Local Little Rock, Arkansas Music Scene
Little Rock is mentioned in the Stevie Wonder hit "I Was Made to Love Her." Another big hit that mentions Little Rock is "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel. It's also the hometown of alternative band Evanescence. In the 2010 Census the metropolitan area had a population of over 699,000. The main campus is University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The local scene is covered by The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. During the 2000s major renovation was done in Downtown's River Market District. The history of the local music scene has revolved more around live venues than artists who have advanced in the national spotlight.
Little Rock Music Acts
Sarah Sebestyen * Giovanni * Seven Days * Little Phoebe * Michael Burks * Treva Blomquist * Scott Allen Crow * Frank Neeno * Jill Marie * Catching YourClouds *
Little Rock Local Music Scene History
During the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 Little Rock musicians turned to the internet to reach fans. They also have been featured on "Shoog Radio" on KABF-FM 88.3 every Tuesday from noon to 2pm, in which the station focuses on local selections.
Local band deFrance, named after its lead singer Drew deFrance, secured the opening slot at a Bon Jovi concert on March 20, 2018 at Verizon Arena. The Little Rock band formed in 2015 and has played over 400 shows locally. The five-piece band has released three albums.
Little Rock Music Examiner Dannielle Davis covers the local music scene. Some of her Examiner articles have been about the 17th Annual Hot Springs Blues Festival, the Back to School Blues Event at Hot Springs Mall and various concerts in the area. Much of her writing is on well known acts that come to the area. She's been writing since an early age for various websites. Since Little Rock does not really have a big local music scene she has focused on festivals and shows in the area that make up for lack of well known local artists.
One of the best places to find local Little Rock music is online at ReverbNation, which ranks artists in every region of the world. One of the more inventive bands in town on the site is Third Degree. Band members include Tim Reed (guitar and vocals) Tony Raleigh (bass and vocals) and Mike Smith (drums). They've opened for Buckcherry and King's X. The members met in 1991 and have performed with several notable country acts such as Toby Keith, George Jones and Waylon Jennings. Their current sound is closer to their alternative rock roots.
Little Rock Scene is a website that lists upcoming shows, an alphbetized band list and an alphabetized venue list. It also features a list of albums by local recording artists. Some of the artists mentioned with recent releases include Yuni Wa, Glass Wands, Knox Hamilton, Techno-Squid Eats Parliament and Ghost Bones.
The Little Rock concert scene is limited compared to many cities of its size and familiarity. Sure, there are places like the Revolution Music Room where national acts visit, but on any given weekend it's not typical that you'll have a lot of well known concert choices.