Saddle Bags celebrates its one-year anniversary March 30 with an appearance by the country music duo Love and Theft. Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson landed a No. 1 single in 2011, "Angel Eyes," and they're up for an Academy of Country Music Award (as Top Vocal Duo) at the April 8 ceremony in Nashville.
The duo's second album, which is called Love and Theft, rose to No. 4 on the Billboard chart.
The guys have been here before, opening for Taylor Swift in 2008, and for Tim McGraw last year. Their EP, Live in Savannah, was recorded at the Taylor Swift show in the Johnny Mercer Theatre (there were three people in the band then).
In May, they'll join McGraw and Brantley Gilbert for two months of dates called the "Two Lanes of Freedom Tour."
Says Liles on the duo's website: "We can't even wait to start the Tim tour! He's the man. I don't know if I'll be doing any four-mile runs or lifting monster truck tires before the show like he does ...maybe Eric will... But we are gonna have a blast with him, Brantley and both their teams of super-talented musicians and crew. And Tim always has stellar catering so that doesn't suck."
Tickets for the 8 p.m. Saddle Bags show are $10 (general admission) and higher for VIP stuff at etix.com. Canaan Smith and Chuck Courtenay will open.
Miami-based Cosmic Chronic Records brings its dance-heavy "touring showcase" (aka package tour) to Dollhouse Productions (980 Industry Drive) March 30; "The Disco Show" features the Savannah debut of Psychic Mirrors, a 10 to 14-piece boogie powerhouse combining '80s synth beats, a full horn section and psych-soul vocals. Then there's the deep funk DJ collective known as the Miami Players Club — Arun Brown, Benton, Stevezzy, Edg4r, Erick Rojas and Mickey de Grand IV.
Dreamboat (Mickey de Grand IV + EDG4R) rounds out the bill with eclectic, lo-fi '90s synth dance music, cradled by otherwordly falsetto vocals. Check out Dreamboat's "Special Kiss" on soniccloud — the 12" remix is available now on vinyl, via Cosmic Chronic.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; the show starts at 9.Tickets are $6 advance, $8 at the door. See safeandsoundsav.blogspot.com
Great to welcome back Boston's psychedelic jam band Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, a staple at the old Live Wire Music Hall. Live Wire Sounds, Inc. is still alive and kicking, and the guys (Brendan and Daniel Robertson) are bring UltraHip to Dub's Pub for fun and explosive shows April 1 and 2.
Live Wire shows at Dub's this week also include Mama's Love and the Epic Cycle (March 29) and Spiritual Rez (with DJ Tap) March 30.
"The closing of the venue was a serious blow to our ego," Daniel says. "And yeah, we made some mistakes ... but now we have learned from our mistakes, and we can focus on the one thing true to our soul, our essence, and our passion — the experience of live music." See l0vemusic.com
A few more shows to recommend this week: The Alabama old-school rock band Shallow Side (March 29 at the Tybee Rock House); the high-energy punk outfit Vampirates (great name) April 1 at the Jinx (with Self Employed and Yamacraw); Run For Cover and Back and Forth (April 1 at Taco Abajo). Then there's the eight-member punk/bluegrass aggregate called On the Water, from Philadelphia, April 2 at the Sentient Bean.
And how's about this? Sapphire Rebellion and Ars Phoenix will play the Wormhole March 30, for a Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy-themed party, complete with Zaphod Beeblebrox trivia. Thanks for all the fish.