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Argyle

Invigorating local rock that draws on reggae, ska, punk and jam-band influences. Sat., 912 (above Il Pasticcio).

 

Bluesonics

Tight R & B (swampy blues-rock to Texas swing and upbeat shuffles). Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.

Boomerang

Dig Motown and the feel-good soul of the ‘60s and ‘70s? Check out this local cover act. Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

Bottles & Cans

Awhile back, this well-liked electric blues band went on hiatus, but with the return of their guitarist, they’re back in business. Thurs., Savannah Blues.

Eric Culberson Blues Band

Savannah’s most recognized blues artist, “EROK” (as he’s known to fans) serves up uptempo barn-burners and Chicago-style weepers in the vein of Albert and Freddie King. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagney’s.

Eric Britt

Solo acoustic set from the frontman and songwriter of popular regional alt.rockers Hazel Virtue. Wed. (hosts Open Mic), O’Connell’s Irish Pub.

Brock Butler

Whenever rising jam-band stars Perpetual Groove have a break in their hectic nationwide touring schedule, their guitarist makes time for these relaxed hometown solo gigs featuring plenty of electronic processing and spacey effects. Tues., Fiddler’s Crab House.

 

The Chris Chandler Trio

Jazzy combo led by one of Savannah’s most versatile pianists. Chandler has released a few albums and recently toured Russia. Fri. - Sat., Suzabelle’s.

Christine

Female-fronted Nashville power trio that recalls stoner rockers Sleep and Melvins. Fri., The Jinx.

Thomas Claxton

Classic and modern-rock covers rendered on acoustic guitar, with an intensity that sometimes borders on the bizarre, but betrays a drive and passion rarely seen in most of his peers. Thurs., B & D Burgers (Southside location) + Fri., Huc-a-Poos (Tybee) + Mon., 7 pm, The Sea Grill (HWY 21 @ I-95).

Darediablo

See Connect Recommends. Tues., The Jinx.

The Dead Hate The Living

Cincinnati-based modern metal act formed from the ashes of Youth Empowerment Project,Cobra Kai and Goat Semen Baptism. Yes, Goat Semen Baptism. They’re touring nationally and will soon release a full-length CD on local label Hyperrealist. Thurs., The Jinx.

The Defilers

Charleston-based rockabilly act that’s starting to earn a strong rep in the region for solid live shows. Sat., The Jinx.

The Downshifters

Florida “angry rockers” who added a standup bassist and “downshifted” to rockabilly as a way to play feel-good music that appeals to a wider range of crowds. Still, there’s much more rock than ‘billy in these cats. Sat., The Jinx.

Expression Talent Showcase

Local hip-hop producer and promoter Skeet Mitchell offers local talent of all stripes a chance to be seen and heard, with each week’s winners going on to defend their title. By all accounts these events are drawing a large and diverse crowd. Sun., 9 pm, Creole Red.

 

Gitlo

Brunswick-based R & B band (led by the charismatic guitarist/vocalist Gitlo) that cranks out high-octane blues, Southern soul, and fiery, in-your-face, rock workouts. Sat., 12 midnight, Malone’s.

The Frank Gordon Quartet

See Connect Recommends. Tues., 8 pm, Suzabelle’s.

 

Trae Gurley's Sinatra

Local thespian putting his own live spin on Frank’s big band classics. Thurs., Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Fri., 6 pm, Go Fish.

Kodac Harrison's Speaking Bean Poetry Slam

Respected Atlanta poet and songwriter Kodac Harrison hosts this monthly Spoken Word show. The featured artist will be Brunswick’s Rachel Hicks. The following night he shifts into musical mode, for an evening of bluesy laments and ballads at a cozy Island bar. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean + Fri., 10 pm, Loggerheads (Tybee).

HERO

Organized by two local DJ’s (The A-Team), this high-profile night of dance music finds them spinning “sexy, progressive funk” alongside visiting Atlanta “aggressive breakbeat” turntablists Serch & Escape and DJB. Sat., Velouria.

