of North West Arkansas’ Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo.
Willowak/ Pour Jon’s Coffee & Vinyl – 516 Main St. / 7-9
Indie/alternative band Willowak returns to where they began for a free-for-all-ages Friday night show.
Calliope Musicals, Cosmic Farmer, and Garden Snakesss/ Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave. / 8-12 / $7
Calliope Musicals is a psychedelic glam pop band from Austin, Texas, while Cosmic Farmer is a soul and funk band from Conway.
The Irie Lions & Koodookoo/ Smoke & Barrel Tavern – 324 W Dickson St / 10
Get ready for a night of good music and good vibes from Fayetteville reggae all-stars The Irie Lions and Austin, Texas psychedelic band Koodookoo.
Big Smith with Jesse Dean/ George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 Dickson St. / 7pm-1 am / $20-$25
Sell Out Alert! Get your tickets now as Big Smith is returning to George’s for a very special Saturday night show of that good ole’ Americana Ozark music. Get your tickets here.
Santana/ Arkansas Music Pavilion – 5079 W Northgate Rd. / 7:30 / $42.50 – $136.50
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking album Supernaturaland the 50th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock, the one-and-only Santana comes to the Arkansas Music Pavilion for a once-in-a-lifetime show on his Global Consciousness Tour. Get your tickets here.
Delta Roots Country Festival: A Tribute to Conway Twitty/ Cherry St. / 11am-9pm / $10
This will be a day of family fun celebrating native son Conway Twitty. There will be arts & crafts, food vendors, craft beer, cash bar, a raffle for a custom painted guitar, and music from Chris Kroeze (Season 15 of The Voice), Tre Twitty & Tayla Lynn (A Salute to Conway & Loretta) and more. Get your tickets here.
Gil Franklin Project/ Almost Famous Smokehouse & Grill – 258 Hwy 64E 6:30 / 9
Prepare for a night of great food and great music as Little Rock bluesman Gil Franklin comes to Almost Famous for a night of blues and BBQ.