A taste of this week's live gigs 

Absylom Rising

Miss. rockers drawing on bluegrass, funk, jazz and blues genres. Wed. - Fri., 9:30 pm, Fiddler’s (River St.).


Acoustic duo from Royal Oak, Mich. that cites Radiohead, Beck and Rufus Wainwright as influences. Thurs., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.


Baddass local modern metal act that bows at the feet of Slayer and Mastodon (and who doesn’t, really?). The vocals are a bit weak, but they’ve got the syncopated riffing thing down. They should consider going instrumental... Young local “evil” thrash-core act Ashes of An Empire open with two scoops of double-kick beats. Fri., 10 pm, Guitar Bar.


Special, stripped-down acoustic show by this impressive locally-based rock act drawing on ska, punk, reggae and classic rock. Fri., 10 pm, Locos (downtown).

AASU Music Ensembles

Combination recital from two of Armstrong Atlantic State University’s music programs. The Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Stephen Primatic will feature exotic jazz works like Christopher Rouse’s ode to the Hawaiian god of war, “Ku-ka ilimoku,” while Randall Reese directs the Jazz Ensemble through standards by the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. $5 at the door or free for card-carrying AASU students. Tues., 7:30 pm, AASU Fine Arts Auditorium.

Badfish - Tribute To Sublime

Touring act doing their best impersonation of this beloved West Coast ska-rock band whose career has seemingly benefitted from their frontman’s well-timed death by OD. Regional indie-rockers Lost in The Media open with an acoustic set. Thurs., 8 pm, Monkey Business (Hilton Head).

Jeff Beasley

Local singer and guitarist (who’s soon to release a new CD) playing blues/soul/old-time rock & roll originals and covers, as well as accompanying himself on percussion. Wed., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Thurs., 6 pm, Queeny’s.

Bottles & Cans

Tough, swinging garage-rock-infused blues and Tom Waits-esque weird Americana. Thurs., 7 pm, Dawg House Grill.

Brokn Tyme

Fixtures on the local original metal scene. In the ‘boro, they play with FLAW, Haloscript, Marsha Brady and Deception. Fri., 8 pm, The Apex (Statesboro) + Sat., 10 pm, Wind Rose Café (Tybee).

Mark Carter

Local acoustic singer/songwriter playing originals and well-known covers. Fri., 6 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt).

Brandon Clark

Up-and-coming local modern rock/pop singer/songwriter in the vein of Jason Mraz. Sat., 7 pm, Café Ambrosia.

Jonathan Croft

Young solo acoustic guitarist/singer from Monroe, Ga. who cites influences on his original material such as Neil Young, Pink Floyd and Grant Lee Buffalo. Sat., 10 pm, Savannah Blues.

Dawn of The Dude

I can’t even believe that people waste their time writing and recording 10th generation poseur indie-rock crap like this, let alone get in a van and haul themselves around the country acting “crazy” in front of back-hat wearing “bros.” Seriously. Sure, they can play. This Asheville, N.C. quartet is tight and solid. It’s also completely indistinguishable from any of the million interchangeable acts who’ve driven this kind of snot-nosed, fake-ass, whiny “punk” into the ground three years ago. Either wait two decades till it’s kitschy or give it a rest. Sat., 10:30 pm, Guitar Bar.

Day of The Dead

Special celebration of the Latin holiday Dia de los Muertos. Local ensemble Son Latino provides music while an altar is built to honor loved ones who have passed. Fri., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.

Deep Blue 3

Excellent and versatile modern electric blues band with a vast repertoire and solid rhythm section. Fri., 8 pm, The Warehouse.

Element Unseen

Local, textural hard alt.rock act that is once more gaining ground after a lineup switch. Sat., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.

First Friday Fetish Night

Local theme party impresario Chris Cook helms this event boasting debauched “shock shows” and costume contests. Music provided by Analog Kid (who won our last Readers Poll for Best Club DJ) and DJ Danny Darkwave. Fri., 10 pm, B & B Ale House (ground level).

