The problem with some people is that
when they aren't drunk they're sober…
--- Old Irish saying
Greetings to you all! It is now 4:20 in the a.m., as I sit to 'pen' out this column, and the time is now for our Harvest edition. It is a changing world, of course, and the late great David Bowie said a mouthful…"Time may change me, but I can't change time." So be it…
Time, of course, is a relative term anyway…but don't talk about my relatives…
It's also a 4-letter word, and I will thank you not to use that sort of language.
The same is true for "work"…WERK!!! (to borrow from Maynard G. Krebbs)…(look it up)…
Quantum Flux came off without a hitch this year. The weather was perfect. And the crowd responded, too. They got out there in droves…especially since quite a few fests this year did not happen…for various reasons…(Most of the reasons, as always, were related to financial situations…)
For more information call (501)993-1650, or visit cadroncreekoutfitters.com…….
In Central Arkansas…
Midtown Billiards is BACK! Yes, we've been reporting this for the last couple editions…but to put it plainly, there always seem to be little things that still must be addressed.
Set to appear in the coming weeks are Melodie Rooker, Vintage Pistol, American Lions, Buh Jones, Black River Pearl, Ryan Viser, Big Red Flag, deFrance, The Great Whiskey Rendezvous, Psychedelic Velocity, Big Damn Horns, Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players and a lot more.
Open 7 days a week until 5 a.m., many times we’ve seen the sun come up as we left the Midtown. (Or it has seen us, as the case may be…)
You can reach the club at 501-372-9990.
For bookings, please email Nola_Michelle@yahoo.com…….
What can I say? The Fourquarter Bar is kicking ass and taking names.
Check out their edibles while you have a drink and hear some great music. Hint: English Pork Muffin! (made with our own Jalapeno jelly…)
Set to appear in the coming weeks are American Lions, Buh Jones, Black River Pearl, Ryan Viser, Big Red Flag, deFrance, The Great Whiskey Rendezvous, Psychedelic Velocity, Big Dam Horns, Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players.
If you think both fourquarter and Midtown are featuring some of the same bands, they are. And there's a good reason for it: Fourquarter is run by Conan Robinson, who was the manager and talent buyer for Midtown for years.
Let's just say it isn't relatively easy to locate great bands that will play all night until daybreak!
The club is smoker friendly and the food is always top-notch. There’s a cool full-service outdoor garden for partying beneath the stars, as God really intended.
Check it out at fourquarterbar.com. And for bookings at the club, please email email@example.com.
Reach them by phone at 501-313-4704…….
Just two doors down is The Core Public House run by Erin Vicker.
Appearing at the club in this handful of weeks are Brian Nahlen, Cory Fontenot, Mark Currey, Stephen Winter, Jeff Coleman, Jason Lee Hale, and a lot more, all without a cover charge.
And there’s a nice outdoor patio too, when the weather permits you to party beneath the stars, and this being Autumn it's often.
For bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org...
To reach the club call 501-372-1390…….
The White Water Tavern checks in with a tremendous line-up.
In the coming weeks look for shows with Adam Faucette, Neew Motto, Greater Pyrenees, 3 Questions & 300 Words (a celebration of Unfinished Prose), Gunpowder Gray, Cherry Red, Fiscal Spliff, Tenemet, Attagirl, Liz Brasher, Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain, Girls! (a KABF Radio Benefit), a celebration of Flap's Not Necessarily Nashville show on KABF, The Salty Dogs, Austin Lucas, Ryan Singer, a Halloween Coverup with the music of Foreigner, Peter Case, Kevin Kerby, Whitney Rose, Louisiana Soul Revue featuring Doug Duffey, Sarah Potenza, Adam Faucett, and a lot more.
The White Water has a nice shady and fenced outdoor beer garden, too…
Visit whitewatertavern.com for details…find the link right here on this site…….
For bookings contact Matt White at (501)375-8400…….
