Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene, in Little Rock and beyond.
Around Little Rock
Thursday June 7
Old Crow Medicine Show, Clinton Presidential Center 1200 President Clinton Ave., 8 p.m.-12 a.m., $30 $35 day of. Bluegrass powerhouse Old Crow Medicine Show comes back to the Rock for this special springtime evening all ages show with guest Jonathan Hedley. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. Visit www.crowmedicine.com to learn more about the band.
Friday June 8
Shinyribs with Brad Williams, Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack 107 River Market Ave, Little Rock, 8:30-11:30 p.m., $12 advance $15 day of show. Kevin Russell, the “Hippie Redneck Buddha,” returns to the Rock for a much anticipated show. This is the feel-good show you’ve been waiting for. When the band takes the stage and he starts dancin’ and strumming that ukulele you can’t help but smile and dance right along. This is a show I’m not gonna miss. Tickets at www.arkansaslivemusic.com. Artist info at www.shinyribs.org.
Belle Camino and Dazz & Brie, South on Main 1304 Main St. Little Rock, 9-11 p.m. $10. Fronted by the vocals of Claire Admire, this band of local musicians, John Willis (piano), John Burnette (guitar), Read Admire (guitar), Slavek Bolubah (drums), Cody Lucas (bass) and multi-instrumentalist Rolf Groesbeck, draws from their musical backgrounds to form a sound of soul, funk, rhythm and melody. The rock / soul power duo Dazz & Brie, backed by their band The Emotionals, have cemented themselves as a force in the Arkansas music scene. This should be a special one-of-a-kind show.
Friday Night Reggae Party, 109 & Co. 109 Main St. 9-1, $8. Come on out and Celebrate the Birthday of Ras Levi (One Love Entertainment and KABF 88.3 Reggae DJ Thursday afternoons 5-7 p.m.), Kyrah Kennyaa, and all Geminis. International Reggae DJ Dynamq will spinning your favorite hits, Chef Charles will have his jerk chicken wings, and bartender Derrick will be mixing up Caribbean drink specials for this fabulous celebration.
Saturday June 9
Charlotte Taylor, Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro 200 River Market Ave Ste. 150, Little Rock 12 p.m. What’s better than a delicious brunch on a lazy Saturday afternoon? One with the sounds of the blues lady of Little Rock, Charlotte Taylor. Come grab a mimosa, Bloody Mary, cup of coffee, some bacon and eggs, and relax and enjoy.
Dave Miller and Rocktown Revival, Thirst N’ Howl 14710 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., $5. Who says you have to go downtown for good live music. This Saturday night we’ve got west Little Rock covered with the rock-country-bluegrass sounds of Dave Miller and Rocktown Revival.
SeanFresh, Southwest Boaz, BJ Soule’ & L-Smooth (Hip-Hop vs. R&B), White Water Tavern 2500 W. 7th St. Little Rock, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., $10. With a lineup like this lovers of R&B and hip hop rejoice. Come out and see who comes out on top – hip hop or R&B?
“Stilettos & Stogies” Patio Party with the Rodney Block Collective, Crush Wine Bar 318 N. Main St. North Little Rock, 9 p.m., $10. Come on out to Argenta and enjoy a beautiful spring evening on one of my favorite patios in Central Arkansas. Relax with a glass of wine, a cigar if you like, and listen to the sounds of the Rodney Block Collective and guest as they celebrate the birthday of one of Little Rock’s most talented keyboardist, The Collective’s own Dre “The Bishop” Franklin.
Chris DeClerk, Eleanor’s Pizzeria 211 Main St. 7-10 p.m. Come out and enjoy some tasty pizza and the acoustic guitar sounds of Arkansas’ own Chris DeClerk.
Queensryche with special guest Warrant and Great White, Timberwood Amphitheater Magic Springs 1701 E. Grant Ave. 7-11 p.m., General Admission to the park $59.99 + tax all day, or $29.99 + tax after 7 p.m. gets you admission to the park and the concert. Lovers of classic rock, heavy metal and hair bands, this is the show you’ve been waiting for. For more info visit https://www.magicsprings.com/concerts.php
Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo, Live on the Patio, Bike Rack Brewing Co. 801 SE 8th St. Unit #61, 7-9 p.m., Free. Come on out and enjoy some of the state’s best craft brews, and enjoy the Americana/rock ’n’ roll sounds of Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo.
The Funkanites, Live Music Saturdays, Record 104 SW A St. 9 p.m.-12 a.m., $5, 21+ This rock-soul-jazz-funk-fusion band from Little Rock made up of members from Amasa Hines, Velvet Kente and Twice Sax produces a sound and experience like no other.
Friday 6/8- Saturday 6/10
Solar Flux 5: A Flux Family Music and Arts Festival, Cadron Creek Outfitters 54 Cargile Ln, $80 weekend $70 Saturday. A weekend of diverse musical performances, live art, delicious food, interesting crafts, mind-tingling workshops and more. After over 25 festivals, the Flux Family knows how to have a good time. Come join artists The Fried Pies, Travis Gibbs, Monsterboy, Couch Jackets, Becoming Elephants, Sad Daddy, and more, or just get lost in the silent disco. For more info and tickets visit www.fluxfamily.com or www.facebook.com/events/1955736474680708/
Listen to This:
Erin Enderlin, Whiskeytown Crier. Seven-time nominee and winner of the inaugural 2018 Arkansas Country Music Awards for not only Album of the Year, but also Songwriter of the Year. Erin performed the track “Ain’t It Just Like a Cowboy” at the awards show and won this lover of classic country over and, after a listen to this album, made a new fan. Check her out at www.erinenderlin.com
Brian Nahlen, “In The Old Days.” This beautiful folk rock lullaby is a special song from Little Rock singer songwriter Brian Nahlen. It’s a song that grows with memories of his mom, his love for his wife and his hopes and dreams for the future. On one hand it’s autobiographical and the other it’s not, as it reminds him of not only himself but other friends and family. Accompanied by Adrian Bozeman on dulcimer, Jason Hale on accordion, Tommy Priakos on keys with background vocals by CandySoul, Barbara Raney, Stephanie Smittle and a chorus of friends. Arranged and produced by Brian Nahlen and engineered by Jason Tedford at Little Rock’s Wolfman Studios, “In the Old Days” is a special song like the B-side of your favorite album sure to remind you of times back “In the Old Days.” Available soon on your favorite online music service. Get it now on iTunes and Apple Music.