AY About You Magazine has your complete guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This weekend, go see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Justin Furstenfeld, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain and more.
Around Little Rock
Little Rock Night Market/ Little Rock River Market 400 President Clinton Ave./ 5-11
Come join the Central Arkansas community for a night of local vendors, food trucks, craft beer, and music from R&B artist Crissy P and LB Crew (from season 16 “The Voice”) This once-a-month event has something for family and friends to enjoy.
Dazz & Brie/ Stickyz Rock & Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave. / 8:30-12/ $10
Come celebrate a farewell to summer with Central Arkansas rock & soul duo Dazz & Brie, joined tonight by DJ Dezz And Sinclare.
Rocket Man! The Phenomenal Elton John Tribute/ Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9-1/ $15 advance $20 door
The Drummerboy Infinity crew is at it again with another stellar tribute show. Tonight they pay tribute to the one and only Elton John. Performed by the young phenom Jack Seabaugh and a band of some of Central Arkansas best musicians and vocalist, this Elton John tribute is ready to join the roster of acclaimed DBI tribute shows: Prince, Zeppelin, Freddy Mercury/ Queen, and Bowie. Get your tickets here.
A Rowdy Faith/ South on Main 1304 Main St. / 9-10:30/ $7 advance, $10 door
2019 nominee for Americana Artist of the year at the Arkansas Country Music Awards, folk/Americana duo A Rowdy Faith: singing, songwriting, storytelling and lush vocal harmonies as they balance “lighthearted banter and foot massage stories with themes of death, love, ghost, and devils, moving through their pain.” Get your tickets here.
Funkanites with Bijoux/ The White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St./ 9:30-1/ $10
This band knows how to pack the house not only with their many fans but their one of a kind Afrobeat, soul, jazz, and funk. This eight-piece band features members from such bands as Amasa Hines, Velvet Kente, and Twice Sax, and has made their own name as a one of a kind can’t miss band for many, myself included. Tonight they welcome Central Arkansas R&B and soul diva Bijoux to the stage for a special Friday night at the Tavern.
The Smoking Flowers/ Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR / 10-1/ $7
Nashville duo The Smoking Flowers make their anticipated return to Four Quarter Bar with their Americana with a punk-rock kick. This husband and wife duo bring a passion and energy to their music that spreads throughout the room.
AABP 4th Annual Black Food Truck Festival/ Philander Smith College 900 Daisy Bates Dr. /12-4/ Free
The Arkansas Association of Black Professionals, in partnership with Philander Smith College, welcomes you to the fourth annual Black Food Truck Festival celebrating black entrepreneurship and culinary skills while showcasing the cultural diversity of African American Businesses with a goal of presenting the unique and varied nature of black cuisine.
Caribbean Block Party/ Murray Park Pavilion 1/ 2:00
The Caribbean International Culture Association of Arkansas welcomes you to their annual end of summer block party. A day of food, music, games, and activities for the whole family.
Monsters of Todd 6/ Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave. / 7-12/ $10
This annual memorial music benefit for Central Arkansas Children fighting Cancer and held in honor and memory of Todd Mills (2013). This year’s proceeds go to 11-year-old Jada Dooley and her family. Featured performers include Tragikly White, The Resistance, Jet 420, Lypstick Hand Grenade, Bree Ogden, Bad Habit. Get your tickets here.
Jackie Venson/ South on Main 1304 Main St. / 8-9:30/ $7 advance $10 door
Indie blues artist Jackie Venson from Austin, Texas, returns to South on Main, and I have been looking forward to her return to the Rock. “A woman, a guitar, and the truth.” 2018 Artist of the Year from the Austin American Statesman and 2018 Best Guitarist from the Austin Chronicle. With a live performance full of emotion and passion, clean sound and genuine soul through her powerful guitar prowess. Don’t let that trademark smile fool you, she is a force. Get your tickets here.
Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain/ Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR/ 10-1/ $7
A Four Quarter favorite, Central Arkansas’ Lady of the Blues Charlotte Taylor and her full band Gypsy Rain.returns.
Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October/ Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8-11/ $29.50
Front man Justin Furstenfeld, of modern rock band Blue October, brings his one-man show “An Open Book” to the Rev Room. This is a transparent look at his life, his mistakes, and his victories as he shares even the most taboo of topics creating a uplifting and intimate experience for the listener. Get your tickets here.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/ The Auditorium 36 S. Main St. /7:30-9 /$45-$85
Multi-platinum country/roots rock pioneers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, are coming to the Auditorium for a feel-good Friday night. Get your tickets here.
Brick Fields/ Ramo d’Olivo 217 S Main St. / 7:30-9
Acoustic music on the patio with Arkansas roots/blues/folk artist Rachel Fields and Larry Brick.
Illusionaut and White Mansion/ The Smoke and Barrel 324 W Dickson St./ 7:00
Come listen to the Dark Space, progressive, post-punk rock band from Little Rock, Illusionaut and the Dark Wave, alternative, shoegaze pop rock of Fayetteville’s White Mansion.
Groovement with Tiny Towns & Burrrd/ George’s Majestic Lounge 519 W Dickson St./ 9:00
A welcome home show for the funk and soul hometown boys Groovement, fresh from their shows from coast-to-coast they’re headed back to George’s with new songs and surprises in store for you. Joining them tonight Indie/fusion band from Jonesboro, Tiny Towns, and DJ Burrrd keeping the party going with classic funk, hip hop, and soul.
Groovement/ Kings Live Music 1020 Front St. /8:30-11:30 / $5
One of Arkansas’ favorite funk/soul bands, from Fayetteville, Groovement brings the party to Kings. They areoined tonight by the acoustic sounds of Brandon Bradshaw.
The 76th Annual White River Water Carnival/ Riverside Park 1850 Chaney Dr./ 11am-10pm
A day of fun for the whole family featuring: the largest car show in the region, Arkansas State BBQ Championship, vendors, games, kid zone, a giant water slide, music, water sports demonstrations, and more. For full information and schedule, click here.
The Great Baritone/ El Dorado Municipal Auditorium 100 W. Eighth St./ $15-$40
A celebration of the music of Nat King Cole featuring jazz baritone Caesar performing with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Get your tickets here.
Trashcan Bandits featuring Skye Pollard/ Harry’s Downtown 509 Garrison Ave./ 9-12/ $5
The Trashcan Bandits, a four-piece band from the hills of Arkansas, are making their Harry’s debut. They can be described as a wooden rollercoaster of gypsy pirate blues and scowling Irish swampgrass.
Little Rock R&B and soul artist Genine Latrice Perez (say her whole name) is a beloved and respected artist in the Central Arkansas music community. Whether you’ve enjoyed one of her many solo shows around town, or performing with her band Lagniappe, you know she’s the real deal.
Tuesday night, she released her first original song and video (featuring Anike Brown and directed by Rah Howard) “Living My Best Life.” It’s available on all your favorite streaming services so you can take it everywhere you go.