Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, be sure to catch rock legends Journey and Def Leppard, and don’t miss the special Independence Day events like Rockets and Rodney.
Around Little Rock
SeanFresh, Dazz & Brie, Rah Howard, and Konyak / South on Main 1304 Main St. / 7-10 p.m. / $10
Come celebrate the Fourth with R&B soul man SeanFresh, rock R&B powerhouse Dazz & Brie, the unique musical stylings of Rah Howard and Konyak. This is a night not just for the fireworks outside, but inside as well.
Rockets and Rodney / Little Rock Marriott 3 Statehouse Plaza / 8-11 p.m. / $25
Come up to the rooftop for the best view of what’s sure to be one of the best fireworks displays in the state. What better soundtrack than the funky cool jazz and R&B sounds of Rodney Block joined by the one and only DJ Nick Hud? They’re sure to keep you moving on the dance floor as we celebrate Independence Day. Don’t drink and drive, call 501-399-8046 for a special room rate that includes two tickets to the event and breakfast the next morning.
Love Night with Butterfly & Jason Talbert / GiGi’s Soul Cafe & Lounge 10840 Maumelle Blvd. North Little Rock / 8 p.m. / $15 VIP $10 GA.
Come join Little Rock soul man Jason Talbert and the reggae soul diva Butterfly as they celebrate the anniversary of Brian and Nancy Silva and the love of all couples and individuals. Keep those fireworks going.
Levelle Davidson / White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St. / 8:30 p.m.
Fresh from his fabulous showing last season on NBCs The Voice that won over both Adam Lavine and Blake Shelton, Arkansas’ own Levelle Davidson brings that soulful sound to the White Water for a special night of soul and R&B.
Indie Music Night / Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. / $12
This monthly event has been picking up steam and packing the house since it started a little over a year ago. If you want to know and get a first listen to what’s coming up in the indie rap, hip hop, trap, DJ scene and more here is your opportunity.
Lost Bayou Ramblers / White Water Tavern 2500 W. 7th St. / 9:30 p.m. / $15
After 20 years of bringing their Grammy Award-winning Cajun fusion sound to the world, The Lost Bayou Ramblers bring their unforgettable show back to the White Water before they take a extended hiatus. Take it from anyone, including myself, that saw them the last time, you don’t want to miss this band as they bring that sweet Cajun and Creole sound for what is hopefully not the last time. Advanced tickets at http://www.lastchancerecords.us/lost-bayou-ramblers-at-the-white-water-tavern-07-06-tickets/ and check out their sound at www.lostbayouramblers.com.
Randall Shreve & The Devilles with Couch Jackets / Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave. /9 p.m. – 12 a.m. / $8 advance $10 day of show.
This unique band from Fayetteville keeps the crowds coming back every time. Randall’s unique sound and stage presence has been referred to as “Vaudeville Rock” as he brings a showman-like quality to his sultry cabaret sounds that blend influences from everything from Queen to Jeff Buckley. Russellville’s jammin’ Couch Jackets kick off the show. This will be a one-of-a-kind music night not to be missed and I know a lot of my friends would agree. Advanced tickets at www.arkansaslivemusic.com. For more on Randall Shreve www.randallshreve.com and Couch Jackets visit www.couchjackets.com.
Ten Penny Gypsy with Buddy Case / YaYa’s Euro Bistro 17711 Chenal Pkwy / 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
After a holiday on the grill step away and come down to YaYa’s for some great food, drinks and the beautiful sounds of Little Rock’s own Americana folk rock duo Ten Penny Gypsy, joined by their friend the talented guitar player Buddy Case.
The On Call Band / GiGi’s Soul Cafe & Lounge 10840 Maumelle Blvd. North Little Rock / 9 p.m. / $20
VIP advanced reservation / $15 GA. Come on out for a night of soul and R&B from Little Rock/Pine Bluff’s own The On Call Band as they present their show “It’s a Man’s World,” and trust me these men of soul know that as the godfather said “This is a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Come out and let them show you.
Sad Daddy / White Water Tavern 2500 W. 7th St. /9 p.m. – 12 a.m. / $10
Arkansas Bluegrass favorites Sad Daddy bring their one-of-a-kind sound to the White Water for a great night of original down-home music. Joe Sundell (banjo), Brian Martin (guitar) and Melissa Carper (bass) with new member Rebecca Patek (fiddle). http://www.saddaddyband.com/.
