17unkyard Angel The latest project from The Marshall Brothers, Stewart (of established Americana act Stewart & Winfield) and Jim (of the defunct local cover band Backwoods), this straight-up rock and roll acts members are based in both Savannah and Athens, and established in each towns music scenes.
The new group (which is just beginning to gig out with some regularity during a slow period in Stewart & Winfields touring schedule) boasts four songwriters, and plans to cut their first album in January.
Additional members include guitarist Scotty Rahn from local Stones tribute band Monkey Man, and Rick Williams, bassist for the Park Bench Trio (and roots-rock semi-stars Bloodkin.). At times, Junkyard Angel is joined by pedal steel man A.J. Adams.
In addition to their own material, the group augments their sets with nuggets from The Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Cash and George Jones catalogs, as well as plenty of old-school Dead, and Dylan tunes. Thurs., 10 pm, Finnegans Wake.
Awhile back, two of the areas best and most popular electric blues bands pulled a switcheroo (as opposed to a Conqueroo) and exchanged bass players.
While The Ignitors were a relatively new outfit based out of South Carolina, the Bluesonics have been playing around Savannah in one form or another for well over a decade. In fact, this wouldnt be the first time that some of the two groups members had crossed paths.
Ignitors guitarist Josh Maul had filled the same role in the Bluesonics long ago. With the addition of bassist Brian Prewitt, Maul and drummer Mike Fletcher dropped The Ignitors tag, and recast the new trio as Mamas Mojo.
While many local blues groups tend to cover the same basic ground stylistically, this combo has made no bones bout the fact that they want to inject a little more of their own personal dynamic into what can at times be a less-than-flavorful gumbo. Whether it be their unique arrangements of material by the likes of the late, great Albert King and The Iceman Albert Collins (as well as more contemporary artists such as Poppa Chubby), or their determination to stand apart from the crowd, this hard-grooving power trio puts on a tight live show thats far from background music. Fri., 6 pm, The Warehouse.
CJA Xmas Concert & Jam
If you can believe it this will be the 30th year in a row that the Coastal Jazz Association has held this wonderful annual concert event.
Designed as a way to celebrate our areas (and Americas) history of innovation in this national art form while raising money for the CJAs educational scholarship fund, its a great way to spend your Christmas Day.
Entertainment will be provided by the Teddy Adams Sextet, featuring vocalist Huxsie Scott. Afterwards, an open jam session finds many of the areas best musicians sitting in for an impromptu set of roof-raising, off-the-cuff jazz. The show starts at 6 pm. Theres free parking and hors doeuvres, as well as plenty of door prizes to be given away.
Proceeds from the $15 donation fee go to deserving college and high school students involved in established jazz programs. Tickets available at Portmans Music, Rodys Music, Annies Guitars, or at the venue. For more info, call 356-2399. Sun., 6 pm, Cha Bella (formerly Suzabelles - Broughton & E. Broad Sts.).
This up-and-coming South Georgia organic rock group first hit town a few weeks ago and played a few last-minute gigs at JJ Cagneys with little fanfare. Those who were in attendance say they were blown away by the bands songcraft and musical interaction.
Led by the Waycross-born vocalist and rhythm guitarist Justin Perkins, the bands anchor is the impressive rhythm section of bassist Rory Hoke (a George Porter, Jr. acolyte) and drummer Justin Moore, whose nuanced use of dynamics betrays an affinity for both jazz, and the muscular playing of The Jimi Hendrix Experiences Mitch Mitchell.
Above and beyond their unabashedly anthemic arena-jams that instantly suggest a weird amalgam of The Dave Matthews Band and Pearl Jam (can we say ca-ching?), their printed setlist includes hits by The Who and The Rolling Stones. Im not sure if Dr. Detroit is a cover of the DEVO tune from the Dan Ackroyd/TK Carter film of the same name, but just on the odd chance that it is thats reason enough to make the show in my book. Tues., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.