Around Little Rock
Jazz in the Park with Tawanna Campbell/ Little Rock River Market – 400 President Clinton Ave. / 6-8 / Free
The September sessions of Jazz in the Park are in full swing. This free event, hosted by the Little Rock River Market in partnership with the Art Porter Music Education, brings you some of Little Rock’s best Jazz. This week, they welcome the soulful sounds of Tawanna Campbell. Kids and pets are welcome. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Sessions at South on Main featuring Xavier Riley/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 8 / $10
Local DJ, writer and studio producer Xavier Riley serves as curator for this month’s Wednesday night session and he will give us a sample of his skills. As the co-owner of Premier Event Group Little Rock, Riley “believe(s) in bringing people together to celebrate life.” Come on down to South on Main and celebrate September with Xavier Riley.
Poetry night featuring Romo/ Guillermo’s Coffee, Tea & Roastery – 10700 N. Rodney Parham Rd. Suite A2 / 6:30
This monthly poetry gathering features some of Central Arkansas’ best voices. This event will be hosted by North Little Rock’s Karen Hayes and feature Randi M. Romo who will be reading from her latest book Othered. As a Mexican-American, Southerner, former farmworker, organizer/activist, queer, female, parent, grandparent, working class, elder and survivor, she brings a voice that will touch you where you are and encourage you where you’re going. She likes to say that “the power of love requires tending, like any garden. It is a bloom that must be watered with knowledge, fed under the sun of trust and harvested in justice.”
Mwenso & The Shakes/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 8 / $44-$35
The Oxford American is excited to welcome the first show of their 2018-2019 Jazz Series. Tonight they welcome Mwenso and the Shakes. Composed of members from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica and Hawaii, the Shakes all now call Harlem their home. That global mix turns electric led by Michael Mwenso for a show the New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient.” Tickets are available here.
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon/ YaYa’s Bistro – 17711 Chenal Pkwy / 6:30
Trey and Jason bring their one-of-a-kind feel-good blues to the YaYa’s patio for a beautiful late summer evening of great food, great times and great music.
Mike and the Moonpies with Kody West/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 9 / $10 advance, $13 day of show
A night of classic honky-tonk country from an Austin, TX band. Mike and the Moonpies are selling out shows across the U.S. and named a show not to miss at last week’s Americana Fest by Rolling Stone, this is a show Central Arkansas won’t want to miss. Opening the show is Kody West from Denton, TX. Tickets are available here.
MONTU with Kadela/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $5
Oklahoma-based jamtronica act MONTU brings their electronic-infused four-piece frequency to Four Quarter as they fuse funk, jazz, rock and R&B for a sound that has been winning them fans in the Midwest and beyond, through the festival circuit and clubs.
Genine LaTrice Perez/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 10 / $15
There is no show of soul, jazz, blues and R&B like the one from the dynamic diva, Little Rock’s own Genine LaTrice Perez. Come join her and her fabulous band The Sound as they give summer a proper soulful sendoff.
Monsters of Todd 5/ Revolution Music Room / 7 / $10
In its fifth year, this show brings together some of the best rock bands in Central Arkansas as they raise money for cancer research in celebration of the life of Todd Mills, who battled the disease till 2013. This year, Monsters of Todd welcomes Tragikly White, Third Degree, DeFrance, The Gettys, Mayday by Midnight, Duelranger and Sarah Cecil & David Mead.
Justin Paterson, Courtney Shepherd and Gene Reid/ Hibernia Irish Tavern – 9700 N. Rodney Parham Rd. / 8
Three of Little Rock’s celebrated singer-songwriters take the stage for a great night of original music.
Matt Besser & Trusty/ Vino’s Pizza Pub Brewery – 923 W. 7th St. / 8 / $15
Comedy from Upright Citizens Brigade founding member Matt Besser and those godfathers of the Arkansas punk scene, Trusty join forces to support voter registration and getting out the vote. (Trusty show proceeds support efforts by Faulkner County Democratic Party)
The Matt Tredway Jazz Trio/ 109 & Co. – 109 Main St. / 9
Classic jazz guitarist Matt Tredway brings a night of smooth jazz to 109 & Co. with his trio, Patrick Chan on drums and Brad Birge on stand-up bass.
