This “Cosmic American” band with ties to both Athens and Savannah features Stewart Marshall (of Stewart & Winfield) and revels in the kind of rough and beautiful C&W-tinged rock and soul made famous by The Flying Burrito Bros. and “Country Honk”-era Rolling Stones. This is a rare home-turf show in advance of their almost-completed debut CD. Listen & Learn: junkyardangel.net. $5 cover. Fri., 9 pm, Sandfly Bar & Grill.
For many years now, locally-based recording engineer and producer Eric “Runchy” Winbush has been crafting slick, radio-friendly R&B, world beat, neo-soul and funky jazz in his small Southside studio. Now, he showcases two associates: Reginald “Wizard” Jones (who’s worked with The Gap Band, Toni Braxton, New Edition and Jermaine Dupri, among others) and Jeanette Illidge, who’s promoting a new indie CD on Runchy’s label — hot on the heels of a slot at the Savannah Black Heritage Fest’s Grand Concert in the Civic Center. Listen & Learn: daddsproduction.com. $25 cover. Sat., 8 pm, Dadd’s Production (310 E. Montgomery Cross Road).
This new, no-frills venue in Starland is perhaps the only local live music room without a full bar (they serve beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks). What they lack in presentation is hopefully made up for by their eclectic bookings. This fetish-costumed party boasts live sets from internationally-known darkwave and electronica duo Ego Likeness and the locally-based “dark industrial opera” group Men Smash Atoms (featuring Nicodemus and Anitra), plus Savannah’s DJ Shrapnel (spinning industrial, EBM, and synthpop) and the London-based DJ Rex. Represent! Listen & Learn: www.blackoakssavannah.com, egolikeness.com, myspace.com/mensmashatoms, djrex.co.uk. $10 adv. / $12 door. Sat., 9 pm, The Wormhole (2307 Bull St.).
It’s hard to believe this landmark Tybee Island watering hole has been open constantly since I moved here almost 23 years ago, but they’ve been serving drinks and giving sandy-soled shaggers a place to belly-rub since just after WWII! This weekend, house band Roy (Swindelle) & The Circuit Breakers provide the accomplished rock, soul, beach and pop covers they’re locally famous for. Friday is “Summer of Love” night with hippie-fied costumes suggested, while Saturday things go “Back to The ‘50s,” with a rare NON-SMOKING NIGHT featuring special guests The Girlfriends. Learn More: docsbartybee.com. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, Doc’s Bar (Tybee).
This absolutely killer triple bill of ambitious indie roots-rock, droning garage psych and fuzzed-out shoegaze (one of which is signed to SY guitarist Lee Ranaldo’s indie label) should seem like heaven for fans of pioneering bands of the genre like the Velvet Underground and 13th Floor Elevators, as well as latter day icons like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Warlocks or even The Jesus & Mary Chain. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/thegringostars, myspace.com/strangersfamilyband, myspace.com/jeffhalen. $7 cover. Sat., 11 pm, The Jinx.
The second installment in this alcohol and smoke-free family-oriented concert series showcasing deserving —if under-the-radar— regional artists from a variety of genres features 12-string Piedmont-style blues guitarist/singer Michael Maddox (he opened for famed Delta bluesman John Hammond a few years back at The Legion) with a set of (mostly) new originals. Young church Musical Director RJ Temple closes with a batch of hip-hop infused gospel tunes. Listen & Learn: newmoonofsavannah.com/thelisteningroom. $16.50 adv. ($11.50 for students/seniors/military). Fri., 8 pm, Black Box Theater at S.P.A.C.E. (9 W. Henry St.) - ALL-AGES. cs