Ho-Hum, the pop-rock band that is waxing on almost legendary local status, is at it again with another completed CD to be celebrated at Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 18.
“Now I Love You” follows last year’s “Fear of High Rollin’,” and Ho-Hum bassist Rod Bryan says that it’s all that fans would expect of the group. He also says there are a couple of tracks that are “nutty, craziness.”
“I can’t help but think that the song ‘Legions’ sounds a little like Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, and the last track is really long with about 20 things going on; Lenny [Rod’s brother and Ho-Hum guitarist] mixed stuff in like white noise, steel drums.”
The bands’ adopted Little Rock brethren, American Princes, opens the show at 9 p.m.
The show cover is $6; a new Ho-Hum CD will run you $10.
You can find nary a review or write-up on lanky Texan singer-songwriter Hayes Carll who plays Juanita’s Saturday, Nov. 20, without getting a comparison to the legendary late Texan Towns Van Zandt. It’s not totally unfounded: Carll has made noise throughout the South and beyond for his creations that reflect the style of Van Zandt’s simple but heart-hitting ballads.
Carll has an Arkansas connection, having graduated from Hendrix College (“by the skin of his teeth” he says in his press release) before moving on to become a professional singer-songwriter. “Flowers and Liquor,” Carll’s most recent CD, will be followed next March with “Little Rock,” an album co-written with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Guy Clark and Houston native John Evans. Evans and his band will open the 9:30 p.m. show at Juanita’s.
Evans describes himself on his web site as a “hot-rod alternative country artist,” with a sound as if “Dwight Yoakum, Chris Isaak, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley met at a four-way intersection.”
Admission is $10.
Feeling salsa? Norte de Havana, which blends Afro-Cuban funk, jazz and a spicy south of the border style, performs two nights at Cajun’s Wharf Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20.
Joe Cripps and Greg Beck, former members of Brave Combo, provide the percussion, and the group has a full lineup with several vocalists, horns, guitars and more. Robert Gomez (of Rob G and the LPs), who plays the tres (a Cuban guitar), and trombonist David Pierce created the group three years ago. The rest of the band lineup is Ross Shodek (bass), Mark Hereth and Eric Gierroro (on trumpets) and Eugene LeBeaux (on the trombone). Pierce serves as musical director and arranger. The Dallas Observer deemed the band the “hottest new thing to listen to in the area,” and, noted for its high energy, Norte de Havana has been nominated in both the Dallas and Fort Worth music scene for various awards.
Gomez has recorded with Norah Jones and Turkish music star Omar Faruk. Pierce has worked with several symphonies.
The music starts around 8:30 p.m. both nights, and the cover is $5.
Metal, metal and more metal is on tap at Juanita’s Friday, Nov. 19, with Fear Factory.
Fear Factory gives a whole new meaning to the term “techno” with its industrial deconstructive metal sound. “Bite the Hand That Bleeds” is featured on the closing credits of the recent horror film “Saw.” Opening the triple lineup at 8 p.m. will be Trivium, a deathcore band from Orlando, Fla., followed by Toronto-based No Warning. Tickets are on sale online (www.juanitas.com) or at the venue for $15. Admission at the door will be $17.
Although he’s based out of Nashville, Will Hoge’s blue-collar rock has drawn comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello — anything but country. He brings his straight-out guitar-heavy rock ’n’ roll to Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Nov. 20, with local pop-rock band Big Silver opening at 9 p.m.
Hoge’s latest CD, “Blackbird on a Lonely Wire,” was released in 2003.
Admission is $7.
The band name Gas Can is gone, but the band members (plus one) are still around under the sobriquet Chubacabra. They will open at 9 p.m. for the Wednesday, Nov. 24, American Tourists show at Juanita’s. Admission is $7.
Chubacabra is composed of Neil Dillard (vocals), Josh Tate (drums), Jason Tedford (guitar), and Mark Chiaro (guitar) with the addition of Jerry Cordova on bass.
Correction: AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Bells played at Juanita’s Cantina Ball Room in January 2003 with KISS cover band KISS Army. The Nov. 4 “In the Clubs” column listed the wrong venue.