Eat Mo’ Music
Savannah’s only combo specializing in soul-jazz lays down danceable instrumental grooves that range from their own interpretations of standards to jazzy treatments of rock, soul and pop hits. If you find jazz hard to wrap your head around, they might be the perfect group to help introduce you to this most engrossing art form. Fri., 9:30 pm, Luna Lounge @ Il Pasticcio. + Sat., 9 pm, Creole Red.
A rock-solid bar band with a setlist as long as a pool cue, this popular group of locals have all paid their dues on the regional nightclub and street festival circuit for years. Their repertoire includes classic and Southern rock hits as well as modern-day country smashes — which of course sound more and more like modern rock than country anyway... Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Red Leg Saloon (Hwy 204).
I Cantori’s 16th Annual Holiday Concert
Mixing international carols and traditional North American holiday tunes, this choral show, directed by Dr. Robert Harris, will be performed three times over the next few weeks, with this the first airing. The program includes rarely-heard carols from Australia, “What Sweeter Music” by Rutter, an eight-part arrangement of “Away in a Manger” and a spirited Canadian Wassail — as well as a 14th century Irish carol, “Angelus Ad Virginem.” Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and will be sold at the door. For more info, call 925-7866. Mon., 7:30 pm, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Skidaway Isl.).
The second area appearance by this Memphis alt.country powerhouse that has quickly risen among the ranks of similar artists to an impressive level of both critical acclaim and record sales (spurred along by an indie documentary charting their formation and development). Endearingly rough and ragged, their image can at time come across as slightly calculated, but as far as the music itself goes, they hit all the right notes in all the right places, and push all the right emotional buttons. Fans of The Drive-By Truckers, Steve Earle and The Bottlerockets would do well to check these guys out while they’re still willing to play small clubs such as this one. Opening acts include Drag The River and Maritime (great, pop-infused indie-rockers featuring ex-members of emo legends The Promise Ring), whose post-punk hooks draw comparisons to Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. Advance $12 tickets are available now at the venue for what’s assumed to be a sellout. Thurs., 10 pm, The Jinx.
The Roger Moss Quintet
This charming group of exceptionally talented and sympathetic jazz musicians has become one of the most popular attractions at this swanky hotel cocktail lounge. Led by the engaging classically-trained vocalist Moss, the group invests plenty of feeling and nuance into the Great American Songbook, as well as assorted cabaret-style numbers. Plus, they’ve lately begun to add a few campy, swinging arrangements of modern pop and dance hits to their unpredictable repertoire. Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Over the course of twelve years, six albums and thousands of live shows, this group has made a name for itself as one of the most respected acts on the bluegrass scene. In that time they’ve been nominated for several major music industry awards, been featured at major bluegrass events across the country, and —since 2001— hosted and headlined their own annual Festival in Buena Vista, Va.. Known as much for their memorable original tunes as for their interpretations of classic standards, the band is well-versed in traditional bluegrass techniques, but their sound might best be described as equal parts modern, progressive bluegrass and contemporary Americana. As with all the shows at this delightful acoustic listening room just minutes from downtown, this show is smoke and alcohol-free, but soft drinks will be available (and sometimes, the killer BBQ joint next door is open right up till showtime!). For advance $25 tickets to this ALL-AGES show, call 748-1930, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale).