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Bob Alberti & Ben Tucker

A laid back set from wo storied figures in the jazz world. Alberti played with Les Brown’s Band of Renown, and spent over two decades at NBC, overseeing music for the popular Bob Hope variety shows. Ben Tucker, on the other hand, was an in-demand session bassist in the 1960s, who’s penned over 300 songs (the standard “Comin’ Home Baby” being one of them). This gig finds them serenading diners in this hotel’s swanky restaurant Aqua Space. Sun., 11:30 am, The Westin (Hutchinson Island).


Impressive and eclectic local rock band drawing on punk, reggae, ska and jam-band influences – sometimes in the same song. Fri., JJ Cagney’s.

The Jeff Beasley Band

Electric blues and rock combo (both standards and originals) led by guitarist Beasley, who doubles on percussion and is also a featured member of Two Blue. Fri. - Sat., 10 pm, The Mercury Lounge.

The Beauvilles

See Connect Recommends. Fri., The Jinx. ***

Becca Bessinger

Solo set from the leader of Atlanta’s moody, dark, jangle-rock trio Modern Marriage. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.*

The Blitz

This British punk group has been around for decades (although its current lineup features only one key member), and holds a place in history as one of the foremost original exponents of the Oi! genre (which would later be unfortunately co-opted by racist skinheads). Their early smash “Never Surrender” helped to capture the embittered rage of their fellow working class British youths, and got them tagged as the “voice of their generation” – a handle they’d conveniently exploit as the title of their next LP. While they’re now a mere shadow of their former selves, they’re still screaming. Well, at least one is... Wed., The Jinx.


Long-running and popular local trio offering tried-and-true, danceable electric blues shuffles and party tunes. Fri., Savannah Blues.

Bottles & Cans

Raw and rootsy electric blues from a local band that’s back on the scene after a long hiatus. Thurs., Savannah Blues.

Brock Butler

Solo set from the guitarist/frontman of Perpetual Groove, a locally-based psychedelic jam band that is quickly gaining a foothold on the national touring scene. Brock will appear after Ben Bennett’s trivia game. Wed., Locos Deli & Pub.

Eric Culberson Blues Band

Fiery guitarwork, impassioned vocals, and a set of originals and classics from the likes of Buddy Guy and Freddie King. Tues (hosts Open Mic) - Wed., Mercury Lounge + Thurs., JJ Cagney’s.

Deas' Guys

R & B, jazz and Motown hits from some of the island’s best players. Sun., The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).


Alternating between furious overdriven guitar riffing and slow, gearjamming slush, this ultra-heavy, doom-o-centric power trio from Winter Haven, Florida blurs the line between stoner-rock and old-school wizard metal. But without the wizards. Maybe. Sat., The Jinx.


Eat Mo' Music

New local instrumental quintet (trumpet, bass, drums, trombone and guitar) offering jazz, blues and funk grooves all the way from Miles to The Average White Band (I wonder which one of their songs...). Fri. - Sat., 8:30 pm, Moon River Brewing Company.

Andy Friedman & The Other Failures

See Music Interview. Tues., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.


Trae Gurley's Sinatra Tribute

Local thespian and vocalist whose love for Ol’ Blue Eyes led him to create this heartfelt tribute show. He honors Frank by reinterpreting the late icon’s classic big-band material by using professional backing tracks, and singing live. Thurs., 7:30 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar + Sun., 5 pm, Tango (Tybee).

Kristin Gustafson

This classically-trained concert harpist breaks tradition by offering solo renditions of popular songs as well as her own compositions. Sat., 11 am, Café Mucha.

Kodac Harrison

Internationally-acclaimed Atlanta troubadour mixing spoken word with ragged blues guitar to create his own unique, poetic style of songwriting. Fri., 10 pm, Loggerheads (Tybee).

azel Virtue

Extremely popular regional alternative trio offering polished and atmospheric college rock with hints of Southern twang and Americana hidden amidst the radio-friendly fuzz. Fri., O’Connell’s Irish Pub.

Moe Loughran

See Connect Recommends. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

The Mad Tea Party

Humorous, acclaimed Asheville, North Carolina duo playing “postmodern parlor music” – mostly novelty tunes from the 1920s and ‘30s – on instruments like ukulele, fiddle, kazoo, slide whistle, horns and more.”They play old mad favorites, and create new ones,” says Peggy Seeger. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

The Mercy Seat

See Connect Recommends. Fri., The Jinx.

Tim Nicholson

This piano performance major at Armstrong is presenting his Senior Recital before spending his final semester at a Hungarian conservatory. He’ll tackle works by Bach, Brahms, Cowell, Diemer, Scriabin, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Thurs., 2:30 pm, Armstrong Atlantic State University Fine Arts Auditorium.

The Permanent Tourists

Hilton Head-based cover band specializing in rambunctious funk, soul and rock hits. They’re a favorite on the private party and convention circuit. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, The Oyster Bar (Wilmington Island).

G.E. Perry & James Gay

Potent duo of bluesy guitarist Perry and the harmonica stylings of Gay. Wed., Fusion/The Monkey Bar + Sun., 8 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Redshirt Freshman

See Connect Recommends. Fri., The Jinx.


See Connect Recommends. Sun., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Shrimp City Slim

Charleston-based blues act (piano, guitar, drums, harp) that play what they call “Coastal Blues,” which means it’s a little rural, a little shaggy, but can still boogie. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Speaking Bean Poetry Slam

Kodac Harrison, the organizer of this monthly spoken word showcase, says he wants to “bring together all races, all genders, all ages and sexual preferences in the name of poetry.” This show features writers Tim Faught and Rushelle Frazier. Thurs., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.


Waycross-based sludge-rock band with a serious early Black Sabbath fixation, and the amps, chops, and mindset to actually pull it off. Sat., The Jinx.


Gail Thurmond

Piano jazz and show tunes from a true downtown fixture. Tues. - Sun., Planters Tavern (below The Olde Pink House).


This new alt.rock trio (drums, keys, guitars) are one of the newest lights on the thankfully resurrected Chapel Hill scene. Sun., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean.

Vis Vires

See Connect Recommends. Sat., The Jinx.

Wayside Riders

This Atlanta jam-band has become a popular local draw. They say their sound (which draws on rock, blues and folk) is highly influenced by Neil Young’s work with his smoetime backing band Crazy Horse, and The Grateful Dead. Sat., JJ Cagney’s.


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