SOMA After Dark features Brian Nahlen Band on South on Main stage

SOMA After Dark :: Brian Nahlen BandThe Brian Nahlen Band is bringing the funk to SOMA After Dark on Friday, June 7 at South on Main.

The show begins at 9 pm. Tickets may be purchased for $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets do not guarantee a seat, to reserve a table call (501) 244-9660.

ABOUT THE BAND

A wonderfully eclectic mix of rock and funk, sweet ballads and dynamic protest anthems, the Brian Nahlen Band includes six accomplished musicians who blend original music and reimagined covers into every show. The lineup features frontman and guitarist Brian Nahlen, guitarist Jason Lee Hale, keyboardist Tommy Priakos, sax player Dave Williams II, bassist BrianWolverton and drummer Daniel Olah.

Nahlen is an Arkansas Ambassador. His original music has been called “finely crafted, soulful, deftly fuses funk, jazz, gospel, pop and hip hop.” The Band’s live performances showcase each player’s forte, and no two gigs are the same.

Nahlen has released two albums, “Better Than I Thought It Could Be” (the title track was featured in an Arkansas Parks and Tourism commercial) and “Cicada Moon,” and three singles: “I Might Be Leavin’” (feat. Big Piph), “In the Old Days” and “You Fool.” All of these are available on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services.

A socially conscious lot, Nahlen and the Band often play benefit shows, which in 2018 alone helped KABF, Puerto Ricans in Arkansas (Nahlen coordinated this), The Van, the Buffalo River and Animal Village. They also performed at the inaugural Central Arkansas Music Awards.

Nahlen started playing guitar 30 years ago and has been a full-time musician for the last 15. He regularly performs alone, in his namesake full band or in a duo with Hale, Nick Devlin, or Luke Johnson. Past stints include Dead Fish, Sunny Daze, Big John Miller Band, Quadraphonic and Pepperland. Once a month, he hosts the Collage Radio Show on KABF.

SOMA AFTER DARK: BIG PIPH & TOMORROW MAYBE at South on Main

SOMA After Dark: Big Piph & Tomorrow MaybeOn Friday, May 3, South on Main is celebrating SOMA After Dark’s second neighborhood evening event with one of the best hip-hop ensembles in the state – Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe.

Show begins at 9 pm. Purchase advance tickets for $10 or pay $15 at the door. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660. You must purchase tickets in advance to confirm your table reservation.

“One of Arkansas’ best bands” and “great hip-hop ensemble” are phrases often used to describe the collective known as Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe. However, although they are deserving of both titles, these descriptions have proven to be far too confining. The creativity, discipline, and showmanship that BPTM put into their jazz, soul, funk, and rock infused hip-hop experiences will soon have them recognized as one of the best bands… period.

While already enjoying a successful solo rap career, Epiphany looked to further separate himself from the pack of competitive emcees by joining forces with a stellar live band, and in 2012 he did just that. Each of the seven members approaches the apex of their field and is a “frontman” in their own right. However, when their paths finally overlapped, the collective of (l-to-r) Paul Campbell (percussion), Dre Franklin (keys), Bijoux Pighee (vocals), Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow (MC/lead vocalist), Dee Dee Jones (vocals), “Cool Hand” Lucas Murray (guitar), and Corey Harris (bass) formed something special.

Although the band has mostly displayed its energetic, interactive performances at Arkansas’ finest venues and festivals including Juneteenth, The Rev Room, Maxine’s, George’s Majestic Lounge, South on Main, U of A, and Ron Robinson Theatre, and Riverfest, they recently went international by completing an early 2015 African tour of Morocco, Algeria, and Equatorial Guinea. Sponsored by the U.S. department of state and American Music Abroad, the band not only held concerts for enthusiastic audiences, but also engaged in cultural engaged in cultural exchange with artists, students, and creatives by conducting workshops, speaking engagements, and musical collaborations. Still, whether at home or abroad, the band’s aim is always to provide the people not just a show, but a musical experience to remember… and that’s what Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe deliver every time.

As part of SoMa After Dark, ESSE Purse Museum is celebrating 70’s Night!

Friday, May 3rd, is another SoMa After Dark! Come on down and spend the evening enjoying specials at all the different businesses in SoMa.

It’s 70’s night at ESSE! Bust out your bell bottoms! Perch on some platform heels! Dress to impress, you cool cats. Dance to disco all night (errr… until 8pm)! Special Museum Entry fee of $7 with other 70’s specials and refreshments.

It is the last week to see ESSE’s temporary exhibit, Remembrances. Come by ESSE before May 6th and see some of the wonderful donations we have received over the years.

ESSE is open Tuesday through Saturday 11am- 3pm, and Sundays 11am-4pm. Bring your family and/or friends and learn about women’s history through the lens of the handbag!