Live Music This Weekend: Brian Nahlen, A Sonny Burgess Tribute and More


Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene, in Little Rock and beyond. Read on for this weekend’s can’t-miss music events.

Around Little Rock

Thursday 5/17

Brian Nahlen – Music in the Garden – Dunbar Garden 1720 S Chester Little Rock – 6:30-8 p.m., $5 – Come enjoy the garden and the classic sounds of Brian Nahlen on this spring evening with the back up bleats of the baby goats.

Friday 5/18

Sonny Burgess Tribute: Featuring the Legendary Pacers – CALS Ron Robinson Theater – 7-10 p.m., $10 – A tribute to Arkansas’ own Sonny Burgess. Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers recorded for Sun Records and were inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2002. The night will begin with the documentary “Arkansas Wildman” followed by a live performance from The Legendary Pacers. 

Big Boi – Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour with KP The Great – Revolution Music Room – 9-11:30 p.m., $25. Yes, that’s right, the one and only Big Boi, the seven-time Grammy winning half of the legendary Southern hip hop rap group Outkast. A sell out is VERY likely so get your tickets now and get there early. Tickets available at

Butterfly & Irie Soul Birthday Bash Taurus Party – South on Main – 10-11:45 p.m., $10 – Come celebrate the birthday of this New Orleans Reggae Soul diva who now calls Little Rock home. She and her band put on a show not to be missed. With special guests Nicky Parrish, Dino D Davis, Tim Anthony, Reginald Hameth and more. Lovers of jazz, reggae and soul do not want to miss this show. 

Saturday 5/19

Keith Savage – It’s a Man’s World – Gigi’s Soul Cafe and Lounge 10840 Maumelle Blvd, North Little Rock – 9 p.m., $20 VIP, $15 GA. Keith Savage has been a staple in the Central Arkansas soul scene for years performing as a member of the Little Rock/Pine Bluff soul group The On Call Band and sitting in with local favorites Rodney Block, Chrissy P, Genine LaTrice Perez, Charlotte Leigh, John Burnett and many more. This will be an evening of pure soul, and, as James Brown said, “This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.”   

No Surprises: Radiohead Tribute Show – Revolution Music Room – 9:30-11:30 p.m., $10. This group of local rock superstars led by local singer John Willis (piano and vocals) with John Burnett (guitar and vocals), Jordan Crain (guitar and vocals), Will Boyd (bass and vocals), and Mike Motley (drums), had the packed house in April at South on Main under their spell and gave those that were there an unforgettable music experience.  I’m so excited they’re doing it again for a larger crowd at the Rev Room.  If you missed this the first time, don’t miss it again. 

Around Arkansas

Hot Springs

Friday 5/18

DeFrance – Grateful Head Pizza and Beer Garden 100 Exchange St.  8-11 p.m.  Come enjoy a great slice of pizza and rock the night away with these Little Rock & Roll road warriors.

Saturday 5/19

Adam Faucett, Commander Keen, William Blackhart – Maxine’s 700 Central – $7 – 8 p.m. Fans of this Central Arkansas singer songwriter should not miss this show as Adam prepares to release his long awaited album “It Took the Shape of a Bird,” June 29, and heads out on a tour of the U.S. in June through October and Europe in November and December. Joined by local favorite William Blackhart and the Commander Keen band. 

El Dorado

Thursday 5/17

Trey Johnson – Griffin Restaurant 101 E. Locust St. – Free – 8 p.m. Come enjoy the Murphy arts district and the foot stompin’ feel good blues from Central Arkansas’ own Trey Johnson.


Saturday 5/19

Randall Shreve and the DeVilles – The Last Masquerade 2018 – George’s 519 W. Dixon St. – 9 p.m. – $15. There’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been said about the rock ’n’ roller Randall Shreve, just ask any of his extremely loyal and devoted fans. George’s been throwing this party for the past six years and I know they’re right when they say “Join us for a night you won’t soon forget.” Get your tickets now at


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