Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene, in Little Rock and beyond. This week, you find jazz, a blues festival, a benefit for the Buffalo River, a show from Bonnie Montgomery and more.
Around Little Rock
Thursday, May 31
Music in the Garden with The Going Jessies, Dunbar Garden, 1720 S. Chester, Little Rock, 6-8 p.m., $5, kids under 12 free – Angela Paradis (vocals/bass), Derek Wood (vocals, guitar, keys) and James Breeding (drums, percussion) bring their harmonious sound to Americana and Wester Swing. Come out and enjoy live music, food and drinks in this special central Arkansas setting. www.thegoingjessies.com
Gypsy Jazz Violin with Live Painting Experience, South on Main, 1304 Main St. Little Rock, 8-10 p.m., $10 – This is going to be a very special musical experience where live music and live art collide. With jazz violinist Oksana, keys by Ron Hall, drums by Slavek Bolubah, and artist Matthew Lopas. Call 501-244-9660 to reserve your table.
Webb Wilder with the P-47s, Stickyz Rock N‘ Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave, Little Rock, 8-11:30 p.m. $15 advance $20 day of show. Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks have been playing their own classic style of Southern rock ‘n’ roll since 1985 and show no signs of slowing down. With Little Rock’s own rock ‘n’ rollers the P-47s opening the show. For lovers of classic rock ‘n’ roll this is a show not to be missed. For more on the artists, visit https://www.webbwilder.com and http://www.reverbnation.com/thep47s. Advanced tickets available at www.arkansaslivemusic.com.
Friday, June 1
Ol’ Puddin’ Head & Gary Griffin, Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9700 N. Rodney Parham, Rd, 7:30-11:30 p.m. – Fans of Todd Snider, Robert Earl Keen, John Prine and the like are sure to enjoy these two musicians. Come and enjoy a classic Irish dish, a cold beverage and relax.
Bonnie Montgomery and Daughters of Triton with Grace Stormont, White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th St. Little Rock, AR 9 p.m.-12 a.m., $7 – Arkansas’ own Bonnie Montgomery comes back to the White Water Tavern with her classic country and western swing joined by her friends the Little Rock Rock trio The Daughters of Triton and the multi-instrumental vocalist from the Ozarks, Grace Stormont. A night for all music lovers to enjoy.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers with Trey Stephens, Revolution Music Room, 300 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., $15 – The boys from Stillwater, Oklahoma have been playing Classic Red Dirt Country for almost 20 years and are still going strong. www.thestragglers.com advanced tickets at www.arkansaslivemusic.com
Freeworld, Four Quarter Bar, 415 Main St. NLR. 10 p.m.-1 p.m. – Bring out the horns and lets jam all night with this classic Memphis jam band that just celebrated its 30th anniversary. From the Blues City Cafe on Beale to Four Quarter Bar in Argenta, this will be a fun night for all. www.freeworldmemphis.com
Ramona Smith, Cajun’s Wharf, 2400 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. – It’s good to see Arkansas’ own soul R&B legend Ramona Smith back on the Cajun’s stage. This lady has opened for Al Jarreau, BB King, and many more. For a night of classic R&B and soul with a few stories from a lifetime of music, Ramona Smith is a Arkansas treasure not to be missed.
Saturday, June 2
Josh Ward, Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave, Little Rock, 8:30-11:30 p.m., $12 advance, $15 Day of Show – “All grit and no quit.” That quote has been used to describe Texas country artist Josh Ward. Fans of Sturgill Simpson to Willie, Waylon, Merle and George will enjoy this show. Advanced tickets available at www.arkansaslivemusic.com.
Bijoux does Badu, pt. 2, South on Main, 1304 Main St. Little Rock, 9-11 p.m., $15 – Last month Little Rock soul diva Bijoux played a tribute to R&B soul artist Erykah Badu for Amy Bell’s Wednesday night secessions. It was such a big hit she’s been asked to bring it back for part 2. Classic soul and neo-soul fans, this is your night.
The Funkanites, White Water Tavern, 2500 W. 7th St. 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. – This Little Rock jazz/funk fusion powerhouse is a musical force not to be missed.
Doug Duffey, Bar Louie, 3929 McCain Blvd. North Little Rock, Free – The New Orleans piano man brings his classic sounds of the Big Easy to North Little Rock.
The Fabric of a Man featuring The On Call Band, GiGi’s Soul Cafe & Lounge, 10840 Maumelle Blvd, North Little Rock, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. $20 VIP, $15 GA – Call 501-800-2888 to reserve your table. GiGi’s is quickly becoming the place in Central Arkansas for soul and R&B lovers and Saturday night is no exception when Little Rock/Pine Bluff favorites The On Call Band bring their classic R&B sound.
Sunday, June 3
Sunday Night Old School Jam – 109 & Co. 109 Main St. Little Rock, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., $7 – Wind down your weekend with some Old School Jams from DJ Uncle Jam – The King of Old School (formerly of Power 92 Jams).
An Evening with Buckethead – Revolution Music Room, 300 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., $20 Advance $25 Day of Show – Guitar lovers REJOICE as guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Buckethead returns to the Rev Room. His music spans all genres of music: progressive metal, funk, blues, jazz and bluegrass. He has released over 300 studio recordings, preformed on over 50 albums by other artists, and collaborated with artist such as Les Claypool, Iggy Pop, Mike Patton, Viggo Mortensen and many more. For a show like you’ve never seen, don’t miss Buckethead: www.bucketheadland.com, advanced tickets www.arkansaslivemusic.com.
Hot Springs Village
Rock Porch Sessions with Ten Penny Gypsy, Saturday, Grove Park, 1105 Desoto Blvd, 7-9 p.m. Free – Bring your friends, and your lawn chairs and enjoy this free night of music from folk duo Ten Penny Gypsy.
Django Walker, Saturday, Griffin Restaurant 101 East Locust St. 8-10 p.m. Free – This Texas musician carries the Walker torch to the next generation of music fans with and eclectic mix of influences forming his own sound in Texas music.
Boogie for the Buffalo River, Sunday, Almost Famous Smoke House & Grill, 258 Highway 64E , 1-9 p.m., $10 – Come join musicians Billy Jeter, Dave Malm, Mark Currey, Jeff & Dan Clanton, Harrisong, The Rios, Saffron and Plowdog for a day of music with proceeds benefiting the Buffalo Watershed Alliance to preserve and protect the Buffalo National River for future generations.
Altheimer Blues Fest, Saturday, Cook Family Park, 11712 N. Hwy 79 Altheimer, 4 p.m., $25 in advance – Artists Calvin Richardson, Sweet Angel, Nathaniel Kimble, Lady Trucker, Willie P, The Big John Miller Band and more will play. Hosted by Broadway Joe and comedian Keith Glason. Bring cooked food (no grills,) drinks and your lawn chairs and enjoy this afternoon of the blues.