Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see the Spring Reggae Party featuring Jah9, One Night in Vegas tribute show, and more.

Around Little Rock

Thursday 4/18

Jah9 and Brian & Nick/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd / 5:30 / $15

This week’s happy hour (hopefully on the deck) features Little Rock singer-songwriter Brian Nahlen and guitar man Nick Devlin.  These two have been regular players at Cajuns for both happy hour and prime time for many years.  Afterwards, come inside for the spring reggae party, as international recording artist Jah9 blesses Cajun’s stage for a very special Thursday night show. The party doesn’t stop when you step outside as the one and only DJ-Nick Hud will be keeping the party going on the deck.

Speakeasy Party for ALS/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 7-10 / $10 GA $25 VIP

This is the third annual ALS Speakeasy, where all door proceeds go toward “Operation Speak Easier,” an initiative to help those affected with ALS communicate with loved ones. This party is a throwback to the 1920s featuring the Matt Treadway Trio, Prohibition era cocktails, and in the VIP lounge light snacks and a seance performed by ghostmaster Paul Prater (at 8:30 and 9:30). Get your tickets here.

Mark Goldenberg/ The Joint Theater – 301 Main St. NLR / 7:30 / $30

An intimate evening with LA guitarist Mark Goldneberg who has played with a who’s who of musicians, including years as Jackson Brown’s touring guitarist. Get your tickets here.

Alvin Youngblood Hart (photo by Candise Kola)

Alvin Youngblood Hart/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9 / $10

“The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray!”  Grammy Award-winning Alvin Youngblood Heart and his rock n’ roll band return to the White Water for what is always a show not to be missed.  As the legendary Taj Mahal once said of Hart: “The boy has got thunder in his hands.”

Friday 4/19

Sounds of Unity/ Unity of LR – 2610 Reservoir Rd. / 7 / $10

Two Arkansas Country Music Award 2019 nominees join forces for a night of great music. Hosted by Americana duo nominee Ten Penny Gypsy, they will spotligt female country artist nominee Anna Brinker.

The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson/ Mosaic Templars Cultural Center  –501 W 9th St. / 7-9 / Free

Stogie Kenyatta brings a unique interpretation of the life of one of America’s most complex and brilliant citizens, history’s first black Renaissance man, Paul Robeson, to the stage.  He portrays 14 characters as he chronologically takes us on a journey through his amazing life.

Ten Penny Gypsy

Pattern Blu/ Crush Wine Bar – 318 N Main St. NLR / 8 / $5

Grab a glass of wine or craft beer from their extensive menu, find a spot on one of the best patios in North Little Rock, and enjoy a night of Jazz from local ensemble Pattern Blu.

Chris DeClerk/ Bar Louie (Pleasant Ridge Town Center) – 11525 Cantrell Rd. / 8-10

Little Rock singer-songwriter Chris DeClerk brings a night of solo acoustic music to you as he sings songs you know and love and a few of his originals too.

Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon/ Hibernia Irish Tavern – 9700 N Rodney Parham Rd. / 8-1

Feel-good rockin’ blues from Central Arkansas’ Trey Johnson and that sweet harmonica of Jason Willmon. They’ll be songs you know and love, along with a few from their latest album. If you’re looking for a kick back and relax start to your weekend, this is it.

Dawson Hollow

Mike Frazier, Nathan Perry, Atta Girl and Michael Hall/ Vino’s Pizza Pub-Brewery – 923 W 7th St. / 8 / $8

Mike Frazier is a lyric-spinning Virginian who blends Americana, folk and rock n’ roll music to tell tales of life in the Shenandoah Valley.  Joining Mike for this show: Benton country artist Nathan Perry, Little Rock punk/rock n’ rollers Atta Gril, and North Little Rock folk artist with a punk twist Richard Michael Hall.

Dawson Hollow and Townsend/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 9-12 / $7

Come hear Dawson Hollow, an Ozark indie-folk band from Lebanon, MO. Opening the show, Conway singer-songwriter, Townsend.

Tiko Brooks/ 109 & Co. – 109 Main St. / 10 / $10

This is a night of soul from the bearded balladeer, Tiko Brooks.  Grab a craft cocktail from the bar, find a spot on their comfy couches and relax to the smooth jazz and R&B sounds of Tiko Brooks

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

Let your hair down and dance to the jam band, psychedelic, funk and  rock of Arkansas’ own FreeVerse.  “We take the blues and make it funky while navigating through the sonic tones of progressive rock with jazz-like tendencies.”

