Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Malcolm Holcombe, the return of Pizza D’ Action and more.
Around Little Rock
Chris DeClerk/ Bar Louie – Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Rd. / 8-10
Solo-acoustic show with Little Rock singer-songwriter Chris DeClerk singing originals and songs you know & love.
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular/ Robinson Center Performance Hall – 426 W Markham St. / 8-10:15 / $30-$39
The smash hit multi-media laser and light show featuring the Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd comes to Little Rock for a special Friday night show. You’ve never seen rock & roll like this.
Brian Nahlen Band/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9-11 / $8 advance, $10 day of
An eclectic mix of rock, funk, sweet ballads, and dynamic protest anthems, the Brian Nahlen band includes six accomplished musicians who blend original music and reimagined covers into every show. The lineup features frontman and guitarist Brian Nahlen, guitarist Jason Lee Hale, keyboardist Tommy Priakos, sax player Dave Williams III, bassist Brian Wolverton, and drummer Daniel Olah. Get your tickets here.
Arkansauce/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9-12 / $10 advance, $12 day of show.
That genre-hopping, four-piece string band from northwest Arkansas, Arkansauce, returns to the Rev Room, bending the rules and blurring the lines between bluegrass, newgrass, folk, Americana, country, blues, and funk with a show that’s filled with improvisational guitar, banjo, and mandolin leads, paired with powerful harmonies and heart-felt songwriting, all held together by deep foot-stompin’ bass groves. Get your tickets here.
Sad Daddy/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9-12 / $10
A Southern soul stew of original old time folk, jug band, and American roots music made up of four talented Arkansas based musicians: Brian Martin (guitar), Melissa Carper (bass), Joe Sundell (banjo), and Rebecca Patek (fiddle).
Randall Shreve & Benjamin Del Shreve/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack / 9-12 / $7
Enjoy two special separate solo sets from two Stickyz favorites from Fayetteville, AR – Randall Shreve (“vaudeville” indie-rock) and Benjamin Del Shreve (feel good rock).
El Dub/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10-1 / $7
One-man band El Dub is a “looper” who plays all instruments live including beat boxing, guitar, bass, keys, and harmonizing vocals. El Dub then loops them into layers that end up sounding like a full band.
Kidstock Family Music Festival/ CALS Children’s Library and Learning Center – 4800 W. 10th St. / 10-2
This annual summer reading club kick off is a day of bubbles, sidewalk chalk, lawn games, snacks, and performances from some library favorites: Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic at 10 am, Animal meet & greet with the Little Rock Zoo at 11 am, Brian & Gerri Kinder at 12 pm, and the Dogtown Ukulele Band at 2 pm.
Dog Days of Summer/ Bernice Garden – 1401 Main St. / 11-3 pm
The Bernice Garden partners with SoMa Animal Clinic for a day specially for our four-legged friends. A dog friendly, family friendly event with a live DJ, splash park for dogs, doggie snow cones, food trucks, and beer. All money raised will go to Arkansas for Animals.
Ras Levi’s Reggae: Gemini Birthday Bash/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 8-12:45 / $10 advance, $12 day of
Calling all Gemini’s and reggae lovers as One Love Entertainment presents Ras Levi’s Reggae/Gemini Birthday bash. Taking the stage for the celebration are Tim Anthony, Michael Walker, Butterfly, DJ Prim3 Kr3ator (Puerto Rico), and backing band with Marlon “Cat” Davis & Crew. Get your tickets here.
Charlotte Taylor/ Cregeen’s Irish Pub – 301 Main St. NLR / 8
Central Arkansas lady of the blues comes to Cregeen’s for a special solo show.
Scott Diffee & EC Haynes/ Pizza D’s – 2919 W Markham St. / 8
Come welcome Pizza D’s back to the Rock as Jagermeister presents D’Actions first musicians’ showcase of 2019. Two of the Rock’s legendary rockers join forces for this special night: Scott Diffee (Go Fast/The Martyrs/The Parlor Tattoo) and EC Haynes (Four on the Floor/Salon EC).
