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Date Artist City Venue Country
06/28/16 Open Turntables with Mike Poe Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: Donations. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/events/290288237989089/
06/30/16 CHARLES WOODS BAND Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. Born in Little Rock in 1946 and raised in a musical household with a gospel and blues background, Charles Woods began playing the harmonica at the age of eight and started playing the electric guitar at the age of 12. Charles, like many R&B musicians of his caliber, honed his musical talents in the gospel chorus on Sunday mornings. While in the choir, Charles Woods also developed his heartfelt and soulful voice reminiscent of such legends as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and Johnny Taylor. Charles’ impressive musical talents came to the forefront while performing on electric guitar and vocals with such notable acts as the Staple Singers, Rufus Thomas, Little Johnny Taylor, Fenton Robinson, and performing on bass guitar with Freddie King. Although Charles Woods has traveled the world and performed with a number of world class entertainers, he has remained true to his roots, his heritage, and his hometown of Little Rock where he still entertains to this day and is known to his fans and his musical peers as the Best Kept Secret in Arkansas.
07/01/16 SAD DADDY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.saddaddyband.com

Sad Daddy began as the meeting of three musical minds — Brian Martin (guitar), Melissa Carper (bass), and Joe Sundell (banjo). The dynamic songwriting of the original three members carried the group’s 2010 self-titled release and won them a loyal following in and around the great state of Arkansas. However, with Carper and Sundell residing in Austin, TX and Martin far away in Ozark country the group’s opportunities for collaboration and performance were few and far between. Now with the original members all back in Arkansas as well as the addition of standout fidller Rebecca Patek, Sad Daddy is embarking on the next chapter of their musical journey, with a follow up album in the works and a full schedule of tour dates to go with. While Sad Daddy’s musicianship and stagecraft are worthy of mention, the songwriting of Martin, Carper, and Sundell, remains the cornerstone of the group’s allure and allows them to connect with a wide range of audiences.
07/07/16 CHOCTAW WILDFIRE Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.choctawwildfire.com

In a town brimming with talent, Choctaw Wildfire has quickly become one of Austin’s must-see acts. The Austin Chronicle calls them a 2015 “Best New Local Act” and praises their sophomore album Nowhere as one of the best local releases of 2015. While the band’s raw intensity has captured the attention of the home town faithful, the intimacy and intrinsic beauty of Charlie Pierce’s songs lie at the core of Choctaw Wildfire’s appeal. There is great power in life’s simple truths and Choctaw Wildfire proves this with every performance.
07/15/16 THE CREEK ROCKS with GO FAST & BRAD WILLIAMS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.thecreekrocks.com/wolfhunter/
http://www.thesaltydogs.net

Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu have been playing together for twelve years, and have been married for the last two of them. Their collaboration began when Bilyeu produced and played on Woolf’s 2005 debut CD, “Simple and Few.” He was also at the helm for Woolf’s third and most recent album, 2013’s “May.” Although they have been playing and recording together for more than a decade, Wolf Hunter marks their first recorded output as a musical duo. It will also serve as Bilyeu’s first release since Big Smith’s final album, “Kin,” released in 2011. Bilyeu was a founding member of the popular Ozarks family band, which was active from 1996 to 2012.

The Salty Dogs are a four piece band that enjoys playing and recording original country music. The Little Rock based band has released 3 full-length studio albums including their current EP – Too old to fight. The band was formed in 2003 and was named the “Best Original Band in Arkansas” by the Arkansas Times. Since then, the band has played countless shows sharing the stage with such likes of Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, The Gourds, Pete Anderson, David Rawlings, Kinky Friedman, Junior Brown, Kelly Willis and many more.
07/21/16 THE DEXATEENS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/Dexateens/

-Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The Dexateens are steadily maintaining their place in rock and roll obscurity and it appears to be by design. The band always has something cooking in the skillet, but whatever that might be is contrary to current music business models, as well as bewildering to those who have been following the band since its inception in 1998. After completely confusing fans and critics alike with the release of their soft-spoken 2009 release Singlewide, they disappeared from the touring circuit all together.

In an apparent effort to reach back to their earliest roots, legendary punk rock icon, Tim Kerr joined the Dexateens in a dark Birmingham basement, where the band rolled tape during a weekend long party. This EP is a document of those three days and served as a closure to regular touring and a beginning to new personal ventures for the band members.

