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First Friday For Folk Music

Monthly no-alcohol and no-smoking acoustic showcase for locals and nationally-known touring acts, featuring legendary songwriter Steve Gillette (Garth Brooks, John Denver, Nanci Griffith, Waylon Jennings, and Kenny Rogers have all cut his tunes) with Cindy Mangsen. Also on the bill: Austin, Tx.’s Matt Williams, a singing guitarist (originally from S.C.) heavily influenced by Dylan, Randy Newman and Al Green; and the local husband and wife duo of Bob & Judy Williams (no relation to Matt) that helped found the Savannah Music Society, which benefits from the suggested $2 donation to this all-ages show. Fri., 7:30 pm, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St.).

‘Super Fest 2006 Xl’

With hardly any venues outside of the downtown area regularly booking live music, the newly-remodeled Coach’s Corner Sports Bar in Thuderbolt is testing the waters to see if it’ll work there.

The restaurant and watering hole is throwing a 4-day bash to coincide with the Super Bowl. Friday and Saturday at 9 pm, Atlanta-based headliners Mighty McFly return to Savannah after an extended absence. Their new lineup is working on an entire CD’s worth of originals to augment and eventually supplant their covers, but for now, the show is dominated by their costumed take on cheesy ‘80s rock and pop hits.

Saturday at 2 pm, young local “Y’allternative “ rockers WormsLoew play twangy Widespread Panic and Drive-By Truckers-inspired originals, followed by the quirky roots-rock of locals The Train Wrecks (featuring Jason Bible) at 4 pm, and a 6 pm set of Southern and classic rock favorites from High Velocity. Sunday at 1 pm, acoustic duo Keith & Ross appear. With a strong turnout for this event, perhaps Thunderbolt may soon find itself with a new place to regularly catch local and regional bands. Fri., 9 pm + Sat., 2 pm, Coach’s Corner, Thunderbolt.

Live Rocky Horror Floorshow

One a year or so, Pure Antimatter – a local troupe of seasoned Rocky Horror Picture Show fanatics – convinces this small, family-owned independent movie theater to book the most infamous cult film of all time. Then they don homemade costumes, and put on a “Floorshow” which takes to heart the liberating, hedonistic message of this gender-bending ‘70s sci-fi rock opera (based on the stage play of the same name), as has been the rage worldwide for over a quarter of a century. If you’ve never seen this movie, or have only caught it on the small screen, give yourself over to absolute pleasure, and to this one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon. Call 966-9101 for advance ticket info. Fri., midnight, Westside Cinemas (Garden City).

A Fir-Ju Well

One of the brightest shining lights on the often-underrated Atlanta indie-rock scene, A Fir-Ju Well are bad to the bone. Imagine a trashy, slightly low-fi pastiche of White Album Beatles grooves and harmonies, Shins-like guitar textures, and the “just what are they on?” whimsy of middle-period Flaming Lips. When it’s not every day a band emerges that seems to really bust their collective ass to remain unique and memorable in an increasingly trite genre, shouldn’t you make a point to show up and support the ones who do? Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

DJ ICEY

When this world-famous dance club icon last played Savannah (in 2004), more than 600 revelers showed up. Now he’s back for a non-stop party, with support from local turntablists DJB + TERRY THURSTON, SCULLY and NICK J. For info on how to get VIP tickets that’ll afford special access and express admission, go to vip@djbreaks.com. Note: as of press time this venue was shut down, but supposedly will reopen in time for this event. Call 238-9355 first to make sure. Sat., 9 pm - 3 am, Savannah Down Under.

‘Men & Boys, Horns & Voices’

Part of Savannah’s 2006 Black Heritage Festival, this concert – says organizer Teddy Adams – is “an evening of music that makes up the black experience.” Adams has rounded up some of the best talent to come from this area.

The St. Paul’s Academy Boys Choir and the SSU Alumni Men’s Glee Club handle vocal duties on a selection of gospel, Southern gospel and spiritual numbers. Noted singer Huxsie Scott adds some jazz flavor into the mix. Brunswick-area sensation L.C. Quarterman (whom Adams calls one of the best-kept secrets in our area) forsakes his normal religious music to sing the blues, and a trio of Adams’ former students (all of whom have or are working on Masters degrees in music) join forces with him for a “Trombone Summit.”

Those students include Stan Wilkerson (who’s gigged with Wynton Marsalis and Jon Faddis), André Murchison (who works with the Ray Charles and Duke Ellington Bands), and Robert Stringer (studying at the New England Conservatory). Great stuff! Mon., 7:30 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church (225 W. president St. by the Telfair Museum of Art) - FREE.

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