A Nickel Bag of Funk
Vocalist Leslie Gadson leads this R & B, soul and gospel-influenced party band through a combination of tried-and-true hit covers and solid originals. Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Jazz, standards and blues from a multi-instrumentalist who’s part of Georgia’s fabled Allman family of musicians. Thurs. - Fri., 5 pm, Cobblestone Conch House + Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
American Legion Post #135’s Monthly Dance
Popular tunes from the ‘60s through the ‘90s (provided by Dave Smith), in a beautiful 1940s-era ballroom with a large, hardwood dance floor. Bar proceeds benefit local charities. Sat., 8 pm, American Legion Post #135 (1108 Bull St.).
Despite the standard-issue guttural screaming and throat shredding which crops up from time to time, this dreamy, atmospheric “heavy rock” band could just as well be composing the soundtracks for heroin-sick nightmares. At times thunderous and beyond distorted, and at other times, chiming and mesmerizing, they should appeal to fans of Jucifer’s over-the-top mood shifts, as well as those who dig the creepy stoner/noise rock of Meatjack or Stinking Lizaveta. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Hard-driving local indie-rockers who draw on ska, reggae, punk and jam music for inspiration. Expect quirky song structures and plenty of vocal harmonies. Sat., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law.
The Jeff Beasley Band
Blues, twang, New Orleans grooves and ‘50s-style rock & roll covers and originals from one of the hardest-working musicians in the immediate area. Thurs., 8 pm, The Warehouse + Mon., Murphy’s Law (solo).
Bottles & Cans
Using raw, electric Delta blues and trashy ‘60s garage rock as their jumping-off point, this local quartet swings hard on the kind of vaguely psychotic and slightly manic surf-punk-jazz rave-ups typified by Tom Waits and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park + Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Intense acoustic singer/songwriter mixing classic and modern guitar rock with originals. Wed., 7 pm & Sun., 5 pm, The Warehouse + Fri., 5:30 pm, Wild Wing Café + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Bayou Café (upstairs).
Chuck & Bucky
Acoustic guitar duo offering well-known rock, pop and country hits. Wed., 7 pm, Driftaway Café (Sandfly).
Prolific local singer/songwriter and talented guitarist playing popular rock and blues tunes as well as his own original material. Wed., 7 pm, & Sun., 5 pm, The Island grill (Pt. Wentworth) + Fri. & Sat., 9 pm (full-band gigs with The Rock Mob), The Red Leg Saloon (formerly The Silver Dollar Café), Hwy 204.
The Chuck Courtenay Band
Country and Southern rock covers and originals, featuring some great area players. Thurs., 6 pm, Stingray’s (Tybee) + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Tubby’s (Thunderbolt) + Tues., 6 pm, Wild Wing Café (solo).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Internationally-known electric blues guitarist and vocalist who calls Savannah home. Tues. (hosts Open Jam), - Wed., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge. + Fri., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.
Mary Davis & Co.
Pop, rock and soul covers from a scaled-down, acoustic lineup of Wilmington Island’s Band In The Park. Fri., 7 pm, The North Beach Grill (Tybee) + Sat., 6 pm, Wild Wing Café.
Deep Blue 3
This area electric blues band used to be known as Mama’s Mojo. They put on a great live show filled with easily recognizable tunes (and a few obscurities that will be appreciated by diehard blues aficionados), and shift easily between a variety of different styles. Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
J. Howard Duff
“Slide guitar, an electrified cigar box and a throat full of gravel” are the calling cards of this area bluesman. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Myrtle’s (Bluffton).
The Frantic Rabbit
One of the most popular, regularly scheduled spoken word showcases and competitions in the area, they welcome newcomers as well as established poets to the stage. Plan on getting there a little early if you want to sign up to participate. Thurs., 8:30 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Led by guitarist and vocalist Brett “Hitman” Bernard, this power trio specializes in bold, brash, rock-oriented electric blues standards. Mon., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House + Tues., 10 pm (hosts Open Mic), Savannah Blues.
Solo acoustic guitarist/singer (who’s spent time as a member of several popular area cover bands) with an eclectic repertoire of rock and soul covers. He covers everything from The Beatles to Al Green. Sat., 5 pm, Sorry Charlie’s.
“Ice Capades Film Tour”
A traveling exhibition of underground and indie short subjects on film and video. Tues., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Rick & (Liquid) Ginger
Unplugged duo set of covers and originals featuring two key members of this popular local modern rock bar band. Sat., 10 pm, Jen’s & Friends.
Statesboro-based jam band with a growing following at this Broughton St. venue. Fri., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (Downtown).
The Chris Mitchell Band
Regional cover group offering popular tunes from the past few decades. Fri., 9 pm, Dolphin Reef Lounge (Tybee).
This Charlotte-based acoustic rock band has the clam-dance thing down pat. The loose-limbed, polyrhythmic grooves they coax out of their backline of electric bass, electric lead and acoustic rhythm guitars and trap set is infectious and right on the money. Unfortunately, their lead vocalist insists on singing in a annoying and mannered voice that threatens to overshadow the feel-good music. Perhaps that can be explained by the fact that Blind Melon is one of their acknowledged influences... Sat., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.
This acoustic balladeer has released several critically-acclaimed CDs of both traditional and contemporary Celtic music, and hosts the popular Georgia Public Radio show “The Green Island.” Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barry’s.
The Howard Paul Quartet
Ace 7-string guitarist, joined by talented regional pianist Greg Gambone. Mon., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
Fiery and passionate Southern jam-rockers said to be working on a follow-up to their well-reviewed last CD. Sat., 7 pm, North Beach Grill.
The Brendan Polk Trio
Post-bop jazz combo led by a young local piano sensation who’s won a number of musical competitions. Keyboardist Polk will be joined by bassist David Keller and drummer Sean Bouldon. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Red Eye Jedi
This organic jam group formed in Rome, Ga., but recently relocated to Tybee Island. They’re wasting no time establishing themselves on our burgeoning groove-rock scene. Fri., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law.
Great local gospel, jazz and soul singer who has maintained a rather low profile for many years, but is now in the midst of a reappraisal of her impressive vocal chops. Thurs., 7 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).
This experimental metalcore/industrial quintet from Mansfield, Ma., seeks to “spread a message of hope throughout failure and pain.” In addition to their grinding guitars and synths, their18-year-old female drummer looks like she just jumped out of a swimsuit calendar. Thurs., 10 pm, Guitar Bar (348 MLK, Jr. Blvd).
The Train Wrecks
Upbeat, good-time roots-rock power trio led by singer/songwriter Jason Bible. Fri., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
Local, percussion-heavy jam-band that’s begun to tour regionally. Sat., 10 pm, Locos Deli & Pub (Downtown) + Tues., 10 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House.
“Where’s Neil When You Need Him” CD Release
This week’s “Industrial Resurrection” dance night with DJ Shrapnel commemorates a new album of music inspired by the graphic novels of British author Neil Gaiman. Thurs., 10 pm, Club One.
Enchanting local songwriter and guitarist whose nuanced voice and poetic turns of phrase have won him comparisons to John Hiatt and Tom Petty. Thurs., 9 pm, B & D Burgers (Southside) + Sat., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
Longtime area guitarist and Americana songwriter who may be remembered for his stint a while back with The Back River Ramblers. Expect excellent fretwork and a fine singing voice. Sun., 7 pm, The North Beach Grill (Tybee).