Live Music Lineup: ‘Twas the Weekend Before Christmas

 

Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf has your guide to Arkansas’ music scene. This week, go see Genine LaTrice Perez, Adam Faucett and more

Around Little Rock

Wednesday 12/1

Bijoux/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 8-9:30 / $10

For the third show in his December sessions, John Willis brings back one of South on Main’s most requested artists, Bijoux.  Whether she’s giving tribute to Erykah Badu, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, or leading vocals for the Rodney Block Collective, Big Piph, sharing the stage with other Arkansas artists, or fronting her own band, this Central Arkansas diva has a stage presence and voice that keeps sold-out crowds coming back for more.  Oh, and if your spell check changes her name to Jewelry, as mine often does, don’t worry, it fits; this artist truly “shines bright like a diamond.”  Call 501-244-9660 for reservations.

Caroling for the Less Fortunate/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 8-12:30 / $10 suggested donation benefiting The Watershed Human Community Development Agency. www.thewatershed1.co

Come join the Drummerboy Infinity crew and the Rev Room as we celebrate the holidays and give to our neighbors in need.  Some of your favorite Central Arkansas artists will be there along with local choirs to celebrate the Christmas season in song, and I just found out the big guy himself will be there. So, make sure to grab a picture with Santa! If you’d like to bring clothing, blankets, socks, or canned goods that would also be appreciated.

Miki Gaynor/ KABF 88.3 / 9

I love KABF, our Central Arkansas community radio station.  The variety of programing truly has something for everyone.  Tune into their live music show, All Access, featuring a performance and interview from local soul and R&B artist Miki Gaynor, and check out her latest album Miki Magick Vol. One: Loose Beads, featuring her breakout, ready for the radio single “Not a Game” on your favorite streaming service.  I love watching new artists as their star shines brighter, and Miki is a Central Arkansas artist to keep your eye on.

Thursday 12/20

Ben Byers/ Cache – 425 President Clinton Ave. / 5:30

Come enjoy happy hour at one of downtown’s most beautiful heated patios and enjoy the sounds of local singer-songwriter Ben Byers as he plays some originals and songs you know and love.  

The Wildflower Review presents  Hard Candy Christmas/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 8 / $10 advance, $15 at the door www.centralarkansastickets.com

The Wildflower Review, is a Central Arkansas folk/country power trio made up of Cindy Woolf, Amy Garland, and Mandy McBride, each with her own unique sound that when brought together is truly a treat for the senses, and backed by a band made up of some of the finest musicians; guitar players (Nick Devlin & Mark Bilyeu), drummer (Bart Angel), and on bass (Brent Labeau). The Wildflower Review is one of Central Arkansas’ favorite live bands, and a special holiday show not to be missed.  Call 244-9660 for reservations.

Best of Stand-Up Comedy Showcase/ The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse – 301 Main St. #102 NLR / 8 / Pay what you can

Grab your friends and come out for a great night of comedy as some of the best in Central Arkansas show off their skills featuring: Dustin Vance, Jay Jackson, Patrick Nolan, Comedian T Davis, Jack Wilks & Molley, & Andrew Price.

Jimbo Mathus & The Dirty Crooks/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th St. / 8:30 / $10

‘Nuff said.  If you don’t know, then do yourself a favor and get to know Jimbo Mathus. To quote the late Jim Dickinson, Jimbo Mathus is “the singing voice of Huck Finn.” Not only the front man for the great Squirrel Nut Zippers, but a prolific songwriter, storyteller, and showman is his own right.  This Mississippi native is Southern to the bone with Southern Gothic tales, and front porch comfort.  A White Water favorite, Jimbo Mathus is a one of a kind performer you’ve gotta see and will want to see again and again.  www.fatpossum.com/artist/jimbo-mathus/

Friday 12/21

Chris DeClerk/ Cajun’s Wharf – 2400 Cantrell Rd. / 5:30

Come unwind from the week and listen to an acoustic set from Chris DeClerk as he plays some of his original tunes and some of your favorite covers.

Ben Byers/ Copper Grill – 300 E 3rd St. / 5:30

Come start your holiday weekend off with happy hour at Copper Grill and the sounds of local singer-songwriter Ben Byers as he plays some of his originals and some songs you know and love.

80’s Music Night/ Arkansas Skatium Ice & Roller Skating – 1311 S. Bowman Rd. / 7

Throw on those leg warmers and spandex, crimp that hair, grab your favorite neon top and skates and head on over to Arkansas Skatium for a totally radical time as you skate around the rink to some of your favorite 80’s tunes and enjoy $1 pizza all night.

Brick Fields with Bill Bohannan/ Pizza D’s – 2919 W. Markham / 8

Northwest Arkansas Ozark gospel blues artist Rachel Fields comes to Pizza D’s for a special holiday show with her friends Larry Brick and Bill Bohannan of Pine Bluff.

Akeem Kemp Band/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 9 / $6

Arkansas blues great Akeem Kemp returns to Stickyz for a night of rockin’ blues sure to get rid of those holiday blues. www.akeemkempmusic.com

The Schwag/ Revolution Music Room – 300 President Clinton Ave. / 9:30 / $10 advance, $12 day of show www.arkansaslivemusic.com

From St. Louis, MO, the legendary Grateful Dead Experience, The Schwag return to the Rev Room for a night of those classic tunes you know and love and positive vibes that we all need.  This is gonna be fun.

A Royal Christmas with Genine LaTricePerez/ South on Main – 1304 Main St. / 10 / $15 at the door, for $20 VIP text 501-232-3702.

