Live Music Lineup: Freddie Mercury Tribute, Nikki Hill and More

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Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see the Freddie Mercury tribute show, Nikki Hill and more.

Around Little Rock

Thursday 11/8

Monsterboy/ Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. – 822 E 6th St. / 6-8

Happy Hour just got happier with the addition of Monsterboy– the husband and wife indie pop duo of Chris Long on vocals, guitar, and electronics and Veronica on baritone sax.  This duo has been making a name for themselves at festivals like Bonnaroo and SXSW, Flux and at music events and venues around the state.  Grab a pint of Rebel Kettle’s delicious craft brew and find a spot on the patio or lawn and enjoy the sounds of Monsterboy.

Guillermo’s Poetry Night/ Guillermo’s Coffee, Tea, and Roastery – 10700 N Rodney Parham Rd. Suite A2 / 6-

Local poet Karen Hayes hosts this special night of local poetry.  The night will feature two rounds of open mic and a set from featured poet Vic Fleming.  Fleming is a traffic court judge by day and teacher by night, as well as a writer of poems, songs and puzzles. (You can find his law-themes crosswords here).  Welcome to a night of “Puzzling Poetry,” as we ponder the puzzles around us, and attendees are encouraged to take a shot at writing a poem about the puzzles in your life.

The Best of AR&B/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave / 8 / $15, $20 VIP at 323-207-6104

The GDT PR Agency in partnership with Drummerboyinfinity presents this night of live Arkansas R&B.  Hosted by local entertainer Keith Savage, enjoy Central Arkansas soul divas Dee Dee Jones and Crissy P for a show sure to keep you on the dance floor. If you still have some left in you, stick around for the after party with the one and only DJ Nick Hud. Get your tickets here.

Read Southall Band with The Mallett Brothers Band/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 8:30 / $10

Read Southall Band brings their Red Dirt Southern rock & roll from Stillwater, Okla. to the Chicken Shack, joined by the Americana, Country, Rock & Roll of  The Mallett Brothers Bandfrom Portland Maine for a show that rock & roll lovers of all styles will enjoy. Get your tickets here.

Nikki Hill/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9 / $10

New Orleans rock and roll, R&B and retro soul powerhouse Nikki Hilland her band are bringing their one-of-a-kind sound to the White Water for what is sure to be a show you don’t want to miss.

Friday 11/9

2nd Friday Art Night/ River Market & downtown Little Rock / 5

The museums, libraries and shops in the River Market and downtown Little Rock open their doors every second Friday for Art Night, and tonight they’re bringing some special music and artist treats.

  • The Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM) / Opening reception for 
 “More or Less” from Liz Smith and Katherine Strauce and “Face to Face” / Contemporary Portraits / Music from folk bluegrass duo The Creek Rocks Refreshments and beverages from Core Brewing.
  • Old Statehouse Museum / “First Ladies of Arkansas: Women in Their Time” exhibit / Music from Central Arkansas Bluegrass favorites Runaway Planet / Refreshments will be served.
  • The Bookstore at Library Square 120 River Market Ave / “Metamorphosis Becoming” – New works by artist/photographer Jessica Carder Fun art projects for the kids, light refreshments, and late night bookstore shopping.
  • Bella Vita Jewelry – 523 S. Louisiana Ste. 175 / Come Celebrate Bella Vita’s 10th anniversary with a night of sweet treats, libations, giveaways and music by Amy Garland & Nick Devlin.

Charlie Hunter Trio/ CALS Ron Robinson Theater – 100 River Market Ave. / 7 / $10

World-renown guitarist Charlie Huntercomes to CALS Ron Robinson Theater for a special night of jazz. He will be accompanied by celebrated jazz vocalist Dara Tucker and Grammy Award-winning drummer and percussionist Keita Ogawa, making this a night jazz and music lovers won’t want to miss.  Get your tickets here.

Puddin’head/ Hibernia Irish Taven – 9700 N Rodney Parham Rd. / 7:30

Kick back and let the worries of the week fade away. The music of ole‘ Puddin’head is here to help. Grab a bite and a brew and relax and unwind as Puddin‘ plays some of your favorite tunes from artists Guy Clark, Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, Robert Earl Keen and more.

Forever R&B/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave / 9 / $10, $15 VIP

Some of Central Arkansas’ best musicians are coming out for a night of great R&B.  Join SeanFresh & The Nasty Fresh Crew, the rock andsSoul of Dazz & Brie, the smooth sounds of Tiko Brooks, Ashley Evans and more.

A Benefit for the Luke Hunsicker Scholarship Fund/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 8:30

In 2010, the Central Arkansas music and art community lost a bright light when Luke Hunsicker died from brain cancer.  This marks the fifth event to commemorate his memory and to raise money for an annual scholarship in his name, which awarded to a Parkview Student to further their education in art or music.  There will be music performances by Silver Anchors and Or, and an art sale by close to 50 artists including Phillip Huddleston, John Kushmaul, Joshua Asante, Matt White, Bang-up Betty Stacy Bowers, Sulac, & Nate Powell. All proceeds directly benefit the Lucas Clayton Hunsicker Scholarship Fund.

Saturday 11/11

The Harvest ‘Hum’/ Stone’s Throw Brewing – 402 E 9th St. / 12-2

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than to gather with friends, lift a pint of tasty craft brew and sing.  Stone’s Throw Brewing welcomes everybody – from the opera singer to the shower singer. Grab a pint, get some food and have a good time as the crew from Stone’s Throw lead you through their songbook of drinking songs from across the globe.

