Deep Blue 3
Though they may not possess the name recognition of some of the local electric blues combos that have played this area for well over a decade, this versatile group is every bit as capable of putting on exhilarating live shows filled with standards as well as more contemporary material. Fri., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
DJ Spooky & Bora Yoon
Ultra-rare live performance from this world-famous turntablist, remixer and hip-hop academic. He’ll be joined by violinist Yoon, and a number of Asian musicians for a show incorporating spontaneous music and video projection. Tickets are free, but must be picked up in advance. Wed., 8 pm, Trustees Theater - ALL-AGES.
The latest indie CD by this Atlanta/Athens-based retro-nouveau funk band draws heavily on the spaced-out rhetoric of vintage P-Funk concept LPs. Their live shows lean toward deep, multi-layered funk workouts dripping with poly-rhythms, absurdist prose and calls for the crowd to join in on the proceedings. It’s a well-played blast from the past that does a surprisingly good job of not treading too far into mimicry. Fri., 10 pm, Tantra Lounge.
This N.C.-based songwriter is one of the shining lights on the U.S. Americana and alt.country scenes. He’s criminally unknown to most, but enjoys a fanatical, hardcore following among folks who like their acoustic guitar ballads as raw and soul-baring as they come. His live shows vary in intensity depending on his mercurial nature, but never fail to captivate. In fact, such is the manic desperation present in his lyrics and delivery, that crowds are often left as breathless and spent as he by the end of the night. This show follows an opening by some of downtown’s more celebrated painters, and bears my highest possible recommendation. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
Little Salt Island Boogie 2
This is the 2nd year in a row this homegrown, ultra-DIY show has been held on the beach of Little Tybee (an uninhabited barrier island accessible only by boat). It’s a gathering of organic rock, folk and psychedelic jam musicians with no stated purpose save fun and fellowship. The 2-day camping event is designed to leave no lasting environmental impact. It is billed as being “unsponsored and unorganized,” which basically means everyone’s on the honor system, and you best be on good behavior so as not to harsh anyone’s mellow. Bands include The Train Wrecks and Mr. Wiley. There will also be kayaking, a horseshoe tournament and —of course— sun bathing. For more info, call Gary Conleay at (912) 373-5503. Fri. - Sat., Twin Palms, Little Tybee Island - ALL-AGES.
Hardly any seats remained at press time for the kickoff to this phenomenally popular and gifted bluegrass/pop crossover combo’s “Farewell (for now)” tour. Amazingly, the young members have been at this for 2 decades, and are itching to spread their wings through solo careers and other projects before their inevitable reunion. Thurs., 8 pm, Lucas Theatre.
Savannah Choral Society
“America in Song” includes Broadway showtunes, as well as gospel, folk and pops favorites by such songwriting legends as Mercer, Bernstein, Kern and Gershwin. The show will be conducted by the Society’s new full-time director, the renowned Peter Shannon. $20 adult and $10 student tickets available online at ww.savannahchoralsociety.org. Sat., 7:30 pm, AASU Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
Tango! Music of Piazzolla
The Savannah Sinfonietta’s Chamber Players showcase the revered work of Argentinian icon Astor Piazzolla (plus dance-related pieces by other noted composers such as Schubert, Beethoven, Milhaud and Ibert). The string trio includes violinist Terry Moore, violist Gretchen Frazier and cellist Sarah Schenkman. Tickets range from $15 - $20 at www.savannahorchestra.org. Students free w/valid ID at the door. Thurs., 7:30 pm, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (The Landings) + Sun., 3 pm, Temple Mickve Israel.