Popular dance, rock and party music band featuring Ramona Jeffries and Brian Ragman Dinghess.Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Fannies On The Beach (Tybee).
Depending on who you ask, Kansas songwriter Chad Bryan (the brains behind The Ants) is either a meandering, unfocused tunesmith who offers up half-baked droning knockoffs of Pavement songs that work best when wrapped in low-fi, rural backup (a la The Band or The Flying Burrito Brothers), or hes one of the best word-handlers in the business of words, who shines when his songs give us a sense of being somewhere in particular, a sense of place. The first opinion is shared by most whove reviewed his two indie albums. The second is from the revered poet laureate (and Lucindas dad) Miller Williams. Everyone agrees that loneliness, despair and confusion are prevalent themes in Bryans work. The shows free, so either way, youre getting your moneys worth... Thurs., The Sentient Bean.
The Back River Ramblers
Local acoustic supergroup mixing bluegrass, country and R & B (featuring songwriters Daryl Wise, Kyle Shiver and Dobie Simmons). Wed. - Thurs., 7 pm, Fannies On The Beach (Tybee).
The Jeff Beasley Band
Local electric blues/rock trio. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
The Beer Parlor Ramblers
House band playing Dixieland jazz. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, Crystal Beer Parlor.
Blast of Grass
An energetic bluegrass group from North Florida that describes their approach to the form as movin' forward - lookin' back. Fri., 8 pm, Randy Woods Concert Hall (Bloomingdale).
Tight, seasoned electric R & B in a variety of genres, from swampy, Southern blues-rock to classic Texas swing and upbeat Chicago shuffles. Covers and originals. Fri. - Sat., Mercury Lounge.
Local cover group playing Motown, shag and assorted soul and R & B hits. Fri., Marys Seafood & Steaks.
The Chris Chandler Trio
Jazz from one of the areas best-known pianists. Sat., Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Buddy Corns & Eladnella
Local rock guitarist and singer Corns is a prolific songwriter, and his new band mixes his originals with well-known covers. They host this venues new Open Mic Nights one for electric artists, and one for acoustic acts. Mon. 8pm (hosts Open Mic) + Thurs., 8 pm (hosts Acoustic Open Mic, The Music Box.
The Courtenay Brothers
Sibling duo specializing in pop, rock and modern country hits played on acoustic guitars with sequenced backing. Sat., 1 pm, The Grill Beachside (Tybee) + Sun., 6 pm, City Market Courtyard.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Electric, Albert King-style blues from a local artist whos known internationally. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Fri. - Sat., JJ Cagneys.
Local acoustic trio playing original college rock they liken to the Dave Matthews Band, among others. Fri., 10 pm, Spankys (River St.).
Greaser-punk and retro-rockabilly act from Charleston, South Carolina. Fri., The Jinx.
Screeching and growling vocals mixed with wailing guitars backed by thrashy tribal beats. Sat., The Jinx.
See Connect Recommends.Thurs., JJ Cagneys.
See Music Interview.Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Brunswick-based swamp-blues act that features a fiery, full-throated vocalist, and plenty of swirling Malaco-style keyboards and stabbing guitar leads. Fri., 12 midnight, Malones.
Formerly known as Hitman & The Blues Boys, this local outfit plays electric blues and features former members of Eric Culbersons Blues Band.Tues. (hosts Open Mic Night) - Wed. + Sat., Savannah Blues.
Local singer/songwriter whos been likened to Jewel for her vocal presence and style of acoustic guitarwork. Thurs., OConnells Irish Pub.
This female-fronted pop-rock act was named Best Local Rock Band two years in a row by our readers. They have released two impressive indie CDs of original material, and mix like-minded covers (Meredith Brooks, No Doubt) into their sets. Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Maurice & Doubleday
Danceable hits from the past few decades. Wed., 7 pm, Go Fish.
Versatile Irish singer/guitarist playing acoustic Celtic tunes, both traditional and contemporary. Wed. - Sun., Kevin Barrys.
Originally known as Dial 8, this modern rock band from Atlanta throws hints of electronica and nÜ-metal into their studio efforts. While their guitar textures and treated vocals reek of The Cure or Radiohead, ultimately they add up to a stylish, production-heavy hybrid of Collective Soul and Nickleback but not nearly as infectious as the former and not nearly as annoying as the latter. Catch em now, as theyre probably going somewhere. Fri., OConnells Irish Pub.
Old-Time Music Jam Session
Organized by well-known scenester (and mountain music aficionado) Joe Nelson, this free picking party is open to anyone with an acoustic stringed instrument. The idea is for all manner of folks to join in on traditional tunes from the turn of the century through the 1920s. Mon., 7:30 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Loud, versatile improv-rock with a bluesy edge. Fri., OConnells Irish Pub.
Energetic local cover group with a wide setlist of crowd-pleasing rock, pop and soul tunes from Tracy Chapman to Johnny Cougar. Fri., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
Pretty Shady Chicken
Up-and-coming local jam band led by the songwriting of Nate Saraceno. Their psychedelic and jazz explorations bear more than a passing resemblance to Phish and early Pink Floyd. Thurs., Savannah Blues + Fri., Locos Deli & Pub.
Danceable pop mixed with light jazz, reggae and calypso. Wed. - Sun., Docs Bar (Tybee).
The Six Million Dollar Band
Well-known local party band playing high-intensity guitar-heavy classic and modern rock hits, plus 80s new wave. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, City Market Courtyard.
Dynamic, high-energy modern metal band from that leans toward a late-80s hard rock sound. They have recently augmented their originals with a few choice covers. Fri., Savannah Blues.
The Chris Talley Band
Athens-based singer-songwriter fronting a straight-ahead rock band that has a loyal following at this venue. Sat., OConnells Irish Pub.
Light and jazzy takes on torch songs and cast-iron ballads from one of Savannahs most established pianists. Tues. - Sat., The Planters Tavern (beneath The Olde Pink House).
Local sextet playing Motown, shag and oldies. Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
Unique old-school blues act featuring a standout harpist/vocalist, and a guitarist who doubles on percussion. Thurs., 9:30 pm, Malones.
Two Path Road
Local group (featuring the duo of Keith & Ross) playing country, rock and jam tunes. Sat., Locos Deli & Pub.
2nd Annual Tybee Island Music & Seafood Festival
See Connect Recommends.Fri. - Sat., Tybee Beach by the North Beach Grill.
Local jam group featuring members of The Greg Williams Band and The Permanent Tourists that specializes in heavy groove music (think 70s soul and Southern R & B). Theyve become a solid weekly draw at this River Street music club. Wed., JJ Cagneys.
Wake Up On Fire
This Baltimore crustpunk band boasts a cello and two drummers for maximum strangeness. Theyre known for heavy-duty live sets, and recorded their debut at Charlestons Jam Room. Sat., The Jinx.
The Greg Williams Band
Edgy blues and classic rock-inspired jams mark the best moments of this limber units sets. Williams has long been a towering presence in the Savannah music scene. Hes one of the finest and most prolific contemporary pop songwriters we have. Fri., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island) + Sat., 12 midnight, Malones.