AY About You Magazine has your complete guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This weekend, go see the Prince Tribute show, Rodney Carrington, Drivin’ ‘n Cryin’ and more.
Around Little Rock
Will Schuster/ Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. 822 E 6th St. / 7-9
Emerging Southern/alternative country singer-songwriter from Kingston, Will Schuster comes to Live Music Thursdays.
Club NeverMore presents Retro 80’s/ Vino’s Pizza-pub and Brewery 923 W 7th St. / 7-11 / $10
Lovers of the alternative side of the 80’s: this is for us. A night of retro 80’s era goth rock, post punk, New Wave, Dark Wave and synth pop with tracks by your favorite Wax Tracks bands, and classic favorites from artists like The Cure, Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, New Order and more.
The Cons of Formant/ South on Main 1304 Main St./ 8-9:30 / $7 advance $10 at the door
Little Rock’s own grassroots-grown Americana folk/rock band The Cons of Formant. Members David Bise (guitar, Lead vocals, harmonica), Patrick Pipkin (bass, harmonies), Drew Morse (mandolin, lead vocals, harmonies, banjo) and Samuel Ellis (fiddle, harmonies) combine backgrounds from old soul-filled hymns to rock & roll, blues to bluegrass, creating a style and sound that is all their own. Get your tickets here.
Sounds of Unity with Route 358/ Unity of Little Rock 2610 Reservoir Rd. / 7-9/ $10
Central Arkansas Americana duo Ten Penny Gypsy welcomes fellow Arkansas CMA nominee Route 358 for the July edition of Sounds of Unity.
Tiko Brooks/ 109 & Co. 109 Main St. / 8-10
The bearded balladeer returns to 109 & Co. for a special soulful night of music as Tiko and friends get that weekend vibe goin’.
Arlo McKinley & the Lonesome Sound/ South on Main 1304 Main St/ 9-10:30 / $7 advance $10 at the door
Soulful country folk/rock with lots of soul and deep and profound introspection with truthful and honest songs from his first self-titled release “Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound” (2014) to his current sophomore album “Die Midwestern Vol. 1.” Lovers of artists like John Moreland, Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle: don’t miss this artist who’s quickly joining their ranks. Get your tickets here.
The Ultimate Prince Tribute Returns/ Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave/ 9-1 / $15
The Drummerboyinfinity crew is back with the return of The Ultimate Prince Tribute. If you’ve seen one or if you’ve seen them all, you haven’t seen a tribute like this one with a bigger production, and more songs performed by the most talented musicians, dancers, and singers in Arkansas. Get your tickets here.
Gary Burnside/ Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR/ 10-1/ $8
Grammy-nominated blues artist, and youngest son of blues legend R.L. Burnside, from Holly Springs, Mississippi , Gary Burnside brings that down-home blues to Four Quarter Bar.
Opening Reception for Jeff Waddle and Henry Thomas/ Gallery 26 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. / 7-10
Opening reception showcasing the work of artist Jeff Waddle and Henry Thomas. The works will be on display till September 14.
Drivin and Cryin/ Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. 822 E 6th St. / 7:30-9/ Free
Atlanta-based folk rock act Drivin and Cryin returns to Rebel Kettle for a special Saturday night free show celebrating their 33rd anniversary together and the release of their latest album “Live the Love Beautiful.”
SYNRG/ South on Main 1304 Main St. / 9-12/ $10 advance $15 at the door
A night to remember with American R&B band from Central Arkansas – SYNRG. This show will be packed and could be headed for a sell-out, so get there early to secure your spot at the bar or the dance floor. Get your tickets here.
Seth Freeman Band/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave. / 9-12/ $10
Little Rock native guitar man Seth Freeman brings a fresh take to many genres of music: blues, soul, roots rock, funk and more. Get your tickets here.
Dylan Earl/ White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St. / 9-12/
Northwest Arkansas post-country /Western artist Dylan Earl celebrates the pre-release of his latest album “Squirrel in the Garden.” Head to White Water Tavern to hear this great new album weeks before anyone else. Joining Dylan for this special night is a five-piece honky-tonk band from Denver, CO Hang Rounders, and Jess Harp.
Lost John and Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo/ George’s Majestic Lounge 519 Dickson St./ 9-12/ $8 advance $10 day of
Folk, country, indie rock band from Fayetteville will play their latest album “Let it Be Strange” in its entirety, and I think they’ve got a few surprises for this special show. The album will be available at the show on vinyl as well. Opening the show is that sweet folk rock southern soul of Northwest Arkansas’ Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo.
Randall Shreve and Rachel Ammons/ Mickey Finns Irish Pub 644 W Dickson St. ste. 114/ 9-1/ $10
An intimate night of music from two Arkansas favorites each performing original sets and a few together. The “vaudeville” indie rock of Randall Shreve and the multi-instrumentalist southern funk blues & soul of Rachel Ammons join together for what is sure to be a memorable night of music.
Big Red Flag/ Kingfish 262 N School Ave. / 9-12/
Ragtime Gypsy Grass from North Little Rock on the first stop of a Northwest Arkansas weekend.
Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute/ George’s Majestic Lounge 519 Dickson St./ 10-1 / $15
Sell-out Risk: The last one sold out so they’re bringing it back. The Drummerboyinfinity crew brings you The Freddy Mercury tribute staring Randall Shreve as Freddy and a backing band of talented singers and musicians bring the music of Queen to life. Don’t miss it!
Big Red Flag / Black Apple Crossing 321 E Emma Ave. / 8-10
Those modern day purveyors of Ragtime Gypsy Grass from North Little Rock, Big Red Flag are coming to Black Apple Crossing with their high energy originals sure to entertain and get ya movin’ and groovin’.
Spa City Showcase/ 420 Eats Foot Truck Court 420 Malvern Ave/ 6-9/ Free
July’s showcase welcomes 3 Arkansas acts: The Hot Springs acoustic duo Feelin Groovy at 6pm, independent hip-hop, R&B, with a jazz twist, female artist Tiphani at 7pm and back by popular demand, the blues of Clark Elmore and The Spa City Youngbloods
Friday 7/19 & Saturday 7/20
Dulcimer in the Caverns/ 704 Blanchard Springs Rd, Mountain View, AR / 6:30-9:30 / $20 877-269-4422
Cool off from the summer heat as hammered dulcimer player Linda Thomas, along with mountain dulcimer players Duane Porterfield, Linda Brockinton, and Margret Wright bring you a beautiful acoustic performance in the grand cathedral room of Blanchard Springs Caverns.
Rodney Carrington/ First Financial Music Hall 101 E Locust St./ 7-10/ $35-$195
The multi-talented country comedian, actor, singer Rodney Carrington comes to El Dorado for a funny Friday night for mature audiences only. Check out his latest Netflix special “Here Comes the Truth” from his latest album of the same title. Get your tickets here.
Pat Ryan Key/ Wanderoo Lodge and Gravel Bar 216 W. in Van Buren/ 7-10
Pat Ryan Key is an indie rock artist from Rogers.
Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon / Kings Live Music 1020 Front St/ 8:30-12 / $5
That feel-good rockin’ blues from Central Arkansas’ own Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon. Opening the show isFayetteville singer-songwriter Becky.
Dave Almond/ The Rowdy Moose 2504 N Hazel St / 9-12/ $6
Southern soul guitar man Dave Almond performs his legendary blues and classic rock one-man show.
DeFrance / Creegens Downtown 201 South Main/ 9:30-12:30
Those classic rock & roll road warriors are back in Jonesboro for a night of “that old time rock & roll, the kind of music that soothes the soul.”
Image courtesy of Rachel Ammons