Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene, including a Northwest Arkansas show with Chris Stapleton.
Around Little Rock
Wednesday June 20
P-47s CD release show, South on Main 1304 Main St. 8-9:30 p.m., $10. Come join this month’s session as Philip Martin brings the P-47s to the stage to celebrate the release of their second full length CD Interceptor. They have been described as a Punkbilly band – punk with a country tilt. Made up of a group of classic Little Rock musicians: Justin McGoldric, Jimmy Young (ACMA Bass Player of the Year) Rede Mitchell and Michael “Bircho” Birch. Come out and be the first to hear and own this new release from this great Central Arkansas band.
Thursday June 21
Jon Stickley Trio, South on Main 1304 Main St. 8-10 p.m., $10. Jon Stickley Trio is a unique instrumental trio with a flatpicking guitar and spacy violin. Guitar Player magazine says “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music… instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres – all thoroughly integrated into a personal style.” With accolades like that this will be a one-of-a-kind show not to be missed.
Friday June 22
Dead Boys with Pissin’ Commets & Peach Blush, White Water Tavern 2500 W. 7th St., 8 p.m., $15. The Dead Boys formed in Cleveland, Ohio and quickly moved to NYC at the encouragement of Joey Ramone. They were frequent players at the legendary New York rock club CBGB in 1977. Their song “Sonic Reducer” is often hailed as one of punk rock’s greatest anthems. What more can I say? This is a once-in-a-lifetime show for lovers of classic rock, punk rock and rock history. Advanced tickets at www.lastchancerecords.us/the-dead-boys-the-white-water-tavern-06-22-18-tickets/
Butterfly & Irie Soul, Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack. 107 River Market Ave. 9:30 p.m., $6. Butterfly is Little Rock’s own reggae soul siren, brought to us from New Orleans joined tonight by her band Irie Soul made up of some of the best Little Rock musicians; reggae bassist Mike “Familyman” Sinclair, keyboardist Tarick Horton, drummer Marlon Cat Davis, guitarist Johnny Burnette and background vocalist Crystal Hayes. If you’re looking for a great time of music, dancing and fun, this is your show.
The Rodney Block Collective, South on Main 1304 Main St. 9:30 p.m. $15. Let’s get together and celebrate Black Music Month with this special show by Rodney Block and the Collective, Bijoux and DJ HY-C, and more as they showcase a battle of “East vs. West” music. Cheer on and dance to some of your favorite songs by such greats as Doug E. Fresh, Tupac, B.I.G, DJ Quick and more.
Brian Nahlen, Cregeen’s Irish Pub, 8-11 p.m. Come on out and enjoy a relaxing night of live music from one of Little Rock’s favorite singer songwriters.
Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. North Little Rock. 10 p.m. Reggae greats the Chinese Connection Dub Embassy combine soulful reggae with a jazzy rock fusion to keep the audience movin’ and groovin’. If you missed them at the Beale Street Music Festival or Riverfest, don’t miss them tonight.
Saturday June 23
Brady Toops with Brad Byrd and Ten Penny Gypsy, Nexus Coffee and Creative 301 President Clinton Ave., 6:30-10 p.m., $13. Please join Nashville singer songwriter Brady Toops and Little Rock artist Brad Byrd with folk rock duo Ten Penny Gypsy for this special intimate show of stories and song. Advanced tickets at www.eventbrite.com
Frankie Bones, Arkansas State Fairgrounds 2600 Howard St. 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $18 in advance at the Freckled Frog downtown, $25 cash at the door. A night of pure techno from some of the most sought after DJs in the business: Frankie Bones, Jon House, DJ Drip Funk and an amazing light show from Rodman. When that bass hits you can’t stop yourself from dancing. Come out and watch the fairgrounds come to life.
