Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Jimbo Malthus, Judas Priest, Carlene Carter and more.
Around Little Rock
Rock & Reel film series: Dazed & Confused/ CALS Ron Robinson Theater – 100 River Market Ave /. 7-9 / $5
CALS Ron Robinson Theater presents the Summer Rock & Roll film series, showing some of your favorite classic movies on the big screen, and kicking it off is the classic 1993 coming-of-age film, Dazed & Confused (R)
The Main Thing / The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse – 301 Main St. NLR / 8-10 / $24
Central Arkansas comedy trio The Main Thing, present their original comedy “Keep Your Chins Up,” a comedy review focusing on the agony of growing older. “Original sketches, funny songs and bogus commercials take a look at cosmetic surgery, fad diets, exercise programs, and how to just give in and grow old gracefully. Three actors play dozens of characters who are determined to battle Father Time.”
Willowack and The Streakers/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 8:30-11:30 / $6
A night of rock from two up-and-coming young Arkansas bands – The Streakers a rock & roll band from Central Arkansas and Willowack, an indie rock band from Northwest Arkansas – Willowack. Will Holland opens.
The Final Friday at Cajun’s Wharf with the Shannon Boshears Band and Buh & Danny/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 9
Come celebrate the last Friday of Central Arkansas’ legendary Cajun’s Wharf, starting out on the deck with Buh & Danny at 5:30 then heading inside for the rockin’ blues of the Shannon Boshears Band at 9.
R&B Vibez at SoMa with SeanFresh, Bijoux, Faron Rashelle and DJ NickHud / South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9pm-1am / $10 advance, $15 at the door. www.centralarkansastickets.com
R&B lovers, this is your night as 4 Central Arkansas Greats join forces to bring you a night of great music. The song stylings of Bijoux, SeanFresh and Faron Rashelle will get you in the groove, and DJ Nick Hud will keep the party going.
Learning to Crawl/ Fassler Hall – 311 East Capitol / 9
Come out to the Beer Garden, grab a pint or hoist a stein and enjoy the music of Little Rock’s newest Rockin Blues band, Learning to Crawl: Bluesboy Jag-guitar, Lance Womack-drums, Lynn Fitzgerald-bass, and Kevin Lewis-sax.
Stoney LaRue and Lazy Desperados/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9-12 / $15 advance $20 day of show www.arkansaslivemusic.com
Country artist Stoney LaRue (Buffalo Valley, OK) returns to the Rev Room for a rockin Friday night. Celebrating 15+ years of touring / recording and a new album to be released later this year. Opening the show is Benton Arkansas’ own Alternative Country band The Lazy Desperados.
Jimbo Mathus/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9:30-12:30 / $10
This show could & should be a sell-out as White Water favorite Jimbo Mathus returns to the White Water celebrating the release of his latest album, “Incinerator.” Jimbo with his full Mississippi band will bring a show you won’t soon forget.
Nathan Perry and Richard Michael Hall/ Four Quarter Bar – 4115 Main St. NLR / 10:30-1:30
Richard Michael Hall is bringing melodic folk with a punk twist, while Nathan Perry and his band are bringing a unique country sound.
Judas Priest with Uriah Heep/ Riverfront Amphitheater – 400 President Clinton Ave. / 7-10 / $36.50 – $69
Heavy metal legends Judas Priest bring a show perfected by an almost 50 year career. 2010 Grammy Award for best metal performance, 2009 VH1 Honors recipient, and 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of fame nominee. Rock lovers of Central Arkansas have been waiting for this night & now it’s finally here. Opening the show, currently on their Living the Dream tour, Uriah Heep. Get your tickets here.
A Rowdy Faith/ Nexus Coffee & Creative – 301 President Clinton Ave, Suite B / 7 / $5
Nexus presents the Saturday Serenade Series tonight featuring Arkansas folk/Americana duo A Rowdy Faith. Combining Alisyn Reid’s folk/Americana with Cate Davison’s Southern Gothic style. Currently nominated for 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards Americana Artist of the Year.
Bobfest: Handmade Moments, Dazz & Brie, and Rachel Ammons/ Revolution Music Room
Handmade Moments – Folk/Soul/hip-hop duo
Dazz & Brie – Central Arkansas Rock & Soul duo
Rachel Ammons – Arkansas musician of many talents and instruments, you probably know her best from the duo Tyrannosaurus Chicken, or the Ben Miller Band.
These musicians are joining forces with all ticket proceeds benefiting Arkansas musician Smilin’ Bob Lewis (Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Ben Miller Band) and his fight against cancer.