Dugan’s Pub is rocking these days, and has become the real destination of choice in the famous Little Rock River Market.
The nightclub/restaurant/liquor store/specialty food shop never charges a cover, is open every day, and is an extremely fun party room to clean the cobwebs out of your overworked mind.
Set to appear in the next several weeks are Big John Miller, Shannon Boshears, The Josh Parks Band, Clint Mason, Greg Madden and a bunch more.
Live music at Dugan’s is every weekend, with a few special shows tossed in every so often.
And the food is incredible enough to write home to Ireland about!
And Dugan’s is a sports bar as well, complete with a huge-screen TV, dart boards and drink specials every day too.
And of course Rob-O’s take on Karaoke every Wednesday fills the room…the man himself is a born entertainer, and is as off-the-wall as anyone can really be (and that's pretty much if I do say so. Have you looked at Facebook recently?!)
And make a point to have a meal at Skye’s Little Bistro first chance you get. It is, in a couple words, delectably delicious…
Check it out online at www.duganspublr.com
For bookings at Dugan’s, call (501)244-0542…...
West End is open every day, has a huge fully stocked bar, has incredibly good food, multiple pool tables, multiple TVs for games, a large dance floor, a huge concert-sized stage and sound system…and serves food until very late.
On the bill in the coming weeks are Tragikly White, Dirty Lindsay, Mr. Happy (!), A Year & A Day, Splendid Chaos, 12, and more.
These are only the dates listed here at presstime. Keep in mind that everything changes from moment to moment. It's always best to call ahead first
Cover charge is nominal, too, and the food, drink and atmosphere make it a hot destination. They serve the entire menu until late, too, every night of the week.
For bookings call (501)224-7665…….
Catch the Rev Room shows with The Eli Young Band, Paul Thorn, Bonnie Bishop, Ward Davis, Coin, Joan, Liquid Stranger, Manic Focus, Denny Laine (!), The Cryers, Conor Oberst, The Felice Brothers, Wick-it The Instigator, Wade Bowen and lots more.
And while you’re there, make a point to check out their exquisite outdoor deck.
The Rev Room is THE concert room in the River Market, and has been since its onset.
For bookings contact Chris King at (501)343-8659…….
Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack continues to bring in the crowds.
Coming up at the club, look for shows with White Reaper,
Southern Avenue, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Colter Wall, and a lot more.
Please visit Stickyz.com on the web for more information.
For bookings contact Chris King at (501)343-8659…….
Markham Street Grill is also open every day.
Set to appear in the coming weeks are Brian Ramsey, Carey Griffin, The Apple Kahler Band, a Halloween Party on the 27th featuring Critical Mass, Howard & Skye, Against the Grain, New Town Blues Band, the return of the amazing Andy Tanas and a lot more.
There’s no cover charge here as well, and the club is smoker-friendly.
Please visit markhamstreetpub.com
For bookings, please email email@example.com, or call 501-224-2010…….
TCs Midtown Grill remains Conway’s number one music venue and party spot. This is Conway’s first real nightclub with the mayor having requested Maggie Hinson to back it and open it.
TC, of course, stands for Thomas Colclasure, a long-time employee at Midtown Billiards in Little Rock, now a nightclub proprietor.
TC’s is open 7 days a week, features live rock ‘n’ roll bands every weekend, a large wooden dance floor, a full bar, great menu, a truly extreme stereo, pool tables and huge-screen sports, and unlike so very few nightspots anymore, is smoker friendly.
Set to appear in the coming weeks are Highway 124, I-40 Ramblers, The Great Whiskey Rendezvous, deFrance, The Brian Nahlen Band, Lypstick Hand Grenade, Muddlestuds, Jeff Coleman & The Feeders, Hoodoo Blues Revue, Tone Katz, Nerd Eye Blind and a lot more.
Every Wednesday is open mic featuring Greg Madden, and every Sunday is an Open Rock Jam with Big Shane Thornton as the host and stage master.
And please visit tcsmidtown.com for more details.
