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.


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.

Creative Class of 2015: Scott Walters

scottwaltersOctober may have ended yesterday. But since this is about Creativity, the Creative Class stretches into November for one day this year.  Scott Walters uses his position as Rector of Christ Church to build connections and raise awareness of a variety of art forms and creative disciplines.

Through his leadership and encouragement, two different public gallery spaces have been created at Christ Church, an Arts at Christ Church series has been launched (featuring all types of music from Grammy winning soul to Renaissance chamber), the basement has been turned into The Undercroft music venue with regular performances, and a partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival has been undertaken.

Concerned with the built environment, he has led walking tours of downtown which have focused not only on the history of the neighborhood but also looking at its present and envisioning its future possibilities.  Because Christ Church is at a hub of development in the River Market, Creative Corridor, SoMa, MacArthur Park and Hanger Hill, he is exploring ways to more actively integrate the church into its greater community.

Interested in historic preservation, he is currently shepherding an effort to restore the historic stained glass windows at the church. A student of poetry, philosophy and urban planning, he can often be found engaged in discussions about those topics.  But he is just as likely to discuss comedians, YouTube videos, and the local music scene.

Heritage Month – Luxor Apartments

Luxor ApartmentThe Luxor Apartments building is a two-story brick veneered structure designed in the Craftsman style, unique to the Little Rock area in its size.  Located at 1923 South Main, it remained popular for singles and young families from the 1920s to the 1970s because of its proximity to the downtown commercial district.  Now it is part of the South Main community, which is once again a hotbed of activity.

The Luxor Apartments Building was built by Samuel J. Storthz, Sr., member of a Jewish family prominent in the Little Rock business community.  At the time of its construction, the Luxor was considered a very desirable address.  The building featured a uniformed doorman, apparently something of an anomaly in Little Rock at the time.  At a time when most apartments had eight or fewer units, the Luxor Apartments contained 28 units.

Construction of the Luxor Apartment building in 1924 represents the rapid urbanization of Little Rock in the early decades of the twentieth century.  Attention to technology and “modern” conveniences were emphasized.

They were added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 1995.

Sen. David Pryor speaks, Mayor Stodola an honoree at Quapaw Quarter annual meeting tonight

QQAThe Quapaw Quarter Association will host its annual membership meeting on Wednesday, October 2 in the Ottenheimer Theater at Historic Arkansas Museum.  The evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception in the atrium, the membership meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Nonmembers of the organization are invited to join at the door.

Board members standing for re-election this year are:
Chuck Cliett
John Herzog
Gabe Holmstrom
Cheri Nichols
Shana Woodard

Following a short business meeting, the Greater Little Rock Preservation Awards will be presented to projects in SoMa, the Governor’s Mansion Historic District, MacArthur Park Historic District and Main Street Commercial Historic District.  Anthony Black will receive the Peg Smith Award for his many years of exemplary volunteer work on QQA projects and programs.  Mayor Mark Stodola will receive the Jimmy Strawn Award.  Since 1980, the QQA has presented its most prestigious award to “someone whose efforts on behalf of the preservation of Greater Little Rock’s architectural heritage are an inspiration to the entire community.”

Senator David Pryor will join the QQA as guest speaker to close out the evening.

The Quapaw Quarter Association’s mission is to promote the preservation of Little Rock’s architectural heritage through advocacy, marketing and education.

Incorporated in 1968, the QQA grew out of an effort to identify and protect significant historic structures in Little Rock during the urban renewal projects of the early 1960s. Throughout its existence, the QQA has been a driving force behind historic preservation in Greater Little Rock.

Rhea Roberts serves as the executive director.