Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Robert Earl Keen, Rival Sons and more.

Around Little Rock

Thursday 4/4

Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 5:30 – 8:30

There’s no better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than on the big deck at Cajun’s relaxing to the feel good rockin’ blues of Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon.

Charlotte Taylor

Brian Nahlen/ Walter’s Coffee & Speakeasy – 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd / 6-9

Central Arkansas singer-songwriter Brian Nahlen comes to Walter’s for a night of his soulful originals and classics you know and love.

Poetry Night/ Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee – 10700 Rodney Parham Rd Ste. A2 / 6:30 – 8:30

Thursday night’s Poetry Night features two sets of open mic, plus a set from featured poet Justin Booth and his latest book, The Luckiest Man.

Charlotte Taylor/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 6:30

Enjoy some blues on the patio with Little Rock’s Lady of the Blues, Charlotte Taylor.

Foul Play Cabaret/ The Joint – 301 Main St #102 NLR / 8 / $10

Those Spa City starlets are returning to the Joint for a tantalizing night of burlesque and good times.

YooJin Jang/ Chamber Music Society of LR – 316 East 11th St. / 7:30 -9:30 / $25

Winner of the 2017 Concert Artist Guild Competiton and the First Prize winner of the 2016 Sendai international Music Competition in Japan, violinist YooJin Jang is joined tonight by Renana Gutman.  Renana Gutman has played at The Louvre Museum, Carnegie Recital Hall, Peoples Symphony Concerts , Merkin Hall and St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia and serves regularly as the collaborative pianist of Steans Institute at Ravcinia Festival where she performs chamber music.

YooJin Jang

Triple Bill Fundraiser for The Van/ White Water Tavern – 2500 7th St. / 8 / $10

As the seasons change our homeless neighbors still need our support.  Come out and support The Van’s efforts and enjoy the music of three local bands, King Lora, Velcro Fly and The Electric 5.

Friday 4/5

Some Guy Named Robb & The Irresponsibles/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 5:30 – 8:30

Nights on the legendary Cajun’s deck are quickly coming to an end come wind down your week this Friday night, weather permitting, with Colorado indie folk rock, alt-americana, adult contemporary artist Some Guy Named Robb & the Irresponsibles.

DeFrance, The Roomsounds, Joey Handley & the 270’s/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 8 / $7

Lovers of rock & roll, this show is for you! Come see DeFrance, along with the Roomsounds from Dallas and Jeoy Handley & the 270s

Pato Banton with Skabawa & Butterfly/ Revolution Music Room / 9 /$10 advance, $13 day of show

Grammy-nominated, international reggae artist, Pato Banton is coming to the Rev Room for a very special Friday night show.  Opening the show is Skawaba, the hottest new ska band from Little Rock, and Little Rock’s own reggae soul diva, by way of New Orleans, Butterfly. Get your tickets here.


Marcella & Her Lovers/ White Water Tavern – 2500 7th St. / 9

Marcella & Her Lovers is bringing a unique sound with influences of swamp soul, Creole soul, R&B, experimental blues, folk, Americana to Little Rock. Originally from Lafayette, LA, Marcella & Her Lovers is currently based in Memphis.

Trap Jazz Giants/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 10 / $10 advance, $15 door

Experience a night of jazz that you have heard before as premier saxophonist Phillip “Philli Moo” Mouton and songwriter/producer/mulit-instrumentalist Quincy “QNote” Watson blend contemporary and jazz standards with the baseline and core of traditional hip-hop to form the new genre known as Trap Jazz.  Come out for a special night of music and let these Trap Jazz Giants show you what it’s all about. Get your tickets here.

Arkansas Brothers/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $7

Arkansas Brothers is a redneck soul band from Jonesboro that sprouted from the influences of gospel, blues, rockabilly, and county. Whether you want to get up and dance or kick back with a cold one, these brothers have a tune for you.

Saturday 4/6 

Nerd Eye Blind/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 7 / $10

Come to a charity event for The Van to help our neighbors here in central Arkansas. It is in memory of Hope Carter whose life was lost after a vehicle accident on January 6. There’ll be a silent auction, live music from Central Arkansas Nerd Eye Blind playing the hits from 1970s to today, food, and fun.

Marcella & Her Lovers

Trout Fishing in America/ UA Pulaski Tech: Center for Humanities and Arts – 3000 West Scenic Drive, NLR / 8 / $5-$30

This four-time Grammy-nominated folk band plays “music for people who take their fun seriously.” From West Fork, Arkansas, Trout Fishing in America is a great, family-friendly experience. Get your tickets here.

Robert Earl Keen with Mark Currey/ Revolution Music Room / 8 / $29.50 advance, $34.50 day of show

“The road goes on forever and the party never ends” with Red Dirt Country pioneer Robert Earl Keen. The word I’m getting is, as always, this show is close to a sell-out. Little Rock singer songwriter Mark Currey will be opening the show. Get your tickets here.

