Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see the 17th Annual Mountian View Spring Bluegrass Festival, the Descendents, and more. 

Around Little Rock

Thursday 3/7

Soul, Funk, Jazz Thursdays/ 109 & Co. – 109 Main St. / 6-11 / $5 or free with RSVP

Wind down your week at 109 as a DJ plays some of the best in soul, funk and jazz.  Grab one of the tasty drink specials, and the featured $5 appetizer find a spot on the couch or at the bar and unwind. RSVP here.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise/ Mosaic Templars Cultural Center – 501 W 9th St. / 6-8 / Free

Celebrate Women’s History month with this special screening of the documentary film,”American Masters” – ”Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.”

Stand-up/Improv Tribute Show for Mattie D/ The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse – 301 Main St. #102 NLR / 8 / Donations

Many may have known Matt DeCample from his work in Arkansas politics, but he was also a treasured member of the Central Arkansas stand-up & improv scene. Tonight they pay tribute to their friend with a special night of comedy.  Stand-up from: Bid Dre, Jay Jackson, Devincey Moore, David Goble, and Jared Lowry.  The improv troupe The Joint Venture will perform a special show.  Grab a Matt’s special, Bacardi & Coke for $4, and enjoy a night of laughs for one who brought so many.

Bonerama

Bonerama/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 8 / $25 General Admission, $34 Reserved, $36 Premium Reserved

For their third show in their Archetypes & Troubadours series, the Oxford American is proud to welcome Bonerama to South on Main.  “Mark Mullins and Craig Klein… together they created the core sound of Bonerama – reminiscent of street-tromping brass bands, avenues of jazz clubs and heavy-pulsing rock.  It feels like a force of nature, and as such, it threatens to sweep away everything in its path,” according to NPR  Celebrating the release of their seventh album Hot Like Fire, these New Orleans brass & rollers Bonerama will bring a show you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.

Thelma and the Sleaze with Iron Tongue/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 9 / $10

Come witness the force that is rock & roll high priestess from Nashville, TN, Thelma and The Sleaze, at Stickyz. Get ready for a night of in your face Rock & Roll.  Opening the show is Little Rock all-star hard rock band Iron Tongue.

Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd / 9

A night of rock, soul and blues from International Blues Challenge representatives from the Spa City Blues Society. Central Arkansas lady of the blues Charlotte Taylor and her band Gypsy Rain will be performing along with guest guitarist John Burnette.

David Dondero, William Blackart, Richard Michael Hall/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9

A night of singer-songwriters: David Dondero and Central Arkansas’ William Blackart and Richard Michael Hall.

Friday 3/8

The Cons of Formant

The Cons of Formant/ Old State House Museum – 300 W Markham / 5-8 / Fre

The Old State House Museum is welcoming Little Rock Americana folk rock band The Cons of Formant to Second Friday Art night.  Beer, soft drinks, & light snacks provided.

T.C. Tributes/ Central Arkansas Library System River Market Books & Gifts – 120 River Market Ave / 5-8 / Free

The Bookstore at Library Square is proud to present “T.C. Tributes. Collections. Artist Inspired by T.C. Edwards.” This exhibit celebrates the life of legendary rocker T.C. Edwards, the autistic lead singer in Little Rock’s T.C. & The Eddies. Live music from Bill Jagitsch (Bluesboy Jag) who was the lead guitarist for The Eddies, and EC Haynes.  Featured art by Nicole Stewart and many more who were friends of or impacted by the life of this special and very missed member of the Central Arkansas community. Light beverages and snacks provided.

Whitey Morgan/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9 / $25 www.arkansaslivemusic.com

Grab all your rowdy friends as American honky tonk outlaw country artist Whitey Morgan and his band the 78’s return to the Rev Room for a show sure to help you forget the worries of the week for a few hours.  Josh Card & the Restless Souls open the show.

