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“Coastal Pet Rescue Benefit” w/Sinister Moustache, F.A.R., Broken Tyme, Port City Music, Vermillion X, 9 On Bali

This benefit concert features a number of original local rock bands whose material ranges from dark and dreamy textured guitar pop to brutal, cacophonous metal. The venue they’re playing is primarily known as a dance club, but from time to time has hosted benefit shows such as this for worthy local causes. All manner of donated prizes will be raffled off, and it’s only a $6 donation to get into this 21+ show. For more info on each of the artists, got to www.sofro.com. Wed., 9 pm, Deja Groove. 

Jimmy Maddox

This longtime Savannah resident now makes his home in Nashville, Tn., but returns to town every so often for a low-key gig at this funky, popular bar and restaurant near the water on the far end of Tybee. Fans of boogie-woogie and ‘70s-era California songwriters such as Warren Zevon may find much to like about this folksy hometown boy who regularly plays with some of Music City’s finest. Sun., 5 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach (Tybee). 

The Howard Paul Quartet

Most folks who keep up with the increasingly thriving local jazz scene will tell you that Howard Paul is one of the finest guitar players for miles and miles around. A devotee of the highly-prized 7-string creations of his new employer, the legendary luthier and guitar innovator Bob Benedetto, Paul is the go-to guy in this area when world class fretboard talents such as Jimmy Bruno or Bucky Pizzarelli pass through and need someone who can sit in and hold their own. He rarely plays public shows in Savannah, but can be found every Monday night (much like Woody Allen’s NYC clarinet gig) hanging at the tony island supper club with his quartet, and welcoming a revolving list of guest ringers from throughout the region. Easily the hippest standing engagement around... Mon., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).   

The Train Wrecks

This fun-loving power trio of guitar, bass and drums began as a lark. (Rumor has it the three members decided to book a gig and see how many cover songs they knew between them that they could pull off without any rehearsal beforehand.) After receiving a warm response, they “put their weight on it,” and began adding originals to their set and playing out with a vengeance — sometimes doing 2 and 3 gigs in one day at multiple locations. The end result is that their folksy brand of upbeat roots-rock (led by guitarist/songwriter Jason Bible and drummer/songwriter Markus Kuhlmann) and twangy alt.country has been honed into something surprisingly tight and impressive. Along with bassist Eric Dunn (all of the members sing as well), they’ve become a favorite attraction at clubs, bars and eateries throughout the immediate area, and have earned the title Hardest Gigging Band In Town Award hands down. Thurs., 10 pm, Finnegan’s Wake + Sat., 6 pm, Wild Wing Café. 

The Viguba Trio

Previously known as The Jazz & Tango Kings, this classically-trained combo features classic Argentinian tango music, as well as unique interpretations of standards. Led by the jazz violin of Ricardo Ochoa, the group also features standup bassist Pete Berquist, guitarist Bruce Spradlin and drummer Josh Safer. Together, they’re one of the more warmly received instrumental musical projects to have formed in Savannah in recent memory. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park. 

Withered

Extreme, Atlanta-based Black Metal band that still retains some of the members’ grindcore and crust-punk roots. They’ve recently been out on the road supporting such heavyweights as Exhumed and Mastodon. Also on this bone-crushing bill, two more Atlanta bands: Doomsayer, a fairly by-the-numbers satanic metal unit, and the heavier than should be humanly possible Zoroaster, who describe their music fairly accurately as sounding like “dinosaurs taking a shit.” If this is your bag, you’ll dig it. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.  

Downsiid

Calling themselves “The originators of Ghetto Rock,” this Killeen, Tx. rap-metal hybrid fell off the same truck as Rage Against The Machine and Limp Bizkit, which means that you’ll either love ‘em or hate ‘em. To be sure, their sound is rather formulaic (crunching guitar riffs over pounding drums, laced with aggressive, macho lyrics), but they do it about as well as anybody. New local moody alt.rockers Element Unseen open, along with N.Y. alt.rockers Vaeda and Pa.’s Kairos. Sat., 10 pm, Guitar Bar (348 MLK Jr., Blvd). - Note: this listing mistakenly appeared in last week’s issue.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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