At this juncture, newest member Lee Bains III formed the Glory Fires to perform his own gospel-spirited Southern soul, while bass player Matt Patton joined the legendary Drive By Truckers. In the meantime, band leader Elliott McPherson quietly wrote a healthy collection of new songs that will make up the forthcoming full-length titled, Teenage Hallelujah, which is due out in 2014 on the band’s own label, Cornelius Chapel Records. The band promises it will be their most offensive and inspired album to date.
07/23/16 NIKKI HILL Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://nikkihillmusic.com

Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her.

Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’ and debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.

Nikki Hill’s self-titled, independently released EP in June of 2012 created a heavy and sudden international underground buzz that the band has traveled with across America and overseas to Europe and Australia. Those four tunes penned by Hill, combined with memorable live performances, have drawn a wide range of people from every avenue and musical taste to their shows. Her enthusiasm for music is simply contagious. One club advertisement will call Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”.

If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’. You have been warned.
07/26/16 BRAIN STEMS * BOMBAY HARAMBEE * PAGIINS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/thebrainstems/
https://bombayharambee.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/Pagiins/

“Pagiins produce energetic garage-rock with furious hooks and tongue-in-cheek humor. Several of their songs begin with an odd vocal outburst, sometimes sounding like an angry rodent, before unleashing a polished wave of guitars and dexterous percussion. Upon listening to their recently released Good Things Take Time EP , their sound instantly reminded me of a cross between Thomas Function and The Walkmen, with the strong rhythmic grasp of The Pixies thrown in for good measure. The first track on the EP, ”What’s the Point?”, seems apt for a party — with its gleeful guitar-heavy approach and jubilant ”na-na-na”ing. It’s almost the weekend, so this seems about right.”
07/28/16 ADAM CARROLL with CHRIS CARROLL Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://adamcarroll.com
http://chriscarrollsongs.com


A Texas Songwriter born and raised, Adam Carroll takes the events of ordinary lives and turns them into deeply moving, often humorous songs.

With seven Indie CDs supporting regular tours across the USA, Canada and Europe as “one of the hippest songwriters on the Texas music landscape”, this engaging Americana guitar-picker has earned further critical acclaim with song placements in the Grammy nominated film, Country Strong and others.

“The core of what I do is songwriting; it’s the one thing I’m passionate about. It’s the most fulfilling and challenging job I can imagine.” explains Adam.

From his studio records produced by Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines (South of Town, Lookin’ Out the Screen Door, Live at Cheatham Street, Far Away Blues) through to his latest releases (Old Town Rock N Roll, Hard Times with Michael O’Connor, Live at Flipnotics), the quality of his songwriting stands out.

Given a rare command of the English language and an amazing sense of melody, it’s little surprise Adam has earned enviable comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, John Prine and Bob Dylan as well as being recognized as a creative influence on his songwriter peers.

Adam Carroll’s song credits include co-writes and CD or Film covers by Slaid Cleaves (Race Car Joe, Hard to Believe), Hayes Carll (Take Me Away, featured in the film Country Strong) and Band of Heathens (Medicine Man, Maple Tears).

“Among singer-songwriters, Adam Carroll is probably Austin’s best-kept secret. His tunes are marvels of economy; .. constantly inventive and decidedly offbeat .. Live at Flipnotics offers a typically low-key yet inviting overview of his career. With (Producer) Scrappy Jud Newcomb on guitar, he sparkles .. ” Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle

“Influences ? .. Adam Carroll .. I used to skip my own gigs to go watch him .. by far my favorite, somebody whose writing style I emulated in some ways.” Hayes Carll, No Depression


Canadian born – Texas based, singer songwriter, Chris Carroll’s music does a little bit of genre hopping, pulling in influences from all of the map, but still deeply steeped in the Americana roots that have the ability to draw in an audience. Chris has recently released her debut record, Trouble & Time.
07/30/16 ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.ayhmusic.com

Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory is a live explosion of roots rock that is a test of time in the world of music. He creates a blurred line of Blues, Roots, Country and Rock music that has been enjoyed in our culture for decades. The band bends the strings and drops the groove to a level that is only achieved with experience and true love of playing with such passion. This trio brings a very eclectic music experience that you will be telling all of your music loving fans about the next day and for years to come.

Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.