Cafe Disco/ Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee – 10700 N Rodney Parham Rd. Ste A2 / 7-10:30 / $6 advance, $10 door

Hosted by Arkansas DJ Trixx and featuring a downtempo set by Tactical Nuke, this all-ages monthly event features local DJs and musicians for an intimate dance event with a one-of-a-kind vibe. Get your tickets here.

Brian Nahlen with Jason Lee Hale/ Markham St. Grill & Pub – 11321 W Markham St. Ste 6

Great originals and rockin’ covers you know and love from singer-songwriter Brian Nahlen and guitar man Jason Lee Hale

Vintage Pistol with The Rios/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 9 / $7

Roots rock n’ roll jam band Vintage Pistol from Fayetteville are coming to Stickyz in support of their newly released album Trial and Error. Opening the show, is the rock & soul band The Rios from Little Rock.

Lee Bains & The Glory Fires, Adam Faucett & the Bohannons / White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9

Vintage Pistol

Come see Alabama southern rockers with a punk edge, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, along with one of Arkansas’ most sought after singer-songwriters, Adam Faucett. You can also hear some rebel rock from East Tennessee from the Bohannons.  These musicians are joining forces for one of those special White Water nights you don’t want to miss.

Saturday 3/9

Descendents, Pears, & Ultimate Fakebook/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8:30 / $29.50 advance, $34.50 day of show

100.3 The Edge presents punk legends Descendents with the tongue-in-cheek battle cry “Never did a Popular Thing… Couldn’t Sell Out a Telephone Booth…The Proud…The Few…The Descendents.” The band is coming to the Rev Room for a special highly anticipated one-night-only show in the Rock.  Opening the show is the punk/hardcore band Pears from New Orleans and Ultimate Fakebook from Manhattan, KS. Get your tickets here.

Butterfly/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 9 / $7 advance, $10 day of

A night of reggae, soul, R&B, and old school with the one and only, Little Rock by way of New Orleans’ own, Katrice “Butterfly” Newbill and her talented band and guest: Tonya Leeks, Stephen Versatile Bailey, Stephen James, Marlon Cat Davis, Tarick Horton, Michael Sinclair, & Derex B Williams. Get your tickets here or call 501-244-9660 for reservations.

The Libras/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9 / $10

Little Rock rock & rollers The Libras are bringing a special show to the Tavern: Wilbury Roulette. The band will play a set of Traveling Wilbury tunes and then spin the wheel to select their next set from the solo material of Dylan, Harrison, Petty, Lynne, and Orbison.  All proceeds will go to Pulaski Heights Elementary.  The night will also feature Isaac Alexander, Jason Weinheimer, Chris Michaels, Charles Wyrick, Matt Dickson, Rafael Gayol, Brad Williams, John McAteer and more.

Cosmocean/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10

One of Little Rock’s favorite party bands returns to Four Quarter for a Saturday night to let your hair down and keep you movin’ and groovin’ on the dance floor.

The Big Dam Horns/ The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse – 310 Main St. #102 NLR / 10:30 / Pay what you can.

North Little Rock is party band central this Saturday night as The Big Dam Horns come to The Joint for a special late night show to celebrate the tapping of the latest Lost 40 brew Squirrel Sailor Hazy IPA and other Lost 40 specials. This show is sure to keep the beer flowin’ and your bodies movin’ into the night.

Sunday 3/10

Vinyl Brunch/ Stone’s Throw Brewing – 402 E 9th St. / 11-3

Cosmocean

Bring your own vinyl or grab one from our collection from Arkansas Record & CD Exchange to play as you enjoy brunch and take it with you.  The AphroSense kitchen will be featuring brunch favorites including chicken & waffles, hash browns, pancakes, breakfast tacos and more.  The bar will be featuring brunch cocktails such as cidermosas, cold brew coffee stouts and bloody beers.  This is always a fun way to spend Sunday afternoon with good friends, food, brews and tunes.

Brian Nahlen/ The Rail Yard – 1212 East 6th St. / 4-7

The Sunday evening music series welcomes Little Rock singer-songwriter Brian Nahlen as he sings his original tunes and songs you know and love.

