Battery (A Metallica Tribute )
So, how close does this longstanding cover act (they’ve been around for nigh on a decade) come to approximating the crushing power of a vintage show by metal pioneers Metallica? Well, here’s a few stats to whet your appetite: in 1998, they were actually chosen by their idols to be the opening act on all the sold-out dates of the group’s Garage, Inc. Tour; their lead vocalist was invited ot audition with Metallica as a fill-in for injured frontman James Hetfield when he had to bow out of a co-headlining tour with Guns ‘n’ Roses on short notice; they’ve been featured on MTV as one of the premier rock tribute bands worldwide, and were voted Best Metallica Tribute Band out of several contenders; and Metallica’s own bassist Jason Newstead said of them, “They take it to our level!” These guys tour relentlessly, and are said to put on a spellbinding performance. This local punk, metal and indie-rock venue has recently warmed to the idea of booking the occasional tribute band if its campy enough or purports to be extremely impressive. This one promises to fall into the latter category. $10 advance tickets to this 21+ show are on sale now at the bar, and the concert is expected to sell out, so get yours fast if you just gotta be there. Fri., 11 pm, The Jinx.
Eat Mo’ Music
Looking for a great excuse to kick back and enjoy the night air? Take in a free outdoor show by this funky, wah-guitar-and-trumpet-based soul-jazz quartet under the stars at this courtyard venue next to the giant hole in the ground that used to be the City Market Parking Garage. Fri., 8 pm, Sorry Charlie’s.
If I wasn’t playing a gig of my own in their hometown at approximately the same time this Atlanta band hits the stage, i’d be at their show. Formed in 2001, this dynamic original rock group deftly mixes influences as seemingly disparate as The MC5’s bellicose garage R & B and doomed Big Star frontman Chris Bell’s twee, morose, Beatle-esque Brit-pop. The chiming choruses, sunny vocal harmonies and grinding electric guitar crunch of these underground darlings have won them critical praise as well as opening slots for such major artists as Oasis, Jet, The White Stripes, The Raveonettes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Electric Six. Plus, they know what terrifying secret Shadwell the butler keeps behind that locked, green door... Sat., 11 pm, The Jinx.
Jerry Joseph’s Jackmormons
This downtown eatery continues to work at distinguishing itself as a serious live music venue with this impressive booking. Joseph made waves in the ‘90s with a great, reggae-influenced road band called Little Women, but it would take years of hard living and troubled times for him to emerge as a critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter with a sizable cult following. That’s due to both his immense capacities as both a rock and contemporary folk tunesmith, and his close association with Widespread Panic (they covered his “Climb To Safety”) who took him under their wing and gave him a leg up in the biz. This venue has a newly updated sound and light system so it should look and sound above average, but be aware: while big-screen TVs project a view of the stage throughout the bar, if it’s a packed house and you don’t get there early, that’s the only way you’ll see the band, as a wall divides the room in half... Sun., 9 pm, Loco’s (downtown).
The Love Story
Captivating, female-fronted NYC-based group playing dicordant indie-rock that’s reminiscent of Pod-era Breeders. They cite the ultra-underground cult act Teen Slain as a key influence. Also on this bill: She Keeps Bees, essentially a one-woman low-fi solo project that at times leans toward the countrified ballads of recent Patti Smith efforts. Fri., 10 pm, Guitar Bar.
Port City Music
This droning, moody local jangle-rock project serves mainly as a vehicle for the songwriting of guitarist and vocalist Phillip Palmer (whose indie cred pedigree stretches all the way back to a short stint in Sunday School, one of Savannah’s earliest underground bands). Along with fellow atmospheric guitarist Toby Taylor, he leads PCM’s young bassist, keyboardist and drummer into hitherto uncharted territory that references the golden age of pre-goth British and North Carolina indie-rock. Also on the bill: local DIY electro-folk act Pink Kodiak, and Zombie Bazooka Patrol, a Nashville-based “horror-rockabilly” quartet that affects an often charming spooky type of addled naiveté that’s obviously a wee bit contrived Daniel Johnston nick (this band also plays the following night at Murphy’s Law Irish Pub). Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES .
“Fibonacci Goes Baroque”
Presented by the Savannah Sinfonietta, this set of works by Baroque master composers of the 17th Century use as few as 1 performer and as many as 13 — including guest Soprano Tina Zenker Williams. Pieces to be showcased include: Telemann’s Fantasia #4 in D Major, Marcello’s Sonata in F Major, Fantini’s Sonata No 8 in C “Detta Del Nero”, Purcell’s Fantasia upon a ground in D, Handel’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 3 No. 3 in G Major, Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso Op.5 No.12 “La Folia”, Handel’s Alleluia from “Esther”, and Vivaldi’s Double Concerto for 2 Trumpets and Orchestra in C major. If you have yet to avail yourself of a performance by one of the fastest rising new classical ensembles in the area, now would be a great time to do so. Tickets range from $20 to $30, and are available at www.savannahorchestra.org, by calling (800) 514-3849, or at the doors. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Richmond Hill United Methodist Church, Fri., 7:30 pm, Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, Sat., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, Sun., 3 pm, The Jewish Educational Alliance.
This recently-re-opened sports bar continues to bring in well-known live music acts that appeal to their regular crowd — such as this once-hot/now on the comeback trail white, Ga.-born rapper who burst on the scene a few years back with a hit album full of Timbaland tracks. After poor promotion threw his career in limbo, OutKast’s own Big Boi signed Sparxxx, and released his latest CD. Since these are (comparatively) lean times for this artist, expect a memorable show. Thurs., Malone’s (River St.).
Songwriters In The Round
This showcase of regional acoustic guitar-based songwriters includes sets from popular local Brandon Clark, as well as Andrew Miller, Josh Wade and Nathan Hager — most of whom should be familiar faces to regular visitors to this SCAD-oriented java hangout. Sat., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.