Live Music Lineup: Labor Day Weekend with Ringo Starr, Freddie McGregor and More


Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Freddie McGregor, Ringo Starr,  the Hot Springs Blues Fest  and more.

Around Little Rock

Wednesday 8/29

Cordovas with DeFrance / Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave / 8:30 / $10

Cordovas is an Americana rock & roll band from Nashville, currently on tour in the U.S. and Europe.  Their style is rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, Southern storytelling and cosmic country twang.  After more than half a decade of international touring, living and songwriting together, they present their latest release and ATO label debut That Santa Fe Chanel.  DeFrance will open the show.

 Kickoff with Michael Hall, Pissin’ Comets and Tranquillo / White Water Tavern –2500 W 7th St. / 9:00

Little Rock’s psychedelic rock / stoner metal band Tranquilo is takin their show on the road. Come out and join their friends Michael Hall and Pissin Comets as we show this local rock band some love and wish them well on their journey.

Thursday 8/30

Freddie McGregor Summer Tour 2018 / Rev Room – 300 President Clinton Ave / 9 / $20 advance $25 day of show.

Summer’s coming to an end, and what better way to celebrate than with internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated reggae artist Freddie McGregor? Joining him for this special night will be his son Chino McGregor, and Little Rock’s own lady of reggae, soul and R&B, Butterfly. Get your tickets today! This will be a show people will be talking about, and you won’t want to miss it.

John McAteer and The Frontier Circus / White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9 / $7

White Water Tavern will host the album release show for John McAteer’s latest, Killjoy Was Here. To quote John, “For fans of Television (the band), The Rolling Stones, Built to Spill or really double guitar bands in general. Come on out.” John will be backed by Little Rock’s Dave Hoffpauir, Chris Michaels and Andy Warr.  Opening the show is one of the most fun rock & roll bands in Arkansas and one of my favorites, The Frontier Circus.

Friday 8/31

The Rodney Block Collective / Cajuns Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd / 9 / $15

Come on out and express yourself with The Rodney Block Collective’s annual “Express Yourself” T-Shirt night.  Throw on your favorite expressive t-shirt and kick off your Labor Day weekend with Rodney, Bijoux, DJ G-Force and more.  Take a party pic with the in-house photographer, enjoy a cigar on the patio, kick back and relax or hit the dance floor.  This party experience only happens once a year, and you don’t want to miss it.

Benefit for an Arkansas without Overdoses / White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St. / 9

Come support the Central Arkansas Harm Reduction Project and listen to music by Shoe & Silver Anchors.  There will also be an art sale with work by many local artists.  Come enjoy a night of music and art as they raise money for a key issue in our city, state and nation.

Paul Benjaman Band / Fassler Hall – 311 E. Capital Ave / 9

Tulsa, Okla.’s own Paul Benjaman Band is bringing that “new Tulsa sound” to downtown Little Rock. With a solid foundation from their Oklahoma heroes, J.J. Cale and Leon Russell, they add their signature guitar licks and funky grooves for a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh.

Monsterboy / Live Life Chill – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 7

If you’ve needed an excuse to visit Central Arkansas newest hot spot, here it is. Come out to the patio and enjoy a night of great music from Monsterboy, drinks and food.  It will be a beautiful summer’s night to “Monsterboy and chill.”

MarQuis and Mood / Hibernia Irish Tavern – 9700 N. Rodney Parham Rd. / 7:30

Enjoy anight of smooth Central Arkansas jazz as MarQuis and Mood melt away the worries of the week and start this holiday weekend in style.  It will be a  night of great music, cold beverages and great food.

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

Experience late night feel-good music from a band of friends made up of members from some of your favorite Arkansas bands, including Magnolia Brown, Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo, Opal Agafia and the Sweet Nothings and Dirtfoot. They’ll be playing some new tunes, and some you might already know.  This is a band that just wants to have fun and jam, and I bet we can’t help but do the same as we listen to Polyester Robot.

Saturday 9/1

JointStock 2018 / The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse – 301 Main St. #102 NLR / 12 noon / Pay what you want, pay what you can.

JointStock is back for its fifth year of music, comedy, craft beer and food from Hot Rod Wieners. This year, proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Doors open at 11 and the party kicks off at 12 with great music from Jason Lee Hale and the Personal Space Invaders, Lady J & The Trebled Souls, Cosmocean, The Big Dam Horns and many more. A great time for a great cause.

