Terrific and talented Atlanta rocker (by way of St. Petersburg, Florida), whose self-produced debut is a minor DIY masterpiece of lush and brainy indie pop, recalling everyone from Daniel Lanois to The The. He has an extremely well-developed sense of self that bleeds through in his assured performances. With dour local songwriter Kenneth Cowen.Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Scott Waters and Andrew Currie have spent several weeks recording their debut as part of Scotts studies in audio engineering at SCAD. The Nature of The Ground is an earnestly delivered collection of organic, piano-based tunes that reference the keyboard-based mood-pieces of folks like Ben Folds and Tori Amos. They also betray the duos affinity for the melodramatic ruminations of Radiohead. For this show, they will perform selections from the album, and give away free copies of the finished disc. Mon., 9 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Bad-ass regional funk group with plenty to offer those who dig on syncopated jazz fusion like The Meters, middle-period Stevie Wonder, and the edgier moments of first-wave Steely Dan. This is tight, soulful, and precise groove music which may appeal to jam fans, but which reaches far beyond standard-issue blooze explorations. Sat., Savannah Blues.
Bottles & Cans
Energetic electric blues, and a favorite act in our past Readers Polls. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Acoustic solo show from Hazel Virtues frontman and guitarist. Modern rock with a Southern feel. Sat., 9 pm, Peppers Cantina.
Solo show from Perpetual Grooves guitarist. Mon., JJ Cagneys.
Chris Cook's "Space Odyssey 3"
Another theme party from this local hustler. This time, hes after a raunchy Kubrickian vibe. Think Flesh Gordon, if you dont already. Sat., 10 pm, Velouria.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Savannahs most well-known electric blues guitarist (think Albert King) leads this power trio, as he has for almost two decades. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys.
Excellent Georgia jam group influenced by James Brown and Parliament, as well as hip-hop and worldbeat music. Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.
Hinesvilles Blues & Barbecue Fest
This salute to our men and women in uniform features a variety of BBQ vendors and live music from The Bonaventures. Formerly known as The John Banks Trio, this quartet features members of The Sapphire Bullets and The Veraflames, and specializes in rock, soul and blues cover tunes. $5 to get in, or free with active duty Military ID. Sat., 5 pm, Hinesville Chamber of Commerce (Hwy 84).
Led by guitarist Brett Bernard, this local group plays a wide variety of electric blues and R & B. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Savannah Blues.
Goth Night at this alternative dance club, hosted by old-school wax-wrangler DJ Elgie.Thurs., Club One (18+).
The JoJa Band
See Connect Recommends. Fri., 8 pm, Trustees Theatre.
The Richard Leo Johnson Trio
See Cover Story.Sat., 7 pm & 9 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Keith & Ross
Acoustic country, rock and jam duo. Thurs., Fiddlers Crab House.
This established local act mixes pop covers (No Doubt, Fleetwood Mac) with radio-friendly modern rock originals from their two indie CDs. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
The Long Awaited
Heavy-handed current and classic rock covers from ex-members of Shut Up & Drive, The Dynamic Duo and Big Nasty. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).
Maurice & Doubleday
Popular danceable covers. Fri., 7 pm, Go Fish.
Not much can prepare you for the onslaught of a Meatjack show. This Baltimore band (on At A Loss Recordings) creates some of the most seemingly chaotic and crushing noisecore currently being made. With plenty of focused, intentional white noise and a rather disturbingly creepy aura, theyre not for the fainthearted. Meatjack side-project Suckpig and local metal band Chronicle A/D open. Thurs., The Jinx.
Underrated local group blending jamming reggae and Hip-hop into a promising hybrid. Tues., Fiddlers Crab House.
This 23-year-old Cambridge, Mass guitarist and singer was just named winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, and is part of a Starbucks compilation CD thats been released nationwide. Her sound is rooted in blues and soul, and shes been likened to a young Sarah McLachlan. Her last visit to town was very well-received. Tues., The Sentient Bean.
Modern, classic and Southern rock covers, plus like-minded originals. Fri., Savannah Blues.
The Permanent Tourists
Excellent funk and soul party band playing everything from Prince to The Stones. Theyre known for a wicked-tight rhythm section. Fri. - Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
See Connect Recommends.Tues., The Jinx.
One of the most refreshing alternative groups in the Southeast, this trio plays perky, sing-song rock thats heavy on chang-chang guitar and rinky-dink keyboard. Live, theyre looser than their brilliant debut CD, but fans of The Modern Lovers, The Feelies, or Lets Active will have a blast. With Hot Young Priest (see Connect Recommends). Fri., The Jinx.
Roy & The Circuit Breakers
Beach, shag, rock and pop tunes. Thurs. - Sun., Docs Bar (Tybee).
This NYC-based contemporary folk artist has family in Savannah, and plays here on an increasingly regular basis. Shes won awards in the John Lennon, Billboard and USA Songwriting Contests, and her latest album was produced by the Grammy-nominated Shawn Mullins. Shes known for sharp lyrical observations and an impressive vocal range. With local opening act Lauren Lapointe.Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Sometimes billed as Georgia Kyle, this singer/songwriter has an expressive voice, solid guitar technique, and a bevy of memorable originals to complement his wide repertoire of folk, blues and rock covers. Hes also part of The Back River Ramblers.Wed., Fiddlers Crab House.
Randy "Hatman" Smith
Perennial island guitarist and singer known for crowd-pleasing beach, boogie and blues covers. Wed., The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Self-described Caribbean Flavored Explosive Rock band that is making Savannah a regular stop on their touring schedule. Their secret weapons? A Trinidad native who plays steel drums and keyboards and solid four-part vocal harmonies. Sat., Locos Deli & Pub.
For over a decade, this versatile pianist and vocalist has held court at this cozy darkwood bar. Her shows include standards from Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter and others, plus her own compositions. She has just released her second album, and is well on her way to becoming a Savannah fixture. Tues. - Sun., The Planters Tavern (below The Olde Pink House).
Guitarist/singer/percussionist Jeff Beasley, vocalist/harpist Daniel Valentino, and bassist Nate Saraceno offering traditional city blues (a la Sonny Boy Williamson). Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
High-energy funk and soul jam group featuring members of The Permanent Tourists and The Greg Williams Band. Wed., JJ Cagneys.