Dylanpalooza, Hibernia Irish Tavern 9700 N. Rodney Parham Rd. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Come on out for a relaxing evening with the music of Bob Dylan sung by local artists Harrisong, Liberty Bridge, Gil Franklin, Gene Reid, Ted and Sonja Williams, Missy Harris, Carey Griffin, Kirk Stewart, Ray and Alan Helms.
Night of Too Much Rock, Vino’s Pizza-Pub Brewery, 8-11 p.m. Come on out for a night of solid rock ‘n’ roll as Recognizer and the Dangerous Idiots ask the question: Is there really such a thing as “too much rock”? I think not.
Bluesboy Jag & Mudhead, Bar Louie, McCain Mall, 8 p.m. Come on out for a night of the blues ranging from the ‘20s to the ‘80s. I bet he even brings out one of his homemade cigar box guitars.
Michael Prysock, White Water Tavern 2500 W. 7th St, 8:30 p.m. I have been a fan of Michael’s since I saw him play a few Tuesday blues nights years ago at the Afterthought. He is a very talented singer songwriter with his beautiful voice, accompanied by his guitar and harmonica he tells the stories of his life in rural Arkansas. The heart and humility in his songs is something very special. Come on out, grab a brew, and sit and listen as we welcome Michael back to the White Water stage. www.michaelprysock.com
Chris Knight with Ray Scott, Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave, 8:30-11:30 p.m., $20 advance, $25 day of show. Chris Knight has become a favorite of the Rev Room over the years; this soft-spoken man lets his music do the talking. Described as “where Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road,” his tough red dirt songs of life’s Little Victories, the perfect title of his latest release, will move you. If you’ve seen him before, I know you’ll be there to see him again. If you’ve never seen him, you won’t want to miss him. Advanced tickets at www.arkansaslivemusic.com www.chrisknight.net
Crissy P Birthday Bash Concert, GiGi’s Soul Cafe & Lounge, 10840 Maumelle Blvd, North Little Rock, 9 p.m., VIP $20, GA $15. You’ve seen her with some of your favorite Little Rock soul and R&B artists, now come see one of Little Rock’s premier soul divas, Crissy P, as she takes the stage joined by some of her talented friends for a night of celebration.
Good Foot, Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. North Little Rock, 10 p.m. Come dance the night away with one of Little Rock’s best jam bands as they crank out their funky originals and some of your favorite songs from the Grateful Dead, The Band and more. What a great way to close out a Saturday night.
Jamie Lou & Garrett Brolund, Mojo’s Pint’s and Pies, 7-10 p.m. Come on out and enjoy a pint and a pie with acclaimed Little Rock singer songwriter Jamie Lou Connolly joined by Garrett Brolund.
Friday – Sunday
Homegrown Music & Mountain Sports Festival, 2600 W. Judge Cummings Rd. Free. Come on out to this FREE sustainable family friendly weekend as we celebrate this unique Ozark music festival. With music from Jeff Austin Band, Arkansauce, George Porter Jr & the Runnin’ Pardners, The Jon Stickley Trio, Devon Gilfillan, Black Pumas, Handmade Moments, Mudhawk and more. For more info, visit www.homegrownarkansas.com
Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show, Arkansas Music Pavilion 5079 W. Northgate Rd. The five-time Grammy award winner brings his all-American road show to Rogers AMP, joined by the legendary Marty Stewart and singer songwriter Brent Cobb. This show is sure to sell-out. For tickets and more info visit www.countrymusicontour.com
Dylan Earl and the Reasons Why, Kings Live Music 1020 Front St. 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. Come out and enjoy a night of country and western music from Central Arkansas favorite Dylan Earl. www.dylanearlmusic.com
KOBV Dance Party Fundraiser with Pete Rock, Record, 104 SW A St. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $20 suggested donation. Come and dance the night away and celebrate community radio with legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock and Little Rock poet Gensu The Blerd Philosopher. KOBV DJs Theronious Chunk, Crazy Ups, Abboriginal and Todd of North America will also make appearances.