First Friday for Folk Music

Family-oriented, smoke and alcohol free acoustic showcase featuring The Savannah Ceili Band (playing traditional Irish dance music on guitar, banjo, whistle, flute, fiddle, bodhran and mandolin), Nashville-based Alan Rhody and local songstress Lauren Lapointe. Free w/a suggested $2 donation to the Savannah Folk Music Society. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Mon. United Methodist (429 Abercorn St.) - ALL-AGES.

David Harbuck

Veteran area songwriter/guitarist who’s latest indie CD is filled with rollicking, earthy southern pop vein, akin to middle-period Hootie & The Blowfish and bluesy, soulful ballads that owe a stylistic debt to the glory days of The Atlanta Rhythm Section. Thurs., 7 pm, Augie’s (Richmond Hill) + Fri., 8:30 pm, Robin’s Nest (Pooler).

High Velocity

Tight southern and classic rock hits (plus some modern C & W). Wed. & Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Gilley’s (Hinesville).

The Hitmen

Hard-hitting electric blues power trio (featuring Silver Lining’s Maggie Evans). Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.

Jon Doe

High-octane, George Clinton-style funk. Sat., 9:30 pm, Fiddler’s (River St.).

The Joyce Leuttich Trio

Pianist-led combo offering classical, jazz and showtunes. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth.

David Lugo & Latin Jazz Motion

Local combo playing dance-oriented, percussion-heavy Latin jazz. Led by a longtime conga player who’s gigged far and wide with a few big names. Thurs., 8 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).

Newfound Road

Listening-room set by a nationally-known bluegrass and gospel group. For $20 advance tickets, call 748-1930. Fri., 7:30 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale) - ALL-AGES.

David Newman

Also known as Durga Das, Newman specializes in sacred Kirtan Chanting. This meditative and inspirational show is one of the first to take place in this popular business’ new location. $15 advance or $20 at the door. More info at www.savannahyoga.com or 441-6653. Tues., 7 pm, Savannah Yoga Center (1321 Bull St.).


Hard rock originals/covers. Thurs., 8 pm, Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth) + Fri., 9 pm, The Jukebox (Richmond Hill).

G.E. Perry & Strange Brew

Accomplished blues and rock from a group of veteran local players. Fri., 8 pm, Glazer’s (Richmond Hill).

Jordan Ross Import

Pooler singer/songwriter whose radio-friendly, guitar and piano-based southern pop-rock is akin to Train and Five For Fighting. Fri., 10 pm, Molly Macpherson’s (Richmond Hill) + Sat., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s (downtown).

Ralph Sampson’s Paper Jam

Local rockers featuring members of Turtle Folk. Wed., 10 pm, Locos (downtown).

26th Annual Savannah Seafood Fest

Giant free party on the waterfront. Dig all this live entertainment! Friday: DJ Joe (9 am), Rocky Horror Show cast (5 pm), award-winning C & W from The Bryan Clees Band (5:30 pm), all-girl country act Mustang Sally (7:30 pm), and popular rock, beach and soul covers from Band In The Park (9:45 pm). Saturday: DJ Joe (9 am), Marilyn Youmans School of Dance (11:30 am), CC Express Cloggers (3 pm), Rocky Horror Show cast (5 pm), reggae-influenced brother duo The Fading Room (5:15 pm), instrumental soul-jazz from Eat Mo’ Music (7 pm), local Battle of The Bands winners Audio Tuxedo (9 pm), and classic rock hits from cover band Main Street (10:45 pm). Sunday: DJ Joe spins popular faves all day long. (9 am). Fri. - Sun., River Street.

Silver Lining

Ace local jazz trio w/female vocals. Sat., 9 pm, Isaac’s on Drayton.

Jan Spillane

Local guitarist/pianist who’s released several indie CDs of soulful blues and pop. Fri., 6:30 pm, Café Ambrosia.


Motown, shag and soul hits. Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.

The Train Wrecks

Local Americana and roots-a-billy quartet that just released a standout indie CD. Thurs., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law + Sat., 11 pm (local outlaw country act Whiskey Dick opens), The Jinx.

Two Originals

Acoustic guitar duo offering blues, folk and choice Grateful Dead covers. Tues., 10 pm, Stogie’s.


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