Cajun’s Last Waltz with The Big Dam Horns/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 9-1:30 / $5
Don’t miss your last chance to party at Cajun’s. The horns will be in full effect as one of Central Arkansas favorite party bands The Big Dam Horns take the stage combining New Orleans style brass band & alternative rock band to bring you their special stylings to your favorite Rock/Funk/jazz/R&B hits from the 60’s to today.
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and Dylan Earl/ The White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9 / $10
If I had to pick the show I’m most excited about this weekend, it would be this one, as outlaw country artist Sarah Shook & The Disarmers return to the Rock, this time playing the legendary White Water Tavern. They are “a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies.” Opening the show is Fayetteville post-country/western artist Dylan Earl.
Rikki D & The Crew/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $7
A night of down home rockin’ blues from Central Arkansas guitar man Rikki D and his Crew.
Brian Nahlen & Nick Devlin/ The Rail Yard – 1212 East 6th St. / 5-8
One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday evening is grabbing my fur kid Delta and heading to The Rail Yard for their Sunday evening music series. Grab a tasty beverage, some delicious BBQ from Count Porkula, and head to the yard for an evening of music and fun. Kids & fur kids welcome.
Carlene Carter/ Ozark Folk Center State Park / 7:00-9:00 / $22-32.50
Ozark Highlands Live welcomes Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Carlene Carter.
Friday 5/31- Sunday 6/2
Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain 2019/ $44-$349
A three-day, four night music, art adventure in the Ozarks, featuring: Rezz, Umphrey’s McGee, Zeds Dead, Lettuce, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band, and more. For tickets and full info, visit www.backwoodsmusicfestival.com
Friday 5/31 – Saturday 6/1
Music on the Mulberry/ $40-$99 (children 6-12 $25) (5 and under free)
Music, food, and outdoor fun for all ages, featuring: Lance Carpenter, David Adam Byrnes, Erin Enderlin, and more. For tickets and full info visit www.musiconthemullberry.com
The Rios, Dazz & Brie, Ryan Sauders/ Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave / 9
The Rios – Central Arkansas rock & soul
Dazz & Brie – Central Arkansas rock & soul duo
Ryan Sauders – singer/songwriter
Skid Row, Stryper, & Kix/ Magic Springs – 1701 E Grand Ave. / 5
A night celebrating the glam rock of the 80’s with Kix at 5:00, Stryper at 6:30, and legendary 80’s rockers Skid Row at 8:00. Concert is free with park admission.
Blues & Brews/ North Logan County Fairgrounds – 506 Airport Industrial Rd. / 4:00-8:00 / $15 – $50
Come out for the first ever Brews and Blues on 22. Breweries from around the state, live music, and food trucks will be there. Get your tickets here.
Earl & Them/ Chelsea’s Corner Bar & Live Music – 10 Mountain St. / 6
Come out to see some blues and rock & roll from Earl Cate, Terry Cagle, and Jason Davis.
Opal Agafia/ Front Street Bar & Grill – 115 S. Front St. / 9
Opal Agafia is bringing her singular Ozark Mountain soul roots n roll sound.
The House of Songs Songwriter Showcase/ Bike Rack Brewing Co. – 801 SE 8th St., Unit #61 / 8:00-10:00 / $10
The House of Songs presents an evening of original music from some of Northwest Arkansas’ best and brightest musicians, as well as talented artists from around the world. Hosted by Joe Dillstrom – acoustic singer-songwriter from Springfield, MO, and featuring The Cosmic Farmer – Soul/Funk/cosmic Americana from Conway, AR, Emily Rowland – folk, blues, jazz, singer songwriter from Rodgers, AR, and special guest Justin Larkin – acoustic grungey soul folk from Springfield, MO.
Brae Leni and The Blackout/ Smoke & Barrel Tavern – 324 W Dickson St. Ste 2 / 10
If this name sounds familiar it’s because his latest single “Planet Earth” was my Arkansas song of the week last week. Brae Leni has been all over social media and around Central Arkansas promoting his recently released album “The Drift” now he brings his soulful sound to Northwest Arkansas with a vison to “Spread Love! Spread Music!, Spread Peace! and Spread the Groove!”
Prince Birthday Party Celebration/ George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 W Dickson St. / 10 / $15 advance, $20 at the door
Drummerboyinfinity returns to Fayettteville with their legendary Prince tribute show and you know for the birthday boy, it’s gonna be bigger and better than ever with over 13 singers, musicians, and dancers for this one night only birthday celebration. Get your tickets today!
Arkansas Song of the Week
“N.Y.C. Babe” from John Burnette
John is a singer-songwriter/guitarist from Little Rock/Mountain View who now lives in Nashville. This sweet soft acoustic song is the first single from his upcoming album. Parlor One.