25th Annual Holiday Art Show/ Gallery 26 – 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. / 7-10 / Free

Come out and enjoy the work of over 60 artists as they feature their jewelry, paintings, drawings, pottery, ornaments, sculptures, photographs and more.  Find a great handmade gift for those on your holiday list, and enjoy live music from Miracle Box.

Paul Collins’ Beat/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 8 / $15

Four Quarter Bar welcomes a night of Power Pop! Beat! Bang! Bingo! with Paul Collins’ Beat. Joining in on the fun is a great line-up of Central Arkansas musicians: singer-songwriter Isaac Alexander, garage rock from the P-47’s, power alternative punk pop from Listen Sister, and alternative new wave pop of Reade with the Personal Space Invaders. Wow!  What a great night of music! Get your tickets here.

The Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute with Randall Shreve  (Encore Show)/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave / $15

This show will sell out! There has never been an artist like Freddie Mercury and there never will be again.  Randall Shreve takes the stage for the second time as the legendary artist and those that were there for the first show, myself included, will tell you it’s magic.  Randall and the Drummerboyinfinity band, made up of some of the best musicians and vocalists in Arkansas, bring his music to life like you’ve never seen, in what promises to be an even bigger and better show than before.  John Burnette and Monsterboy open the show. Get your tickets here or call 501-548-5881 for VIP seating.

Southern Avenue with Charlotte Taylor/ Stickyz Rock n’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 9 / $10 advance, $12 day of show

2018 Blues Award Winners, from Memphis, Tenn., Southern Avenue, returns to the Rock fresh off their European tour of 16 shows in nine countries, and with an upcoming release from legendary Stax Records. This is a show that blues lovers won’t want to miss.   Opening the show is Little Rock’s Lady of the Blues, Charlotte Taylor. Get your tickets here.

Kent Burnside/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 9 / $7

Kent Burnside was mentored as a child by his grandfather, the legendary R.L. Burnside, who taught him how to play guitar when he was nine years old, and influenced by other Burnside bluesmen, his uncles Duwayne and Gary and his cousin Cedric, to form a sound all his own. The White Water is proud to welcome Kent and his band for a special night of the blues.

Around Arkansas

Eureka Springs

Thursday 11/8

Delvis Blesses America/ Wanderoo Lodge –216 W. Van Buren / 7

A special Veteran’s Day show with Elvis impersonator Delvis as we honor and give thanks for those that have served our country.

Saturday 11/10

Folk Fest with The Creek Rocks & Chucky Waggs and the Co. of Raggs/ Chelsea’s Corner Bar & Live Music – 10 Mountain St. / 9

Come out and celebrate Folk Fest with folk bluegrass duo The Creek Rocksas they join local favorite, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, one-man-band, Chucky Waggs, at his hometown bar Chelsea’s for what’s sure to be a night of dancing, drinking and good times.


Friday 11/9

Bike Rack Records Release Party/ Record – 104 SW A St. / Doors open at 6, show at 7 / GA $25, Partner tickets $85 (Includes a vinyl and digital download, BR records shirt, and $20 BR gift card)

Bike Rack Brewingis throwing a party celebrating the release of their first album, in collaboration with Haxton Road Studios, consisting of some of the best artists Northwest Arkansas has to offer.  Dinner from Yeyo’s is included.  Each artist on the album will be there performing their song and a few originals. Albums will be available for purchase, and part of a documentary capturing the artists’ stories and the journey of this special project will be shown. Bike Rack brew will be on tap.


Friday 11/9

Sad Daddy/ Stage 18 – 18 E Center / 8

Americana roots music from one of Arkansas’ favorite foursomes. Sad Daddyreturns to Stage 18 for a night of great music and good times.

James McMurtry/ George’s Majestic– 519 Dickson St. / 8:30 / $20 advance, $22 door

Legendary Austin, Texas roots rock singer-songwriter James McMurtryreturns to George’s for a special Friday night show. A show from one of my favorite artists is worth the road trip from anywhere in Arkansas.

Sunday 11/11

Hayes Carll& Jack Ingram/ George’s Majestic – 519 Dickson St. / 8:30 / $25, $35

Americana and Red Dirt Country from two of the best and most acclaimed men in the business.  This show is headed for a sell-out so get your tickets now at


Friday 11/9

Big Red Flag/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5

Little Rock bandBig Red Flagbrings their one-of-a-kind feel-good ragtime gypsy-grass sound to Kings. Opening the show will be acoustic rock from Conway’s own 1-40 Ramblers.

DeFrance/ TC’s Midtown Grill – 1611 E Oak St. Suite 19 / 9

One of Central Arkansas’ favorite classic rock & roll bands, DeFrance, returns to Conway for a Friday night show.

Saturday 11/10

Dazz & Brie/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5

Central Arkansas’ rock & soul duo Dazz & Briebring their crowd pleasing sound that’s sure to keep you moving on the dance floor to Kings.Opening the show is the solo acoustic sounds of North Little Rock’s Tate Smith.

El Dorado

Thursday 11/8

The Drunken Hearts/ The Griffin Restaurant – 101 E. Locust St. / 8

Thursday Night Live is proud to present, electrifying Americana Rock & Roll from Colorado, The Drunken Hearts.  Currently touring the country in support of their latest album “The Prize.”

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