AY About You Magazine has your complete guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This weekend, go see Sevendust, David Adam Byrnes and Ultimate Groove.
Around Little Rock
Jazz Night / Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee 10700 N Rodney Parham Rd. Ste A2/ 7-9/ $10
Guillermo’s monthly Jazz Night brings you a night of classic jazz presented by a group of Central Arkansas All-Star Hall of Fame performers: Kelly Parker, Drew Stewart, Chris Parker, Ed Smith, and David Higginbotham.
Heavy as Texas and Hell Camino / Vino’s Pizza-Pub Brewery 923 W 7th St/ 8:00/ $12
A night of heavy, hardcore Southern Rock with Heavy as Texas from Houston and Hell Camino from Little Rock.
David Adam Byrnes with Bree Ogden / Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave/ 9-12/ $10 advance $15 day of www.arkansaslivemusic.com
A night for country lovers with David Adam Byrnes from Fort Worth and Bree Odgen from North Little Rock.
Seth Walker / South on Main 1304 Main St./ 9-10:30/ $8 advance $12 at the door
Blues and roots artist Seth Walker returns to South on Main in support of his 10th studio recording “Are You Open” that debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. To quote the Austin American-Statesman, “This young man is pure talent, a masterful blues guitarist, a singer with some swing in his voice and a writer whose (songs) sound less composed than unleashed.”
Bonnie Montgomery & Jimmy Davis / White Water Tavern 2500 W 7th St/ 9
Arkansas sweetheart Bonnie Montgomery returns to the White Water. Tonight she’s joined by Memphis country, rock and Americana artist Jimmy Daddy Davis.
Ultimate Groove / 109 & Co. 109 Main St./ 9-12/ $10 advance $15 at the door
Ultimate Groove reunites for a special Friday night homecoming performance. Made up of essential pieces of the Central Arkansas’ R&B/Soul community: Tawanna Campbell, James “J-Dub” Williams, & Cory Harris join together to bring you the Ultimate Groove.
Chucky Waggs and the Company of Rags / Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR/ 10:00/ $7
Multi-instrumentalist Chucky Waggs from Eureka Springs returns to Four Quarter Bar. Playing a mix of guitar, banjo, harmonica, and kazoo, and with his ragtag band of friends, The Company of Rags, they draw influences from early American roots music, as well as early punk and rock and roll. With a show that that takes you from intimate, often humorous, folk ballads, to all out rowdy stomp-alongs. Get ready to stomp and holler and let your hair down.
Back-to-School-Night / The Bernice Garden 1401 Main St./ 5-7
Bring the whole family out to the garden as Central Arkansas husband and wife Children’s musical duo mömandpöp bring you a fun filled Back to School Celebration. This event is also a back to school supply drive for Youth Home, so as you’re picking up supplies for your child, or walking past the isle at the store, please pick up a second item or two to bring so that all children in Central Arkansas can go to school ready to learn.
Renown Music Open House / Renown Music 6929 JFK Blvd. Ste 31, NLR/ 5:30-6:30
If you or your children have ever been interested in playing a musical instrument, swing by Renown Music; they’ll have instructors for guitar, piano, drum, ukulele , and violin on hand to play and answer questions along with an instrument “petting zoo,” and snacks.
Live at Vino’s / Vino’s Pizza-Pub-Brewery 923 W 7th St/ 7-11/ $10
A night of great Little Rock rap and hip hop as TJ Danzy celebrates his “The Danzy “Demo EP Release Party with Osyrus Bolly, Penn Davis, Keli, Rah Howard, AyeJayy, redlipstiq, and Auz.
The 6th Annual Vanappalooza / Revolution Music Room 300 President Clinton Ave/ 7:30-12/ $10
Come join the Rev Room and the Central Arkansas music community as we raise funds for The Van and their ongoing mission to help our homeless brothers and sisters in Central Arkansas. Enjoy music from The Big Damn Horns, Dazz & Brie, The Federalis, and A Rowdy Faith.
Groovement / Four Quarter Bar 415 Main St. NLR/ $7 advance $10 day of show
Northwest Arkansas’ premier funk-rock group, this six-man band 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.” Throw on those dancin shoes and join the party. and don’t forget one of the best late night kitchens, open till 1:30.
Decompression / The Rail Yard 1212 E 6th St./ 4-8
Come bring your family, friends, kids, and pups and enjoy an evening in the yard with music from Jacob Reyes with special guest Joe Ohmz.
Live from the Backroom / Vino’s Pizza-Pub-Brewery 923 W 7th St./ 7-9
Come celebrate the 99th birthday of renegade poet Charles Bukowski with Central Arkansas outlaw poet Justin Booth and an open mic of some of the best local writers and poets in Central Arkansas.
