Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. The holidays are upon us, so grab your family and friends and get out there and share in some live and local music.
All Access on KABF 88.3 FM Benefit Show/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 6 / $25
A line up of some of the best in Central Arkansas music gathers together to raise money for the All Access radio show on KABF 88.3 FM. Artists include Monsterboy, Brian Nahlen, Seth Freeman Band, The Mad Deadly, DeFrance and more. It will be a night of great local music for a great cause!
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy this day of family, friends, food and football.
Funkanites featuring Joshua Asante/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9 / $10
Made up of some of the best musicians anywhere and featuring members from legendary Central Arkansas bands, including Amasa Hines, Velvet Kente, and Twice Sax, the Funkanites bring their one-of-a-kind sound of Afrobeat, soul, and funk to the White Water stage. Tonight they’ll be joined by Amasa Hines and Velvet Kente frontman himself Joshua Asante for a night of music you won’t hear anywhere else
Dylan Earl & The Reasons Why/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 9 / $10
One of Arkansas’ favorite post-country/western, Americana artists from Fayetteville returns to the stage at Stickyz for a special holiday gift drive for The Van. Let’s make sure our Central Arkansas neighbors stay warm this holiday season. Please bring blankets, sleeping bags, coats, socks and anything warm you can think of and enjoy this night of great music.
Block Friday Concert with Tony Terry/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9:30 / $30 table seating, $25 reserve seating, $20 general admission..
The Rodney Block Collective can get and keep a party going like few can, and tonight is certainly no exception as they welcome you to the fourth annual Day After Thanksgiving Block Friday party. This all-black attire affair will also be your first chance to hear and purchase Rodney’s latest album Fantastic Beatz. For this special night, they’re bringing along R&B singer Tony Terry, and of course The Collective featurin; Bijoux and DJ AJB Showtime. Get your friends and family off the couch and hit the dance floor for a once a year party experience. Call 501-442-0649 for tickets
Trap Jazz Giants/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 10 / $10 advance, $15 at the door.
Trap jazz is a new genre of music formed from contemporary and jazz standards with a baseline and core of traditional hip-hop for a one of a kind musical experience. The giants of the genre are local musicians saxophonist Philip “Philli Moo” Mouton and multi-instrumentalist Quincy “QNote” Watson. Tonight they bring their “Black Excellence Friday” Performing Trap Jazz Giants to the South on Main stage for a unique music experience. Get your tickets here.
Weakness for Blondes/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. / 10 / $7
A night of solid jams from one of Central Arkansas’ favorite local jam, funk, and rock & roll bands, Weakness for Blondes, and if you need a break from the turkey or just need a late night snack, don’t forget Four Quarter’s kitchen is open until 1:30. Late night cheeseburgers are the best!
Little Black Dress & R&B Party/ Double Tree Hotel Ballroom – 424 W. Markham / 8 / $20 – $30
Had enough of your sweats and conservative holiday wear? Well, throw those things in the corner and throw on that sexy little black dress and head over to the Double Tree Hotel Ballroom for the Little Black Dress R&B party 2.0. A night of dancing and singing along to some of your favorite old and new R&B and pop favorites mixed by live band SynRG and the one and only DJ Nick Hudson. Dress to impress and get ready to have some fun. Get your tickets here.
Jazzy Holiday at Starbucks/ Starbucks – 2815 Cantrell Rd. / 11:30 am
Come kick off the holiday shopping season with a cup of your favorite morning beverage and a holiday treat and listen to live music as Rodney Block and Dee Davis bring you some holiday cheer. On Saturday morning at the new Starbucks location on Cantrell Rd., Rodney will also have his new album Fantastic Beatzfor purchase. So bring the entire family for this free holiday event.
PJ Morton/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave / 8 / $35 advance, $40 at the door
Grammy and Dove award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, Morton Records founder and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton brings his More Gumbo tour to the Rev Room for this special one night only show you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
Danny Tate/ Thirst N Howl – 14710 Cantrell Rd. / 7:30 / $10
Singer-songwriter Danny Tate returns to his home state for a special Saturday night show at West Little Rock’s Thirst N Howl. Tate, originally from Camden, is a songwriter, producer and former Virgin Records recording artist. Come out for a night of great music as Danny sings the songs and tells the stories behind some of your favorite songs.
Colour Design, RIOTS, Scrap Rat, and SA SoloAct / White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / $5
Family driving you crazy? Were the crowds at the mall too much? Or maybe cabin fever has set it? Whatever it is, come let it out tonight at the White Water with up-and-coming Little Rock rapper SA SoloAct , Fayetteville punk band Scrap Rat, Little Rock punk from RIOTS and Little Rock post-hard-core, shoegaze music from Colour Design.
Dazz & Brie, Cherry Red, and Sabine Valley/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 9 / $10
Stickyz continues their holiday gift drive for the Van with another night of great music. Tonight, three unique Little Rock bands come together to celebrate. Classic rock & roll from Cherry Red, alternative rock & pop from Sabine Valley, and rock & soul from Little Rock’s own Dazz & Brie.
Chucky Waggs and the Company of Rags/ Four Quarter Bar / 10 / $7
Eureka Springs’ own multi-instrumentalist Chucky Waggs returns to Four Quarter Bar with his “Company of Rags” band. for a night of stringband/jugband music that’s sure to get those spirits lifted and toes a tappin in true Chucky Waggs style.
DeFrance/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 East Locust St. / 8
These Arkansas classic rock & roll road warriors are at it again, bringing the gospel of rock & roll to the masses. On Friday, they will bring it to The Griffin Restaurant for a night of great music sure to make you feel good. Call 1-870-444-3008 for reservations.
Will Brand’s Garth Brooks Show/ George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 Dickson St. / 8
Grab your friends and come out for a special sing-a-long celebrating one of the greats in country music.
The Going Jessies/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5
Kings Live Music is presenting Americana/rock & roll from Central Arkansas’ The Going Jessies. They’re bringing along special guest Trey Johnson on guitar to join them for a night of great music. Opening the show will be acoustic music from Conway’s own Brandon Riley.
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