Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see the Bodarks, Liquid Kitty and more.
Around Little Rock
Frontier Fourth of July / Historic Arkansas Museum 200 E 3rd. St. / 10am-12pm / Free
Join the Historic Arkansas Museum for a Frontier Fourth, a family friendly morning of activities including: a living history performance, music and dancing, hands-on-crafting, territorial games, a Revolutionary War Battle reenactment, a reading of the Deceleration of Independence by Congressman French Hill, and complementary refreshments.
36th Annual Pops on the River / First Security Amphitheater / 3-10 / Free
A day of family friendly activities: kids pavilion, a marketplace, food trucks, and entertainment, all building up to the grand firework display with music by Rodney Block, Nicky Parish, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. For more information visit http://pops.arkansasonline.com
4th of July Family Celebration / Sherwood Forest 1111 W Maryland Ave. / 6-9
The City of Sherwood Advertising & Promotions Commission invites you to a family friendly evening of Food, Fun, and Fireworks. Chips and free hotdogs from the grilling team of NLR Central Baptist Church, bottled water from BankOZK starting at 6 while supplies last, a patriotic program emceed by Carlton Wing at 6:30 to honor our military heroes, then sit back and enjoy as the 106th Army Band entertains then the fireworks from Hog Wild Pyrotechnics at 9.
The Bodarks / The Rail Yard 1212 E 6th St. / 6-9
Come celebrate Independence Day with The Bodarks, a Hootenanny String Band from McKinney, TX that combines elements from bluegrass to ragtime for an Americana sound all their own.
90’s Live music Mash-Up / Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave./ 9-1/ $15 www.arkansaslivemusic.com
After the fireworks keep the party going as a variety of Arkansas best artist and musicians take the stage and the character of their favorite 90’s musicians with an after set by DJ Dough Kramer. Get your tickets here.
Big Dam Horns / Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave./ 9-12/ $8
Stick around or head to the River Market for Central Arkansas’ biggest party band The Big Dam Horns as they bring their sound to your favorite hits from jazz, blues, soul, pop, and R&B. While there grab a pint from Black Apple Crossing, Arkansas’ first cidery located in Springdale.
4th Fest with Liquid Kitty / Lake Willastein Park / 8
Come join Little Rock Classic Rock dance band Liquid Kitty at this year’s fourth annual fFest. The band starts around 8 and ends right before the fireworks.
Big Bang on the Range/ Jacksonville Shooting Sports Complex – 2800 Graham Rd. / 5:30
An evening of family fun with music from Eddie & the Defiantz, Back of the Sun, Bree Ogden, and Mischief Mccalls, inflatables, concessions and a fireworks display at 9:00. for more info. www.cityofjacksonville.net
4th of July Beaver Bash / Side Bar 102 Hwy 187/ 12-9
A day of food, fun, and fireworks with music from Skye Pollard from 1-3, and Adam Johnston form 6-9 with a firework show at dusk.
Thursday 7/4-Saturday 7/6
Spaceberry / The Farm Campground & Events- Riverview Resort & Country Store 17939 US-62 / $75 for 3 days, $60 for 2, $35 for one, car & camping included, kids under 12 free
Three nights of music, camping, fireworks, art food, craft vendors, and more at “the farm” with beautiful 360 views, sitting on 160 acres that backs up to Mark Twain National Forest with Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, and the White River all within five miles. Artists include Forgotten Space (Grateful Dead Tribute) Arkansauce, Deep Sequence, Groovement, The Irie Lions, and many more. For full info and tickets, click here. https://spaceberryfestival.com
Star Spangled Spectacular / Camden Municipal Airport 255 Airport Rd./ 6-9/ Free
The Camden & Ouachita County Ministerial Alliances invite you to the 19th annual Star Spangled Spectacular. An evening of family fun with children’s events, food venders, music from Telematic and The L.B. Crew, and of course fireworks at approx. 9:15. Learn more at www.explorecamden.com
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular / Walmart AMP 5079 W Northgate Rd./ 6:00/ $3 – $35 www.waltonartscenter.org
Come celebrate Independence Day an American Salute with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, with Paul Haas as music director. Family festival activities are planned from 5-8 with balloon artists, face painters, superheroes, lawn games and more. Afterwards, everyone will head inside for the symphony at 7:30 with the fireworks 9:15.
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