Eclectic and welcoming group of regional spoken word artists from All Walks Of Life. Sun., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Michael F. Blair
This guitarist and longtime associate of local jam-band heroes Perpetual Groove has sat in with that group for years, and occasional offers up solo sets of his favorite alternative rock covers. Such is the case at this newly-opened Southside eatery, whose outdoor patio often features live acoustic music. Fri., 6 pm, Felipés Mexican Restaurant.
Î Around in one lineup or another for longer than most folks can recall, this local electric blues band specializes in uptown Chicago-style shuffles and tightly-constructed ballads. They can always be counted on for a fun, solid show. Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
The Boomerang Band
This groups bread and butter gig was at The Monkey Bar, but now that that Broughton Street nightspot has been unceremoniously shuttered, theyre branching out into other venues, such as this one. They specialize in beach, soul and rock and roll covers. Expect to hear unusual renditions of well-known hits from the Motown, Stax and Chess catalogs. Sat., 8 pm, Marys Seafood & Steaks.
Bottles & Cans
Rough and tumble electric blues combo featuring members of Too Blue and GAM. They eschew the slick mannerisms of the B.B. Kings and Robert Crays for the more hardscrabble chaos typified by such underdog icons as R. L. Burnside or Hound Dog Taylor.Wed., Savannah Blues.
Chevy Chase Stabbed The King
Young, experimental hardcore quintet from Effingham County that lists Norma Jean and Comeback Kid as musical influences as well as Southern rock. Sat., Rude Rudys (corner of Whitaker & Broughton Sts.). ALL-AGES.
One of the most popular and well-liked Grateful Dead tribute bands touring the Southeast, this group avoids precisely mimicing the flashback warhorses, and instead tries to channel the energy the original group was known for in their prime. They are devoted to the idea of keeping this music alive through invigoration and improvisation, as opposed to the slavish regurgitation trap that many acolytes slip into. Plus, theyve got two drummers... Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.
Chuck Courtenay & Bucky Bryant
Two singing acoustic guitarists that specialize in covering pop, soft rock and country hits join forces to complement each others repertoire and range. Wed., 7 pm, The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).
The Courtenay Brothers
The aforementioned Chuck is best known for this duo with his similarly-talented sibling Jason. They offer acoustic renditions of well-known country, rock and pop numbers, accompanied by sequenced backing tracks. Sat., 7 pm, Hooters (I-95 & Hwy 204).
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Eric is likely the areas best-known electric blues guitarist. He plays in the style of Freddie King and Albert Collins, with a stinging attack that suits his bold lyrical declarations well. Vocally, hes a bit gruff, but his pipes have matured over the years, and he seems to be hitting his stride. Hell soon release his third album. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagneys + Sun.,
A rare local appearance by a NYC-based breakbeat DJ. Fri., AVM Entertainment Complex.
Eat Mo' Music
Funky instrumental dance grooves and soul jazz from a local quintet of trumpet, bass, drums, guitar and trombone. Its a relatively unique approach for our area, which is inundated with mainstream jazz acts. Fri., 9:30 pm, Il Pasticcio + Sat., 6 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).
This fixture on River Street is well-loved for his acoustic guitar-based renditions of Celtic ballads and contemporary folk and pop tunes. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barrys.
Jacey Falk & His Rhythm
Falk was born in Savannah, but came into his own as a jazz vocalist and raconteur in the New York scene a few years ago. Now hes back in town, and has established himself as a sassy showman backed by a rotating cast of players from here and Charleston. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Solo acoustic set from the guitarist and frontman of local roots-rock act WormsLoew. Covers and originals. Fri., 5:30 pm, The Warehouse.
Full, electric country band featuring the vocal and rhythm guitar talents of one of the Courtenay Brothers. The group also features slide guitarist G.E. Perry and bassist Tim Burke. Theyve opened for some of the bigger names to pass through town in recent memory, and are gaining a strong following on their own. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubbys (Thunderbolt).
Hell-raising Southern and classic rock hits and originals from a band of veteran local players.Fri. - Sat., Tubbys - inside room (Thunderbolt).
Impressive, slightly psychedelic modern rock band led by songwriter Eric Britt. They have a devoted fanbase here and in Charleston, and are rumored to have a record deal in the works with Sony Music... Fri., Finnegans Wake Irish Pub.
Electric blues combo led by local guitarist/singer Brett Hitman Bernard. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) & Sat., Savannah Blues + Thurs. (hosts Open Mic), Locos Deli & Pub + Fri., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House .
The Alex Nguyen Ensemble
This young trumpeter is one of the most talked-about discoveries on the local jazz scene in years. For these free gigs, hell be backed by his quartet, which features Barry Greene on guitar, Delbert Felix on acoustic bass, and (the most excellent) Eric Vaughn on drums. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Classic, Southern and hard rock covers (plus a few originals) from this regional band thats been working hard to stake a name for themselves in the club scene for a few years now. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Steamers (Georgetown).
Up-and-coming jam band from South Carolina with a strong reggae influence. Sat., + Tues. (hosts Open Mic), JJ Cagneys.
Rick & Ginger of Liquid Ginger
Acoustic duo featuring two key members of popular local show band Liquid Ginger. Expect plenty of classic and modern rock covers, as well as stripped-down arrangements of originals from the groups two indie albums. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
31Georgia" Kyle w/Dobbie
Two members of Tybees esteemed Back River Ramblers get together for an evening of blues and folk-based acoustic music with an attitude. Sat., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Spitfire Poetry Groups Back-To-School Kids Poetry Slam
What more needs to be said? Kids show up, sign up and show everyone what theyve got. Spoken-word-wise, that is. There are three distinct age groups allowed: Elementary, Middle School and High School. Cash prizes total $200! Sat., 5 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Duo of singing blues guitarists Jeff Beasley and Ray Lundy, occasionally augmented with the rhythm section from Rays main band Bottles & Cans.Sat., 5:30 pm, The Warehouse.
Relatively new acoustic trio (featuring Texas-born but now Savannah-based singer/songwriter Jason Bible) offering spirited takes on rock, blues and Americana covers. Thurs., Finnegans Wake Irish Pub.
Classic rock cover band playing at a BBQ joint. Sat., 9 pm, One Hot Mamas (Bluffton).
Avant-garde electronic music. Described by the artist as one half Wolf Eyes freak out noise section, one part 2nd grade show and tell, and gallons of warped free jazz vinyl records left in the snow. You make the call. Tues., 6 pm, Desoto Row Gallery.