Big Silver/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9:30 / $5

Central Arkansas classic rock and rollers Big Silver are making their return to the White Water.

The Steve’n Seagulls with Clusterpluck/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $15 presale, $20 day of show

Finnish country band Steve’n Seagulls returns to Four Quarter Bar playing their one-of-a-kind bluegrass stylings of well-known hard rock and metal songs.  Opening the show is Americana folk grassroots band from Southern Illinois, Clusterpluck. Get your tickets here.

Sunday 4/7

Iris DeMent with Claire Holley / UA Pulaski Tech: Center for Humanities and Arts – 3000 West Scenic Drive, NLR / 7 / $50 – $100

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Iris DeMent will headline this special general admission show with proceeds benefiting Compassion Works for All, a prison outreach organization that teaches meditation, conflict resolution, and yoga to people in prisons and jails in Arkansas. A VIP reception will start at 5:30 p.m. with the concert at 7 p.m. Get your tickets here.

Trout Fishing in America

Cash’d Out: A Benefit for James Isom / South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 7 / $8 advance

James Isom is an Arkansas native and a supporter of the Central Arkansas music community who has fallen on hard times.  James acquired Gillian Barre Syndrome in June 2018 and has lost the use of his arms and legs. After 6 months of inpatient rehab James has gained a some use of his legs, but continues to regain the use of his arms.  James has supported the scene for years and now local musicians are joining forces to support him.  Come out for a special Johnny Cash tribute show from Trey Johnson, Mark Currey, The Salty Dogs, The Going Jessies, Amy Garland, Charlotte Taylor, Shannon Boshears, Gil Franklin, Jason Wilmon,  RJ Looney, and more.  South on Main will also be offering a special Sunday Supper menu. Get your tickets here.

Around Arkansas

Fort Smith

Friday 4/5

Rival Sons with The Sheepdogs/ Temple Live – 200 N 11th St. / 8:00 / $20-$25 ($5 increase day of show)

Long Beach/Nashville rock & rollers, Rival Sons are bringing their bluesy, sun-kissed psychedelia to Fort Smith, joined by classic rock & rollers The Sheepdogs from Saskatoon, SK. Get your tickets here.

Hot Springs

Friday 4/5 – Saturday 4/6

Brian Martin/ SQZBX Brewery & Pizza – 236 Ouachita Ave / 6-8

Roots, folk and soul artist Brian Martin will fill your ears with some sweet sounds while you fill your belly with delicious pizza and brews.

Friday 4/5

Sylvia Stems/ Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Beer Garden – 100 Exchange St. / 8

The beer garden turns gin joint after Gallery Walk for a night of craft cocktails, pizza, calzone, and fresh brews along with the sultry jazz stylings of Sylvia Stems.

Siloam Springs

Friday 4/5

Sylph / The Cafe on Broadway – 123 N Broadway / 7

Sylph, which translates to “wind spirit,” will bring their indie alt-rock sounds to a chill outdoor concert behind the cafe for a relaxing spring evening.

Rival Sons

El Dorado

Friday 4/5

LB Crew with SYNRG/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 E Locust St. / $25 reserved seating with meet and greet. General admission $15 advance $20 day of show

LB Crew, featured on this season of The Voice, is coming to The Griffin with his Little Rock soul/R&B band SYNRG for a fabulous Friday night show. Get your tickets here

Saturday 4/6

Waterfall Wash/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 E Locust St. / 8 / Free

Kick off your Saturday night with some feel-good rock/ synth-pop from Nashville.

Eureka Springs

Saturday 4/6

Common Roots/ The Gravel Bar at Wanderoo Lodge – 216 W. Van Buren / 7

A brother-sister duo from Fayetteville, Common Roots is bringing their sweet harmonies to the Gravel Bar.

Sylvia Stems


Saturday 4/6

Groovement/ Cregeen’s Downtown – 201 S. Main / 10

Northwest Arkansas rock and funk jam band Groovement is returning to Jonesboro.


Sunday 4/

Deadhead Productions Presents Isayah Warford’s 4th Annual CrawfishBoil / George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 W Dickson St. / 12-5 p.m. / $20

Come enjoy all-you-can-eat crawfish and music from The Creek Rocks, Richard Burnett & Friends, Earl & Them with special guest, Mark Bilyeu, Isayah Warford, & Jesse Dean.


Saturday 4/6

The House of Songs Songwriter Showcase/ Bike Rock Brewing – 801 SE 8th St. / 7-9 / $10

The House of Songs presents some of Northwest Arkansas’ best musicians and talented artists from around the world.  They are welcoming Tenpenny Gypsy (Little Rock), Alaina Hawf (Eureka), Kevin McLachlan (Yukon) and Candy Lee (NWA)


Sunday 4/7

Bijoux/ Bike Rack Brewing Co – 801 SE 8th St. #61 / 7 / $10

Brew Room Sessions presents Central Arkansas soul siren Bijoux for an afternoon of classic soul and R&B. Get your tickets here.

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