TCs is located at 1611 E. Oak Street. Head north from I-40 about two miles and watch for the sign on your right. And do it quickly and often.
For bookings contact Ty Simms or TC at (501)205-0576…….
Other clubs in Conway with regular live music are King’s, JJs, Bear’s Den Pizza, Taylors’ Made and the VFW Club.
See the Sound section for details…….
In Eureka Springs...
The largest asylum in the country is a perfect destination this time of year. And with the Eureka Blugrass Festival coming up, then followed by the Original Ozark Folk Fest a couple weeks later, not to mention the changing of the beautiful hardwood trees to their spectacular colors, this town will be a major destination until at least Thanksgiving.
Check out the trip and make it now! You'll thank us later…
Chelsea’s is one of the best music rooms in Arkansas.
And with the Autumn weather upon us, the city is an especially attractive destination.
Set to appear in the coming weeks are SprUngbilly every Monday, an open mic every Tuesday, Doug Strahan & The Good Neighbors, Brian Martin, The Baub Eis Band, Caleb Ryan Martin, Reverend Hylton, The Kris Lager Band, The Bel Airs, Scott Ellison Trio, Jeff Lee, The Flipoff Pirates, Randall Conrad Olinger, Handmade Moments, Randall Shreve & His Circus, Dime Trip…and a lot more.
It’s open 7 days a week, has a full bar and menu, an open-air smoking porch and one serious stereo system, and is very much a popular local hangout.
For bookings call (479)253-6723…….
The Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern has lots of music on the roster in the coming weeks.
Look for September's End, The Duane Stevens Band, Terri & The Executives, 2 Dog 2 Karaoke and more.
For bookings call (470)253-8544…….
The Rowdy Beaver Den, downtown at 47 Spring Street, also has a bunch of music coming in the next several weeks.
Party with Dorian Cross, The Duane Stevens Band, Pinetop Renegades, The Michael Tisdale Band, Terri & Brett, Blew Reed & The Flatheads, The Blue Muse Band
and much more.
There’s good food, serious libations, and it’s also an indoor smoker-friendly place, too, and is the perfect place in town to watch the basket cases walk around and mumble, as they say.
For bookings call (479)363-6444…afternoons only…
In Northwest Arkansas…
One of the coolest music rooms in The Altered State has to be Meteor Guitar Gallery in Bentonville. This old theatre is actually a music store and performance venue too.
Located at 128 W. Central Avenue, the Meteor has been bringing in some notable shows, and even more notable visitors. The venue has live music each week.
On the October bill, look for Strapjacket, Pettis & The Pounds, NightTrain, The Poolboys, a special night with the Ozark Blues Society, the Reeves Brothers Honky Tonkin' Halloween, T.O.N.E-Z of Gangstragrass, Restless Natives, and on November 25th, The Judge Parker Birthday Bash.
They also have a very cool museum that’s fun just to look around.
For directions and more information, call (479)268-1500. And visit www.meteogguitargallery.com for added details…….
Mojo’s Pints and Pies checks in with a rowdy roster of talent.
In the next several weeks are shows featuring Caleb Ryan Martin, Fett’s Folly, Sassy & The Fras, The Old Fashioned, Jimmy Wayne & The Liberty Bell, Isayah’s Allstars, Tony Redman, Richard Burnett & Friends, Matthew Berry, Caleb ryan Martin, Massimo Bavilacqua, Johai Kafa, Chris Cameron Band, Sam Thompson, Brian Keith Wallen, the Dave Bright Band and lots more.
The food here is quite good, there’s a nice outdoor deck for partying under the stars, and what’s more, the parking is FREE, unlike Dickson Street, where they hold the parking hostage…….
To reach Mojo’s by phone, call (479)935-3459…….
Jose’s is rocking at their a new location in Tontitown. Live music is a regular fare at the club, too, but that’s to be expected. Since their music is performed outdoors, though, the schedule is as unpredicable as the weather here in The Altered State.
