Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Weezer, Pentatonix and other great artists.

Around Little Rock

Wednesday 7/25

Tawanna Campbell / South on Main – 1304 Main St/ 8-10 / $10
This month’s Sessions hosted by Sean Fresh closes with Little Rock’s own soul songstress Tawanna Cambell. Come on out for a night of soul & classic R&B for a “grown and sexy night” sure to get you over the mid week hump.
Big Still River / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 8-11 / Free
New Belgium Brewery hosts this Summer Concert Series Wednesday nights at Four Quarter Bar in Argenta. Come out and enjoy some of their featured brews and the featured artist. This week is the feel good sounds of Little Rock four piece newgrass band Big Still River. This band has been playing around Arkansas for years, and they are excited to bring their 21st century bluegrass, hillbilly tunes to four quarter. Matt McFarlin (mandolin), Daniel Bennett (guitar), Charlotte Crosmer (fiddle), and 2018 AR Country music bass player of the year Jimmy Young.
Thursday 7/26
Selwyn Birchwood with the John Calvin Brewer Band / Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave / 8-11 / $10, $13 under 21 /
I think Rolling Stone says it best.  “A powerhouse player and emotive performer… his band, his material and both his skilled guitaring and soulful vocals are the essence of fully-formed. Birchwood is a major player. Highly recommended.” 2015 Blues Blast rising star award winner. His 2014 release “Don’t Call No Ambulance” received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album of 2014. Winner of the 2013 International Blues Challenge, and the Albert King Guitarist of the Year that same year, and the list of his accolades goes on. A show true music lovers & lovers of the blues won’t want to miss. Tickets.
Red Shahan / Stickyz Rock and Roll Chicken Shack -107 River Market Ave / 8:30 – 11:30 / $10
Red dirt country goodness from Fort Worth, Texan Red Shahan. Tickets.
Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain / Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd./ 9:00 / $5
Little Rock lady of the blues brings her soulful sound to Cajun’s Wharf with her very talented band Gypsy Rain for a night of great blues music.
Friday 7/27
Ten Penny Gypsy with Buddy Case / YaYa’s Euro Bistro – 17711 Chenal Pkwy. / 6:30 – 9:30 / Free
Come on out to YaYa’s for a night of great food and great music as Central Arkansas Americana Folk duo Ten Penny Gypsy with Buddy Case on guitar return to the patio.
Michel Burks Tribute / CALS Ron Robinson Theater – 100 River Market Ave / 7-10 / $10
When Arkansas blues legend Michael Burks died suddenly on May 6, 2012 at the age of 54 he left behind family and friends who will be sharing stories and live performances of Michael’s music, including his former bandmates.  This will be a very special night as we pay tribute to a true Arkansas legend.
The ULTIMATE PRINCE Tribute / Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave/ 9-12 /  $15 advance $20 at the door
One of the hottest tickets in town.  If you’ve never been to one of the Drummerboy Infinity crews tribute shows you don’t want to miss this one, and if you have you know how fabulous this night will be as some of Central Arkansas best musicians and vocalist pay tribute to the one and only Prince Rogers Nelson.  A night of your favorite hits and some deep cuts.  Come on out “The Beautiful Ones” jump in that “Little Red Corvette” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Party like it’s 1999.” Tickets.
Brent Best, Kenny Roby, Bark, Isaac Hoskins / White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9-1
This is a night I’ve been looking forward to as Brent Best and Isaac Hoskins (Denton, TX) return to the White Water for a night of some of the best (no pun intended) singer songwriter tunes.  Bark is the husband and wife duo of Tim Lee and Susan Bauer Lee who’s sound has been described as “a lo-fi post punk garage-rock combo inspired by American blues and roots revisionist like the Cramps, the Gun Club, and R.L. Burnside.”
Kenny Robby (NC) previously of the band 6 String Drag, since going solo he’s established a name for himself through three excellent but vastly different albums.  I can’t wait to hear what sound he’ll bring to the White Water.
Travis Linville / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10:00
This Oklahoma guitar-man/singer-songwriter called “the godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” by the Oklahoma Gazette brings his full band to Four Quarter Bar for an Americana night you don’t want to miss.
Saturday 7/28
19th Annual Blues on the River / Burns Park – 1 Eldor Johnson Dr. / 3:00 / $29 advance /
No better place for a day of great blues music than on the banks of the Arkansas River.  Join your fellow blues lovers and 20+ artist on 2 stages: Latimore, Theodis Ealey, King Fish, Bob Margolin, Gil Franklin, Arkansas Brothers, Robert Kimbrough, Preston Shannon Band, Akeem Kemp Band, Rikki D, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, Ed Bowman, Carter Thomas, The Michael Burks Project, and so many more.  Tickets.
2018 Block on Rock Stone’s Throw Brewing 5th Birthday Bash / Stone’s Throw Brewing – 402 E. 9th St./ 4-10 / $5 (10 & under free)
Arkansas Rice is proud to present Stone’s Throw Brewing 5th birthday bash with Block on Rock.  The guys have been busy brewing their tasty brews and collaborating with other local craft brewers for some special brews for their special day.  Come grab a pint, some food from one of the local food trucks, and enjoy music from The Big Dam Horns, and The Creek Rocks, and the visual artistry of Arkansas Circus Arts.
Knox Hamilton featuring Brother Sundance / Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8:30-11:30 / $12 Advance $15 day of show.
Little Rock Alternative Rock favorites Knox Hamilton bring their Beach Boy tour to the Rev Room for a special Saturday night show with their friends Brother Sundance from Nashville, TN.  This will be a night of great music from this hometown alternative band that continues to make a name for itself and does their hometown city and state proud. Tickets.
Arkansas Dave & DeFrance / Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave/ 9:00 / $6
The Arkansas Rock N’ Rollers, Arkansas Dave and DeFrance, have been tearin’ it up across Europe on a whirlwind of a European Tour.  Come on out and welcome our boys home for what’s sure to be an awesome homecoming show.
Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10:00
A night of Beautiful Ozark Mountain Soul, Roots Rock n Roll from Eureka Springs own Opal Agafia and The Sweet Nothings. This band has one of the most special unique sounds out there. A full string band – fiddle, mandolin, guitar, dobro, telecaster guitar, electric bass, and drums.  Together they produce a high energy show with soulful lyrics and instrumental combos.

