Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Sean Fresh’s birthday bash and more.
Around Little Rock
The Art of Failure/ Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub – 201 E. Broadway St. NLR / 7 / $15 advance, $20 at the door.
This Central Arkansas storytelling group is back with their latest production, The Art of Failure. Through these stories, they hope to amplify voices, build understanding, and create space for human connection as failure is something we all have had to face at some point in our lives. Get your tickets here.
Dogtown Comedy Showcase/ The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse – 301 Main St. NLR / 8 / Pay what you ca
A spot known to local comedians and lovers of comedy, The Joint features its first ever Dogtown Comedy Showcase. This night of comedy will feature headliner Keith D Terry from Arkadelphia, and local comedians Jared Lowry and Ben Malone will open this show. Host Brett R. Ihler will make sure the laughs don’t stop. So, top that off with some craft beer specials, and this is certain to be a fun night in Dogtown.
The Cadillac Three with Kyle Daniel / The Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / $25
Possible sell-Out alert! From Nashville, The Cadillac Three come in support of their latest album, Legacy. After almost a year on the road in support of their first full length album, 2016’s Bury Me In My Boots, including opening arena shows across the country on Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots tour and headlining a string of sold-out club shows in the UK and Europe, this is show fans of modern country will not want to miss. Opening the show is singer-songwriter Kyle Daniel from Nashville. Get your tickets here.
Musical Connection/ Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee – 10700 N. Rodney Parham Rd. Ste A2 / 8 / $5
Get ready for Musical Connection, featuring Jonathan DerGazarian from Deep Sequence and friends in music: Bobby Lloyd, Jarrod Ives, Isaac Pirkle, Brady Cagle and more. This night showcases the truly magical “Musical Connection,” Jonathan has made in this city with a rotating cast of musicians from a variety of genres, and also a solo performance. Grab a local craft beer, glass of wine, or one of their tasty coffee brews, and a snack, then sit back, relax and enjoy the Musical Connection.
Queen Anne’s Revenge/ Fassler Hall – 311 E. Capital Ave. / 8
Jonesboro’s progressive, punk, metal, multi-genre band Queen Anne’s Revenge comes to the Rock to rock Fassler Hall.
Learning to Crawl/ Markham St. Grill & Pub – 11321 W. Markham St. Ste 6 / 8:3
Join Bluesboy Jag, Lance Womack, Kevin Lewis and Lynn Fitzgerald for the debut of their band Learning to Crawl. It will be a night of rock & roll, country, and blues.
Mark Linskey, William Blackart, Fiscal Spliff/ The White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9
“Working class rock n’ roll straight out of New Jersey,” as Mark Linskey of New Jersey’s The Hudson Falcons comes to the White Water for a rare solo set. Joining Mark tonight will be local singer-songwriter William Blackart, and the punk rock n’ roll sounds of Russellville’s Fiscal Spliff.
The MisEducation of Rodney Block Tribute Show/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9 / $25 table seating, $20 reserved seating, $15 general admission.
Join the Rodney Block Collective & friends as they pay tribute to some of the giants of reggae and soul music: Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Lauren Hill, and the Fugees. Joining the Collective tonight will be Butterfly, Bijoux, DJ Hy-C, and other special guests. Get your tickets here, and call 501-442-0649 for reservations.
Big Red Flag with Amy McBride and the Active Ingredient/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $7
The feel-good gypsy grass sounds of Little Rock’s Big Red Flag return to Four Quarter Bar. Opening the show with a dose of girl power is the rockin’ country sounds of Amy McBride and the Active Ingredient. Four Quarter’s delicious late night kitchen stays open till 1:30 for those late night munchies. The pork nachos and cheeseburger always hit the spot.
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn/ UA Pulaski Tech: The Center for Humanities and Arts – 3000 West Scenic Drive, NLR / 7:30 / $120 VIP, $80-$50 reserved seating, $35 standing room.
“The king and queen of the banjo,” according to Paste Magazine, are coming to Little Rock. The 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck has taken his banjo across multiple genres, and singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn are bringing their one-of-a-kind show and chemistry to Pulaski Tech. Get your tickets here.
The Ben Miller Band/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 9:30m / $10 advance, $12 day of show
Bluegrass, Delta blues, and the spirit of Appalachian mountain music combine for a one-of-a-kind sound that is all Joplin, Missouri’s The Ben Miller Band. Get your tickets here.
Scott H. Biram/ The White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9:30 / $10
The self-proclaimed “Dirty Old One Man Band,” returns to the White Water for an always anticipated show as he combines blues, hillbilly, country, punk, with the edge of metal. When he plugs in his ‘59 Gibson guitar, sit back and hold on.
