Bad-ass regional funk group with plenty to offer those who dig on syncopated jazz fusion like The Meters, middle-period Stevie Wonder, and the edgier moments of first-wave Steely Dan. This is tight, soulful, and precise groove music which may appeal to jam fans, but which reaches far beyond standard-issue blooze explorations. Sat., Savannah Blues.
Experimental, alternative rock trio featuring bassist and noted local scenester Mike Walker (GAM, The Flam), keyboardist Ricardo Ochoa (Richard Leo Johnson Trio) and drummer Marc Cordray (Magma). Wed., The Jinx.
Longstanding local act metting out solid, swinging Chicago blues shuffles. Sat, 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
Dance-oriented soul, shag, Stax and Motown covers from a group of locals. Sat., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
Bottles & Cans
Local electric blues combo that was a favorite in our past Readers Polls. Thurs., Savannah Blues.
Captain Soular Cat
Youll hear some bluegrass twang as well as some Shakedown Street-era Dead grooves and vintage Allman Brothers guitar lines in this Rome, Georgia jam units original material. Lately, theyve been collaborating with the Rev. Jeff Mosier (of Phish and The Aquarium Rescue Unit), and their latest album is starting to get national airplay. Fri., Savannah Blues.
Versatile cover guitarist (jazz, rock and R & B). Wed., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
NYC avant jazz-heads turned punk performance pranksters with a stage show that features wrestling and actual Kung-fu lessons. The trios albums are certainly more together than their gigs which can devolve into a chaotic mess of Boredoms-like noise and goofy shadow boxing. Still, theyve gone over well in Taiwan, Australia and Japan. Their drummer is also a member of punk legends MDC. Thurs., The Jinx.
Dynasty (Electric Duo)
See Connect Recommends. Thurs., The Jinx.
Fast and loud grindcore from the D.C. area. Fri., The Jinx.
Trae Gurley's Sinatra Tribute
This local thespian sings to backing tracks replicating Franks lush, big band period, but adds his own feel, rather than slavishly aping the once-great vocalist. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
This established cult songwriter and guitarist has just returned from his 6th European tour, where he reportedly won over the fickle Prague crowds. Now he returns to this laid-back and great-sounding restaurant. Many locals still arent hip to this half-hidden hangout on Lazaretto Creek, but its a great place to catch acoustic music so its no surprise Kodac refers to it as his home away from home. Expect visionary and weatherbeaten blues and contemporary folk music, along with plenty of heartfelt anecdotes. Fri., Loggerheads (Tybee).
Local electric blues outfit led by guitarist Brett Hitman Bernard. Tues. (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Savannah Blues.
See Connect Recommends. Fri., 7:30 pm, Messiah Lutheran Church + Sat., 7:30 pm, St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church + Mon., 7:30 pm, St. Pauls Episcopal Church.
Goth Night at this alternative dance club, hosted by old-school wax-wrangler DJ Elgie. Thurs., Club One (18+).
Kevn Kinney's Sun Tangled Angel Revival
See Connect Recommends. Fri., 10 pm, Café Loco (Tybee).
Low Country Bluegrass Jam
See Connect Recommends. Fri. - Sat., 7:30 pm, Randy Woods Concert Hall (Bloomingdale).
Veteran solo keyboardist/guitarist with a beautiful singing voice and varied repertoire of popular rock and pop hits from the last 4 decades. Fri., 9 pm, Peppers Cantina.
Nashville-based hard rock throwbacks, featuring a tattooed female vocalist who sounds like Melissa Etheridge channeling the dude from Little Caesar, and former members of hair-metal gods Cinderella. Wed., The Jinx.
Joe Nelsons Old-Time Jam
Amateur and pro string musicians are welcome at this cross between study session and open mic. Musicologist Nelson serves up history on (pre-1930s) Americana or mountain music and then all join in on those classic tunes. Mon., 7 pm, The Sentient Bean.
The Howard Paul Quartet
Jazz group led by an immensely talented 7-string guitarist who frequently collaborates with such legendary players as Jimmy Bruno and Bucky Pizzarelli. Thurs., The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
Percussion-heavy South Carolina jam group that draws on both reggae and rock for inspiration. Fri., JJ Cagneys.
Local solo artist who lists Death Cab For Cutie and Dashboard Confessional as key influences. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Yonrico Scott & Friends
Powerhouse blues and funk group led by the seasoned Atlanta drummer Scott, who has backed tons of blues greats (including Tinsley Ellis) and is currently a member of The Derek Trucks Band. Sat., JJ Cagneys.
SFMS Holiday Caroling Party
Every year, The Savannah Folk Music Society sponsors this family-oriented gathering where participants can join together on traditional holiday tunes, while enjoying seasonal beverages (wassail, anyone?). The event is free, and everyone is encouraged to bring a plate of snacks or desserts to share. Sun., 7 pm, Oatland Island Educational Center.
See Connect Recommends. Sun., 7 pm, Kennys Lounge.
Speaking Bean Poetry Slam
This monthly spoken word competition is overseen by noted Atlanta poet and singing troubadour Kodac Harrison, and features many of the areas most promising author/performers. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
This Florida hardcore group is made up of most of the staff of indie label No Idea Records, many of who are in their own bands as well. Fri., The Jinx.
The members of this buzz-worthy Atlanta trio have been around the block, but still look young enough to pass. With a shiny, modern-rock sound thats a cross between Maroon5, Crowded House and the more twee moments of Coldplay, theyre custom-made for edgy Southeastern commercial pop radio. Thats probably why Jupiter Coyotes Matt Mayes has taken them under his wing. Sat., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Larger-than-life hard rock show band from Jacksonville thats a popular draw at this island seafood restaurant/cocktail bar. Fri., 9:30 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).
Multi-instrumentalist with a 300-song repertoire of crowd-pleasing hits.Tues. & Thurs., Fusion/The Monkey Bar.
Piano jazz and show tune standards from a fixture on the downtown scene, whos headlined this cozy basement bar for over 11 years. Tues. - Sun., Planters Tavern (below The Olde Pink House).
Andrew Philip Tipton
See Music Interview. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.
Tradition Dies Here
Touring crust-core punk. Fri., The Jinx.
Local blues act featuring an ace harp player ad vocalist who works the crowd like an old pro, and is well-versed in the style of such greats as Little Walter. Fri., 9 pm, Jazzd Tapas Bar.
High-energy funk and soul jam group featuring members of The Permanent Tourists and The Greg Williams Band. Wed., JJ Cagneys.
The Earl Williams Quartet
A wide variety of uptempo blues, jazz and danceable R & B. Wed., The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
The Jimmy Wolling Band
Fun, jam-oriented bluegrass quartet that dips into the classic country songbook as well. Featuring banjo prodigy Wolling, as well as bassist Tim Burke, bassist Dennis Goldbaugh and mandolinist Spec Hosti. Thurs., JJ Cagneys. w