08/05/16 MOJO DEPOT Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.reverbnation.com/mojodepot

Mojo Depot began some two decades ago when Jason Adams (drums), Tyndall Jackson (guitar and vocals), Rob Moore (vocals and guitar) and John “Johnny-B” Wright (bass and vocals) got together under the name The Loose Change, performing at clubs that included the White Water Tavern. After a few years, the band moved to the Bay Area and then to Los Angeles, where a debut CD, Phantom Train, had its beginnings. A new name emerged, Mojo Depot, and the group traveled and wrote more music, which became the next CD, Crazy to Believe. For a time, the band was a coast-to-coast phenomenon, with Moore living in Berkeley, Calif., and Jackson attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Eventually, the two rejoined their Arkansas pals and began recording off-and-on in Arkansas City, where they could work in seclusion, away from the temptations of the big city of Little Rock. Like the “band of brothers” theyconsider themselves, Mojo Depot has opened shows for The Allman Brothers Band, The Neville Brothers and The Cate Brothers.
08/06/16 DANGEROUS IDIOTS RECORD RELEASE SHOW Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/DangerousIdiots/?fref=ts

In 2009, Aaron Sarlo returned to music, founding The Dangerous Idiots. He enlisted the help of former Techno-Squid drummer, Shayne Gray, and bassist Paul Bowling (Trusty) who were attracted to the project based on the strength of a large set of new demos from Sarlo (most written on ukulele, the only instrument Sarlo didn’t sell). The Dangerous Idiots recorded “DANGEROUS IDIOTS” at Wolfman Studios in Little Rock in the fall of 2009 / spring of 2010, and the record released (in 2011 on UK label, Mostar Records) to critical acclaim in the British blogosphere and Arkansas press, due largely to the charm of its debut single, “Can I Get a Role Model,” and to the “beauty and innonce” of the album’s ballad, “sad,” which deals with the death of Sarlo’s mother. In 2010, Bowling and Gray departed The Dangerous Idiots. In 2011, Sarlo wrote and recorded the follow-up record by The Dangerous Idiots, “Frankenbastard,” with Leewood Thomas stepping in on drums and John Davies on bass. The new trio released “Frankenbastard,” a collection of left-leaning, politically charged songs on Mostar Records in February, 2013. Jake Rutherford (T.C. and the Eddies, Reagan’s Polyp), and Randy Harsey later joined The Dangerous Idiots on bass and drums. In July, 2013, The Dangerous Idiots recorded “The Dangerous Idiots: LIVE at The Legendary White Water Tavern.” Aaron Sarlo is currently writing the band’s third studio album. Both are due on Mostar Records in 2016.
08/13/16 SeanFresh & the Nasty Fresh Crew * Solution * Dazz & Brie Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/seanfreshagain/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/SOULution-Little-Rock-Music-429112157145797/?fref=ts
08/18/16 FRET & WORRY * TREY JOHNSON Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.facebook.com/fretandworry/
https://www.facebook.com/trey.johnson.54?fref=ts

08/20/16 SKY CITY Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. https://www.reverbnation.com/skycitysound

“The acrid smell of diesel fuel; the big engines ceaselessly rumbling through the night at the eternal cosmic roadside truckstop; rhinestones glittering like night stars through the brown haze of Mexican weed; outlaws around a desert campfire swapping tales of narrow escapes… The great EP “Nudie Suit” by the Jonesboro, AR group, SKY CITY, is evocative of all this and more. I love it and can’t wait to see how the road unwinds for this bunch.”

Jimbo Mathus Taylor, MS August 2014
08/27/16 BJ BARHAM with JOSHUA BLACK WILKINS Little Rock, AR The White Water Tavern United States
Time: 9:30pm. Admission: $15. Address: 2500 West 7th Street 72205. Venue phone: (501) 375-8400. http://www.americanaquarium.com
http://www.joshuablackwilkins.com

For nearly a decade, American Aquarium have spent the majority of their days on the road, burning through a sprawl of highways during the day and playing hours of raw, rootsy rock & roll at night. Sometimes, the job is a grind. Most times, it’s a blessing. American Aquarium’s songs, filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love and long horizons, have always explored both sides of that divide. For every drunken night at the bar, there’s a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there’s the chance of a broken heart. It’s that kind of honesty — that sort of balance — that makes the band’s newest album, Wolves, their strongest release to date.

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