Sean Fresh’s Freshest Birthday Bash/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 10 / $10 advance, $15 at the door
Join South on Main for the third annual birthday celebration of Little Rock’s R&B and soul man Sean Fresh. Joining in the celebration is a who’s who list of Central Arkansas soul and R&B: Bijoux, Joshua Asante, Dee Dee Jones, Davison, Gavin Le’Nard, Southwest Boaz, Ashley Evans, K Nick and more, and with DJ Nick Hud holding it down and keeping the party going. This will be a celebration not to be missed. Get your tickets here.
Rikki Dee & The Rhythm Machine/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10
Little Rock blues guitarist Rikki Dee and the boys (Dynasty on congas, David Valley on bass, and Jerry ‘Treetop’ Taylor on drums) take the soul train across the river to Four Quarter for a Saturday night show that seamlessly blends blues and rock n’ roll. Tonight, try the mac & cheese, or pork or veggie hash; their kitchen is open till 1:30.
Puppy Bowl 2019 / Bark Bar– 1201 South Spring St. / 2 / $5 pups, $5 humans
You might have plans for the Super Bowl, but do you have plans for the Puppy Bowl? Grab your friends, and your furry friends (and their current shot records) and come on down to the Bark Bar and cheer on Team Fluff and Team Ruff as they play for the coveted “Lombarky” trophy. Drink specials all day. Humans 21+
Casey Donahew Band/ George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 W. Dickson St. / 7:00 / $23-$25
This show is at risk of a sell-out as red-dirt country artist The Casey Donahew Band returns to George’s. Get your tickets here.
The 1oz Jig/ The Smoke & Barrel Tavern – 324 W. Dickson St. Ste 2 / 9
The 1oz Jig brings their backwoods funk to the Tavern with their fresh new line-up featuring Matt Brooks from the Fayetteville Funk Ensemble and Matt Nelson on keys
Frost Fest/ 2463 McConnell Ave / 2 p.m. / $60
An Arkansas winter celebration of craft beer returns to Fayetteville. This event is presented by Fossil Cove Brewing Co. & Apple Seeds, Inc. and features a selection of breweries from across the region. Come on out for lots of delicious craft brews, music from Monk is King, Vintage Pistol and Groovement, along with vendors, food trucks, arts, makers, and more. For more info, visit www.fossilcovebrewing.com/frost-fest
Sean Fresh/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 E. Locust St. / 8
The Griffin Restaurant is proud to welcome Little Rock R&B and soul man Sean Fresh to Thursday Night Live.
The Side Street Steppers/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 E. Locust St. / 8
Bringing music from the Golden Age of American gramophone recording, The Griffin Restaurant brings you The Side Street Steppers from Memphis, Tennessee. This band will take you back in time between 1920 and WWII, a time that saw the rise of jazz, the birth of the blues, the fall of ragtime, and the emergence of hillbilly music that would become country music. Performing on homemade and vintage instruments this one of kind show will have your toes tappin’ and hands clappin’.
Mountain Sprout/ Shirley’s Bar – 1311 S 48th St. / 9
Those wild men from the hills make their Shirley’s debut with their one-of-a-kind psychobilly, hillbilly and bluegrass sound. Grab all your rowdy friends and come on out!
Taco Mama’s 10th Anniversary/ Taco Mama – 1209 Malvern Ave. / 6-9
Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Arkansas’ favorite Mexican restaurants, Taco Mama. Enjoy their classic food and drinks, and music from acoustic jazz/pop singer-songwriter Christine DeMeo.
Friday 2/1 & Saturday 2/2
Dazz & Brie/ Silk’s Bar & Grill at Oaklawn – 2705 Central Ave. / 10
Central Arkansas’ rock & soul duo Dazz & Brie are bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to Silk’s Bar & Grill for a special two night stay.
The Federalis, Fiscal Spliff, Cosmic Farmer/ Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave. / 9
The Federalis – Classic Rock & Roll
Fiscal Spliff – Punk Rock & Roll
Cosmic Farmer – Soul/Funk/Cosmic Americana
Jason Lee Hale/ JJ’s Grill – 1010 Main St. Ste A / 6
A little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll from Central Arkansas guitar man Jason Lee Hale.
The Mighty Pines/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5
The Mighty Pines from, St. Louis are bringing their Jam-Grass/Country-Funk to Kings. Opening the show is country artist Bree Ogden, from Little Rock.
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