For bookings contact Doug at 479-750-9055…….
Kingfish checks in with the last part of the year for their outdoor music. In the coming weeks look for Doug Strahan & The Good Neighbor, Greasy Tree, Jeff Kearney, The David Bright Band, Isayah's All Stars, Weakness For Blondes and more.
For bookings, email Arch@kingfishbar.com…….
George’s Majestic Lounge has a full plate forOctober. See the calendar for details…
On the roster in the coming weeks are Band Of Horses, Whethan, Irie Lions, Cadillac Jackson, Henry & The Invisibles, Papadosio, PhuturePrimitive, Recess, Space Jesus, Beats Antique, Louis The Child, The Last To Leave tour featuring Louis The Child, Blue October, The Score, Blackalicious, Har Mar Superstar, Caleb Ryan Martin, Ghos of Paul Revere (a rare free show) Luke Combs, Andy Frasco & The U.N, and a whole lot more.
See the complete listing in our Sound section or visit www.georgesmajesticlounge.com
For bookings at George’s call (479)527-6618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org…
The Smoke & Barrel has a plethora of shows in the coming weeks.
Look for dates with Count Tutu, Kiel Grove, Lion Heights, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Earl, American Lions and a lot more.
For bookings call (479)521-6880…….
Nomad’s Music Lounge, at 1431 So. School, has a huge pile of shows in the coming weeks.
Look for the likes of Nate Hancock, Day After Mourning, Arjuna, Solid Ground, Jake Hanna, Mud Slung, Potslammer, Micheal Brown & Seth Dees, Nick Alexander, Leefy, Purple, The Terra Nova Kings, Foggy Bobcat, Josh Cocks, Harvester and more.
For bookings at the club call (479)443-1832…….
Bear’s Place has become one of the busiest music venues in Northwest Arkansas, and deserves many kudos for the solid music presentation across the board.
Set to appear in the coming weeks are Brick Fields (every Wednesday), Member This, Flashback, Buddy Shute & The Motivators, Jumpsuit Jamie, Irish Sessions…an occassional blugrass jam, and an occassional songwriters night.
It’s a smallish bar, and it has a cool outdoor garden-deck, excellent food and libations.
Plus, the parking is FREE!
Bear’s is keeping these derelict musicians off the streets most nights of the week.
See the Sound listings for the dates and all the listings.
For bookings call (479)521-2327…….
In Fort Smith…
We are most proud to report that Neumeier's has started to have regular live music again…verses irregular, of course…
Beginning October 13, look for Hillbilly Casino, The Paul Benjamin Band, Rainkings…and much more.
Bill Neumeier, of course, has built and operated many clubs on Garrison, and the fact that he actually collects rock 'n' roll artifacts means the Rib Room is chock full of very cool stuff.
That said, it's really the food that has made him famous. The barbecue is the sort of thing people drive for hundreds of miles to load up on.
For bookings, please email Bill@RibRoom.com…….
Heros checks in with a fine live band line-up.
On the bill in the coming weeks are shows with Space for Lease, RedWitch Johnny, Norma Jean, Ice Cold Domestic, Open Mic featuring Jim Dick, Hosty, The Alive, Cracc Rocc, Groaners, Queenagers, Real Good Sabbath, Not On Your Life, Stack Full of Comics, Escape Tones, Isayah's Allstars, Blindsight, Claim Your Enemy, Travesty, Switch Bach, Mountain Sprout, and a lot more.
Be sure and try out the tacos they serve up, too. And the prices are just right on taco night...
The club’s located in an former music school on Garrison Avenue, and open every day.
For bookings call Doug at (479)650-1481…….
The Sound Room checks in with a very full roster of live bands.
Check out Crossroads, White Collar Sideshow
For bookings at the club, contact Johnny Fisher at (479)414-4296…….
