Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see the Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival, Amy Helm, Kyle Kinane and more.
Around Little Rock
Arts & Letters Radio 50th Episode Anniversary/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 7:30-10:30 / Free
Recorded at the studios of KUAR FM 89.1 (Little Rock’s NPR affiliate) Arts & Letters is a monthly show hosted by UALR associate professor Brad Minnick highlighting the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Come celebrate the 50th episode with the KUAR crew and enjoy music by Little Rock singer-songwriter Brian Nahlen and M.
Belle Camino/ South on Main – 1304 Main St / 8-9:30 / $10
Hosted by this month’s curator, Little Rock teacher & artist Phillip Rex Huddleston, this week’s Sessions at South on Main is proud to present Belle Camino; a curious and delightfully raw fusion of smooth modern soul, Latin-driven rhythms, and electronic funk. Fronted by the soulfully melodic vocals and lyrics of Claire Admire, and backed by an all- star group of Little Rock musicians: singer songwriter/pianist John Willis, guitarist John Burnett and Read Admire, drummer Slavek Bolubah, bassist Cody Lucas, and multi-instrumentalist Rolf Grosebeck. Call 501-244-9660 to reserve a table.
Poetry night featuring LMJ/ Guillermo’s Coffee, Tea & Roastery – 10700 N Rodney Parham Rd Ste A2 / 6:30-8:30
Poetry night is back at Guillermo’s, hosted by Central Arkansas poet Karen Hayes it will feature 2 rounds of open mic as well as a featured poet. This week’s featured poet is LaKisha M. Johnson (LMJ), founder of LaKisha M. Johnson Ministries, and coFounder and executive director of Sickle Cell Support Services, which address sickle cell disease, a crippling disease that took her husband in 2014. LMJ draws upon that life changing experience as well as so many more, as the child of a single mom, a teen mom, domestic violence survivor and mother of five sons and four grandsons. All these experiences are reflected in her work as she uses her quirkiness and quick wit to tell her truth through her poetry, prose and short stories.
Exit on a Laugh: A Farewell Comedy Show/ The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse – 301 Main St. #102 NLR / 7:30-10 / Donation
Little Rock has become a hot spot for comedy with some of the funniest comedians you’ll see anywhere. Now a few are getting ready to spread their wings for the next stop in their comedy journey. Come out to the Joint to catch them one last time as we wish them well. Featuring: Kayla Esmond, David and Wesley Kleitch, Bair, Russell Rogers, Josh Ogle, and I bet some special guests will be in the house as well.
Sad Daddy/ Fassler Hall – 311 E Capital Ave. / 8-10
One of Arkansas’ favorite bluegrass/newgrass bands is at Fassler Hall for a surprise Thursday night show. Come on out for a night of brats, beer and some great music.
Out Loud: Taking Pride. Taking the Stage/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / $15 advance, $20 door
LGBTQI and Arkansas allies take the South on Main stage this National Coming Out Day to share their stories of hardship, discrimination, love and acceptance. Benefitting local storytelling group The Yarn, this special event is in its fourth year and its usually sells out. Get your tickets today. To reserve a seat, call 501-244-9600
Monsterboy/ Live Life Chill – 300 President Clinton Ave / 8
Come on out and enjoy some great food and music on Central Arkansas newest patio hot spot, Live Life Chill. Tonight they welcome husband and wife rock pop duo Monsterboy back to their patio stage. Monsterboy combines sounds of indie pop, blended with elements of alternative, country and EDM; using baritone sax, keys, guitar, electronics and voice with carefully crafted lyrics for a sound all their own.
The Weeks with Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8 / $12 advance, $15 day of show
True rock & roll lovers rejoice! This show is for you. High-energy, rowdy, raucous, longhair Mississippi glam rock by way of Nashville, that’s the sound of the Weeks and their latest album Easy, recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis for that extra layer of soul. http://theweeksmusic.comOpening the show is one of Central Arkansas’ favorite Southern rock bands, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts. Get your tickets here!
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Dazz & Brie, SA SoloAct/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 8:30
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires is a high energy Alabama based Southern rock band with a punk rock attitude, R&B groves with something to say. This is one of my favorite rock & roll bands to come through Central Arkansas and after you see them, I know they’ll become one of yours. Opening the show will be Central Arkansas rock & soul duo Dazz & Brie and fierce Little Rock hip-hop artist SA SoloAct.
Dino D Davis/ Rebel Kettle Brew Co. – 822 E 6th St / 8
Come on out for a beautiful night in the beer garden; enjoy some delicious food, some tasty craft brews, and enjoy the soul R&B sounds of Dino D Davis.
Kyle Kinane/ Vino’s Brewpub – 923 W. 7th St. / 8 / $25
Another great night for comedy in the Rock as internationally touring comedian Kyle Kinane comes back to the Vino’s stage for what looks to be another sold-out show. Kyle has appeared on Drunk History, The Tonight Show, Conan, Workaholics, Comedy Bang Bang, three Comedy Central Specials and more. Comedy lovers, do not let this show pass you by, so get your tickets today.
Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces/ South on Main – 1304 Main St / 9 / $10
One of the most requested bands, Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces, is bringing their one-of-a-kind Louisiana soul, funk, rock and R&B back to the South on Main stage. Grab your friends for a fabulous night of good times that will have you out on the dance floor asking for more. For a taste of their sound, listen to this. Get your tickets here! To reserve a table, call 501-244-9660.
Tiko Brooks/ 109 & Co. – 109 Main St / 9 / $5
The “Bearded Balladeer” returns to 109 and company for a night of smooth Jazz & R&B. Grab one of their expertly crafted cocktails, get a seat on their comfy couches and sit back, relax, and enjoy a night of great music.
Joe Got Flow Book Signing/ NLR Laman Library – 2801 Orange St. NLR / 12:30 / 2:30
National award-winning poet, TEDx speaker, author and Little Rock native Chris James will be holding a book signing and poetry writing workshop for his newly self-published children’s book. The book Joe Got Flowteaches all the figurative language skills and tells a cool story about the journey of a child named Joseph who wants to be rapper but learns from Mr. Chris the importance of first being a great writer and poet. This free and interactive event will be fun for youth of all ages, and the adults too. The book will be available for purchase $15.
Boom Kinetic/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave / 9:30 / $10
Fayetteville comes to the Rock for Razorback weekend. Fayetteville’s favorite party band, Boom Kinetic, brings their fabulous and fun mix of songs you know and love from yesterday and today sure to get the dance floor jumping.
Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th / 9
There’s nothing like a Saturday night with some feel-good, down-home blues at your favorite watering hole. Come on out, grab a drink, and sit a spell or take a spin on the dance floor as Trey and Jason make their long awaited return to the White Water stage.
The Busty Petites/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $7
Close out your Saturday night at one of Central Arkansas favorite late night spots with Oxford, MS funk rock band The Busty Petites and some great food from Four Quarter’s kitchen, serving food till 1:30 am. (The pork nachos are my favorite!)
Jazz Brunch in the Garden/ Dunbar Garden – 1720 S. Chester / 11-2 / $27.62 tickets
Come on out to the garden for the brunch buffet, beer, bottomless mimosas and baby goats. Need I say more? Sponsored by Dunbar Garden and the Arkansas Heart Hospital with music from the P.G. Ensemble Street Jazz Band, the Central High Jazz Band, and the Dunbar Middle School Jazz Band, this will be a fun event for the whole family. Get your tickets here!
Hot Springs Local IBC Competition / The Big Chill – 910 Higdon Ferry Rd. / 6:30 / $2
Join the Spa City Blues Society and some of the best blues artist from the region as they compete for a spot in the International Blues Competition in Memphis.
Friday 10/12 – Saturday 10/13
Mountain Sprout & Sad Daddy/ Maxine’s– 700 Central Ave / $7
Pick your poison for a weekend of great down-home music from two of Arkansas’ best. Whether you prefer the old-time harmonies, American roots music of Sad Daddy, or the rough and rowdy men from the hills, the psychobilly, hillbilly bluegrass of Mountain Sprout, there’s something for you at Maxine’s this weekend. Or if you’re like, me why not make it a weekend and enjoy both?
Friday 10/12 – Sad Daddy – $7
Saturday 10/13 – Mountain Sprout – $7
Thursday 10/11 – Sunday 10/14
Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival / The Farm, Campground & Events – 1 Blue Heron Ln / $60-$180
The fifth annual Hillberry music festival comes to The Farm in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs, surrounded by Mark Twain National forest, Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and the White River. The line-up includes some of the best of folk, bluegrass, Americana, and more with acts from Railroad Earth, Trampled by Turtles, Sam Bush, The Wood Brothers, Big Smith, The Infamous Stringdusters, Split Lip Rayfield, Arkansauce, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings and many more. With a line-up like that and a beautiful weekend like this, they’re expecting a sell-out, and you don’t want to miss out on this musical festival that people will be talking about all year long.
Amy Helm/ George’s Majestic Lounge / 9 / $20 advance, $25 day of show www.georgeslive.com
Amy Helm, daughter of Arkansas native Levon Helm, returns to George’s for a special show celebrating the release of her latest album This Too Shall Light, an album that American Songwriter calls “Vibrant spirituality that aims strait at your heart…introspective, reflective, and beautifully heartfelt…terrific.” This is a show you don’t want to miss.
Jamie Lou Connolly & Dave Dersham/ Stage Eighteen – 18 Center St. / 8 / $8
Welcome singer-songwriter Jamie Lou Connolly back to Northwest Arkansas! Contemporary folk singer-songwriter Dave Dersham will be making his Stage Eighteen debut.
Big Red Flag with Raging Folkaholics/ Kingfish – 262 N. School Ave. / 9
Little Rock’s Big Red Flag will be bringing their ragtime gypsygrass to Kingfish joined by their friends, The Raging Folkaholics, for a night of high-energy acoustic good times.
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Image courtesy of Amy Helm