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LR, Hot Springs clubs line up enticing, eclectic acts

By JACK W. HILL SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

This article was published February 6, 2014 at 3:18 a.m.

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Texas singer-songwriter Bob Schneider plays tonight at Juanita’s in Little Rock

Juanita’s continues to offer big-name entertainment of all stripes and this weekend finds the club with big-name acts today, Saturday and Sunday.

Bob Schneider, an ever-more-respectable Texas singer-songwriter, has been coming to Juanita’s since the club was on Main Street, where his gigs were as part of Joe Rockhead, The Ugly Americans and The Scabs. Now he’s on his own, and his growing fan base continues to support him. He’ll perform at 9 p.m. today (doors open at 8 p.m.).

Local singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jeff Coleman will apparently open the show as a solo act, without his own band, The Feeders.

Admission: $15.

Saturday at 9 p.m. (with doors opening at 8 p.m.), Juanita’s welcomes Ash, a three-man band formed in 1991 in Northern Ireland, who released a debut album in 1996 named 1977 - because it was the year of the births of founding members Timothy James Arthur Wheeler and Mark Alexander Hamilton, and it was the year the movie Star Wars was released.

In 1997, at the famed Glastonbury rock festival in Great Britain, Steve Winwood canceled and was replaced by Ash, leading to tours with U2, Coldplay, Dashboard Confessional and Our Lady Peace.

Two opening acts, Deaf Havana and The Villas, will also be part of the show.

Admission: $10 advance, $12 day of show.

The Kin return to central Arkansas for a headlining gig at 6:30 p.m. Sunday after opening for Pink on the tour that brought the energetic singer and acrobat to Verizon Arena on Nov. 16.

Founded by two Australian brothers who moved to New York during high school, The Kin became a trio when the brothers met a percussionist playing in a subway and persuaded him to join them in their quest for stardom.

Two opening acts, Finish Ticket and Oh Honey, will also perform.

Admission: $10 advance, $12 day of show.

Juanita’s, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 372-1228, juanitas.com

At South on Main jazz pianist Peter Martin will perform in a trio format at 7 p.m. Sunday, backed by bassist Bill Huntington of Hot Springs and drummer Geoff Clapp of New Orleans.

The three musicians have collaborated around the New Orleans jazz scene and elsewhere in recent years. Huntington, a longtime collaborator of Ellis Marsalis, was a member of the jazz faculty at Loyola University New Orleans and the University of New Orleans.

Martin - a faculty member of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - has performed twice at the White House, in January 2011 and February 2012, and he has performed, toured or recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Chris Botti, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman.

Admission: $35 for reserved table, $25 for general.

South on Main, 13th and Main streets, Little Rock, (501) 244-9660, metrotix.com

From the land of the recent Super Bowl and embattled Gov. Chris Christie come The Hudson Falcons, a band whose name combines two fabled American autos. The New Jerseyites boast of a sound that combines bits of The Replacements and The Ramones and the band members further describe their sound as a mixture of Stiff Little Fingers, Bruce Springsteen and The Devil Dogs.

The show begins at 10 p.m. Friday at White Water Tavern.

Opening act The P-47s, a band that borrowed the name of a World War IIera airplane, is a creation of Australian native Justin McGoldrick and his pal, Jimmy Young. The band eventually added Reade Mitchell, a noted central Arkansas radio personality.

Admission: $6.

White Water Tavern, West Seventh and Thayer streets, Little Rock, (501) 375-8400 or whitewatertavern.com

Little Rock rock band Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts, a widely traveled group, will be on home turf this weekend with a 9 p.m. show Saturday at Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, sharing the stage with some of their musical pals, Buggaboo, an Austin, Texas, band.

Buggaboo will release the trio’s second album, Asteria, this month, marking the their second year together.

Admission: $5.

Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 107 River Market Ave., Little Rock, (501) 372-7707 or stickyz.com

Back on Dec. 6, the weather forced the Texas Hippie Coalition to cancel their planned show in Little Rock, so if the weather permits this weekend, the band, which calls its sound “red dirt metal,” will take the stage at the Rev Room at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Led by front man Big Dad Ritch, the band has announced its mission is to keep alive the music of Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, 38 Special and the various Van Zandts who make music.

An opening act has yet to be announced.

Admission: $12 advance, $15 day of show.

Revolution Room, 300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 823-0090, revroom.com

Rock trio Mothwind, though based in central Arkansas, takes its message “to the furthest reaches of the universe of heavy riffage,” which in the case of this weekend will be Maxine’s on Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs for a show at 9 p.m. Friday.

The band’s opening acts will be Terminus and Jab Jab Suckerpunch.

Admission: $5.

Maxine’s, 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs, (501) 321-0909, maxineslive.com

Weekend, Pages 34 on 02/06/2014

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