R. Landry’s, Arkansas’ answer to New Orleans, and is one of the best places to listen to good music.
R. Landry’s is mainly a restaurant that is also a bar and music venue, and they feature nothing but high caliber musicians…and, again, they don’t hit you up at the door to come in during the music.
Coming up are shows with Grant Pierson, The Vine Brothers, Tom and Anthony Ware, Gary Hutchison and more.
For bookings call Natalie at (479)783-2505…….
Other places that feature live music in town include Old Town Grain & Feed, JJs, The MovieLounge, Rooster’s, Neumeier’s Rib Room, AJ’s Oyster House.
Check out our Sound Listings for the calendars…but then you know that by now…….
In Hot Springs…
Labor Day weekend brought the Hot Springs Blues Festival to Bath House Row for a couple days of bluesy partying. On the bill were The Akeem Kemp Band, Anthony Gomes, Nikki Hill, Nandha Blues Band, John Calvin Brewer, Hoodoo Blues Revue, the incredible Spa City Youngbloods, Jelly Brown & Kathy Kidd, John Nemeth, The Stella Vees, Al Hill, and a bunch more.
The weather was near perfect too, something to always be concerned about for any outside show.
David Hughes, Dannielle Davis and the entire blues staff should be thanked…
Congratulations to the John Calvin Brewer Band. They will be the Hot Springs contestant in the IBC Blues Competition in Memphis in January. This talented band is one of the local favorites…
The Big Chill is like the musical magic carpet ride of Hot Springs. I think about half the crowd at any given time are professional musicians.
Appearing in the coming weeks are Dave Almond, Mister Lucky, Lightnin’ Lee Langdon, David Ball, R & R, Bobby Messano, John Calvin Brewer, John French, Joe Hall, Grant Pierson, Steve Dufresne, Mike Mayberry & The Slow Hands, Moxie, The Norman Jackson Band, Earl & Them (The Cate Brother Band) and a lot more.
Right now, Gina Parks is hanging out in Rome. What a place to go after a huge festival!
In addition the club features the Spa City Blues Jam every couple weeks.
The Big Chill is open every day, has pool tables, huge screen TVs for sports, several outdoor smoking lounges, a smoke-free bar and some excellent bar food too. The non-smoking main room move has brought people in that haven’t been there in years. Sure, there are still smokers there, but the biggest part of the club is now smoke-free inside.
For bookings please call (501)624-5185…….
Another club that is a must-see in Hot Springs is the Ohio Club on Bathhouse Row.
The Ohio has music 7 days a week. Every Sunday is Larry Womack and Jacquiline, Mondays feature the John Calvin Brewer Band, Tuesday is Christine DeMeo and Cassidy Ford, Wednesdays is Hump Night Blues Band, Thursdays is for live jazz, and weekends feature the house band, The Ohio Club Players.
For bookings at the Ohio, please call (501)627-0702…….
Maxine’s checks in this month with a great roster of live music.
On the bill are Sad Palomino, The Chads, Big Piph, Table Of Mahogany, Kyle Hubbard, North x North, All American Freakshow, The Dangerous Idiots, Way Away, Foul Play Cabaret, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Pinko, Little Beards, New Primals, Draqshow, The Federalis, deFrance, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, Couch Jackets, Brother Bera, Bruiser Heart, and Dikki Du & His Zydeco Krewe and a lot more.
Maxine’s, of course, was a very famous brothel back in the city’s golden days…To reach them by phone, call (501)321-0909…….
Well kids, that’s about all the time left on Mickey’s Little Hands, or, in bar terms, it’s closin’ time.
Now then, throughout our career we’ve always done things on Pat Martin time - that is, always set the clocks up 30 minutes fast…
(Who's Pat Martin?
If you have to ask you really don't know Northwest Arkansas... Look for a feature on the history of Dickson Street in a future edition.)
Make a point to get out and support live music. Keep these venues and musicians alive by supporting them. It'll refresh your soul...seriously!
We’ll see you again next time. Until then, then, be sure to keep ‘em flyin’…….