AY About You Magazine has your complete guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This weekend, go see the Fayetteville Roots Festival, Chris Stapleton, the Smashing Pumpkins and more.
Around Little Rock
Kick off to River Market Entertainment District/ Little Rock River Market 400 President Clinton Ave. / 5-12/
Come out for the first night of the River Market Entertainment District where guest 21+ will be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages in a RMED cup while wearing a RMED wristband within the district during these times: Friday 5-midnight, Saturday 8am-midnight, and Sunday 10am-7pm. Cups and wristbands available at participating bars and restaurants. For more info, click here.
Chris Stapleton/ Verizon Arena 1 Verizon Arena Way/ 7-11/ $39.75-$89.75
Country music superstar Chris Stapleton brings his All American Road Show to the Verizon Arena with special guest The Marcus King Band and Brent Cobb.
Charlotte Taylor/ Walter’s Coffee & Speakeasy 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd./ 7-10
This hidden gem in the Heights hosts a variety of local musicians on the weekends. Tonight, they welcome Central Arkansas Lady of the Blues, Charlotte Taylor, for a solo acoustic performance.
R.L Boyce with Lightnin’ Malcolm/ The White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St./ 9:00/
The master of Mississippi Hill Country blues, R.L. Boyce returns to the Tavern tonight joined by the fiery guitar fueled blues of Lightnin’ Malcolm. This is going be fun. If you love the blues and you love a good time, don’t miss it.
The Great Whiskey Rendezvous with Robbie Holder and The Perfect Storm & Josh Wadsworth/ Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR/ 10:00-1:00 / $7
Keep the party going after the Chris Stapleton show with the country and blues jams of Conway’s The Great Whiskey Rendezvous, joined tonight by Robbie Holder & The Perfect Storm, & independent country singer songwriter Josh Wadsworth.
Bike Rack Bash/ The Rail Yard 1212 E 6th St./ 5-10
Bentonville’s Bike Rack Brewing Co. brings their tasty brews to The Rail Yard for an afternoon of tasty beers, food trucks, games, and live music from local soul/R&B artist Bijoux and Sean Fresh.
DeFrance/ Little Rock River Market 400 President Clinton Ave./ 7-10
Come celebrate the first weekend of the new River Market Entertainment District. Grab your cup and wrist band from a participating bar/restaurant and meet at the corner of President Clinton & River Market Ave. for live music from Central Arkansas rock & roll road warriors DeFrance.
The Crumbs/ Infusion Bar & Lounge 14524 Cantrell Rd/ 8-12
Come enjoy the sounds of the Ozarks with folk/bluegrass trio The Crumbs.
The Mighty Pines/ Stickyz Rock & Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave. / 9-12/ $10 advance $12 day of show www.arkansaslivemusic.com
Jam Grass/ Acoustic Country Funk, soul-inspired roots rock with soaring vocals and thoughtful composition from St. Louis, MO, The Mighty Pines.
Dee Dee Jones & Davidson/ South on Main 1304 Main St./ 9-11/ $10 advance $15 at the
Two Central Arkansas R&B heavyweights join forces for feel good night of soul.
Fresh from the finals of Showtime at The Apollo, the powerhouse vocals of Dee Dee Jones, and from Season 14 of The Voice the smooth sounds of Davidson.
American Aquarium with Carl Anderson/ Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave./ 8-12/ $15
Central Arkansas favorites American Aquarium return to the Rev Room. The Rock & Roll, alt-country band from Raleigh, NC have spent a majority of their almost decade career on the road across highways and bar rooms crafting stories-in-song, and a sound that makes them the Americana favorite they are today.
Space Pirate for President/ Wanderoo Lodge & Gravel Bar 216 W. Van Buren/ 7-10
From Fayetteville, the high energy political satire of Space Pirate for President combining American roots music, modern rock, and punk for sound that’ll keep ya dancin’.
The Smashing Pumpkins & Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds & AFI/ Arkansas Music Pavilion 5079 W Northgate Rd/ 7:00/ $35-$129.50
Fans of 90’s alternative rock, this show is for you as the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band The Smashing Pumpkins comes to the Pavilion joined by legendary guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher and his latest project, High Flying Birds, as well as late 90’s band AFI.
Jeff Coleman & the Feeders/ TC’s Midtown Grill 1611 E Oak St. Suite 19 / 9-1
Classic rock & roll from one of Central Arkansas’ best, playing their catchy, fun sing-a-long originals and some of your favorite rock/Americana favorites. (21+)
Cory Branan/ Brickhouse Grill 218 S Main St/ 7-9:30/ $10
Team Jonesboro presents Memphis singer-songwriter Cory Branan with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Team Jonesboro Campaign in their ongoing mission to deliver a safer stronger community
The Gil Franklin Project/ Front Street Bar & Grill 115 S. Front St./ 9-1
Rockin’ blues from a classic Central Arkansas blues man, Gil Franklin and his band.
Ten Penny Gypsy/ Mellon’s Country Store/ 19735 Hwy 5 N / 7-9
A summer night with Central Arkansas Americana folk duo Ten Penny Gypsy with guitarist Buddy Case.
Steep Canyon Rangers/ Ozark Folk Center State Park 1032 Park Ave./ 7-9/ $20-$30
Grammy Award-winning contemporary bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers comes to the Ozark Highlands Theater.
The Ultimate Prince Tribute/ The Majestic 817 Garrison Ave/ 9-1/ $10-$12
The Drummerboy Infinity crew is at it again with one of their legendary tribute shows. Tonight they pay tribute to the one and only Prince. Twenty of Arkansas’ best singers and musicians take the stage for a production you won’t soon forget. Grab your crew and get ready to sing, dance and be entertained by the songs that live forever.
Wednesday 8/21- Sunday 8/25
Fayetteville Roots Festival
This is one of the South’s premier music and food festivals featuring St.Paul & The Broken Bones, John Fullbright, Mavis Staples, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, The Milk Carton Kids, Amy Helm, The Cate Brothers, Joe Purdy with The Honey Dewdrops and Smokey & The Mirror, Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band, Eliza Gilkyson, The Travelin McCoury’s , Darrell Scott, and many many more. It will also feature prominent chefs, including Graham Elliot, Georgia Pellegrini, Jon Bonne, Jesse Griffiths, Deborah Vantrece, Asha Gomez, Scott Winegard, Sachin Chopra, Levon Wallace, Matt hew Bell, and many many more. For schedule, line-ups, and all needed info, visit www.therootsfest.org
Friday 8/23-Saturday 8/24
Big Smith & Arkansauce/ George’s Majestic Lounge 519 W Dickson St./ 10-1 / $25-$27
Two of the Ozarks biggest folk/bluegrass bands: Big Smith (Springfield, MO) and Arkansauce join forces for two nights of down-home goodness celebrating the 2019 Fayetteville Roots Festival.
Image courtesy of the Smashing Pumpkins Instagram