Tonight, South on Main welcomes Lera Lynn back to its stage!

Related imageSouth on Main welcomes Lera Lynn back to the stage on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Show beings at 8 PM. Purchase advance tickets for $10 or pay $15 at the door. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat. To reserve a table, please call South on Main at (501) 244-9660.

Throughout her career — a nearly decade-long run filled with three album releases, a career-shifting appearance and soundtrack for HBO’s True Detective, hundreds of shows on both sides of the Atlantic, and a sound encompassing everything from Americana to stark indie rock — Lera Lynn has balanced her fierce independence with a string of collaborations.

She’s written songs with T Bone Burnett and Rosanne Cash. She’s recorded albums with full bands (2014’s The Avenues, hailed by outlets like Rolling Stone and American Songwriter) and smaller lineups (the experimental, NPR and New York Times-approved Resistor, which Lynn co-produced at her Nashville home). On her fourth album, Plays Well With Others, she teams up with eight different duet partners and seven co-writers, resulting in her most diverse, collaborative work to date.

Plays Well With Others is a unique duets album — one in which nearly every song is completely co-written and co-sung. Peter Bradley Adams, John Paul White, Dylan LeBlanc, Andrew Combs, Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope, JD McPherson, and Nicole Atkins all make appearances, working alongside Lynn not only to perform these songs, but to create them, too.

Lynn recorded Plays Well With Others at John Paul White’s studio, Sun Drop Sound, in Florence, Alabama. There — with Lynn, White, and the Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner all serving as co-producers — she tracked nine songs in a series of live takes. Looking to add some sonic framework to an album whose tracklist was vast and varied, she only used acoustic instruments, layering upright piano, strings, percussion, acoustic guitars, and creative sounds into arrangements that nodded to artists like Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Neil Young, John Lennon and Tom Petty. The result is an album that’s at times more stripped-down than The Avenues and far less amplified than Resistor, while still shining a light on Lynn’s striking voice and unique blend of American music.

With Plays Well With Others, Lera Lynn cements her own identity as both creator and collaborator. On an album filled with Grammy winners, country icons, folksingers, and Americana heroes, it’s still her star that shimmers the brightest, shining light on the newest phase of an eclectic, ever-expanding career.

Winners of Historic Arkansas Museum’s 15 Ever Nog-Off announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the Historic Arkansas Museum’s 15th Ever Nog-off!!

People’s Choice Award (favorite eggnog voted on by guests)
Marriott Hotel – Brown Sugar Bourbon Nog
“loved, loved, loved it!”   “classic!”   “delicious spin on a traditional nog, tastes like Christmas in a cup!”  “best surprise”Taster’s Choice Award (voted on by the panel of celebrity tasters: Ashlei King of Fox 16, Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib, and Rusty Mathis of Ben E Keith Foods MidSouth)
South on Main – Bootleg Eggnog
“good traditional nog”   “loved the balance of this eggnog”

Egg, No Nog Award (best non-alcoholic eggnog voted on by the panel of emerging tasters: Rhett Booher, Tess Kramer, and Mary Olive Smith)
South on Main – Bootleg Eggnog
“has a great ratio of egg vs whatever nog is”   “good, creamy texture”    “perfect nuttiness”

Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Eggnog (favorite non-traditional eggnog voted on by the guests)
Capital Hotel – Banana Rum Eggnog
“Yum!”  “Vanilla wafer goodness!”   “Outstanding”

Historic Arkansas Museum thanks ALL of the amazing partners who make this event happen. And thank you to the two panels of tasters.

This is easily the most popular event at any 2nd Friday Art Night site throughout the year.  There was a line out the door down the street all the way to the light at Cumberland.

Have a wonderful season and happy nogging to ALL!

Deidra Jones Presents: Jazz Meets Soul tonight at South on Main

Deidra Jones Presents: Jazz Meets SoulTonight at South on Main – Deidra Jones Presents: Jazz Meets Soul: A night of jazz and soul music combined in one place, providing two things: Quality entertainment, and an unforgettable musical experience!

Show begins at 9 PM. Purchase advance tickets for $10 or pay $12 at the door. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. Please call (501) 244-9660 to reserve a table at South on Main.

Deidra Jones’ dream of becoming an accomplished, well-rounded vocalist and entertainer has taken her around the world. Residing in Europe for many years, afforded her the privilege to release self-titled recordings a long with vocal features with top artists such as La Bouche (Be My Lover), and Technotronic (Pump Up the Jam), and to record with various producers, and DJ’s throughout Europe.

Deidra has shared her talent with other music industry greats such as: Sir Elton John, Randy Crawford, Patti Austin, Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan. In 2005, she established what is believed to be the first African-American, female owned entertainment agency in Germany; Divalina Entertainment, LLC., which remained in operation until she returned to the U.S.