What a great night to celebrate the season with the one and only Genine LaTrice Perez and her fabulous band (CandySoul, Dee Davis, Ivan Yarborugh, Erick Ware, Vetter Preyer, and Sam Carol.) This will be a night of jazz, funk, soul, and R&B all coming together for a soulful holiday sound that is sure to put you in the spirit of the season.  Call 501-244-9660 for reservations.

Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10:30 / $7

Come on down to Four Quarter Bar for a night with Little Rock’s lady of the blues Charlotte Taylor and her band Gypsy Rain.  This crew is sure to keep you movin’ on the dance floor and Four Quarter’s delicious late night kitchen will make sure you have the energy to do it.

Winter Soulstice VII Dance Party/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th / 10 / $7

The title says it all. Come on out and celebrate the longest night of the year with one of the best dance parties of the year, The 7th annual Winter Soulstice Dance Party. Come listen to DJ sets by that heartbreaker and rumpshaker soul man Baldego and the soul mystic Joshua Asante.

Saturday 12/22

Adam Faucett and The Tall Grass with Or/ White Water Tavern – 2500 W. 7th/ 9: / $10

Probably the most popular and sought after solo artist in Arkansas today, Adam Faucett returns to his home stomping grounds of the White Water Tavern fresh from a tour that found him not only with stops across the U.S., but around Italy, Spain, and France in support of his latest critically acclaimed album It Took the Shape of a Bird. The album was recently named one of the top 20 Americana albums of 2018 by PopMatters and by many music lovers across the globe.  Opening the show are local Southern synth punks, Or.

Good Foot/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 10 / $7

Come join Lagunitas, Rebel Kettle, and Four Quarter Bar for a tacky sweater party with drink specials, delicious food, and music by the funky jazz, rock, jam band sounds of Little Rock’s own Good Foot.

Sunday 12/23

Randall Shreve/ Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave. / 8

From Northwest Arkansas, the one-and-only Randall Shreve brings his one-man band show to Stickyz for one of his last shows of the year. I bet he plays a few of his favorite Christmas songs to for the occasion.  Come out and Celebrate Christmas shrEVE.

Chris DeClerk/ Four Quarter Bar – 415 Main St. NLR / 8 / Free

Come wind down the weekend and get ready for the holiday week ahead at Four Quarter Bar with an early acoustic show from Chris DeClerk as he plays some of his originals, covers, and maybe a Christmas song or two.

Around Arkansas

Eureka Springs

Thursday 12/20

A Very Delvis Christmas/ Wanderoo Lodge – 216 W. Van Buren / 7

It’ll be a blue Christmas if you miss this show.  At this show, your Christmas favorites will be sung only the way Elvis/Delvis can do. Reservations are filling up fast, so call 479-363-6755 today.

Hot Springs

Thursday 12/20

Swamp Donkey and Charlotte Taylor/ The Big Chill – 910 Higdon Ferry Rd. / 8

Come out for a night of classic slide guitar blues from Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner.   Joining him is his friend, Little Rock lady of the blues, Charlotte Taylor, for a special solo performance.

Saturday 12/22

The Foul Play Holiday Show/ Maxine’s Live – 700 Central Ave / 9 / $15 at the door, $12 in advance.  Call 501-321-0909 to reserve your table.

Arkansas’ premier classic burlesque and variety show comes to Maxine’s for a special holiday show. Joining them tonight from True Grit and Grind are Kevin Honey and Moxie Cyanide.

Conway

Friday 12/21

Greasy Tree/ Kings Live Music – 1020 Front St. / 8:30 / $5

Greasy Tree is bringing their classic rock & roll sound from Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Opening the show is Conway blues artist Edward Briggler.

Bentonville

Friday 12/21

Serrano-Torres/ The Forge – 407 SW A St. / 7 / No cover / Kids welcome

This up-and-coming classically trained cellist blends/arranges modern songs and composes original pieces for solo cello with a loop pedal for a one of a kind music experience.  www.serranotorres.com

Springdale

Friday 12/21

Statehouse Electric/ Black Apple Crossing – 321 E Emma Ave / 8

Local musicians Cory Post and Tim Patterson with a variety of special guests form Statehouse Electric.  You’ll hear original songs and covers with a traditional/Americana sound.

Fayetteville

George’s has the holiday spirit with a weekend full of great music. Get your tickets here. www.georgesmajesticlounge.com

Thursday 12/20

Will Brand is bringing his 12-piece band with horns and backup singers for a anything but ordinary Christmas production set to an R&B/Lounge soundtrack.  $8-10.

Friday 12/21

Boom Kinetic– Come party with Northwest Arkansas’ favorite party band as we celebrate the 5th annual Kinetic Kristmas. $10

Saturday 12/22

Ben Miller Band & Sarah Slatonjoin forces for a free early Saturday night show.

El Dorado

Thursday 12/20

Eskimo Brothers/ Griffin Restaurant – 101 E. Locust St. / 8

This honky tonk trio has been become known as one of Nashville’s can’t miss shows, and with a sound tightly knit from playing close to 300 shows a year across the US.  These honky tonk rock & rollers put on a show you don’t want to miss.

Friday 12/21

Power Hour Comedy/ Griffin Restaurant / 9 / $10 advance, $15 day of www.eldomad.com

Carter “The Power” Bryant is back, and he’s brought some of his favorite comics with him for a great night of comedy.  Joining him are Andre “Big Dre” Price from Camden, Desiree Newton from Fort Smith, and Antonio Aguilar from Green Bay, Wisc.

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