Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Steve Earle, Adia Victoria, and more.
Around Little Rock
Little Rock Night Market / Bernice Gardens – 1401 S. Main St. / 5-9
Enjoy a free family-friendly night in the garden with delicious food, drinks, local merchants, and music from Rodney Block.
Foul Play Cabaret / The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse – 301 Main St. #102 / 8-10 / $10
The Joint is hosting a night of classic burlesque with the lovely ladies of Foul Play Cabaret. Lagunitas Brewing will also be there with a keg tapping and drink specials.
Miki Gaynor / Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee – 10700 N Rodney Parham Ste A2 / 8-10 / $5
Guillermo’s is welcoming soul/R&B singer-songwriter, recording artist, actor, model, entrepreneur (Cuddly LLC) Miki Gaynor. She will be performing songs from her project Miki Magick Vol 1: Loose Beads, and from her upcoming Vol 2. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy a draft beer, wine, coffee, tea, and a variety of food.
Adia Victoria with Joshua Asante / Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 8:30 -11:30 / $13 advance, $15 day of show www.arkansaslivemusic.com
Adia Victoria has been winning over music lovers in Central Arkansas for a few years, and now she’s bringing her one-of-a-kind performance to Stickyz. This back porch blues-swamp-cat-lady-howlin at the moon artist from Nashville is bringing a performance you don’t want to miss. As my friend George says, “I wish this magic on everyone I know.” Joshua Asante will open the show.
The Charles Woods Band / White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 8:30 / $5
Kick back and relax and let the week melt away with a night of classic blues from Little Rock’s own Charles Woods.
Brae Leni / Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8:30-11:30 / $10
Little Rock soul artist Brae Leni brings his third studio album The Driftto the Rev Room for a special Friday night album release/listening party. Enjoy the album, which spans different decades and genres with versatility, growth, rawness, and soul with a vision to “spread love, spread music, spread peace, and spread the groove.”
Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe / South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9-11 / $10 advance or $15 at the door www.centralarkansastickets.com
South on Main is hosting a night of classic hip-hop and soul with Little Rock’s own Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, and featuring SeanFresh, SA, Duke Stigall, Lachaz, and Asylum.
Aaron Kamm and the One Drops / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $10
Aaron Kamm and the One Drops (St.Louis, MO) blend flavors of roots reggae, Mississippi River blues, improv-laced jams, and soulful vocals for a high energy performance with a soulful and unique sound. Four Quarter also has one of the best late night kitchens in Central Arkansas, which is open until 1:30.
Cinco de Flamingo / The Fold: Botanas & Bar – 3501 Old Cantrell Rd. / 4-11
The Fold is celebrating its sixth anniversary with Cinco de Flamingo Birthday Bash. The parking lot will be turned into the coolest Miami club, the beer garden will have local brews from Flyway, Stone’s Throw, and Rebel Kettle, local merchants, a photo booth, and more. Music from Isaac Alexander 7:30, and closing the night with DJ Nick Hud 8:30 – 11.
Brad Byrd / Nexus Coffee & Creative – 301 President Clinton Ave. / 7-9 / $5
Indie singer-songwriter Brad Byrd will bring his full band to Nexus for Saturday Serenade.
Drinks n’ Jokes / The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse – 301 Main St. #102 NLR / 8-11 / $10
Get ready for a Little Rock comedy showcase hosted by Dustin Vance featuring Will Loden, Judaea Driscoll, Elaine Jackson, and Mason King. Drink specials from Lagunitas & SweetWater Brewing Companies.
Billy Jeter / White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9 / $7
Folk rock, bluegrass, singer-songwriter Billy Jeter is bringing his latest album House on Fire to the White Water for a special album release show.
The Electric 5 / Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 9
Five powerhouse performers are joining forces to bring you a variety of songs sure to keep you moving on the dance floor. The Electric 5 features Carter Thomas (vocals,) Wythe Walker (keys,) Adam Tompkins (drums,) Bill McCumber (bass,) and Phillip Tompkins (guitar).
Sad Daddy / Fassler Hall – 311 E. Capital / 6-9
Head to Fassler Hall to enjoy some old time folk, jug band and roots music from this Eureka Springs band.
Decompression / The Rail Yard – 1212 E 6th St. / 4-9
This is a time to kick back and chill in the Yard while you drink specials, eat Mexican food from El Sur food truck, enjoy an art exhibition and sale by Robert Kuta, and listen to music with a deep lounge vibe from Jacob Reyes.
Sunset Jazz / Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 5-9 / $10
Come out to the deck and watch the sun set over the river as you enjoy great food, signature drinks, and jazz from The Rodney Block Collective and Lexington Porter.
Recycle Bikes for Kids benefit / White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th/ 6-11 / $7
A big portion of the proceeds from the door will go to recycle bikes for kids, and if you have a bike that you’re no longer using bring it with you to donate. There will be music from Claire Morales (dreamy rock n’ roll, from Denton, Texas), Dylan Earl (post country/western from Fayetteville), and Jess Harp (Fayetteville)
The Traveling Squirrels / Black Apple Crossing – 321 E Emma Ave. / 8-10
The Traveling Squirrels are “a jam band from the hills of Arkansas. Made to harken back to the days when rock was at its peak except with brand new material.”
Strutter: KISS Tribute Show / Temple Live – 200 N. 11th St. / 7-11 / $15 www.templelive.com
“Based out of Cleveland Ohio, formed in 1993 and currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, Strutter is the longest-running, authentic 70’s KISS show nationwide.”
Charlotte Taylor / The Hotel Hot Springs – 305 Malvern Ave. / 8-11
Central Arkansas Lady of the Blues Charlotte Taylor is bringing her solo acoustic blues, soul, Americana and more to the lounge at Hotel Hot Springs.
Steve Earle & The Dukes with Junior Brown / The Auditorium – 36 S Main St. / 8-10 / $45-$85 www.theaud.org
Legendary Americana singer-songwriter Steve Earle, backed by his longtime band The Dukes and country/rock & roll guitar man Junior Brown, are coming to the Auditorium for a special Friday night show.
The 1oz Jig / Chelsea’s Corner Bar & Live Music – 10 Mountain St. / 9:30-12:30
Get ready for some backwoods soul and funk from Fayetteville.
Friday 5/3 – Saturday 5/4
Byrdfest 18 / Byrd’s Adventure Center – 7037 Cass Oark Rd.
Byrdfest is a campout concert experience at an 800-acre campground on the Mulberry River. There will be two nights of music featuring, The Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag, Pink Floyd Tribute band: This One’s Pink, Bob Marley Tribute: Nonstop Reggae Band, Parliament Funkadelic Experience: Sons of Funk, and many more. For tickets and festival info www.byrdfest.com
Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon / Hopkins Icehouse – 301 E 3rd. / 8:30
Central Arkansas’ Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon are bringing their feel-good rockin’ blues to Texarkana.