Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see The Brian Nahlen Band, DeFrance, and more.

Around Little Rock

Thursday 1/10
Sounds in the Stacks: ASO Rockefeller String Quartet/ Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Dee Brown –  6325 Baseline Rd / 6:30
Enjoy this beautiful afternoon performance from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Rockefeller Quartet.  Introduce your young ones to the beauty of the violin, viola, and cello.
Poetry Night/ Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee – 10700 N Rodney Parham Rd. Ste A2 / 6:30
A monthly highlight of the Central Arkansas literary scene, and hosted by Central Arkansas poet Karen Hayes, Poetry Night at Guillermo’s has become a premier place to hear some of the best in Arkansas spoken word.  Tonight they welcome LaTasha “StoryTellHer” Moore.  There will be 2 rounds of open mic poetry along with the nights feature.  Enjoy their delicious coffee blends, local beers, and wine, and signature charcuterie board.
Greg Spradlin & The Libras/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St / 8:30
Veteran Arkansas Rockers Greg Spradlin and The Libras return to the White Water Tavern for a night of good ole Rock & Roll; playing songs from works done individually and together and moments harking back to the days when the Libras hosted regular tribute nights at the Whitewater with songs from Bob Dylan, The Band, Neil Young, Tom Petty and more.
Gray Matter Radio: Chis King Interview / KABF 88.3 9
Shayne Gray host Gray Matter Radio Thursday nights on Central Arkansas own Public Radio Station KABF 88.3.  Tonight he brings in special guest Sticky Fingers/Rev Room’s own Chris King to play some tunes and talk about his adventures during his years in the Little Rock/ Arkansas music scene.
Friday 1/11
Art Not Bombs/ The Bookstore at Library Square – 120 River Market Ave. / 5
Part of Second Friday Art Night: The Bookstore at Library Square, The Wiley Family, and TC and Me… A Little Rock-umentary present “Art Not Bombs” collected works by artist Victor Wiley, curated by local film and event producer Mike Poe.  Live music from Brasher/Morg & Raging Skulls. Enjoy this free event with food and beverages as we pay tribute to the work of this gone but not forgotten Central Arkansas artist.
Cafe Disco / Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee – 10700 N Rodney Parham Rd. Ste A2 / 7 / $10
Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee and Arkansas Arts Collective are teaming up to bring you Cafe Disco! Get down with some great electronic music from local DJs. They’re bringing in Finn from Memphis, ‘Trixx from Conway and DJ Sego from Russellville. Be sure to check it out!
Good Foot/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9 / $8 advance, $10 door
Little Rock’s favorite Funk, Jazz, Rock, Jam Band brings their one of a kind sound to South on Main for a show sure to get your new year started on The Good Foot. Get your tickets here. Call 501-244-9660 to reserve a table.
The ONE Music Experience/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9, $15 / 11:30, $20
This is THE music experience to start off the new year: the Rodney Block Collective, Bijoux, DJ Nick Hud, The Soul Cypher, and Founders Day weekend for many local sororities. It’s a party not to be missed.
Amoramora/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10
Get your new year’s groove in check with Boulder, Colorado’s Amoramora and their upbeat blend of funk, bluegrass, African Highlife, and jazz fusion with a joy and positivity that will keep you movin’ and groovin’ into the night.
Saturday 1/1
Block, Beer & Bourbon /  Albert Pike Masonic Center – 712 Scott St. / 7 /  $75 – $150  individual, $1000 table for 10
Join the friends of KUAR/KLRE for a night of music from The Rodney Block Collective, craft Beer & Bourbons from O’Looney’s Wine and Liquor, & a cocktail spread from The Pantry.  This is one of Central Arkansas favorite fundraisers: with Block, Beer, and Bourbon for KUAR you can’t go wrong.
Bobgoblin with A Vulture Wake and Sabine Valley/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 8:30 / $10
Bobgoblin – Power pop from Dallas TX
A Vulture Wake – energetic, melodic, punk rock
Sabine Valley – power alternative pop rock from Little Rock – Keep your eyes on this group; they’ve quickly staked a place in the Central Arkansas music scene, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.
Brian Nahlen Band/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9 / $7 advance, $10 door
A tasty blend of rock, funk, ballads, anthems, and maybe a few classic favorites thrown in; Little Rock singer songwriter Brian Nahlen as assembled a knock out band of Central Arkansas’ best musicians including; Jason Lee Hale on guitar, Tommy Priakos on keys, Dave Williams on sax, Brian Wolverton on bass, and Daniel Olah on drums. The guys will be playing some of your and my favorite BNB favorites like “Better than I thought It could be,” “I Might Be Leavin,” Cicada Moon,” his latest single the beautiful rock lullaby “In the Old Days,” and many more. Get your tickets here
Colour Design/ Rah Howard/ Joshua Asante/ SA Solo Act/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9 / $5
If I were to assemble four of my favorite current and up-and-coming Little Rock music acts whose current projects have emerged as favorites of last year, I couldn’t have done it better than White Water.  From the shoe gaze post-hardcore of Color Design, with their 2018 release They Don’t Existto Rah Howard’s hip hop blues of his debut album Let There Be Light, to Joshua Asante, front man for Little Rock powerhouse Amasa Hines and their amazing 2018 release Ivory Loving Glass, and MC lyricist-extraordinaire SA Solo Act who has been burning down stages across Arkansas, catch her latest single “My Love” on your favorite streaming service.  If you want a front row seat to Arkansas music in 2019, this is your night.
Sunday 1/13
Vinyl Brunch/ Stone’s Throw Brewing – 402 E. 9th St. / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Come enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon at Stone’s Throw.   Grab one of their tasty Beermimosas or Bloody Beers, a plate of Chicken & Waffles, Blueberry pancakes, breakfast tacos, or one of their many tasty brews or choices off their brunch menu, and flip through their collection of vinyl sponsored by Arkansas Record and CD Exchange and give it a whirl on the turn table. Last month I found a classic Rod Steward, and my friend found a “classic” Neil Diamond.  Always a good time with good people.
You Look Like:  Little Rock/ Hibernia Irish Tavern – 9700 Rodney Parham / 7:30 / $5 advance, $10 at the door.
Little Rock’s premier roast battle is back for another night of fire.  See if reigning champ Zakk Sicking can defend his title against a new roster of Little Rock comics: Beth Fronczak, Ian Redford, Taylor Hern, Ty Spradley, and Dinah-House Fire.  The audience will also have a chance to go at the comics for a chance at some sweet swag as local comedian Dee So Funny performs in the infamous “Hell Slot.” This is a night of comedy like no other.  Get your tickets here.

