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Schrock back to soft-rock Afterthought 

Big week of music features Mathus at the Press Box on Saturday, heavy rockers Saliva at Juanita’s on Tuesday.

THINK SCHROCK: At the Afterthought.
  • THINK SCHROCK: At the Afterthought.
The Afterthought, the cozy night club on Kavanaugh Boulevard, welcomes back a favorite act, pianist/singer/songwriter Kate Schrock, on Sunday, Feb. 13. Schrock puts full meaning to the word “independent” by making her own way in the music business writing, producing and distributing her work — five critically acclaimed albums — on her label, Kakelane Music. The onetime model turned musician cites as influences Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Ani DiFranco, and she has garnered comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Aimee Mann throughout her career. Her most recent album, “Indiana,” was released in late 2003. Schrock’s mother, Jan Schrock, is the daughter of Heifer International founder Dan West and formerly worked for the nonprofit in Little Rock. Kate Schrock lives in Maine, but tours throughout the country. She’s shared bills in the Midwest with such top acoustic performers as Texas guitar great Monte Montgomery. When Jan Schrock lived in Little Rock, Kate began making annual visits and would schedule a gig as well, which led to building a strong local following. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.; arrive early for a good seat up close to the piano. Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom’s now-regular Tuesday night “Local Edge Live” band competition will be replaced for one night, Feb. 15, with Memphis-based powerhouse Saliva, along with current touring mates Low As I. Josey Scott and the rest of Saliva — Chris D’baldo, Wayne Swinny, Dave Novotny, Paul Crosby — have come a long way since playing tiny clubs and warehouses in 1996: They’ve been featured on several Hollywood movie soundtracks, opened last year for KISS on tour, and Scott recently won an award from the Sundance Film Festival. Saliva last August released “Survival of the Sickest,” an album that, politely speaking, thumbs its nose at the current state of the rock music business. Low As I recently released its debut album, “Shot Heard Around the World.” Tickets are available at the club for $17 in advance or $20 (if available) the day of the show. Few words are needed for popular Austin, Texas, honky-tonk band Reckless Kelly, which returns to Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, Feb. 12. Micky and the Motorcars will open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. More of that Austin sound will be served at Sticky Fingerz on Monday, Feb. 14, in the form of a Texas-style double shot of country: Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers’ “’Til the Wheels Fall Off Tour.” Randy Rogers has been making big news lately even without having a major record deal. His latest album, “Rollercoaster,” took Austin’s renowned Gruene With Envy awards by storm a couple of weeks ago, winning Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Wade Bowen is no slouch himself. He’s released three independent albums, and he’s earned the respect of and worked with Pat Green (he has co-writing credits on Green’s single “Don’t Break My Heart Again”). Bowen’s most recent CD, “Try Not To Listen,” was released last year, and a new studio CD is expected this summer. The show Monday starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $6. Jimbo Mathus, the former Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman and owner of a retro-recording studio in Clarksdale, Miss., will be at the Press Box (3301 Fair Park Blvd. behind UALR) on Saturday, Feb. 12. He’ll be bringing along the latest incarnation of his band, now called Knockdown South. An opening act, not announced by press time, will start around 9 p.m., with Mathus and company following. Admission is $5. For ska fans, Vino’s Brewpub will have what you’re looking for on Sunday, Feb. 13 with the Toasters. The Toasters were formed in the early ’80s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Despite the many revolving “revivals” of the genre and rotating band members, the band has continued to play before appreciative audiences with its brand of ska-soul-meets-reggae sound, saturated with aggressive but optimistic working-class sentiments — a music that’s highly danceable. The discography totals 12 albums, the last released in October 2003. “In Retrospect: The Best of the Toasters,” features the band’s most notable songs recorded over the past 20-plus years. The Magnificent 7 will open at 6 p.m., followed by Six Hung Sprung. The all-ages admission is $10. Acoustic Sounds Cafe is hosting romantically plaintive Texas-based guitar/piano/ mandolinist and Kerrville New Folk winner alum Steve Fisher on Friday, Feb. 11. Opening will be fellow acoustic guitarist Bill Isles from Minnesota. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students. The venue inside Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, is non-smoking and alcohol-free. For more information, call 227-0000.
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