To Do: Brian Nahlen Band

by Aaron Sarlo • March 30, 2017

If you’re one of the few who have yet to see a show (or eat a meal, or drink a beer) at Four Quarter Bar, you have yet to discover a truly great bar and music venue. Four Quarter Bar serves tasty craft suds and is a fantastic place to hear live bands. On Friday, it welcomes The Brian Nahlen Band. Nahlen, a sunny person and a good songwriter, fronts a battery of fine musicians. The group recently clocked in as semifinalists in the 2017 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase — no easy feat for any artist, considering the river of great music that flows in our fine state. What I like the most about Nahlen’s music, specifically, is his songwriting. Though the band fills the room with superb rock (and terrific vocal harmonies) at each performance, way down at the subatomic level, Nahlen’s lyrics — simple, positive and ultra-catchy — are what drive the music. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Nahlen’s “Better Than I Thought It Could Be,” is this century’s Coca-Cola song — his tunes are that catchy. If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night, might I dissuade you from your normal weed and TV binge-a-thon? This music scene is crackling with great music, and Four Quarter Bar is hosting so many good bands. Get out of your head and back into this scene. We miss you. And “Iron Fist” sucks.