15th EVER Nog-Off takes place at Historic Arkansas Museum tonight!

Eggnog lovers everywhere, rejoice! It’s your favorite time of year!

The 15th Ever Nog-off, Historic Arkansas Museum’s friendly competition for the best eggnog in town, returns to bestow goodwill, joy, and a touch of whisky to all who gather.

Tonight, Friday the 13th!, from 5pm to 8pm at Historic Arkansas Museum.

Cleanse your palate and sharpen your pencil as you ready yourself to sample several festive eggnogs creatively prepared by local nog-ologists, and offer your critique and coveted vote. The nog with the most nods receives the People’s Choice Award.

Awards up for contention:

  • The Taster’s Choice Award – awarded by the celebrity panel of eggnog aficionados with this year’s judges being Ashlei King of Fox16, Rusty Mathis of Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South and Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib
  • The People’s Choice Award – awarded to the eggnog as voted on by the evening’s attendees
  • The Not Your Great, Great, Great Grandfather’s Eggnog Award – awarded by attendees to the best “untraditional” eggnog
  • The Egg, No Nog Award – awarded to the best non-alcoholic eggnog as determined by a panel of “emerging tasters”

This year’s competitors include:

  • Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar
  • Arkansas Pioneers Association
  • The Capital Hotel
  • Little Rock Marriott
  • Loblolly Creamery
  • Mocktail Mo
  • The Root
  • Stone’s Throw Brewing and The Pizzeria
  • South on Main

This is a FREE event!

Hear the Rodney Block Collective at South on Main tonight!

Kick off the December with some music as sure to keep you warm regardless of the outdoor temperatures!

South on Main is turning up the heat with the Rodney Block Collective.

Led by musical favorite Rodney Block, this musical group alternates between various forms of jazz mixed in with gospel, Be-Bop, hip-hop, funk, and soul.

Show begins tonight (December) at 10 pm with a $15 cover. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee you a seat.

Call (501) 244-9660 to reserve a table.

Welcome to the Fourth Floor with John Willis tonight at South on Main

John Willis presents Welcome to the 4th Floor: 40th Birthday Show!Welcome to the 4th Floor: 40th Birthday Show!

December 7 is the birthday of singer-songwriter-troubadour-raconteur John Willis. In celebration of another trip around the sun, he is giving the gift of music to audiences on Friday, December 6.

The concert will be at South on Main.

As a performer and as a songwriter, John Willis is known for an eclectic sense of style, drawing elements of classical, jazz, r&b and soul into the sphere of his piano-pop oriented sets.

Expect an exemplary set of music at this show, on the evening before his 40th birthday, in which he will attempt to incorporate all of the elements that have inspired and influenced him as a musician in these first 40 years.

Help him make it to the “4th Floor” of the forties with a night of oldies, 90s, indie, folk, soul, Broadway, standards, and more.

Show kicks off at 8pm. $15. Call (501) 244-9660 for reservations.

Catherine Russell is next in OXFORD AMERICAN’s Archetypes & Troubadours series on South on Main stage

Catherine Russell [ARCHETYPES & TROUBADOURS SERIES]

The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Catherine Russell to the South on Main stage, tonight (December 5).

This is the second show of their Archetypes & Troubadours Sub-Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsors Chris & Jo Harkins and J. Mark & Christy Davis, as well as their season sponsor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Alone Together, vocalist Catherine Russell’s seventh studio album as a leader, is a search for truth. Drawing on composers and lyricists of The Great American Songbook—Irving Berlin, Eddie de Lange, and Jimmy Van Heusen—along with songwriters from the Swing and Rhythm & Blues eras—Nat Cole, Louis Jordan, and Al Dubin, and Harry Warren—Russell invigorates their creations. At the center is Russell’s voice, and while comparisons to Ella, Billie, Sarah, and Dinah abound—while flattering—she has a sound all her own. “Blues infused jazz tunes are the ones I gravitate towards, because they enable me to freely express myself in the moment,” says Russell.

Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist/guitarist/bassist who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, Sy Oliver, and countless others.

Catherine Russell combines a pedigree, where classic jazz & rhythm and blues run through her veins, with the sensibility of a lifetime in popular music. On Alone Together, an intoxicating brew emerges. The connections are real and natural, never forced, and always true.

Additional season partners include Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Cypress Properties, Inc., UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, Margaret Ferguson Pope—Thank You Aunt Margaret!, EVO Business Environments, Jay Barth & Chuck Cliett, Stacy Hamilton of Desselle Real Estate, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Arkansas Arts Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Rosen Music Company, and Steinway Piano Gallery Little Rock.