Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Jim Lauderdale, The Yawpers, and more.

Around Little Rock

Friday 5/10

The Cate Brothers Band/ CALS Ron Robinson Theater – 100 River Market Ave. / 8-10 / $25

Arkansas Sounds is proud to present Arkansas music legends, country soul-rock duo, The Cate Brothers Band as they reunite for a special Friday night at CALS Ron Robinson Theater for a performance spanning their five-decade career. Doors open at 7. Get your tickets here.

Charlotte Taylor/ Creegen’s Irish Pub – 301 Main St. NLR / 8

Arkansas’ Lady of the Blues, Charlotte Taylor, will play a special acoustic solo show at Creegen’s.

The Yawpers

The Yawpers, In The Whale and Cosmic Farmer / Stickyz Rock & Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 8:30-11:30 / $8 advance, $10 day of show

Just ask anyone who was there last time these rock & rollers from Denver came through the Rock and they’ll tell you this is a show lovers of rock do not want to miss as the fellas return on their ‘Human Question’ album release tour.  “This is rock and roll, the right way-the way we first experienced it as kids-songs about women, life, aggravation- at a breakneck pace and full-on throttle,” according to PopDose. Opening the show is In The Whale, a rock/punk band from Denver, and The Cosmic Farmer, a soul/funk/cosmic Americana band from Conway. Get your tickets here.

Mayday by Midnight/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 9

Join Little Rock’s premier party band Mayday by Midnight for one last show at Cajun’s.  They guys are sure to keep this party going strong with their mix of your favorite dance, rock, pop, hip-hop and country songs.

Lightnin’ Malcolm/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9:30 – 12:30 / $7

A White Water favorite, Lightnin’ Malcolm from Clarksdale, Miss., is bringing with his special high energy style of his Hill Country blues.

Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $10

A night of sweet Ozark Mountain soul and roots music from Eureka Springs’ own Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings as they make their anticipated return to Four Quarter Bar.

Saturday 5/11

Mömandpöp Springtime Song & Dance Party/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 10 am- 2 pm / $5

Little Rock children’s musical comedy and variety duo, and Parent’s Choice Award winners, Mömandpöp return to South on Main for a fun-filled afternoon Springtime Song & Dance party. While it’s geared towards pre-school and early elementary children, the kid in all of us is sure to enjoy.  Doors at 10 am.  Enjoy a brown bag brunch (for kids and adults,) a Mother’s Day card making station, with the show at 11:00. Get your tickets here.


Music in the Garden/ Dunbar Garden – 1720 S. Chester / 4-8 / Adults $20, under 21 $10, under 12 free.

Come on out for Dunbar Garden’s Spring fundraiser and enjoy an evening of food (pork or veggie carnitas with ingredients from the garden prepared by Chef Patrick Herron,) drinks (the specialty cocktail, the “Bee Sting,” by house mixologist Bo Bennett,) an art auction from several local artist, chicken bingo, kids’ corner, and music from local musicians, including McBroom and the Good for Nothings, Empress Beatrice and the Sun People, The Going Jessies and Hemmed in Hollow. Everything is included with the ticket price.

Tacos & Tianguis 2019/ Bernice Garden – 1401 Main St. / 6-9 / Free admission

Come out as we celebrate the rich immigrant culture here in Central Arkansas at the fourth annual Tacos & Tianguis.  Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift as you shop the crafts made by Arkansas’ immigrant community, a craft raffle, and of course delicious authentic street-style tacos and unique deserts and snacks.

Piano Man Jack/ Hawgs Blues Café – 5524 JFK, NLR / 6-8

I caught Jack at an open mic night a few weeks ago, and he blew me away with covers, mostly from memory, of some of my favorite classic rock piano classics.  Come out for a night of great music and food (get the wings)

Jim Lauderdale / CALS Ron Robinson Theater – 100 River Market Ave. / 8-10 / $20

Arkansas Sounds is proud to present two-time Grammy Award-winning and Americana icon Jim Lauderdale to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater for a special solo concert. The Nashville singer-songwriter will be celebrating the release of his latest album From Another World. Get your tickets here.

The Irie Lions/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 9-11:30 / $7

I was able to catch this six-piece reggae band from Fayetteville not long ago, and they brought those good Irie vibes that I needed, and I look forward to them doing that again as they return to the Stickyz stage Saturday night.   While each member comes from a different musical background, they come together with smooth vocals, bodacious hooks, catchy melodies and funky grooves to bring life and understanding to the world in the form of great original music.

Jim Lauderdale

Solitaire Sessions/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9

This special night features a series of solo performances curated to promote diversity, equity and camaraderie in the Little Rock music community and beyond. This week’s artists are Yuni Wa, Sarah Senter, Sa Solo Act and Joshua Asante.  This will be a special night of eclectic musical styles and performances.

Sunday 5/12

Mother’s Day Brunch with Grayson Shelton/ EJ’s Eats and Drinks – 523 Center St. / 9 am – 3pm

Come out to one of my favorite brunch spots in the city, EJ’s Eats and drinks for a special Mother’s Day brunch.  I know the guys are cooking up some tasty food and drink specials, and for her special day, mom gets 10 percent off.  Enjoy live music from local artist Grayson Shelton.

Strawberry Festival/ Bernice Garden – 1401 Main St. / 10 am-2 pm

Come spend some time in garden this Mother’s Day for the annual Strawberry Festival.  There will be great local produce, crafts and music from Charlotte Taylor and Virginia Ralph Matthews.

Sunday Evening Music Series/ The Rail Yard – 121 E 6th St. / 4-7

A special place has popped up in Central Arkansas – the Rail Yard.  The yard is a great open space for friends and families, even the furry members, to gather for great food, and great times.  Sunday afternoons they bring you the evening music series featuring great Central Arkansas artist; this afternoon’s feature is A+B, chicks that rock, Adrienne Collins and Bonnie Earleywine bring their high-energy covers to some of your pop, rock, R&B, folk and oldies favorites.

Around Arkansas

El Dorado

Saturday 5/11

Mozart and More/ First Financial Music Hall – 101 E. Locust St. / 7:30 / $15-$40

This Saturday, celebrate Mozart’s 263rd birthday by attending a performance of Symphony No. 41- “The Jupiter Symphony” and more. The concert will feature guest pianist, Kenny Broberg, the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medal winner. Get your tickets here.

The Irie Lions


Saturday 5/11

Akeem Kemp Band/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 – 12/  $5

Arkansas’ own Akeem Kemp Band will be delivering a night of rockin’ blues, while Conway’s own Edward Briggler opens the show.

Hot Springs

Saturday 5/11

DeFrance, Joey Handley, Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts / Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave / 9

This will be a night of solid rock & roll from three of central Arkansas’ best musicians.



Saturday 5/11

Tim Easton / Bike Rack Brewing – 410 SW A St, Suite 6 / 7

Come see this Nashivlle singer-songwriter, who mixes Americana, blues, rock and folk music.

Fort Smith

Friday 5/10

Jason Boland & The Stragglers/ Temple Live – 200 N. 11th St. / 8-11/  GA Standing  Pit $30, theater seating $25 / Tickets increase $5 day of show.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers, a red dirt country from Stillwater, Okla., are coming to Temple Live for a good time Friday night. Get your tickets here.

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