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Acoustic Showcase

Curated and hosted by local songstress Lauren Lapointe (who’ll also perform), this monthly ALL-AGES event brings together local, regional and national songwriters who otherwise would not likely play Savannah. The lineup includes: Charleston’s Evie, who cites Tracy Chapman and Ani Difranco as influences; Jacksonville, Fl.’s Larry Broussard, a classically-trained finger-style acoustic guitarist who lists Cat Stevens and Robert Johnson as heroes; and Berg, a veteran of Gainesville, Fl.’s scene who offers alternative rock and pop sensibilities along with more traditional contemporary folk leanings. Thurs., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean.


This weekly event features award-winning local DJ Shrapnel (and guests) spinning industrial, gothic, darkwave, synthpop, and new wave dance hits, as well as featuring “exotic” performances of an “underground” variety. Fri., 10 pm, AVM Entertainment Complex.

Annie Allman

Talented multi-instrumentalist (drums, guitar, bass, etc...) who honed her chops on the Chicago jazz scene. Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.


At first blush, you wouldn’t think that the reflective acoustics and relative sedate environment of this downtown coffeehouse would be a good match for a full-on indie-rock band. The Bean is more known for acoustic solo acts and laid-back blues and jazz. However, they’ve begun to experiment with booking quirky (and sometimes loud) underground alt.rock. This time around, it’s a dreamy North Carolina group that formed in ‘98 and has since evolved into an interesting cross between Dean Wareham’s existential VU-inspired rock and the melancholy mood music of Blonde Redhead and Radiohead. With piano and woodwinds in the mix, this should be worth checking out – if only to see how they fit on stage. Tues., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.


; Longstanding local electric Chicago-style blues band. Sat., 7 pm, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House (Hwy 80 & Bryan Woods Rd.).

Bottles & Cans

Down and dirty Delta blues band with a strong Tom Waits influence and attitude to spare. Wed., Savannah Blues + Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Bucky & Barry

Time-honored local duo playing popular classic, soft-rock and country covers on acoustic guitars. Thurs., 7 pm, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House (Hwy 80 & Bryan Woods Rd.).


The Sarah Colvin Ensemble

Delightful and extremely talented female jazz vocalist from Jacksonville, backed by a deft and subtle piano-based combo. One of the better such acts to hit Savannah in a long while. Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.


Myrtle Beach, S.C. modern rock act that’s toured with the likes of Sevendust, Nonpoint, Life of Agony, System of a Down, and Saliva. Their songs revolve around “beating addiction, letting go of the past, and focusing on the good things that have happened in life.” Fri., 10 pm, The Gold Club (Hardeeville, SC).


The Crooked

Teenage street punks. Sat., 7 pm, Rude Rudy’s (Whitaker & Broughton Sts.).

The Jon Dunn Project

Moody, folk-fusion combo led by acoustic guitarist and singer Dunn. Sat., 6:30 pm, Felipé’s Mexican Restaurant.

Eat Mo' Music

Instrumental jazz quintet (bass, drums, guitar, trumpet, trombone) with an emphasis on soulful solos and funky grooves. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Sat., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.

Foxtrot November

Smooth, glossy and polished mainstream pop-rock from Atlanta. Wed., 10 pm, AVM Entertainment Complex.

The Noel Friedline Quintet

One of the most celebrated performers to regularly play this chic island supper club, classically-trained pianist and vocalist Friedline (and his band: vocalist Renée Ebalaroza, saxophonist Sam Skelton, acoustic bassist Ron Brendle and drummer Al Sergel) is a charismatic bandleader and frontman with a hip outlook and persona that works well with the music he and his longtime band lay down. Tickets are $20 in advance and reservations are required. Call (843) 842-8620 for more information. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (The Village at Wexford, Hilton Head).

Trae Gurley's Sinatra Tribute

Local thespian interpreting classics from Frank’s big-band years (to recorded backing tracks). Friday night, he’ll be backed by the live duo of pianist Eric Jones and bassist George Sheck. Thurs., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.


High Velocity

Straight-up, old-school Southern rock covers and originals. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Tommy’s (Pooler).

Knee Deep & Drowning

Powerful regional metalcore band whose songs are at times quite anthemic and breathtaking – as well as shockingly loud. Also on the bill in this pizza restaurant’s small stone basement: punks Estrela and emo group Aslan. Fri., 7 pm, Rude Rudy’s (Broughton & Whitaker Sts.).


The Legendary J.C.'s

Formerly known as The Joint Chiefs, this hard-hitting Orlando act merges late ‘60s soul (think Marvin Gaye) with late ‘80s hard rock. The results are often appealing. Sat., Savannah Blues.

Martin Lesch

Hilton Head keyboardist known best as a member of songwriter Angie Aparo’s road band. Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Monsters of Japan

Completely over-the-top retro speedmetal band with an eye on the future. They’re way into old Van Halen, Clutch, Slayer, and Yngwie Malmsteen. But they also reference Oingo Boingo leader (and esteemed film music composer) Danny Elfman. There are more and more of these cuisinart metal bands out there, and these guys can hold their own with most of them – plus, they wear devil horns and kabuki-inspired makeup. Also appearing: the deliciously evil black metal act Autumn Aria, and the relatively new hardcore project Thrill Of A Gunfight. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.

North Of Here

Regional five-piece organic rock group (including cello) with an emphasis on intricate vocal harmonies and a Christian message. Sun., 7 pm, Coastal Coffee (2100 E. Victory Dr.).

The Pussycat Ball

Local theme party king Chris Cook took some time off and regrouped with a new outlook and purpose – as well as a new venue for his raunchy soirees. He’s now on staff at AVM, so you’ll find his bashes there until further notice. He says he’s toning down the past antics that made him the bane of some rooms, and is kicking off a new season of brand-new themed gatherings with a retro dance-oriented get-together featuring a costume contest and music spun by his old compadré DJ Pimpsatan. Fri., AVM Entertainment Complex.

Red Moon

South Carolinian jam band with a strong reggae influence. Fri., Savannah Blues.

Rick & (Liquid) Ginger

Acoustic guitar and vocal duo (mostly covers) of two key members of popular local party band Liquid Ginger. Fri., 6:30 pm, Felipé’s Mexican Restaurant.

"Georgia" Kyle Shiver & Dobbie Simmons

Unplugged set from two members of the now-defunct Back River Ramblers, a popular Tybee trio known for soulful takes on folk and blues-based material. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Fannie’s On The Beach (Tybee).

Souls Harbor

Up-and-coming regional band from South Carolina that plays heavy and occasionally morose hard rock of the commercial FM variety. Fans of Crossfade will appreciate their bellowing vocals and oversaturated guitars. Fri., 10 pm, The Gold Club (Hardeeville, SC).

Strange Change

New local “psychedelic” band playing originals in the style of late-’60s and early-’70s rock. Savannah folkie “Turtle” opens the show. Wed., JJ Cagney’s.

Peter Tavalin, David Keller & John Connor

Local jazz trio featuring seasoned keyboardist Tavalin, bassist Keller, and guitarist Connor. Thurs., 8 pm - 12 am, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.

Too Blue

Electric blues combo featuring the potent duo of Jeff Beasley and Ray Lundy. Fri., 6 pm, The Warehouse + 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Werewolf Unit

Playful, avant-garde electronic music influenced by Wolf Eyes and distorted and treated free jazz samples. Bobby Scrumptious also appears at this low-profile space in the Starland District. Sat., 7 pm, Desoto Row Gallery (2427 Desoto Row).

Yancy & The Breakneck Quartet

Local organic hip-hop/rock hybrid which has quickly earned a strong following among the college crowd. Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.


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