Barrett Baber Acoustic Trio with Kelsey Lamb / Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave/ 8:30-12/ $10 advance $12 day of show
Arkansas’ own Barrett Baber returns to Stickyz accompanied by his acoustic trio with his classic mix of soul and country. Opening the show Little Rock country artist Kelsey Lamb.
Thursday 8/8- Saturday 8/10
43rd Hope Watermelon Festival / For more infomation and tickets, visit www.hopemelonfest.com
3 days of family fun including: Watermelon Idol, car show, bago tournament, the Watermelon 5k run/walk, vendors, dog show, pagent, kid zone, motorcycle show, lots and lots of Watermelon, and music from: Monsterboy, Piano Man Jack, Nighthawk, Firewater, Cheridy Adams, Carl Jackson, Wyatt Putman, Country Music Superstars Diamond Rio.
Locked & Loaded Band / The Rowdy Moose 2504 N. Hazel St./ 9-1
Classic Rock & Blues Music you can move to.
Whisky Business / Boogies Bar & Grill 1010 E Grand Ave/ 9-1
Red Dirt Country and good ole’ rock & roll from Pope County.
Trace Adkins / Bank OZK Arena 134 Convention Blvd/ 4-7/
KSSN 96 presents country music superstar Trace Adkins performing a free concert before the final weigh in for the Professional Bass fishing’s world championship.
Friday 8/9 & Saturday 8/10
Bluegrass Blast / Basin Spring Park 3 Spring St/ 3:00, 5:15, 5:30/ Free
A weekend of bluegrass for the whole family in the Basin Spring Park band shell.
Sevendust with Big Story / George’s Majestic Lounge 519 W Dickson St./ 9-12/ $25-$30
When I was in college my best friend and I went to The New Daisy in Memphis to see a few rock bands play a Christmas benefit show for the children’s hospital. In that lineup was a new band from Atlanta and the only thing I’d heard about them was one quote from Rolling Stone “Thank God/Satan for Sevendust.” I was hooked, and they did not disappoint. Their first album is still one of my favorite hard rock albums, and each time I’ve seen them has been a powerhouse rock show with frontman Lajon Witherspoon leading the band and the crowd. Formed in 1994 with no signs of slowing with the release of their 12th album “All I See Is War.” Opening the show Alternative/Progressive Rock band from Dallas, TX, Big Story.
BobFest: Celebrating the life of Smilin’ Bob/ George’s Majestic Lounge 519 W Dickson St./ 5-10:30 / $10 suggested donation
Come join the Northwest Arkansas music community as they celebrate the life of Smilin’ Bob: 5:00 Jekkyl & High, 6:00 Rachel Ammons Music, 7:05 Isayah Warford (Isayah’s Allstars), 8:25 Randall Shreve with his full band, and 9:30 Groovement, & MC Anna Benson; & a Silent auction with all proceeds going to benefit Smilin’ Bob’s family, honor his memory, and will help provide musical resources to children in need.
Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo / Bike Rack Brewing Co. 801 SE 8th St. unit 61/ 7-9
Live on the Patio Saturday Concert series welcomes the North West Arkansas Folk/ Rock/ Soul of Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo
Rikki D / Kings Live Music 1020 Front St. / 9:30-12:30
A night of feel good rocking blues from Central Arkansas’ latest member of the Arkansas Blues Hall of Fame, guitarist Rikki D who is bringing his crew to Kings for a feel good Friday night.
Mountain Sprout / Kings Live Music 1020 Front St./ 8:30-11:30/ $5
Those wild men from the mountain are back at Kings for a night for you and all your rowdy friends as they bring their unique psychobilly, hillbilly, bluegrass-abilly, Insurgent Americana that has made them a favorite of Country boys and girls who need to let it loose on a Saturday night. Opening the show, folk- Americana artist Ashtyn Barbaee from Fayetteville, AR.
Battle of the Bands/ Southbound Tavern 233 Cherry St/ 5-11/ Free
Come enjoy a night of the blues, presented by The Southbound Tavern and The Sonny Boy Blues Society, as Solo & Band acts compete for a spot to play at the 2019 King Biscuit Blues Festival and The Blues Foundation’s 2020 International Blues Challenge.
Ten Penny Gypsy / 412 Front St./ 7-8:30
Newport’s Downtown Entertainment Series presents Central Arkansas Americana/Folk duo Ten Penny Gypsy. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.
Friday 8/9 & Saturday 8/10
MAD Battle Band Competition / MAD Amphitheater 105 East Locust St./ 6:00/ $10 one day $15 two day (advance) $15 one day $25 two day of
Come out and cheer for your favorites as bands from across Arkansas compete in 15 minute sets for cash and prizes. 10 bands have entered, but only one can win the $2500 grand prize and more. The 10 bands are: Monsterboy, Crutchfield, Jimmy Louis and 8 Second Ride, As the Willow Burns, Saving for Tuesday, Akeem Kemp Band, R@ndom, McCuin, Cypress Knees, SideSwipe.