Chatham County Line presented by the Oxford American at South on Main tonight!

Chatham County Line [AMERICANA SERIES]The Oxford American magazine welcomes Chatham County Line to the South on Main stage tonight, October 17.

This is the second show of their Americana 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 sponsor Stella Boyle Smith Trust, as well as their season sponsor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Additional season partners include Chris & Jo Harkins, J. Mark & Christy Davis, 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.


Chatham County Line has never been shy about crossing borders. The North Carolina-based quartet initially referred to its sound as new traditional. “We were in love with bluegrass, so we wanted to play bluegrass without really being trained in it,” Chatham County Line’s vocalist/guitarist Dave Wilson says. The group used the term “guerrilla bluegrass” to describe themselves in those early years, mainly because they had such a mobile form of playing.

The band’s name comes from one of their very first practices when the group—John Teer (mandolin/fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano)—was trying to find Holt’s place in Chapel Hill and got lost. “We crossed the Chatham County line, and we never looked back,” Wilson says. “Just saw the sign, and said that’d be a good idea for a name, and the next thing you know….”

Their latest release comprises thirteen covers, songs they’ve played on tours, but never recorded for an album. Sharing The Covers is as much a nod to the artists and genres it draws from—Del Reeves, Carter Stanley, Tom Petty, and many others—as it is to the fans who asked how to access those covers other than YouTube. “We hope people enjoy it,” Wilson says. “ We don’t make a lot of money putting out other people’s songs, but we kinda just want it for sharing the snapshots.”


Butterfly lands on South on Main stage for concert tonight

ButterflyJoin South on Main for an evening of reggae, soul and gospel with Katrice “Butterfly” Newbill. Show begins at 9 pm. Tickets are $12 cover day of show. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat. Please call (501) 244-9660 to reserve a table.

Butterfly has been singing professionally for over 35 years both local and abroad.She is known for her vocal range, diversity and energy. Currently residing in Little Rock after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, she regrouped and started over and losing most of her immediate family right before and shortly after Katrina. Needless to say it has been some of the hardest times imaginable but music is her therapy and way to express and so she does it with a passion!

Butterfly started singing about the age of 7 when her Father (a producer for CBS Records) and Mother realized her singing ability and vocal range to hit Minnie Rippleton notes and encouraged her to do talent shows to develop her craft and lose the shyness of performing in front of people.By the age of 12, she was in her first band Fantasia and The Fantasy Connection.They were known for there harmony and original material. By the age of 19 she was introduced to a local Reggae DJ who not only exposed her to Reggae but thru her first Reggae Concert at a local popular club in which her name Butterfly was born.

She joined her first Reggae Band, The Brothers Crucial and went from background vocalist to a feature vocalist.Shortly thereafter a spin off from that band and she became one of the lead vocalist for The Revealors Band.It was time for something new and different so she began the group all-female group the Irie Dawta’s who toured and became a hit. As a result she has opened for several artists inclusive of Pato Banton, Shaggy, Burning Spear, Ziggy Marley, SteelPulse, Eeka Mouse,The Wailers, Chante Moore, and many more while touring and being one of the headliners forTheBob Marley Fest that traveled to different states.

Some of her other credentials include singing professional background for Chairmaine Neville, Irma Thomas, Ndea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Pato Banton besides singing on various rappers albums, movie soundtracks such as featured originals on the Fox Series Dark Angel, a recording with Iris May Tango featuring George Clinton , Charmaine Neville’s Mardi GrasAlbum, Live on Frenchmen Compilation CD ,Judah Clan Productions , and several other recordings. She also has done features with New Orleans Opera Association along with various stage plays.She is a songwriter, producer and event organizer and great in production behind the scenes.

So when you come to a Butterfly show expect a little bit of everything from belting out a Prince tune, Reggae joint,RB, Gospel, NOLA 2nd line, Old School or some Original. Butterfly is also currently working on her project that will feature a wide variety of music. Her mission is to give her testimony and spread love, healing and unity thru her performances.

Tonight on South on Main stage – Shamarr Allen

Shamarr Allen Get a taste of “True Orleans” with Shamarr Allen’s blend of jazz, hip hop, funk, brass and soul. Shamarr is a full time member of Galactic and has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Willie Nelson, Patti Labelle, Harry Connick Jr. and more.

Show begins at 8 pm. Purchase advance tickets for $8 or pay $12 at the door. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat. To reserve a table please call (501) 244-9660.

“Many New Orleans musicians blend jazz and brass band music with bounce, hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B and more. Shamarr Allen has a name for his blend: True Orleans.” – Will Coviello, Gambit Weekly

Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans Music! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip hop, rock, funk, funk blues and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band “Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs”.
In addition to performing with his band, Allen has collaborated with many renowned artists such as Willie Nelson, Galactic, Mannie Fresh, Patti Labelle, Harry Connick Jr. and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. In addition to displaying his skills on the frontline as a lead performer, Allen is also a music composer, writer, producer and multi instrumentalist. With a scintillating and unique sound, look and examplary talents, Allen transcends musical boundaries. He is the True Orleans Experience!

Oxford American’s Archetypes and Troubadours kicks off with Rev. Sekou on South on Main stage

Rev. Sekou [ARCHETYPES & TROUBADOURS SERIES]Tonight (9/26) at 8:00 PM – The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Rev. Sekou to the South on Main stage! This is the first 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.

