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Little Rock

A tiny club with no cover and live music every night



he stage at Toad can fit barely fit a mid-sized drum kit, let alone a singer. But while the sound in the shoebox-sized room is loud, somehow you can still talk to the person next to you without yelling, and there’s never a cover. Music bounces off the deeply stained, well-seasoned wood floors and walls and drifts out into Porter Square seven nights a week. But this isn’t one of those bars that skimp on talent. Bands are loyal to Toad and are generally rewarded with long sets and multiple return visits. Blues-rock singer/songwriter Tim Gearan held down a Monday-night residency for more than 10 years and now joins pal Dennis Brennan for the Monday shift as the White Owls. Other standouts include the Blue Ribbons on Tuesdays and the ever-growing Baker Thomas Band in the late Thursday slot. Wallace


Porter Square was named for the former Porter Hotel, after which the Porterhouse steak was also purportedly named.