Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see the Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, Ray LaMontagne and more.
Around Little Rock
A Stranger Halloween/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 6 / $12
South on Main is hosting a 80’s theme “Stranger Things” Party featuring prizes, a photo booth, special menu and craft drinks, haunting beats by Yuni Wa, and a dance party with Dazz & Brie.
Spook Show, Couch Jackets, Rock Eupora, Modeling/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8 / $7 over 21, $10 under
Halloween Dance Party with three groovy indie bands – Couch Jackets from Russellville, Modeling from Fayetteville and Rock Eupora from Nashville, Tenn. Best costume will get a merchandise package put together by the bands.
Halloween Party with Gil Franklin and Blues Patrol with special guest Johnny B/ Pizza D Bar & Grill – 2919 W. Markham / 9 / $5.
Kick back and relax with some classic blues from Central Arkansas’ own Gil Franklin and Blues Patrol. Sitting in with the band will be Little Rocker Johnny B for a Halloween blues party sure to scare your blues away.
Rocky Horror Pickin’ Show with The Crumbs/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 9 / $7
A Halloween party like no other as The Crumbs perform their famous Rocky Horror Pickin’ Show. Lovers of bluegrass and a good time, this is for you. Lagunita’s Brewery sponsors with great giveaways, a costume contest and draft beer specials of their tasty brew.
House on Haunted Hill/ Dunbar Garden – 1720 S. Chester St. / 6 / $5 adults, $1 youth 6-12 (Not recommended for children under 6)
Grab a blanket and come on out to the garden for the horror classic, The House on Haunted Hill. Popcorn and beverages will be available.
Fabian Almazan Trio/ South on Main 1304 Main St. / 8 / $30 GA, $42 reserved, $44 premium reserved.
The Oxford American is excited to welcome the Fabian Almazan Trio, featuring Linda May Han Oh and Henry Cole to Little Rock for the second show in their 2018-19 Jazz Series. Fabian Almazan is a Cuban-born, Miami-raised, New York-based composer whose daredevil piano technique takes the listener beyond the jazz clubs, concert halls and into the streets, forest and subterranean worlds. Get your tickets here.
Little Rock Night Market/ Bernice Garden – 1401 Main St / 5-9 p.m. / Free
Come get a jump on holiday shopping at the last night market of the year. Visit with your neighbors and local crafts people, enjoy delicious food from local food trucks, drinks, and live music, for a one of a kind party like only SoMa can do.
Brian Nahlen/ Copper Grill – 300 E. 3rd / 5:30
Come out for happy hour or a delicious dinner and enjoy live music from one of Central Arkansas’ favorite singer-songwriters, Brian Nahlen, as he sings his originals and songs you know and love. You might even get a sneak peek at some songs from his upcoming early 2019 release Hiding Behind Blue Skies.
Reno’s 13th Year Anniversary Party/ Reno’s Argenta Café – 312 Main St. NLR / 7-close.
Happy 13th anniversary to one of the first bars to call Argenta home! As we’ve watched this Central Arkansas neighborhood grow and grow Reno’s has been there serving great food, and tasty drinks with one of the friendliest staffs around. Come out Friday night and celebrate with your friends and neighbors as we wish them 13 and many more years to come.
Rebecca Patek and Melissa Carper/ The Undercroft, Christ Episcopal Church – Scott St. & E.Capitol Ave. / 8 / $10
One of Little Rock’s best kept secrets is this listening room in the basement of Christ Episcopal Church, called The Undercroft. Tonight, they welcome old-school country folk duo Melissa Carper and Rebecca Patek as they celebrate the release of their debut album Brand New Old-Time Songs. You’ve probably most recently seen these two as members of the bluegrass/newgrass band Sad Daddy, and Melissa as part of Austin, Texas’ Carper Family. Enjoy this night of great music from two of the best new, old time musicians, and don’t forget to grab one of their handcrafted Undercroft Brews.
Girls Trip 2: Ladies Night Out/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 9 / $15
Come join the Rodney Block Collective, featuring Bijoux and DJ G-Force, for a night dedicated to the ladies as they play songs from your favorite 90’s female artists. So grab your girls and come on out for a night of dancing and mingling at one of the hottest spots in the Rock with one of the hottest bands for what’s sure to be one of the hottest nights not to be missed.
