Brash and challenging local group mixing reggae, ska, punk and jam. Tues., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
If Live At Budokan-era Cheap Trick were a metal band with a serious Ronnie James Dio fixation, theyd come off not unlike this Wrightsville Beach, N.C., trio (whos played several Warped Tours). Opener Thunderlip is also from N.C., but mix the libidinal grit of The Stooges with the preening, hedonistic machismo of hair metal. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
The Jeff Beasley Band
Well-known rock & roll from the 50s, electric blues, and boogie music. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Established pianist whos equally comfy on swing, torch songs and R & B. Fri., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.
Chuck & Bucky
Acoustic guitar duo (of an old hand and a comparative newcomer to the scene), playing soft-rock, country and pop hits. Wed., 7 pm, Driftaway Café (Sandfly).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Easily the areas most established blues guitarist and singer, firmly rooted in the molds of Albert and Freddie King and Buddy Guy. Theyre supporting their latest CD. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys.
Eat Mo' Music
Funky instrumental soul jazz quintet with plenty of wah-wah guitar. Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Twangy, Southern rock and country-influenced party band, led by one half of the acoustic duo The Courtenay Brothers.Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Tubbys (Thunderbolt).
I Cantori's Crystal Christmas
This 15th Annual show features a local 24-member professionally-auditioned chamber choir performing familiar carols and hymns plus the world premiere of a piece written for them by a noted Czech composer. Tickets ($15 for adults, $10 for students) available at the door, or in advance at 925-7866. Fri., 8 pm, Messiah United Methodist Church (Skidaway Isl.).
South Carolina stalwarts (managed by the late Joey Ramone) infusing ska-punk with horror imagery (think The Mighty Mighty Misfits). Openers Monsters of Japan adore both Clutch and RATT and play quirky metal while in Kabuki-inspired regalila. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Dedicated acoustic guitarist/singer who writes her own contemporary tunes. Sat., 5 pm, Turtle Dragon Herb & Tea Company (Tybee).
Covers and originals from a popular female-led regional modern rock group with two impressive indie CDs available. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (Tybee).
Reggae-tinged jam act. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) + Sat., JJ Cagneys.
SFMS Xmas Caroling Party
An annual tradition where members of the Savannah Folk Music Society lead the public in holiday singalongs, and all are encouraged to bring a plate of treats to share. The SFMS provides seasonal drinks (like cider and eggnog). Call 786-6953 for info or directions. Sun., 7 pm, Oatland Island Education Center.
Seven Gates To Elsewhere
Newish local act (formerly known as Strange Change) inspired by psychedelic British proto-metal from the late 60s and early 70s (think Ten Years After or Free). Theyre doing their own thing, but are quite conversant with the tenets of their chosen genre. Fri., JJ Cagneys.
Shrimp City Slim
Charleston-based band playing Coastal Blues: shag music mixed with traditional Delta rhythms and phrasing. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Local sextet doing Motown and beach music covers. Sat., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio.
The Train Wrecks
Local organic roots-rock trio featuring guitarist Jason Bible and drummer Markus Kuhlmann (of Hazel Virtue). Sat., 10 pm, Finnegans Wake.
Prolific, locally-based songwriter with a powerful voice and a handful of indie blues-rock and folk CDs. Thurs., 10 pm, JJ Cagneys + Fri., 10 pm, Jens & Friends + Sat., 6 pm, Cobblestone Conch House.