Single tickets are $28 (General Admission), $34 (Reserved), and $36 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart).

Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. His music is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country music, Arkansas Delta blues, Memphis boul, and Pentecostal steel guitar. In May 2017, he released In Times Like These, produced by the six-time GRAMMY nominated North Mississippi Allstars. AFROPUNK heralded the ”deep bone-marrow-level conviction” of his first album, The Revolution Has Come. The single, “We Comin,’” was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Paste Studio celebrated this consummate entertainer’s barn-burning performance saying, “Rev. Sekou delivers the spiritual performance we need now.”

A leading public intellectual, Rev. Sekou has signed a five-book deal with Chalice Press—a publisher of progressive religious thought. The Press has republished Rev. Sekou’s Urbansouls: Meditations on Youth, Hip Hop, and Religion and Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy. His forthcoming work focuses on the contemporary civil rights movement, particularly Ferguson and Black Lives Matter.

Parker Millsap returns to South on Main stage tonight

“Witnessing Parker Millsap sing for the first time is a jarring experience, because the sights and sounds just don’t seem to match up: the slightly built [Oklahoman] has a bluesy, powerful rasp of a howl that sounds equally suited for juke joints or church tents.” —Rolling Stone

Parker MillsapTonight (September 18) at 7:30 PM the Oxford American welcomes Parker Millsap back to the South on Main stage!

Doors open at 5:30 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. This show is a special addition to their 2019-2020 Concert Series and is made possible in part by Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

Tickets are $25 (General Admission), $30 (Reserved), and $32 (Premium Reserved)—available via or (800) 293-5949.

At 26 years of age, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. He’s had a string of highlights in recent years including his network television debut on CONAN, a performance with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival in London, an Austin City Limits taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year. He has also received praise from The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeLA TimesAustin Chronicle, and Rolling Stone to name a few.

He first picked up an acoustic guitar at nine, then plugged in and went electric after getting into Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, eventually starting a cover band with classmate, Michael Rose who still plays bass with him today. Over the years he recruited musicians Daniel Foulks (fiddle) and Andrew Bones (Drums) to join his band.

Parker’s first three full-length releases—2012’s Palisade, 2014’s self-titled LP, and 2016’s The Very Last Day—showcased a primal mastery of acoustic folk rock, with their flourish for revelation and fiery dynamics, all recorded with extreme precision, purpose and efficiency.

Parker’s newest album, Other Arrangements, (released via Thirty Tigers) finds him taking bold steps in new directions. Associated press says “Parker Millsap rocks harder than ever on his fourth album.” And Rolling Stone calls Other Arrangements Parker’s “tightest, sharpest and most infectious set of songs to date.”

Tonight at South on Main – Jackie Venson returns

Jackie VensonSouth on Main welcomes back Jackie Venson back to its stage on Saturday, September 7. Show begins at 8 pm. Purchase advance tickets for $7 or pay $10 at the door. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat. Please call (501) 244-9660 to reserve a table.

It is legend that a blistering Jackie Venson guitar solo knocked Pluto straight out of planetary existence.

Venson’s “…astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace…” (Austin American Statesman, June 2014) has been compared to the likes of Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and fellow Austin native Gary Clark, Jr. Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to the raw and gritty blues.

Enthralled with music since the age of 8, this young singer/songwriter/musician instantly captures your attention with a vibrant musical soul and passionate control of her instruments, that reach far beyond her tender age. As she mindfully blends Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul and more, with her introspective lyrics, the message is clear. When you’re listening to Jackie you hear the “Truth in Music”.

In recognition of her dedication to her craft, said “Venson is no dilettante, wannabe performer, however a real staple of what a musician can achieve when they put in their 10,000 hours for both musical schooling, and late night pub sessions for practical honing.”

Her live performances revisits what makes music so powerful: emotion and passion. She thrives without the flash, instead favoring a clean sound, genuine soul, and meaningful connection with her audience. Music is not only what Venson does – but also defines who she is and reminds her where she wants to be: performing.

Having finished her second tour of Europe and the recent declaration of “Jackie Venson Day” (May 21st) in the “Live Music Capital of the World” Austin, TX, there’s no doubt she has every reason to lead the way with the trademark smile that accompanies her magnificent musicianship.

As part of SOMA After Dark – A Rowdy Faith is at South on Main tonight

A Rowdy Faith :: SOMA After Dark Join South on Main for an evening with A Rowdy Faith  on Friday, September 6, as part of neighborhood-wide event SOMA After Dark. Concert begins at 9 pm. Purchase advance tickets for $7 or pay a $10 cover at the door. Tickets do not guarantee you a seat. To reserve a table, please call (501) 244-9660.

South on Main will offer a vegan menu that evening, in addition to their regular menu.

A Rowdy Faith is the partnership of Arkansas songwriters and long-time friends Alisyn Reid and Cate Davison, combining Alisyn’s folk/Americana with Cate’s Southern Gothic style. In 2012, Alisyn released a solo album and won 2nd place in the Ozark Folk Festival songwriting contest.

In 2016, A Rowdy Faith was a semi-finalist in the Arkansas Times Musician Showcase. In 2017, A Rowdy Faith released their first album as a duo. With the addition of Gene Reid on lead guitar and Ty Reid on bass, the band balances lighthearted banter with themes of death, heartbreak, ghosts and devils, and moving through pain.

Find a sampling of their music from their self-titled album on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, or Amazon. You can also connect with the band on Facebook.