Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Dom Flemons, Clutch, Brent Cobb and more.
Around Little Rock
Dom Flemons / South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 8-10 / $25 GA, $32 reserved, $34 premium reserved.
The third show in the Oxford American Americana series welcomes Don Flemons. He’s known as “The American Songster” with a repertoire of music that covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. He is a music scholar, historian, record collector, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. In 2018 he released his first solo record, the Grammy-nominated Don Flemons Presents Black Cowboys, which is also part of the African American Legacy Recordings series on Smithsonian Folkways, and co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. In 2005 he co-founded the 2010 Grammy Award-winning band for Best Traditional Folk, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, which were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
Bonnie Montgomery Revue / White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 8:30
Arkansas country music sweetheart Bonnie Montgomery returns to the White Water to host a large Ameripolitan Music Awards Revue, “The Road to Ameripolitan 2019: Bonnie Montgomery and Friends.” For this special one-night-only show, Bonnie welcomes Australian country artist Matt Ward, Texas honky-tonker Summer Dean, the King and Queen of the Hillbilly Underground Andrea and Mud, and the Seductive Siren, Ms. Jolie Goodnight.
Arkansas Sounds: The Legacy of the Legendary KOKY / Ron Robinson Theater – 100 River Market Avenue / 7-9 / Free but registration is requested
Arkansas Sounds honors the legacy of KOKY. Started in 1956, it’s Arkansas’ first radio station devoted to programing by African Americans for an African American audience. Photos, audio clips, and a panel discussion moderated by Broadway Joe Booker, featuring KOKY on-air personalities including Sonta Jean, The KOKY Queen, Mark “Chillin” Dylan, and Billy St. James. Doors open at 6 so come early, grab some concessions, find a seat, and sit back and relax as we explore the history and future of this great Arkansas radio station. Register here.
Fourth Friday Comedy Night / Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee – 10700 N. Rodney Parham Ste A2 / 8 / $10
Local comedian Dawson Iglehart serves as host and MC of Fourth Friday Comedy night and this show will be highlight both veterans and newcomers including singer & comedian Aaron Sarlo, funny man Brendon Southerland, up-and-comer with the quick wit Moriah Childs, and closing the show with an energetic act Fourth Friday veteran, Dakoda Potter.
Bluesboy Jag and Mudhead / Bar Louie – 11525 Cantrell Rd. (Pleasant Ridge Town Center) / 8
A night of blues, country, and rock & roll with Central Arkansas bluesman Bluesboy Jag and Mudhead.
Silver Anchors & Ghost Bones / South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9 / $8 advance, $10 day of show
A night of dance, electronic, indie pop with the Little Rock’s Silver Anchors (Jeremy Brasher, Jay Calhoun, Philip Rex Huddleston, Sydney Hunsicker, Jack Lloyd, & John Willis) and Hot Springs’ Ghost Bones (Ashley Hill, Bobby Missile, Ryan Jolly, & Trey Lamberth). Get your tickets here.
Dirtfoot and Four Quarter Bar’s 3 year Anniversary Party / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $10
Come on out and celebrate three years of revelry at Argenta’s best late night kitchen and home to some of the best live music in Central Arkansas. They are welcoming the one-of-a-kind gypsy punk country grumble boogie sounds of Shreveport’s Dirtfoot to lead the celebration, and I’m excited to see what specials the kitchen might be cookin’. Join in the fun for late night frivolity and feasting.
Big Piph, Arkansas Bo, K. Nick / White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 10 / $10
Lovers of hip-hop rejoice as Central Arkansas’ Big Piph returns to the White Water stage. Joining him tonight rap/hip-hop artist from Stuttgart and now Dallas, Arkansas Bo, along withCentral Arkansas artist K. Nick and DJ Don D.
Onesie Bar Crawl / Downtown LR starting at Fassler Hall – 311 E. Capitol / Check-in time 4- 6, Crawl 6-10 /$18.99-$32.99
Grab your friends and throw on your favorite onesie for the most comfortable bar crawl. Get your tickets here. LED wristband will guide you through the crawl. all covers waived, 80s party, 90s party, Y2K party, drink specials at all venues, food specials, photographer/videographer to follow your crew, and so much more. For tickets, rules, and more info, click here.
Route 358 & Ten Penny Gypsy / South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9 / $7 advance, $10 at the door
An evening of roots music with two of Arkansas’ best: the progressive Americana bluegrass from Fayetteville, Route 358, and Americana singer-songwriters from Little Rock, Ten Penny Gypsy. Both of these bands are current nominees for the 2019 Arkansas Country Music Awards Americana artist of the year. Get your tickets here.
Combsy / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $7
Combsy is an original psychedelic jazz-leaning art pop band from Tulsa. They combine sharp shapeshifting drums, bass groves, synthesizers, strings, and guitars, layered on top with a soft female vocal to create a sound that while influenced by Charles Mingus, Madlib, George Harrison, & J Dilla, is purely Combsy.
Carson McHone, Will Carlisle, Dylan Earl / White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th / 9 / $10
One of Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Country Artists to watch, Carson McHone comes to the Rock for a night of both country and western. Arkansas folk singer Will Carlisle and countrypolitan Dylan Earl will open.
