Top 10 Spots For Live Music In Little Rock

Andrea Henthorn

Little Rock is the bustling capital of the state of Arkansas, a hub of creativity which is home to the Arkansas Arts Center, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. A perfect place for the performing arts, this is a city which also prides itself on its vibrant live music scene. At almost every venue on any night of the week visitors can enjoy blues bands, sultry singers, and cool crooners throughout Little Rock. With that in mind, here is Culture Trip’s guide to the best live music venues Little Rock has to offer.

1. Ron Robinson Theater

Market, Theater

Little Rock I
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The Ron Robinson Theater is a newer venue located in the Little Rock River Market District. Equipped with a high-tech sound system and a screen and digital projection system, Ron Robinson Theater is a very versatile venue for a range of performances. Some of the upcoming music groups which will be featured here are The Cate Brothers Band, The Dave Rosen Big Band and various soul artists.

Price: Budget- Mid-range

Opening hours: dependent on showtimes

Watch out for: movie screenings and plays at the theater in addition to live musical groups

2. White Water Tavern

Bar, Nightclub, American, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Night bar
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This seemingly inconspicuous bar houses some of the best live music nights in Little Rock. The simple, standalone building may not even seem like a bar from the outside, but on the inside plays host to talented musician after talented musician, and serves tasty, cheap beer to please the crowds. The laidback atmosphere here makes White Water Tavern seem like everyone’s old hangout, even if it’s the first time they’ve stepped foot in the place.

Price: Budget

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs. 2pm-2am, Fri until 1am, Sat 6am-12am

Watch out for: a pretty, open outside patio, rock bands and benefit shows

3. Grumpy’s Too

Bar, American

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A renowned bar and grill, Grumpy’s Too is the place to be if you want to grab a burger and a drink whilst enjoying live music. Although performances most often occur on the weekends, Grumpy’s Too offers deals and specials every day of the week, with Thursdays boasting tasty tacos for 50 cents and refreshing coronas for just 3 dollars.

Price: Budget

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3:30pm-2am, Sat 4pm-1am

Watch out for: happy hour Monday- Friday from 4pm-7pm

4. The Joint

Shop, Theater

Little Rock sign I
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The Joint is in equal parts a theater and a coffeehouse. If you are in the mood for something a bit stronger than coffee or tea, however, The Joint still offers a variety of tap beer, wine, champagne and cocktails. An 100-seat theater is attached to the coffee shop and bar here, with nationally touring artists performing at The Joint every third Thursday of every month. The Joint is a cool, trendy venue which offers a laid back vibe more relaxed than other places.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: Tues-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 8:30am-11pm

Watch out for: skits and comedy performances in addition to musical groups

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