Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Gil Franklin, Charlotte Taylor, Zakk & Big Papa Binns and more.
Around Little Rock
Bluesboy Jag/ Brewskis – 315 Main St. Ste 100 / 5
Come enjoy a bluesy happy hour at Brewskis with the electric cigar box guitar stylings of Bluesboy Jag and grab a bite and a brew from their tasty kitchen and sports bar.
Gil Franklin Project/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 5:30
Come on out for Happy Hour and enjoy some classic blues from Little Rock’s own blues man, Gil Franklin.
Big Red Flag/Billy Ruben & the Elevated Enzymes/ 80’s Trash/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 10 / $5
Shake out those post-holiday blues with three great Little Rock bands sure to get you moving! Enjoy the ragtime, foot-stompin’, feel good gypsy grass of Big Red Flag and rock & roll from Billy Ruben & the Elevated Enzymes. Don’t let the name fool you – the boys from Josh the Devil & the Sinners are back with their next incarnation –but the same great rock – in 80’s Trash.
Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain with Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 8 / $10
Central Arkansas’ Lady of the Blues Charlotte Taylor and her band Gypsy Rain are heading to the International Blues Competition on Jan. 22 in Memphis. Head over to the White Water and hear why and help them on their trip. Joining them tonight is their friend Little Rock blues artist Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner.
Gill Franklin Project/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 9
The full band will be out and ready to Rock with some classic Blues music. Come hit the dance floor with Gill and the boys and start the new year off right.
Nerd Eye Blind/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 9 / $6
Start the new year off with a trip back in time as Little Rock’s Nerd Eye Blind plays the hits from the 80’s and 90’s as well as modern hits.
Zakk & Big Papa Binns/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $7
Whether busking on the streets of Helena or backing up legendary musicians like the late Cedell Davis, the Binns boys bring that down and dirty Delta blues to life. Come on out and shake the blues from 2018 off and bring 2019 in on the Good Foot.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts– Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave. – 8:18 – $20 advance $25 day of $50 GA + Meet & Greet
I grew up watching WWE/WWF wrestling on Saturday nights with my sisters and dad. Those classic wrestlers with their legendary characters, antics and moves will never be forgotten and continue to inspire athletes and entertainers to this day. One of those wrestlers is Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and he’s bringing his “Dirty Details Tour – Tales from the Pit” to the Rock for a night of uncensored tales for a look behind the curtain of the life of this wrestling icon. Get your tickets here.
The City Boyz/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5
Hear rock & roll from Conway’s own The City Boyz, as well acoustic music from Conway’s Alex Velte.
The Emily Cole Band/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 East Locust St. / 8
This group of local musicians will make their El Dorado debut at the Griffin for Thursday Night Live as they play current pop hits, classic rock favorites with a little blues and soul. Call 870-444-3008 for reservations.
Groovement/ Meteor Guitar Gallery – 128 W. Central Ave / 9
$15 standing room $20 for seating.
From Fayetteville, Groovement is bringing their funk rock & soul to the Meteor Guitar Gallery with a sound that has been described as “what you’d hear if Led Zeppelin caught a soul train with Grouplove and they threw a party while headin’ down the tracks to Motown.” Come find out why they’ve been named Best New Band/ Best Funk Band in Northwest Arkansas. Get your tickets here.
Mudhawk/ Smoke & Barrel Tavern – 324 Dickson St. Ste 2 / 10
A night of funky tonk, rockin’ blues, country, and soul with Fayetteville’s own Mudhawk.
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