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster and Kevin Kerby / White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 7 / $10

A special early Sunday show with folk and acoustic singer-songwriter from Oxford, Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster.  Opening the show is Kevin Kerby.

Around Arkansas

Mountain View

Thursday March 7 – Saturday March 9

17th Annual Spring Bluegrass Festival/ Ozark Folk Center Auditorium & Grounds

Thursday / Gospel night / $20 GA, $25 premium

Friday / All shows / $25 GA, $35 premium

Saturday / All shows / $25 GA, $35 premium

Come see Rhonda Vincent, Michael Cleveland & The Flamekeepers, Ralph Stanley II, Special Consensus, Hickory Hill, Spring Street Bluegrass Band, The Baker Family, Twang, and The Redmond Keisler Band. For tickets, line-up, and more info, click here.

Springdale

Friday 3/8

Dylan Earl/ Black Apple Crossing – 321 E Emma Ave / 8

Northwest Arkansas’ own post-country/western artist Dylan Earl makes his BAX debut with Richard Darden as they prepare for another tour in late March.

Parker Gispert

Sunday 3/10

Parker Gispert/ Black Apple Crossing – 321 E Emma Ave / 7

Come see this solo artist/lead singer/guitar man from the Athens, GA rock bandThe Whigs at BAX for a special early Sunday night show.

Fayetteville

Friday 3/8

Flatland Cavalry/ George’s Majestic Lounge – 519 W Dickson St. / 9 / $12-$15 www.georgeslive.com

George’s is excited to welcome back this country-folk-Americana band from Lubbock, Texas. Get your tickets here.

Eureka Springs

Friday 3/8

Grayson Shelton/ Wanderoo Lodge: The Gravel Bar – 216 W. Van Buren / 8

Grayson returns to Eureka for a night of some of your favorite War Chief songs and some choice originals and covers.

Saturday 3/9

 Violet & the Undercurrents/ Chelsea’s Bar & Live Music – 10 Mountain St. / 9:30

Columbia, Missouri’s shape-shifting indie folk rock quartet Violet & the Undercurrents celebrates their new release “The Captain” at Chelsea’s.

Conway

Friday 3/8

Trey Johnson with Jason Willmon & Do it Henry/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5

Feel-good rock and blues from Conway’s own Trey Johnson and indie rock from Little Rock’s Do it Henry.

Akeem Kemp Band/ TC’s Midtown Grill – 1611 E Oak St. Ste. 19 / 9

The hard-workin’ blues band from Morrilton, The Akeem Kemp Band is bringin its rock & blues sound to TC’s (21+).

Hot Springs

Friday 3/8

Thelma and The Sleaze

Thelma and The Sleaze, Molasses Disaster, Moonsong/ Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave. / 10

Come witness the force that is rock & roll high priestess from Nashville, TN, Thelma and The Sleaze. You’ll also marvel at indie post-funk-punk band Molasses Disaster from Fayetteville and the psychedelic pop band Moonsong from Fayetteville

Saturday 3/9

Deep Sequence & Tiny Towns/ Maxine’s Live / 8

Enjoy Deep sequence, a psychedelic power funk band from Little Rock, along with Tiny Towns, and alternative indie-pop band from Jonesboro.

Winslow

Saturday 3/9

Jesse Dean & MarkBilyeu/ Ozark Folkways – 22733 N Hwy 71 / 6:30 -8:30 / $10

Come hear blues-tinged roots rock on the indoor stage at Ozark Folkways from Winslow native Jesse Dean and from Springfield, Mo., Mark Bilyeu (Big Smith, The Creek Rocks).

Fort Smith

Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon/ R. Landrys New Orleans Café – 1000 Garrison Ave / 7

Rock along to the feel-good rock & blues from Trey Johnson and Jason Wilmon at R. Landrys’ Mardi Grass night!

El Dorado

Saturday 3/9

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 East Locust St. / 8

Grammy Award-winning Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band from Lafayette , LA,  are bringing their swamp funky zydeco to the Griffin for a Mardi Grass Saturday night party not to be missed.

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