Rodney Block Collective/ Hawgz Blues Café – 5524 JFK Blvd. NLR / 9 / $10
Come join the Rodney Block Collective and special guest for the “Stilettos & Stogies” patio party as they celebrate the birthday of keyboardist Dre “The Bishop” Franklin.
Malcolm Holcombe/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St / 8:30 – 11:30 / $12
One of the most unforgettable nights was the first time I saw Malcolm Holcombe at the White Water, from the first note he had the crowd under his spell as he was one minute astoryteller and the next the most unique guitar/vocalist about whom Rolling Stonesays: “Haunted country, acoustic blues and rugged folk all meet (here.)” If you’ve seen him before you know what we mean, and if not please do not miss another chance to.
You Look Like: Little Rock/ Hibernia Irish Tavern – 9700 N Rodney Parham Rd.
Little Rock’s premiere roast battle returns to Hibernia as newly-crowned champion Jared Lowry defends his title against Xay Wilson, Andy Davis, Michaela Walley, Emerald Willis, and Joe Griz. The audience will also have a chance to have a go at the comics for a chance to win swag, as Xavier Claiborne performs in the infamous “Hell Slot”
Garrett T. Capps & Dylan Earl/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 9-12 / Free
San Antonio’s premier Tex Mex rock & roller Garrett Capps comes to Four Quarter joined by Fayetteville’s post-country/western artist Dylan Earl for a twang filled evening.
The Arkansas Summer Shakedown/ George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 W. Dickson / 9-1:30 / $10
Five of the region’s best bands join forces for The Arkansas Summer Shakedown, organized by Drew DeFrance and hosted by Dylan Earl. The show starts at 9 pm with Drew’s band DeFrance,10:20 Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo (folk/rock/soul,) 11:50 Dazz & Brie (rock & soul) & in the lounge 10:10 Atlantis Aquarius (atmospheric psychedelia with rock & roll) 11:45 Foggy Bobcat (rock)
Songwriters for Smilin’ Bob/ Smoke & Barrel Tavern – 324 W Dickson St. Ste 2 / 7-11
Local songwriters join forces for their friend and fellow musician Smilin’ Bob and his fight against cancer. This is a very impressive list sure to be a night of great music: Randall Shreve, Jesse Dean, Ben Miller, Dana Louise, Noah Richmond, Rachel Ammons, Jeff Kearney, Jamie Lou, Adam Cox, Mark Bilyeu, Shannon Wurst, and more.
Friday 6/7 – Saturday 6/8
The 40th Annual Lum & Abner Festival/ Jansen Park
Friday: Jesse Dean & Co, The Crumbs, Marissa Dawn, Logan Lind, & The New Curmudgeon County Ramblers.
Saturday: Arkansauce, Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings, Highcountry Boys, Chaz O’ Neill, & Midnight Wagon. Click here for more information.
Brick Fields/ The Old Bank Sports Grill – 220 W Main St. / 8-11
Come listen to some roots, blues, folk, gospel, Americana from Arkansas’ Rachel Fields and Larry Brick .
Sad Daddy/ Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave. / 9-12
A Southern soul stew of original old time folk, jug band, and American roots music made up of 4 talented Arkansas based musicians: Brian Martin- guitar, Melissa Carper – bass, Joe Sundell – banjo, and Rebecca Patek – fiddle.
Deep Sequence, The Traveling Squirrels, Factory: Flood Benefit Show/ Harry’s Downtown – 509 Garrison Ave. / 9-1 / $10
A night of feel good rock for a good cause as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to helping rebuild Fort Smith from the recent flooding.
Arkansas Song of the Week
“World Without Willie” by Erin Enderlin. (Written by Erin Enderlin, Alex Kline, Leslie Satcher, & Tara Thomson)
This song just took home Song of the Year at the 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards. Erin also took home the awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.