Red Carpet Oscar Pawty / Bark Bar – 1201 S. Spring St. / 4
Grab your pup and come strut your stuff on the Bark Bar red carpet and watch all the pre-awards red carpet fashion coverage. Costume contest starts at 6. Humans 21+ dogs 4 months + submit your pups shot records www.barkbar.com/pages/records
Carl Payne’s Funny Sunday / Loony Bin Comedy Club – 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd. Ste C12 / 7 / $25-$40
If award shows aren’t your thing, come out to the Loony Bin for a night of comedy as Carl Anthony Payne II (Cole from Martin, & Cockroach from The Cosby Show) brings his Funny Sunday show to the Rock. Get your tickets here.
The Mad Deadly and Rogue Planet / Vino’s Pizza-Pub Brewery – 923 W. 7th / 7 /$7
An early Sunday show with two of the best in Central Arkansas prog rock. The energetic instrumental of The Mad Deadly and the instrumental progressive/math rock of Rogue Planet.
Jamie Lou / Bike Rack Brewing – 205 E. Johnson Ave / 7-9
Northwest Arkansas own’s folk rock singer-songwriter, Jamie Lou comes to Bike Rack for a special solo appearance.
Richard Burnett / Fred’s Hickory Inn – 1502 N. Walton Blvd. / 7
Fred’s Cabin welcomes Northwest Arkansas singer-songwriter guitar man Richard Burnett, singing some of your rock & roll favorites and some originals too.
Clutch / George’s Majestic Lounge –519 W. Dickson St.
Legendary Maryland hard rock band Clutch comes to George’s for the only Arkansas stop on their Book of Bad Decisions Tour, supporting their highly anticipated 12th studio album.
Funk You / The Smoke & Barrel Tavern – 324 W. Dickson St. / 9:30 / $5
From the east side of Augusta, GA, Funk You bring a burst of musical energy of multiple musical styles focusing on dance driven grooves with powerful clean vocals, that incorporates intriguing musical composition, tasteful lyrics, and captivating live performances.
Davidson / Griffin Restaurant – 101 E. Locust St. / 8-10
Thursday Night Live is proud to welcome the smooth R&B sounds of Arkansas’ own Davidson. A 2017 contestant on NBC’s The Voice, 2018 RiverFest performer, and performer for 2018 Wal-Mart shareholders meeting, the future is bright for this rising Arkansas star.
Dave Almond / The Downstairs Pub – 117 Main St. (downstairs entrance) / 9
Head to the Downstairs Pub to hear some acoustic rockin’ grooves from South Arkansas’ own Dave Almond
Red Oak Ruse with Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner / The Big Chill – 910 Higdon Ferry Rd. / 8 / $10 admission, $15 reserved seating
Red Oak Ruse is feel good American music with a 3 part harmony vocals, fiddle, bass, and guitar, and drums, to create a sweet yet powerful Ozarkana sound.
Opening the show is Acoustic blues from Hot Springs’ own Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner. Side Hustle Productions presents this show for the 3rd Thursday concert series and is sponsored in part by: The Big Chill, KUHS Community Radio shows The Mojo Box, and the outlaw country show Lost Highway. All proceeds from the show will go to the Unknown Legends Musicians Relief Fund, a non-profit for Arkansas based musicians without health care or insurance.
King Country, The Rios, Young Valley / Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave. / 9
Come hear King Country’s psychedelic Dungeon Rock, along with Little Rock’s The Rios, bringing their soulful rock. And from Oxford, Young Valley will bring their mix of country, indie and alt-rock.
Rock N’ Roll Buffet of Bands / Low Key Arts – 118 Arbor St. / 7 / $10
Rock N’ Roll Buffet of Bands is a fundraiser for Valley of the Vapors No food, it’s a buffet of bands. Here’s how it works: six bands will set up around the walls of Low Key Arts with the crowd in the middle. Each band gets a 20 minute set and as soon as one band finishes the next band begins for 20 minutes. The bands are: from Hot Springs, Ghost Bones, Little Rock – OR, Hot Springs – The Violet Ultras, Little Rock – Adventureland, Bismark- Mudtrudger, Hot Springs- Warm Trickle, and Waco, TX – King Country.
The Going Jessies / Almost Famous Smoke House & Grill – 258 Hwy 64 E / 6:30
Final Fridays of the month at Almost Famous welcomes the sweet soulful country folk harmonies of Conway’s own The Going Jessies. (call 501-450-3036 for table reservations)
Knox Hamilton / Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5
Kings welcomes alternative indie dance rock band from Little Rock, Knox Hamilton. Opening the show is pop vocalist from Conway Joseph Tilley.
Combsy / Harry’s Downtown – 509 Garrison Ave / 9 / $5
Combsy is an original psychedelic jazz-leaning art pop band from Tulsa. They combine sharp shapeshifting drums, bass groves, synthesizers, strings, and guitars, layered on top with a soft female vocal to create a sound that while, influenced by Charles Mingus, Madlib, George Harrison, & J Dilla, is purely Combsy.
Statehouse Electric / Gravel Bar at Wanderoo Lodge – 216 W. Van Buren / 7
Eureka Grass Night Parade after party with Fayetteville Americana duo, and special guest, Statehouse Electric.
Brent Cobb and Them / The Grange at Wilson Gardens – 15 S. Jefferson St. / 8 / $30
Southern blue-eyed soul/country funk singer songwriter Brent Cobb kicks off the 2019 Wilson Music Series at The Grange. Get your tickets here.
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