Rikki D & Gil Franklin / White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 8 / $7

Two of Little Rock’s legendary blues men, Rikki D and Gil Franklin, join forces for a night of classic blues.

Bill Bohannan and Friends / Pizza D Bar & Grill – 2919 West Markham / After the Razorback game

When was the last time you went to Pizza D? Well, come back to Midtown’s legendary pizza and beer pub for a night of good rock with some country, blues and maybe a little dab of Elvis from Bill Bohannan and friends right after the Razorback game.  It is a smoking establishment, but there will be no smoking in the dining/music area However, it still means 21 and up.

Turnpike Troubadours / Robinson Center – 426 West Markham / 8 /  $22-$29.75

One of the hottest Americana roots-rock bands touring the country today, The Turnpike Troubadours from Tahlequah, Okla. They’re bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to the Robinson Center for one night only.

SYNRG Reunion Show / Rev Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9 / $15 advance, $20 door.

The original guys from one of Arkansas’ most energetic musical ensembles are getting back together for their second annual End of Summer All White Party Reunion Show. They’ll be playing some of your favorite R&B, hip hop, rock, and Top 40 tunes, along with some new stuff sure to keep you moving on the dance floor.

Sunday 9/2

Dance Monkey Dance / Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 8 / No cover

One-man band extraordinaire Doug Dicharry returns to Four Quarter for a fun and free show. This multi-talented multi-instrumentalist formed Dance Monkey Dance out of a necessity to create, and he has created something special, with a guitar foundation, trombone, trumpet, mandolin, washboard, spoons, and drums.  He jumps on his stomp-stage, built to amplify and create that classic “boom – crack” sound, and dances as he plays his classic and unique sound.

Around Arkansas


Saturday 9/1

Buffalo River Heritage Festival / Jasper town square /10 am- 6 pm / Free

Come join Buffalo River Arts for a day of stories, art and music from Opal Agafia, David Basse Trio, Still on the Hill, Aaron Smith and the Coal Biters, National Park Radio and more as we celebrate the heritage of the beautiful Buffalo River in Jasper, the heart of Buffalo River Country.  For more info visit

Hot Springs

Saturday 9/1

Jazz in the Streets / 200 Broadway / 11 am – 6:30 pm / Free

The Ted Ludwig Trio will open “Jazz in the Streets” in the Hot Springs entertainment district. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy two stages of great jazz under the sky-bridge for hours of music on two stages. For more information, visit

Hot Springs Blues Festival / 629 Central Avenue / 1 pm – 10 pm

Come join the Spa City Blues Society for a day of great blues music featuring Spa City Youngbloods, Akeem Kemp Band, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, Jarekus Singleton, and more. Some great Arkansas craft beer will be available from the Arkansas Brewers Guild.

Greers Ferry

Saturday 9/1

Drasco Band / The Real Estate Center – 8247 Edgemont Rd / 6-9 / Free

Come join the Greers Ferry Chamber of Commerce for a free Labor Day street dance with the Southern psychofunk folk rock band, Drasco.

Fort Smith

Saturday 9/1

Paul Benjaman Band / Harry’s Downtown – 509 Garrison Ave. / 9 / $5

Groove-based guitar rock & roll with a foundation in the classic Tulsa sound.


Saturday 9/1

Frisco Festival / Main St. / 2-10

This festival will feature roots guitar player and singer Tony Redman, Arkansas’ classic Southern rock band Honeyjack,  Fayetteville’s indie jazz folk duo Handmade Moments, and high energy “brass & grass” Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy from Wichita, KS.

Sunday 9/2

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band / Arkansas Music Pavilion – 5079 W. Northgate Rd. / 7:30, $55.50-$105

The one and only Ringo Starr brings his All Starr Band to the Arkansas Music Pavilion. The band is made up of some of your favorite rock & roll legends: Colin Hay (Men at Work), Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey), Gregg Gouldman (10cc), Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.

El Dorado

Thursday 8/30

DeFrance / Griffin Restaurant – 101 E. Locust St. / 8 / Free

Thursday Night Live is proud to welcome the classic rock & roll of Arkansas’ own DeFrance.

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