Tiko Brooks

Saturday 4/20

Trust Tree Spring Fling/ Lost Forty Brewing – 501 Byrd St. / 3-6

Trust Tree and Lost Forty are joining forces to bring you an afternoon of family fun. The event is free, but donations are appreciated and will go towards instruments, equipment and scholarships for Trust Tree’s 2019 music and art camp for girls.  The day will feature performances by Trust Tree campers, a photo booth, succulent station, face painting, craft tables, poetry writing tables, and of course Lost Forty beer for purchase.

Core 4/20/ Core of Arkansas – 1214 South Main St. / 6

What a night to kick of Core’s new Saturday nights of live music and drink specials! Enjoy some classic outlaw country and rock from Jason Lee Hale and the Personal Space Invaders, beer promos, and food specials.

One Night in Vegas/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8:30 / $10 GA, $15 seating.

Elvis impersonator extraordinaire Matt Joyce returns to the Rev Room, and this time he’s backed by Little Rock’s own Rodney Block and the All-Star Band.  Matt will be playing all your favorite hits from the King, from the TV comeback special to his final Vegas nights.  Benjamin Del Shreve will open the show, singing rock & roll hits from the 50’s. This show will be hosted by yours truly, so get ready for some fun! Get your tickets here.


Funkanites/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9 / $7 advance, $10 at the door

Little Rock’s own eight-piece Afrobeat, soul, funk ensemble, the Funkanites, returns to the South on Main Stage for a one-of-a-kind Saturday night show. Get your tickets here.

Ben Dickey/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9 / $10

Little Rock’s own Ben Dickey returns to the White Water for a special night of music.   He’s fresh off his critically acclaimed portrayal of Blaze Foley in Ethan Hawke’s film Blaze and is currently promoting his latest release Glimmer On The Outskirts.  This will be a special night for Arkansas music.  Jason Weinheimer opens the show.

Around Arkansas


Friday 4/19

Handmade Moments Vinyl Release with Nathan & Jessie and Air Loom / George’s Majestic Lounge –  519 W Dickson St. / 9 / $10-$12

Fayetteville natives, now living in New Orleans, the folk/soul/hip-hop duo Handmade Moments is returning to George’s for a special vinyl release of their album Paw Paw Tree. Joining them are their friends Nathan & Jessie from CA, and local duo Air Loom (Dana Louise & Jackson Jennings.) Get your tickets here.

Handmade Moments

Saturday 4/20

Fayetteville Springfest/ Dickson St. / 10 am

A day-long festival with local arts & crafts, music, and more, benefiting LifeSource (a local charity helping neighbors in need) and Tri Cycle Farms (“growing community through soil”). For more information, visit


Friday 4/19  

Jason Lee Hale and the Personal Space Invaders/ TC’s Midtown Grill – 1611 E Oak St. #19. / 9 pm-1 am

Those rowdy boys from the Rock are coming to Conway for a night of outlaw country and rock & roll classics, and maybe some fresh new originals. You must be 21 years or older.

Saturday 4/20

Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5

The sweet indie rock harmonies of Springdale’s Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo are coming to Kings joined by the acoustic folk rock of Mike Frazier from Winchester, VA.

Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo


Friday 4/19 & Saturday 4/20

Blazin BBQ Festival/ Downtown Manila

A weekend of amazing BBQ, craft fair, kid’s activities, music from American Idolstar Lauren Gray on Friday, rockin’ blues from The Arkansas Brothers on Saturday, and much more.

El Dorado

Saturday 4/20

William Matheny/ The Griffin Restaurant – 101 E. Locust St. / 8-10 / Free

William Matheny is a rock & roll singer-songwriter from Mannington, W.Va. that Daytrottersays, “If you’re looking for your new favorite Americana rocker, look no further than the wonderful William Matheny.”

Ben Dickey

Hot Springs

Saturday 4/20

Foul Play Cabaret/ Maxine’s Live / 9 / $15

Arkansas premier classic burlesque and variety show returns to Maxine’s Live for a very special Saturday night show.

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