Mountain Sprout with Big Still River/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $8
All your rowdy friends are sure to be at this bluegrass party. Little Rock bluegrass band Big Still River will kicks things off, then those wild men from the hills of Arkansas, Mountain Sprout, will take the stage with a psychobilly, hillbilly, bluegrass show like no other.
Hillcrest Harvest Fest/ Kavanaugh Blvd / 11 a.m.
Come celebrate fall in one of Central Arkansas’ most historic neighborhoods as the Hillcrest Merchants Association presents the 2018 Harvest Fest. This year they have more than 100 vendors, food trucks, local brews, and featuring local musical artists Momandpop, Frontier Circus, Ben Dickey, Dazz and Brie, Big Piph and more.
Ray LaMontagne/ Robinson Center – 426 W. Markham / 8 / $35+
Grammy Award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne comes to the Rock on his Just Passing Through acoustic tour highlighting songs from his eclectic body of work. Joining him on bass for this special tour will be John Stirratt from Wilco. Get your tickets here.
DeFrance, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Harts, Joey Handley & The 270’s / Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 8 / $6
Come on out and celebrate the birthday of one of the hardest working men in Arkansas music, Drew DeFrance, as he and his band of rock & roll road warriors mark their 500th show. To celebrate this special night, they’re bringing their friends Central Arkansas Southern rock & rollers Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts and Joey Handley and the 270’s for a night of good ole’ rock & roll not to be missed.
Brian Nahlen Band/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 9
Central Arkansas rock & rollers The Brian Nahlen Band return to the Cajun’s stage for a night of great originals and groovy classics. You’ll hear songs from their latest album Cicada Moon, and the Brian Nahlen classic, “Better Than I Thought it Could Be.” You might even hear a song or two from their upcoming album Hiding Behind Blue Skies.
Depot Aid: A Benefit to Save the Perry TrainStation / White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. 6 / $10
Come out for a night of great music as we raise money to preserve the century-old Rock Island Railroad depot in Perry, AR. Musicians participating include singer-songwriter Jim Mize, The Floor Also Rises, and blues lady Charlotte Taylor. For more info on this project, click here.
Spooky Big Bad Blues Jam/ The Big Chill – 910 Higdon Ferry Rd. / 8 / $2
Throw on your Halloween costume and come out to The Big Chill for a night of blues with The Spooky Big Bad Blues Jam featuring The John Calvin Brewer Band.
DeFrance/ The Big Chill / 9
Classic feel good rock & roll from Arkansas’ own DeFrance.
Ten Penny Gypsy with Buddy Case/ The Beehive Neighborhood Hangout – 220 Minorca Rd. Hot Springs Village / 7
Arkansas CMA nominee folk country duo Ten Penny Gypsy performs with special guest Buddy Case.
Opal Agafia Halloween Party/ Chelsea’s Corner Bar – 101 Mountain St. / 8:30
Come join Ozark Mountain soul/roots band Opal Agfia and The Sweet Nothings as they celebrate the digital release of their latest album Share What You Ownwith a special Halloween show and midnight costume contest. www.opalagfia.com
Comedian John Mulaney/ UCA Reynolds Performance Hall – 223 Beatrice Powell St. / 8 / $25
You know him from his work as a writer on SNL, Comedy Central stand up specials; his Netflix special; his comedy album, The Comeback Kid; and frequent appearances on late night TV. Now, John Mulaney brings his Kid Gorgeous tour to UCA for a great night of comedy. Get your tickets here.
Cadillac Jackson/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30
Funktronica from Fayetteville: Cadillac Jackson blends modern electronica with good old fashion funk to create a sound all their own that they call Funktronica. They have one goal in mind – to get ya movin’ on the dance floor.
Akeem Kemp and Rikki D/ Kings Live Music / 9:30
A night of classic down home and rockin’ blues. Bluesman Rikki D will kick things off, and then the one and only Akeem Kemp Band will take the stage.
Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 E. Locust St / 8
The Griffin is proud to welcome to Thursday Night Live one of Arkansas’ best bands, and unforgettable live performers, Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers/ George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 W. Dickson St. / 9 / $20-$25
George’s is excited to welcome back the red dirt country artist Jason Boland and The Stragglers for a special Friday night show.
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