Around Arkansas


Thursday 1/10
Momandpop/ Crystal Bridges Museum – 600 Museum Way / 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Grab the kids and enjoy this winter day with Arkansas Children’s artist Momandpop for this free show as they perform songs from their two Parent’s Choice Silver Award-winning CDs and some songs about SNOW!

Hot Springs

Friday 1/11
DeFrance, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts and Joey Handley & the 270’s/ Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave / 9
Enjoy a night of “that old time rock & roll, that kind of music that soothes your soul” with classic Southern rockers DeFrance, Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts, and Joey Handley and the 270’s. This is a night sure to cure what ails you.
Saturday 1/12
DeFrance/ Grateful Head Pizza Oven and Beer Garden – 100 Exchange St. / 9
The boys from DeFrance are staying in the Spa City an extra night for a special acoustic show at Grateful Head Pizza.  Grab a slice and a brew and kick back for a night of classic acoustic Rock & Roll.


Saturday 1/12
TenPenny Gypsy/ BoBrook Farms – 13810 Combee Ln / 4-6 / Fre
Come enjoy an afternoon of music from Arkansas Country Music Award nominee TenPenny Gypsy and sip some tasty wines from River Bottom Winery on BoBrook Farms’ new and improved enclosed patio.

Eureka Springs

Saturday 1/12
Chucky Waggs and Kyle/ The Gravel Bar at Wanderoo Lodge – 216 W. Van Buren / 7
Join local favorite Chucky Waggs and harmonica wizard Kyle Young for a rare intimate duo performance sure to warm this cold January night.


Saturday 1/12
Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5
Central Arkansas’ Lady of the Blues Charlotte Taylor and her band Gypsy Rain are headed to the International Blues Competition Jan. 22 in Memphis. Head over to King’s Live Music and hear why.
Trey Johnson & Jason Wilmon/ Almost Famous Smokehouse & Grill – 258 Hwy 64 E. / 7
Listen to some feel-good, tap your toes rock & roll blues from Central Arkansas’ Trey Johnson on guitar and vocals and Jason Wilmon on harmonica.


Saturday 1/12
Randall Shreve and the DeVilles’  “Rock & Roll Circus”/ George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 W Dickson St. / 9 / $12
The vaudevilleian rock & rollers, Randall Shreve and the DeVilles are bringing their one-of-a-kind “Rock & Roll Circus” back to George’s. They will be joined by the Springfield Aerial Fitness and other performers  and special guest Ashtyn Barbaree and band, sure to make this a one-of-a-kind music and visual experience an event not to be missed.


Sunday 1/1
The Accidentals with Sean Michel/ Bike Rack Brewing – 801 SE 8th St. Unit 61 / 7 / $30
The House of Songs, University of Arkansas, and Al Bell Presents brings you a special Bike Rack Brewroom Session with The Accidentals with Sean Michel.
The Accidentals are a genre-melding indie folk rock trio from Traverse City, Michigan, who have been racking up accolades across the country for the past few years. They were named one of Yahoo Music’s top ten bands to watch 2017,  Huffington Post’s  Sweet Sixteen of 2016, and Billboard’s Breakout Band at SXSW 2015. Seeing this special trio in this intimate setting is a special night of music indeed.


Saturday 1/12
Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts/ Cregeens Downtown– 201 South Main / 9 /
This will be a night of classic Southern rock & roll.
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