The Dead Deads with Redefined Reflection / Stickyz Rock & Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave. / 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. / $8 advanced $10 door.
This hard rock/alternative band from Nashville bring their ’60s harmonies, brutal growls and finely crafted wordplay that creates a new brand of drum-driven-rock that is at the same time brutal, silly and sublime. Joined by Little Rock’s Redefined Reflection this will be a show rock lovers won’t want to miss and will be talking about for years to come. http://tkoco.com/portfolio/the-dead-deads/# advanced tickets at www.arkansaslivemusic.com.
Summer Soulstice 7: Marvin Ever After / South on Main 1304 Main St./ 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The Velvet Kente Arkestra along with DJs Joshua Asante and Baldgeo bring their Summer Soulstice celebration to South on Main with a special celebration dedicated to the life of Marvin Gaye. Chef Matt Bell and Joshua have even collaborated on a special menu for the night. If you haven’t been to a Soulstice celebration before, don’t miss this opportunity because no year is the same.
Dirtfoot / Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR / 10 p.m.
It’s time to dance off that barbecue with “the only gypsy punk county grumble boogie band in the land,” Shreveport, Louisiana’s Dirtfoot. This band has had me dancin’ at some of my favorite Arkansas festivals and I’m looking forward to them doing the same at Four Quarter Saturday night. www.dirtfoot.com.
Journey & Def Leppard / Verizon Arena / 7 p.m. / $38 and up
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands Journey and Def Leppard join forces tonight for a night of classic rock ‘n’ roll. Whether your taste go for the power ballads of Journey or the guitar and drums of Def Leppard, this is a once-in-a-lifetime show not to be missed. Tickets at ticketmaster.com.
Vinyl Brunch / Stone’s Throw Brewing 402 E. 9th St. / 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
After a holiday week and weekend come on down to Stone’s Throw for their Vinyl Brunch. Stone’s Throw is partnering with Arkansas Record & CD Exchange as they set up a record player in the taproom. They’ll have some records to spin, or you’re welcome to bring your favorites. Come grab a tasty beer brunch cocktail, some delicious food from AphroSense and enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo / King’s Live Music 1020 Front St/ 8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. / $5
Russellville’s Jamie Lou & the Hullabaloo have quickly become favorites on the Arkansas live music circuit. Come out and hear their soul/indie rock sound and find out why.
Helmet / George’s Majestic Lounge 519 W Dickson/ 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. / $17 in advance $19 day of show
This show will be worth the road trip. The legendary classic alternative metal, platinum recording artist, Helmet, brings their show to George’s for one night only. Formed in NYC in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Page Hamilton Helmet, and remaining original member, Helmet has often been described as a “thinking man’s metal band,” but don’t let their “regular guy” appearance fool you. This will be a rock show you don’t want to miss and I know will be talking about for years to come.
The Molly Ringwalds / Griffin Music Hall 101 East Locust St./ 8 p.m. / $22
Hailing from Sheffield England, this legendary quintet brings an ’80s experience like no other. Playing your favorite tunes by Prince, Madonna and more. If you love the ’80s, this night is for you. So ladies crimp that hair, tease those bangs, throw on your spandex and leg warmers; guys find that Members Only jacket, skinny tie and pop that collar, and let’s dance the night away.
For your listening pleasure:
Adam Faucett: It Took the Shape of a Bird. Little Rock singer songwriter Adam Faucett released his highly anticipated and highly acclaimed fifth studio release last weekend with a sold-out show at Little Rock’s White Water Tavern. The energy and love in that room was something special and Adam and his band The Tall Grass gave it back to the crowd and then some with an unforgettable rocking set of new material and some favorites from his previous album, the 2014 highly acclaimed Blind Water Finds Blind Water. The songs on It Took the Shape of a Bird might sound familiar to those that have seen Adam the past few years as he road tested the new songs, both stateside and overseas, and it has been worth the wait. The songs can be enjoyed separately, but the first time listener should really start and the beginning and listen start to finish as this masterful soulful songwriter sings this beautiful, powerful and sometimes tragic Southern gothic tale.