Around Arkansas

Fort Smith

Thursday 7/26 – Saturday 7/28
Peacemaker Festival /Riverfront Park – 121 Riverfront Drive /  VIP 2 day pass $175, VIP 1 day $100/ GA: 2 day $60, 1 day $39
Friday artist – Paul Thorn, Anderson East and Rival Sons (gates 6:00 – curfew 12:00)
Saturday artist – Ray Wylie Hubbard, funky Meters, The Cadillac Three, Grace Potter (gates 4:30 – curfew 12:00) f
For tickets and more info, click here.


Thursday 7/26
Mountain Sprout / George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 Dickson St./ 8-12/ $8 advance $10 day of show.
Those rowdy fellas from the hills come back to George’s for a night of psychobilly hillbilly bluegrass.  Grab all your rowdy friends and come out for a night of great music from one of Arkansas favorite one of a kind bands. Tickets.
Saturday 7/28
Randall Shreve and the DeVilles / George’s / 9-12 / $12, advance $15, day of
Come on out as Fayetteville’s own Randall Shreve and the DeVilles bring their Vaudeville Rock n’ Roll show to George’s for a special full stage show with all the additional entertainers.  You don’t want to miss this. Tickets.


Saturday 7/28
Dazz & Brie / Depot Park, 320 W. C St / 7-10/ Free
Little Rock’s Rock & Roll Soul R&B powerhouse duo and their band The Emotionals come to Russellville for the Music Downtown at Sundown July concert series. Joined by Hannah Blaylock this will be a great summer night under the stars while watching some up and coming Arkansas stars.


Saturday 7/28
One for the Money / Tontitown Winery – 335 N Barrington Rd.
Adult contemporary band One for the Money are excited to play Tontitown Winery for a night of delicious food,  tasty drinks and music.


Saturday 7/28
Slayful Saturday / Cregeens Downtown – 201 South Main / 9-2 / $5 21+ $10 under 21 CASH
Come join NEA Drag as they SLAY Cregeens Downtown with a night of drag and an art show by local artist Darrian Deshawn. Sets at the top of every hour.


Saturday 7/28
Trey Johnson and friends / Fat Jacks Oyster and Sports Bar – 3324 N. State Line Ave/ 9:00
Come on out to Fat Jacks for a night of great music, great food, and good times with Little Rock Rock n’ Roll blues man Trey Johnson.

El Dorado

Saturday 7/28
Jason D. Williams / MAD Amphitheater – 105 East Locust St. / 7:00 / Free
Rock-a-billy piano man Jason D. Williams brings his unique legendary rock n’ roll sound to the Murphy Artist District for a special free summers night show under the stars.  Opening the show – the Burners and the Side Street Steppers. For more info, click here.


Wednesday 7/25
Pentatonix / Arkansas Music Pavilion – 5079 W. Northgate Rd / 8:00/ $129-$35 (GA Lawn)  Tickets.
Sunday 7/29
Weezer with Pixies and Sleigh Bells / Arkansas Music Pavilion / 7:30/ $179 – $34.50 (GA lawn)  Tickets.
Read last week’s Live Music Lineup here »