 

High Velocity

Slide-heavy Southern rock hits and originals – featuring former members of local faves Bounty Hunter. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Silver Dollar Bar & Grill (Hwy 204).

i am not a little bus

One of Savannah’s most interesting and (possibly) commercially-viable bands, this instrumental math-rock trio plays aggressive and thought-provoking melodic noise which can (and should) appeal to fans of metal, punk, hard jazz and mood music. Several lineup changes have set them back a bit, but they now seem poised to take this ball and run with it. Will they? Fri., The Jinx.

King Hippo

Charleston-based jam band(with a great hammond organ player) that’s following a similar career path as our own Perpetual Groove, and starting to make headway nationally. Fri., Savannah Blues.

Kylesa

One of Savannah’s most impressively brutal metalcore bands, this offshoot of the internationally-known Damad records for respected indie labels and tours the U.S. to great acclaim. Thurs., The Jinx.

Maurice & Doubleday

Versatile party band playing rock, pop and standards. Fri., 7 pm, Go Fish.

 

The Howard Paul Trio

Jazz from a respected seven-string guitarist. Fri., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

The Permanent Tourists

Expert funk, soul and rock cover band known for their killer rhythm section and massive setlist. Easily one of the best of their kind in the area. Fri., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).

Chris Cook’s Pirates of The Caribbean Party

Cook’s worked for years to climb to the top of a certain portion of Savannah’s seedy underbelly (the one with vaguely suburban lineage, discretionary income and a yen for halting exhibitionism). Now the impresario throws themed costume parties full time. DJ Shrapnel provides the sonic backdrop for this swashbuckle. Fri., 10 pm, O’Connell’s Irish Pub.

Red Fish Blu Fish

Since losing their female vocalist, this folk-rock unit (named “Macon’s Top Original Band” a few years back) is now a trio with a more streamlined pop sound. Sat., O’Connell’s Irish Pub.

 

Rocket 350

High speed Atlanta rockabilly with a deep southern feel. True to the old-school greaser ethic of Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, but harder-edged than most revival combos. Sat., The Jinx.

Roy & The Circuit Breakers

Local duo playing pop covers with sequenced backing. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandal’s (Tybee).

The Savannah Jazz Orchestra

See Connect Recommends. Fri., 8 pm, Tybee Island Pier Pavillion.

The Six Million Dollar Band

Well-known local party band covering classic and modern rock, and ‘80s pop with a hard, twin-guitar attack. Fri., 8:30 pm, City Market Courtyard.

kitsystem

A rare appearance by a Swedish D-beat group (which means they openly emulate the style of hardcore heroes Discharge). I’m told these guys are the real deal. I mean, they’re the real deal at sounding like someone else. You know what I mean? Thurs., The Jinx.

Tori Sparks

Born just outside Chicago, but raised in Florida and Tennessee, this guitar-playing 20-year-old songwriter cites everyone from U2 to Lightnin’ Hopkins as influences. She just returned from a tour of England and France, and is working on her debut CD for a division of Universal Music. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Tradewinds

Local sextet offering Motown, shag and pop music hits that are geared for dancing. Fri., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.

Two Blue

Stripped-down local blues trio (guitar/percussion, nuanced blues harp and electric bass), with a admirable knack for both phrasing and restraint. Thurs., The Jazz Corner (Hilton head) + Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar .

Two Path Road

Jam-oriented locals (featuring acoustic duo Keith & Ross) playing country and rock hits and a few originals. Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).



Vermillion X

Stirring local group recalling the glory days of late-’80s college rock ( a la The db’s and Concrete Blonde). Sat., 912 (above Il Pasticcio).

Voodoo Soup

Top-notch jam group with an ever-changing setlist that draws on rock, soul and funk influences. featuring members of The Permanent Tourists and The Greg Williams Band. Wed., JJ Cagney’s.

 

The Greg Williams Band

One of the area’s best-known songwriters (who plays regularly in L.A. and Nashville), backed by a tight and seasoned band of locals. They play rough blues-infused rock and tender, folk-inspired ballads with equal ease. Fri., - Sat., JJ Cagney’s.
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