Jason Lee Hale/ Cregeen’s Irish Pub – 301 Main St. NLR / 9
Enjoy rock, blues and classic country, mixed in with some great originals from Little Rock guitar man Jason Lee Hale.
Richard Burnett and the Homeschool Dropouts / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10/ $7
A night of rock & roll and classic country songs from some of your favorite singer-songwriters mixed in with some originals from one of North Arkansas latest bands.
Chinese Connection Dub Embassy/ Midtown Billiards – 1316 Main St. / 2 a.m.
The boys from Memphis are back by popular demand. Chinese Connection Dub Embassy bring their own unique sound to your favorite classic reggae, rock, & R&B songs for a great time you’re not going to want to miss.
Paul Lawrence Dunbar Community Festival/ Dunbar Community Center – 1001 W. 16th St. / 9am-4pm
Enjoy live entertainment from Rodney Block, Dazz & Brie, Nicky Parrish and Keith Savage, along with dancers, spoken word artists, comedians, school choirs, church choirs, and more as we celebrate rebuilding the community “where we live, work, and educate.”
Ten Penny Gypsy/ YaYa’s Euro Bistro – 17711 Chenal Pkwy / 6:30
One of Central Arkansas’ most requested duos returns to YaYa’s for a night of their great original songs. Sit back on a beautiful summer’s evening on the patio for great food, great times and great music.
Four on the Floor with Cherry Red/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 9 / $5
Little Rock’s own rock & rollers Four on the Floor celebrate their 10-year anniversary bringing rock & roll to the masses of Central Arkansas. They will be joined by their friends Cherry Red, a rock & roll band starting to make their own name known around Central Arkansas. This will be a fabulous celebration not to be missed!
Good Foot/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $7
Little Rock’s favorite jam band returns to Four Quarter Bar joined by a special surprise guest that they’re not letting out of the bag. This will be a fun night of dancing, drinking and enjoying the best late-night kitchen in the Rock, open till 1:30.
International Blues Challenge/ Thirst N’ Howl – 14710 Cantrell Rd. / 8
What an exciting night for blues lovers! Come hear local blues musicians in the solo/duo, and band categories as the compete to represent Arkansas River Blues Society in Memphis in 2019.
The Steve’n’Seagulls with The Restless Leg String Band/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 8 / $12 tickets online, $15 at the door.
Steve’n’Seagulls is a Finnish country band playing bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs. In the summer of 2014, they gained notoriety with their videos on YouTube; their version of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” has received over 50 million views. This is not a show you see every day and one not to be missed.
Shooter Jennings/ George’s Majestic – 519 W. Dickson St. / 9 / $25
The one-and-only Shooter Jennings returns to George’s for a night of classic and new Outlaw Country in celebration of his latest release Shooter, released 9/10.
Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon/ Dickson St. Pub – 303 W. Dickson St. / 8
A night of feel-good blues and originals from Central Arkansas’ Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon
Van Cliburn Concert Series with Arturo O’Farrill / Crystal Bridges Museum – 600 Museum Way / 7 / $50 ($40 members)
The Van Cliburn Concert Series is proud to welcome Grammy Award-wining jazz pianist and composer and artistic director at the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Arturo O’Farrill.
Friday 9/14-Saturday 9/15
Byrdfest 17/ Byrd’s Adventure Center – 7037 Cass Oark Rd / $54.89 both days, $30 Saturday only
A campout concert event with two stages of live bands, DJs, performance artists, fire spinners, vendors, fireworks, a late night disco party and more. Bands performing include The Schwag, Black Oak Arkansas, The Dancing Bear Tribe, Fractal Sky, DJ Spiff, Mark Lewis and more.
DeFrance/ Ouachita County Fair – 151 Wiggins Marden Rd. / 8
Come see Arkansas own classic rock & rollers DeFrance where it all started in Camden at the Ouachita County Fair.
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