BOB SCHNEIDER: Guitarist grows up.
During many years of rocking in Austin in jam and funk party bands such as the Ugly Americans, Scabs and Joe Rockhead, guitarist Bob Schneider developed a reputation for being both raunchy and charismatic. As a solo artist with a backing band, he’s still charismatic, but he will surprise the fans with a blast from his partying past.
Schneider and his band will be at Juanita’s on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Suffrajett, a New York Afro-punk act, opens the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Schneider took the party with him as he went solo in 2001, releasing “Lonelyland,” the all-time top selling album on Austin’s famed Waterloo Records label. Universal soon picked up Schneider to take him national.
Along his solo journey he partnered with guitarist Mitch Watkins for a laid-back, X-rated, “Underneath the Onion Trees.” As best as we can tell, Schneider has changed a little from his earlier youthful “over-the-top” image. For example, “I’m Good Now,” released last year, explores themes of death and drugs – a different tack from what fans may expect of the once carefree, bad-boy rocker.
On Wednesday at Sticky Fingerz: With songs that cover topics such as getting drunk or stoned, truck stops and so forth, it’s no surprise that proud redneck musicians Jason Boland and the Stragglers have built a reputation as unofficial working man’s heroes. Influenced by rowdy godfathers such as David Allan Coe, Boland and the Stragglers combine alt-swing with a good amount of red-blooded male swagger. The CD “Somewhere in the Middle” was released last year, and the group has a new video out for the song “When I’m Stoned.”
This show is at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $10.
Boland and the Stragglers will appear in Fayetteville on Thursday, Sept. 8, at George’s Majestic Lounge.
For those who appreciate the soul-based groove sound that came from Memphis during the ’60s and ’70s, the Gamble Brothers are modern-day scholars of that style. The group will be appearing at Sticky Fingerz on Friday, Sept. 2.
Like a ska Steely Dan sans guitar, the quartet’s lead instrument is a keyboard manned by founding member Al Gamble. “Back to the Bottom” followed their debut CD “10 lbs. of Hum.” The group is completed by the other Gamble brother, Chad, on drums, along with Blake Rhea on bass and Art Edmaiston on saxophone.
Bockmans will start at 9:30 p.m. and cover is $5.
No sucka MCs or crunks in this act: Conway-based group Arkatext is of the more philosophical, socially-aware ilk of hip-hop groups. Its subject matter is loftier than some hardcore acts; you’re guaranteed the usual street terms will not be uttered.
Arkatext headlines on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Sticky Fingerz (9 p.m.; $5) and will perform a free show at Benson’s, located at 313 Dickson Ave. in Fayetteville, on Friday, Sept. 2. Both dates will open with the Ills, an electronica group from Norman, Okla.
Got anger? Orange County-based hardcore metal band Throwdown does and will take it out on Vino’s Brewpub on Friday, Sept. 2. Bring your helmet: Throwdown is said to follow the Sepultura or Pantera school of metal thought, which more than likely will inspire a front-stage pit.
This stop is part of Throwdown’s national “To Die For” tour. The show will begin at 7 p.m. with tour mates Remembering Never, the Agony Scene and Sinai Beach opening. Admission for all ages is $12.
Some of you who have walked Central Avenue in Hot Springs lately may have noticed that Maxine’s Puzzle Bar has been closed for more than a month. After a complete inside renovation, doors will reopen in a couple of weeks and live music on the weekends will continue, according to new owner Jeremy Nelson.
Speaking of Hot Springs music, Little Rock-based pop cover band Superflux with frontwoman Cara Hayes and talented backing musicians will be at 2720, a new club/restaurant located at 2720 Albert Pike in the Spa City. Superflux will start its first set around 9 p.m. Cover is $5.