Local alt.rock group straddling the lines between rubberband jamming and tight, compact song structures. Their challenging originals draw form punk, reggae, ska and classic rock, and their covers do the same. Tues., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Hailing from the Wrightsville Beach area of North Carolina, this rambunctious trio (formed from the ashes of the defunct and beautifully named Uretha Franklins) sounds like a surprisingly palatable cross between Queens Of The Stone Age and Porno For Pyros, so its no surprise that these avid surfers enlisted PFP and Fu Manchu producer Matt Hyde to helm their upcoming album out at Sound City in Los Angeles. While theyd rather tell you what theyre definitely not (emo) than what they are, lets just say that at times, they resemble what Live At Budokan-era Cheap Trick would sound like if they were a metal band with a serious Ronnie James Dio fixation. After this Savannah date, they hook up with the Vans Warped Tour for over 20 shows. Sat., The Jinx.
Popular straight-ahead electric blues trio with a rock-solid rhythm section, and an expressive guitarist. Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Chuck Courtenay, Sr. & Chuck Courtenay, Jr.
Father and son duo playing a wide variety of adult contemporary pop, country and rock hits, as well as plenty of oldies and bar-band standards. Wed., The Island Grill (Pt. Wentworth).
Nashville-based power-punk act that some have likened to L.A. stalwarts FEAR. Theyve shared the stage with everyone from the UK Subs to Antiseen. Fri., The Jinx.
Eric Culberson Blues Band
Eric (or EROK as hes sometimes known) is a dynamic singing guitarist in the vein of Freddie King or Albert Collins. Hes readying a 3rd CD. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., Locos Deli & Pub.
Eat Mo' Music
Instrumental soul combo with a growing fanbase. Their invigorating lineup of trombone, trumpet, bass, guitar and drums is a nice change of pace from the standard jazz acts in our area, and they bridge the gap nicely between funky dance grooves and standard-fare dinner music. Fri., 9:30 pm Il Pasticcio + Sat., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Jacey Falk & His Rhythm
New jazz and R & B combo led by Falk, a Savannah native who honed his scat-singing and showmanship during a short stint on the NYC jazz scene. Hes known for a sassy attitude and a whimsical stage presence, and has released one indie CD. Thurs., 8 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Trae Gurley's Sinatra Tribute
Local thespian and vocalist who has devoted himself to recreating the lush, big-band arrangements from the golden age of Ol Blue Eyes career. He sings live to pre-recorded backing, and has earned a solid following at a number of venues throughout the area with his respectful take on an American legend. Thurs., 7 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
The Hazzard County Band feat. The Courtenay Brothers
Full, electric country band mixing covers and originals. Thurs., 7 pm, Tubbys (Thunderbolt).
Solo acoustic classic rock, 80s hits and power-pop nuggets (a la The Beatles, ABBA and Rick Springfield) from this longtime local singer/guitarist (And Sometimes Why?, The 8-Tracks, Hot Pink Interior). Sat., 6 pm, The Warehouse.
Keith & Ross
Acoustic duo (known for their vocals) offering loose, playful renditions of rock, country and jam favorites. Thurs., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Keith Kozel & The Foxedos
This monthly showcase for local anti-folk artists is curated by Kozel, whos known variously throughout the area as the frontman and main songwriter of alternative rock acts GAM, Superhorse and The Mighty Dr. Illusion. Backed on a variety of unusual instruments(bass, guitar, synthesizer, theremin, violin, drums) by the classically-trained Ricardo Ochoa and the self-taught Seb Edwards, Kozel offers up unique, stripped-down arrangements of his own compositions, and regularly backs up other local songwriters in a similar format. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
This quartet from Columbus, Georgias latest demo sounds about as much like Insesticide-era Nirvana as I can imagine anyone sounding in the year 2005. Thats by no means a bad thing. its tough to pull off that kind of angst and thunderous bombast. Close observation reveals trace elements of Los Angeles glammy hair metal in the mix as well. Sat., The Jinx.
Ricardo Ochoas Jazz & Tango Kings
Wonderfully vital regional quartet playing old-school Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt-style hot jazz, plus Argentinian dance music. Their lineup includes viola, guitar, trap drums and standup bass. One of the most refreshing new combos to come along in years. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
The Howard Paul Trio
Excellent, inventive jazz featuring the fretwork of 7-string guitarist Paul, one of the finest players in our area. Fri., 9 pm, The Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Classic, Southern and hard rock covers, plus originals in the same vein. Fri., Jukebox Bar & Grill (Richmond Hill).
Swampy blues/bluegrass guitarist from Kentucky inspired by John Prine, Howlin Wolf, Doc Watson and Beck. He pens songs about Love, life, booze, dogs, food, cars, people, places, booze, love, and other stuff. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
The Bobby Ryder Quartet
This veteran vocalist and bandleaders four-piece offers a virtual history of Big Band-style jazz with a special emphasis on Sinatra-style crooning. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
Award-winning singer/songwriter whos worked with such luminaries as Shawn Mullins (who signed her to his own indie record label). Shes known for emotionally-charged live shows and has received tremendous praise for her past appearances at this venue. Tues., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Up-and-coming female-fronted local party band, playing popular dance-oriented favorites by everyone from Kool & The Gang to Joe Cocker to Pink (!). Fri., Pogys (Richmond Hill) + Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
"Georgia" Kyle Shiver
Locally-based singer/songwriter with a strong voice, impressive acoustic guitar skills, and a few CDs worth of soulful folk, and distinctly Southern blues. Fri., 7 pm, AJs Dockside Restaurant (Tybee) +Sun., Café Loco (10 pm).
Rock & Roll cover band (both classic and modern hits) from Jacksonville, Fl. that plays regularly at this restaurants comfortable bar. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Electric duo of local singing blues guitarists Jeff Beasley and Ray Lundy (of Bottles & Cans). They play danceable blues, R & B and blues-rock. Thurs., 7:30 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head) + Fri., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Two Path Road
Electric, jam-oriented local group (playing classic rock and modern country) featuring members of Keith & Ross, Argyle and The Six Million Dollar Band. Fri., 10 pm, Fiddlers Crab House.
Cover band specializing in Motown, beach and shag tunes. Fri. - Sat., 9:30 pm, Scandals (tybee).
Solo acoustic show from this prolific and nuanced singer/guitarist, who mixes timeless blues and rock tunes with his own impressive material in the same vein. Fri., 6 pm, The Warehouse.
Young local roots-rock act that draws inspiration from The Drive-By Truckers, Widespread Panic, Jerry Joseph, and old-school Southern Rock. They offer a mix of gritty covers (The Band, DBT, etc...) and like mnded originals. Fri., Finnegans Wake + Sat., 10 pm, Spankys (River St.).